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Give and Take

There has been a lot of giving and taking after I got married. Husband is out now with wannabe entrepreneur good friend as they tinker with toys that will hopefully make them millions. I’m at home blogging, waiting for him … Continue reading

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I have never been Ms. Popular

I am your typical firstborn: arrogant, bossy and a know-it-all.  As the only child, I felt that the world revolved around me. That didn’t last long. When my sibling was born, I felt he was a pest and only existed … Continue reading

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I’ve become one of those moms…

Welcome to my worst nightmare. I have become one of those moms who… …Post constant and annoying updates about their offspring.  It has come to this: Almost all of my status updates on Facebook and Instagram are about my daughter.  … Continue reading

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When you’re pissed and you know it, write a post

Someone set an appointment for which I had to go to Makati for. Anyone who understands the traffic condition in Manila knows that to get anywhere, you have to allocate at least two hours of travel time. Consequently, I had … Continue reading

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Short Talk: Eye Problem

I scratched my eyes too roughly this weekend that a blood vessel popped, resulting to a half-bloody right eye. Trust me, I looked like Frankenstein’s evil queen. 😦 Given its relative seriousness (it doesn’t hurt or isn’t really itchy, but … Continue reading

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When I’m happy in love…

…my best entries don’t come out. All I have are sappy “I’m-so-happy-and-he’s-so-wonderful” type of posts and I know that my readership goes way down. Haha, down from a peak of around 800 readers at my emo peak, to a measely … Continue reading

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Reprint: Decisions

The Moment to Decide by Paulo Coelho: The warrior of the light is terrified when faced with important decisions. “That is too great for you,” says one friend. “Go on, be brave,” says another. And his doubts only increase. After … Continue reading

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Sometimes…

…it’s more courageous to actually do something about it, than just to stand there, follow the status quo and do nothing. Which is why I came to Hongkong, as uncomfortable as it may seem. Which is why I am alone, … Continue reading

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I’m a fan

This woman is so talented that it’s crazy. She learned how to play the piano at the age of four, wrote her first piano ballad at 13, and began performing at open mic nights by the age of 14. Her … Continue reading

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“Watchmen”

Interesting new movie from DC Comics directed by 300 Zack Snyder was watched by your faithful blogger this evening. The movie features a deconstruction of the superhero genre and used a lot of wordy dialogue that left me more confused … Continue reading

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He seems decent…

…but they almost always start that way. Pros: He’s a Christian, loyal and a workaholic Cons: He’s an Aries. Let’s wait and see!

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TGIF

Gosh, this week has been quite exhausting! Fortunately, someone gave me a good jolt of reality to bring me back to my balance. Is this woman unbalanced? Absolutely. My mind’s stressed out. My body’s screaming and aching. My stress levels … Continue reading

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Stop Caring Too Much

Last night, I met a guy who intrigued the hell out of me. It’s quite rare to see these types anymore — that “devil may care attitude.” Admittedly, I was jealous of his ability to not care what everybody thinks … Continue reading

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“Me Tarzan. You Jane.”

I am usually quite careful when a man tells me over the first date, “I like you. I’ve wanted to ask you out even before I met you, and I want to continue to keep seeing you.” Do you: a) … Continue reading

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Choose Well — Live Better

People who know what they want are happier and make better choices. If you are aware of who you are and what you want, then can say no to those you don’t like, and say yes to what you want. … Continue reading

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What keeps me up all night?

No, not the neighbors screaming? Or the couple next door moaning? Or my math homework jogging my brain? Sure, work’s a reason but that’s not the only reason… So what keeps me up all night? Here you go — freaking … Continue reading

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Happy Anniversary To Me!

Guess what? Today is my 6th year anniversary in Taiwan. Wow, right? Almost a year left and I can apply to be a permanent Taiwan resident! The benefit of which is, I can then apply for a credit card so … Continue reading

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Some potential?

