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Thursday, 28 September 2017

Google Translate: 我們說中文

After years of procrastination, I finally made my trip to Taipei. One would think that this was a carefully thought out plan but as we were indecisive and spoilt for choice, we literally drew lots in a cafe while having waffles with ice cream. 

The difficulty faced in conversing fluently in the language was definitely painful, despite years of Chinese lessons and laoshis hating on me (trust me, it felt like punishment when I failed to articulate the characters that were suppose to mean Negitoro and Uni Kaisen Don). 

Apart from me being an embarrassment to my race, I appreciated the dynamics and creative culture that surrounded and penetrated the city. While it reminded me of home as a well developed country, it also felt different in a good refreshing way – perhaps it was the abundance of ABC Marts.

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