Wednesday the 1st of January 2014
Starting the New Year with some chocolate Häagen-Dazs and family orientated Skype was nice. Although expensive, I felt like buying myself something from my ‘luxury item list’. I have decided to save a substantial amount of money whilst in Taiwan and it is therefore necessary that I purchase wisely, particularly when it comes to food. I made the mistake of buying two 7-Eleven ‘cheese’ bagels last night; I believe that the cheese was in fact sugar and food colouring as it certainly didn’t taste like cheese. Cheese isn’t supposed to be as sweet as the bright yellow substance in that bagel; I was absolutely horrified when I bit into it. I ate all of it none the less and had the second for breakfast this afternoon. I say afternoon as I couldn’t sleep at all last night and it’s now 14:00PM.
I have decided to take more pictures (of Taiwan), blog daily and develop more of a consistent Instagram feed. I feel as though mine resembles that of a teenager with a new toy (iPad) etc. I also need to stop deleting things, that’s always been a major issue of mine, the Internet can be whatever you want it to be and I feel as though by utilising its ability to archive, I can create an interesting album of progression, of personal development, my sense of style or taste. I started the process when I was sixteen and at nineteen during a stress fuelled moment of weakness, I completely destroyed several years of work over night. 2014 is the year I don’t regret the things I like, post, follow or write, 2014 is the year of self-realisation through social media. I learned that building a prosperous network of subscribers, friends, fans and followers only happens when you completely ignore that aspect of social media, when you create a realm for yourself, rather than for others.
I was watching The Big Fat Quiz of the Year on 4OD (VPN) last night when I stood up to put the kettle on, my ankle crunched as though I had landed on a bag of crisps and I felt the same sharp pain shoot through my body that I had felt just over a week ago. I’m not sure what happened but it definitely hasn’t healed yet, it’s rare for me to feel physically sick but I can’t help but feel nauseous even thinking about the pain. My plans for New Year’s Day involve trying to generally organise my apartment and attempting to create an inventory of things I would like to do while here in preparation for my boyfriend’s visit in March and for my brother and sister arriving later on in the year. I think I might get a bus to Changhua City or 彰化市 (Zhānghuà Shì) on Saturday morning to visit The Temple of Confucius or 彰化孔子廟 (Zhānghuà Kǒngzǐ Miào) as I still haven’t seen it and as I mentioned previously, I have decided to take more pictures.