Met someone nice this evening at a friend’s house warming party. He’s a doctor who’s in Taiwan on a holiday. Rocker boy in high school, signed a record deal afterwards, but ended up taking up medicine and is currently practicing … Continue reading

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I haven’t read this yet…

…but Randy Pausch’s The Last Lecture should be interesting. Make sure you Adobe Reader is open. Enjoy!

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What makes me happy

1) Apple ala Mode Cold Stone Ice Cream 2) Elevators when you’re going on a business trip and you bring tons of luggage 3) A hilarious movie that keeps you laughin’ till your sides hurt 4) A great swing in … Continue reading

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Advice from a Grey’s Anatomy Addict

Meredity’s greatest mistake in Season 3 was when, given the choice between Derek and Finn, she flips a coin and the best she can say is, “I’d like to date… both of you.”NO NO NO!!! THAT’S JUST ABSOLUTELY WRONG!!! He/she … Continue reading

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Advice from a Grey’s Anatomy Addict

Meredity’s greatest mistake in Season 3 was when, given the choice between Derek and Finn, she flips a coin and the best she can say is, “I’d like to date… both of you.” NO NO NO!!! THAT’S JUST ABSOLUTELY WRONG!!! … Continue reading

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My dreams

Yesterday, I heard that my company was doing a dream. For a moment, my heart stopped. It excited me. It was then that I realized that I want to be an investment banker. When, where, how? I don’t know. But … Continue reading

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Going Through Life Alone

This week was a great mix of work and play. Despite working my arse off all week, I managed to spice up my social life by dropping by Barcode for a friend’s bye-bye party before grooving to the music at … Continue reading

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Random Thoughts

Random Thought #1 My laptop has around 2 GB of dismal hard drive left. I need an upgrade. My friends are pushing me to get an Apple Macbook Pro. “No viruses,” they raved. Unfortunately, for the lowest end specs, the … Continue reading

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Some Comforting Words

After 40 minutes of conversation… Raven: Thank you, you helped me feel a lot better. Friend: Not making you feel better… because you are a good woman/girl… you deserve someone good, someone special… somehow, something tells me this guy is … Continue reading

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Is he interested?

Here’s what Evan Marc Katz has to say about this topic: So how will you know that he’s interested in you? He’ll call you as soon as possible to make plans to see you again. That’s it. Any other excuse … Continue reading

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Why am I single?

“Yeah — you’re the pretty girl who doesn’t date because the good ones are too intimidated to ask her out, and the rest are just bastards.” — HH “Ah, I figure you out now. You are afraid…” — French-Cutie My … Continue reading

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So far, so good…

Four events and counting, all in a single day. Boy, I feel like I’m 21 again where my weekends were all booked full and I had something different to do for lunch, tea, dinner, after-dinner drinks and then dancing. Phew! … Continue reading

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Is it true?

According to my friend, Alexander Gym has gone bankrupt today! I still have 2 years left. Geez, this sucks. But at least, I used up 18 months already so it’s not that big of a loss compared to my friend … Continue reading

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Request

Can I make one request? Can you please, please pray for me? No really, not just say, “Sure,” but really, do include me in your prayers… I’m going to attempt something really difficult this Sunday and I need all the … Continue reading

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Never…

…post your real name when posting an online ad in a Thai dating site: Am looking for a girl who’s as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside. One who values family, friends, and morals; but who … Continue reading

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Gross!

Saw a woman drying off down there using the Alexander’s gym hair dryer. Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeewwww. Okay, now that I’m grossed out, I can shake myself away from my weekend dream and start working overtime. Geez, the weekend passed by so fast. … Continue reading

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Still alive.

Sorry, I know I should’ve updated with tons of pics to share, but I do have an excuse. My sweet lil ol’ brother did something to my SD card and now, all of my pics are inaccessible! WTF! And especially … Continue reading

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Everything is slow here.

