Tuesday the 25th of March 2014
I have three lessons today; it is currently 00:16AM. My first lesson is at 16:20PM, which is great as it means I can hopefully finish writing this post. I was recently hoping to familiarise myself with several emerging contemporary artists and curators here in Taiwan but there are more important matters at hand. ‘Taipei police used batons and water cannon to clear protestors from Taiwan’s parliament Monday morning. A group of several hundred demonstrators had been occupying cabinet offices Sunday night as part of a student-led movement against a trade pact with China. The mostly student protestors say the deal hands too much influence to China, is undemocratic, and will hurt the island. The government insists it is an economic imperative. By early Monday, people were being pulled from the premises. At least 58 were arrested and 137 were injured, reports the Associated Press.’ (Time, 2014) Several tweets, Facebook updates and videos I’ve watched regarding this have moved me to tears. Use the hashtag #SupportTaiwan in your Facebook updates and tweets to raise awareness of the situation. Taiwan is constantly wary of an invasion from mainland China.
It’s now just after 2:00AM, I need to get my eyes tested.
Monday the 24th of March 2014
I haven’t written anything substantial for a while.
It’s almost Tuesday.
Sunday the 23rd of March 2014
There are so many inconsistencies on this blog that bother me, my absolutely appalling use of images being a major cause for concern. I am constantly tempted to delete things here and there but I’ve promised myself that I won’t. I can’t give in to my obsessive compulsions when it comes to the digital self. I spent seven hours, possibly more in a Taiwanese hair salon today. My hair was completely destroyed when I walked in (I don’t know how to use a hair dryer, brush or products correctly)… and I came out looking like a Japanese high schooler. I had been considering a makeover for a while and finally managed to ask one of my Taiwanese friends to help me, I bought her dinner as the seven hours spent in there was completely unexpected. I asked her if it was normal for it to take such a long time and she told me that it usually takes five hours or so. In the UK most hair appointments last an hour or two hours depending on what you’re having done.
I have to admit though, the salon was absolutely amazing, they give you a snack box, juice made from flowers, you have your own television and remote control, they provide you with a bottle of massage oil after giving you a shoulder and neck massage, they also wash your hair about four times and each time you receive an intensive scalp treatment and head massage. It was a pretty incredible experience. I went to a place in Hemei Township or 和美鎮 (Héměi Zhèn) called A&D or 雅頓髮型和美店. I highly recommend it if you want a hairstyle overhaul.
Saturday the 22nd of March 2014
I ate a tin of tuna today, amongst other things. This was no ordinary tin of tuna though; this tin of tuna was from Poland. My boyfriend brought me so many nice things. He also brought them in the tiniest suitcase I’ve ever seen. I miss him. I need to finalise a post summarising his trip to Taiwan.
It’s 1:04AM and I’m going to get my hair done tomorrow. I haven’t had my hair cut or styled for a very long time, I look like Mia Thermopolis in The Princess Diaries, pre-makeover. No fashion sense, frizzy hair, giant eyebrows and glasses. I taught a lesson at the park on Thursday, the photographs made me feel absolutely horrified. Note to self, working full time as a teacher is no excuse.