Everything is slow here. Too… Darn… Slow… So inefficient la! I don’t mind it since I am a visitor of this place, and I know I’ll fly back home tomorrow. It’s not as if I’m going to stay for a … Continue reading

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Back on the ground

I’m back on the ground, thank God. And I will till I fly again back to Taiwan this Monday. OMG. I have a TON of pics and updates! Check this out — I’ve been in 6 cities just this past … Continue reading

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Frustrating!

So I have around 4 hours of sleep only, and I’m not in a very good mood. To top it off, I’ve come face to face with my weakness. Yes, I am so Mandarin deficient and it’s so frustrating! That’s … Continue reading

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Irony

Tonight, I had a luscious dinner at one of the most expensive French restaurants in the city. At least NT$3,300 a pop + 10% tax in a meal that lasted almost 4-hours, and serving a supposedly delicious chef’s specialty, La … Continue reading

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Solitude

It’s 2:00 am and I’ve been so far satisfied on how the week’s turned out. One thing for sure, life has been very different. Whereas my life used to be one party and social gathering after another, it’s now become … Continue reading

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Sony Bravia Ads

To make a point, Sony painted an entire apartment complex… And released 250,000 balls (I kid you not) down the streets of San Francisco. I don’t get the entirety of the message, but I can definitely appreciate it. Its beauty … Continue reading

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Sigh.

And does he email or call today? No. So what else is new? Time and time again, he has proven his unreliability. Should I even be surprised? Often times, though your heart flutters when you hear from him, you stop … Continue reading

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Why drinking is good!

Recent research from Italy showed that reasonable drinking prolongs life. In glass-terms, it’s 3-4 glasses for men, and up to 2 glasses for women (imbalance is due to how male and female bodies process alcohol). On a good night out, … Continue reading

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Taike!

Today’s our second office Christmas party for the entire bank (We had our first on a lovely French dinner and wine-tasting event at La Petit — more on that on later notes). And with every Christmas party, there’s also a … Continue reading

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La Petite Cuisine

One of the perks in working for a prestigious bank — dining in a fine French restaurant (arguably the best in Taipei) and sipping uber-expensive Burgundy wine. Total cost of the meal per head: NT$6,000 (Php 9,000) That’s approximately the … Continue reading

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Rain

It’s lightly drizzling outside, emphasizing the fading rays of daylight. Feeling the pitter patters on your skin, the rain feels like snow. Reflecting the towering structures, the entire landscape is just beautiful. My gosh, I’ve been turned into a sentimentalist. … Continue reading

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Deja Vu

Oh no. Here we go again. The uncontrollable non-stop emotional roller coaster ride. This time, it’s NOT the Aussie guy, though he finally did send me a message last night while I was in my semi-date that left my heart … Continue reading

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Christmas Vacation

I have a few days of break during Christmas time — 10 days in fact. India came under consideration, but upon seeing that half of the days are spent in a car traveling from one point to the other, as … Continue reading

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Thought of the Day

“When naked, everybody’s just the same.”~ Raven when working out in the Alexander gym last night So to people who think they’re better than others just because they have more money, you’re wrong. You also have the same flabs / … Continue reading

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Personal ad

If you were to write a personal ad, how would yours read? Mine would be: Seeking a “nice” normal man who has confidence and substance. This attractive, 168 cm, Chinese native English speaker in her mid-20s is fit (yes, I’ve … Continue reading

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Loud?

My job requires me to be on the phone the whole day. From morning to evening, my phone constantly rings and I get to talk to drivers, travel agents, CFOs, directors, spokesmen, their secretaries and sometimes, even company presidents. However, … Continue reading

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Life’s a Bullet Train

Don’t you think that life sometimes feel like a speeding bullet train that can’t stop even if you wanted to? These past couple of weeks, I’ve felt as if I haven’t had time for myself, much alone to breathe. My … Continue reading

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Pride and Prejudice

Honestly, I think my pride will be my downfall. According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, pride is: 1 : the quality or state of being proud: as a : inordinate self-esteem : conceit b : a reasonable or justifiable self-respect … Continue reading

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An Expensive Afternoon

Raven’s been really baaaaaad… It all started innocently enough: a few thousand NTDs in cash, some Sogo gift vouchers and by the end of the day, I was again penniless and poor. Thank god BK treated me to a nice … Continue reading

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Handicapped Biased

People usually think that we’re biased against handicapped, homosexual or untaboo groups of people. If you think about it, we’re really not. Case in point, in a recent diversity training, the speaker encourages increasing diversity in the workplace. This means … Continue reading

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Rainy Bike-Riding Epiphany

Today, I had an epiphany. It was drizzling this morning and our group had organized a bicycling trip along the Hsintien river which rides to the northern Danshui part of Taipei. Hence, rain = cancellation of event Who would want … Continue reading

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"It’s not mine"

Look at this face:This is the guy who have renewed my faith in Taiwan and its people. After having my backpack stolen less than three months ago, losing all my credit cards, ARC, my black qi pao which I only … Continue reading

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Why my life is changing — again

Going forward, anything that’s left of my life is practically over! Sigh, if am not punishing others… Then why oh why do I always punish myself?! Can’t I just be satisfied with cruising through a life of mediocrity? 😦 Sigh, … Continue reading

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Alone

It’s a Saturday evening and am alone at work, finishing up some travel arrangements for a handful of clients flying in this week. I just realized, it’s kinda lonely here. Raven is a bit lonely. I’ve practically spent the whole … Continue reading

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Open Minds and Closed Mouths by Jim Stovall

Conversations are pleasant, discussions are interesting, debates areproductive, but arguments are destructive. The difference between debates and arguments lies in whether you are dealing with the subject at hand or the personalities involved. Whether it is in your personal or … Continue reading

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A Week of Negative Energies

I am upset. The most upset I’ve ever been was back in High School and our valedictorian, who ironically works for P&G, made me cry. Twice. I was in my pre-teens then, and haven’t really forgotten. That’s me I guess … Continue reading

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An Upcoming Reality

Found this postcard at the Post Secret website: And was surprised on how much I can relate to it. So far, without my parents’ knowledge, I’ve been to Hong Kong, Cambodia, Thailand and Myanmar. I was thinking of Vietnam or … Continue reading

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Email Etiquette

What’s it with people? E-groups is for everybody’s eyes. Private email is just for you and the receiver. If the issue is merely between two people, why broadcast it to the rest of the world? Some people are just too … Continue reading

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Sunday

It’s Sunday and am in the office slaving away… But don’t think that all this work makes Raven a dull girl! Yesterday was a B-L-A-S-T! Shoot, my muscles are super sore though. Am in serious need for a massage! What … Continue reading

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Raven’s mad

I abhor conflict. I avoid it like a plague and I don’t deal with it unless necessary. I know it’s not the way you deal with things, but it’s my life, and I deal with issues MY way. So who … Continue reading

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Restless weekend — Literally!

The weekend was a marathon of fun and sleeplessness. On Saturday, I was representative for my Toastmaster Club for the District A Humorous Speech Contest and won second place. Didn’t really think I was particularly funny — my speech was … Continue reading

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FUN-FILLED Weekend!

Wow, this was such a rocking weekend. After that movie last Friday, both Saturday and Sunday zoomed by so fast, am now preparing for work the next day. Pictures will come so do await my post tomorrow. It was such … Continue reading

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An Inconvenient Truth + Guessing Game

Guess what’s so special about tonight? I’ll give you a clue: If anybody can guess right what’s so special about this ticket, I’ll treat him/her to a movie of his/her choice. I’m not kidding, so guess away! Anyway, tonight, I … Continue reading

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26 and a Happy Birthday to me!

Boo hoo, one year older at 26!!! 😦 Wow, how time runs SO fast, and again, I look in awe on how my life had changed 180 degrees in just the past couple of months. I’m much different from the … Continue reading

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Thanks you guys!

Thank you guys for a wonderful birthday party, multiplied by a couple of times… Mwah! Mwah! First, there’s dinner at Herbs then dancing at Room 18 till dawn… Then recuperating and having a nice quiet Sunday dinner with some okonomiyaki … Continue reading

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F*ck!

Lost my wallet — again! Total damage? Around NT$7,300, plus the hassle of applying for ANOTHER ARC and credit cards. F*ck, f*ck… Fuck. As they say, if the same shit happens to you all over again, it’s not you, it’s … Continue reading

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Mind your own business!

I don’t f*cking care what people think. This evening, a good friend of mine told me that some people were starting to talk about me. Or in particular, my very good friend MS, who was recently divorced. “The thing is … Continue reading

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One Saturday afternoon

Slaving away in the office on a Saturday afternoon… Great, that’s the best way to spend it! 🙂 But all is not lost — this afternoon, I had lunch with Aussie guy at Macaroni Grill. That’s how much our “romance” … Continue reading

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Groan!

Back to work! * groan* What I think is the stupidest thing of the week? Government giving us a one-day vacation next Monday on the 9th for a 5-day weekend (actually, it’s to avoid people joining the anti-Chen rally), and … Continue reading

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Quick Rants

Is it just me, or is it suddenly raining men? *scratches head* Aussie guy just got back in touch… after a weeklong hiatus of texting and emailing. But heck, I’ll put him aside from now. Chances are, he just wants … Continue reading

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My first biz trip

A tad exhausted. Just got back from a week-long business trip. First to Hong Kong from September 24 (Sunday)… To Singapore from September 28 (Thursday)… And now, back to Taipei just this 10:30 pm. My very first business trip. Wow. … Continue reading

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Welcome to my world

This is my life. Working 12-hour+ days… This means, waking up, going to work at 7:45 am then going home no less than that time 12 hours later, and lately, overtime till around 10:40-ish… Squeezing in 1-2 times a week … Continue reading

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Ass

My gosh, Aussie guy is such an ass. The problem is, he’s so frustrating!!! Yesterday’s exchange: Aussie guy: “Hey there. How was your evening?” Raven: “Excellent. And you? Are u recuperating well? Good sleep in the bare?” Aussie guy: “I … Continue reading

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Snippets of my life

Phone rings a little after lunch. Guy pal 1: “Heyo Raven! How are you?! Long time no see! It’s been awhile since we’ve talked!” Raven’s surprised. Yes, it’s been awhile. Raven: “What’s up? How have you been?” Guy pal 1: … Continue reading

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Just between you and me…

Aussie guy: “What are you doing?”Raven: “Just climbed Jade Mountain, Taiwan and Northeast Asian’s highest, walking almost 22 kilometers in 2 days. Kinda crazy. So what are you doing this weekend?” Aussie guy: “Ran a marathon. Played golf. Cured cancer. … Continue reading

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Eavesdropping at The Living Room

Guy friend to mutual female acquaintance: “Wow. It’s nice to meet your new boyfriend,” he said. Woman to tactless guy friend: “That wasn’t my boyfriend you’ve met before,” she replied. “That was my son.” Raven guffaws silently. ~ 9:40 pm … Continue reading

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Aussie guy

I’ve been missing Aussie guy. Shit. Shit. Shit. I was talking to my friend Mikey yesterday. He asked me what I’ve seen in Aussie guy. “He’s big,” I said. “In what way?” he asked. “In every way that matters,” I … Continue reading

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Brief yet Dramatic

Yesterday, I was thinking… Sometimes our lives are changed by people who come to our lives for the briefest moments. Take for example my friend BE. He was the one who got me really into wallclimbing. We don’t really keep … Continue reading

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Eat, eat, EAT again!

Oh my gosh again. Mitsui Japanese sushi dinner set last night. One of the more expensive Japanese places… okay, not bad la for at least NT$1,500 minimum a meal. My roommate’s eyes almost popped when she heard… “Waaaah! Too much … Continue reading

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Silence

I can be really loud when I want to. But recently, I’ve noticed something. I’m quieter. Sometimes, when I’m with people, I feel the need to entertain them, make them laugh, have a good time. That’s why I became a … Continue reading

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Biz trip?

Let’s pop the bubblies! I’m going to Hong Kong on a business trip sometime next month! Maybe now, I’d have the chance to see this guy I’m crushing on. 🙂 Will things be different, or remain the same? Ooooh, I … Continue reading

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Fat!

Oh. My. God. I’d be fat in a month! Ever since I started working at this new company, I’d been eating continuously. During my first three days at the job, there’s an endless supply of sandwiches, snacks and bien dang … Continue reading

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Babies!

I want babies!!! And no, I’m not really talking about babies who poop, and cry and wake you up at night. Instead, I want the following babies:1) Panasonic Lumix FX01 – with Leica lens (whatever the heck that means, JS … Continue reading

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Risks

Doug Sundheim • Executive Coach, New York City • dms@clarityconsulting.com posted: “Do you think the people who were trying to reach the top of Everest were not full of doubts? For a hundred years, people tried and lost their lives. … Continue reading

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Stolen!

Today’s the second worse day of the week. Aside from fighting and maybe ending my friendship with guy best friend Mike yesterday, I had my backpack stolen this afternoon while shopping for shoes in Sogo. Okay, I was being stupid. … Continue reading

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One BIG Fight

I just had a fight with my best friend, Mike today. Okay, it was my fault. We had plans to meet at the Nanshijiao MRT at 2PM, go to Shifen, see the waterfalls, and then stay overnight maybe in Jiufen. … Continue reading

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Vacation?! What Vacation?!

What’s a girl to do on her two week vacation? God, it doesn’t feel like a vacation to tell you the truth. Being the busy bee I am, my schedule has just been jump-packed with social events, wallclimbing, golf, semi-dates … Continue reading

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Humpty Dumpty

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,Humpty Dumpty had a great fall,All the king’s horses and all the king’s menCouldn’t put Humpty Dumpty together again! Do you remember this simple rhyme song? I do, it still rings in my head. And … Continue reading

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Unemployed!

Let me say this once again with a huge smile in my face: “I’m in-between jobs!!! Hoot!” At long last, I’m gloriously unemployed! *gives high fives all around* This is the nth time this weekend that I’ve said that. 😀 … Continue reading

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HiStory

I’m not here to judge. I’m just here to share, retelling a story I’ve heard from a good friend of mine a few days ago. We were walking in the Daan park, him and I. It was drizzling and like … Continue reading

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A Farewell Letter

Letter I sent to the whole department today: Hello everyone, Sadly, after over 2 glorious years in this company, today’s my last day at AXXX. Thanks so much to everyone who made it worthwhile: the planners for their patience in … Continue reading

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Sh*t Talkin’

I’ve never really been a soccer fan. Even when there was a World Cup game ongoing at Deluxe a few weekends ago, I was busy tapping my feet waiting for it to end so we can start dancing. However, no … Continue reading

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Uncooperative weather :-(

I am sitting on the floor on my new apartment, empty because my roommate ain’t home yet. Outside, I hear the rain dripping, and cars zooming on wet cement. A typhoon is coming. And there goes my lovely well-planned trip … Continue reading

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Got me a crush, I think :-(

Uh-oh. Raven has a crush on a guy. When he called me this afternoon, my tummy did some belly-flops. We laughed and joke around, and I had a great time talking to him. 18 minutes and 31 seconds. You know … Continue reading

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Movin’ swashbucklin’ weekend!

It was finally the weekend where I’d got to move!!! After packing the entire Friday and panicking while at it (God, I didn’t know when I’d finish), I finally got things done by Saturday (merely just dropped all the lil’ … Continue reading

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The Microsoft iPod

This video made my day: Try to imagine what would happen if Microsoft redesigns the iPod packaging:Maybe it’s because I’m also in the I.T. industry, but the plot line sounds SO much familiar… Instead of KISS (keeping it simple, stupid), … Continue reading

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