At the farewell dinner for a colleague, I sat next to some retired professors. I don't recall how but they started talking about the recent election in Malaysia. "Everyone was so shocked that Dr Mahathir won! He's 92! Why would the people vote for him?!""The new government immediately investigated the ousted PM and found lots of money and bags in his house! This is just like in ancient China, where the new emperor would 抄家""So much cash it took them days to count it!"
The doctor was filling out my medical form in English, for an upcoming cruise on a French research vessel.Him: What do I fill out here for your "appearance"?Me: Umm... I don't know? Maybe normal? *who is the doctor here? 😆*Him: Hmm. Can I write that you are fair-skinned?😂I'm probably a bit "colored" by French standard, I guess? 😆
(Image: ilCorSaRoBlu.org)This is my favorite documentary/show. New lives in the wild. The host Ben Fogle visits interesting (in my opinion) people who left the rat race and "normal" life to live in the middle of nowhere. I've seen a few episodes by chance on BBC Earth and was so inspired by these brave people!This Californian moved to Egypt after marrying her husband. After his death, she moved to a farm next to Sahara. Alone. Instead of returning to her home country.
There was a time in my life, where I would have this thought when waiting for the pedestrian traffic light to turn green.All my sufferings will end if a car got out of control and hit me. It will be a relief.Today I had that thought again, sitting in front my computer, trying to force myself to work because I'm behind schedule. Gave up after a few minutes and talked to Basilio.Except there's no obvious solution. What do I do. Where do we go from here. What is the point.I feel stuck.
My German student in Norway wrote me today and wished me a good 17th May - Constitution Day of Norway. And told me to fly Norwegian flag, for the 2 years I spent in Norway. ***I told Amazing K, my former officemate in Germany, that things are tough here. Her reaction: Will you and Basilio come back to Germany? That would be cool!Now why would we move to Germany? We don't have families there. 😆Basilio: Well, we met there. We have that. Sometimes Basilio surprises me.
I pass by Taipei 101 en route to work. So that's like at least 5×2 times a week.Yet, I don't feel any urge to pay it a visit. 😅Maybe when Basilio is here. We can go there together, remark on how overrated it/the view of the city is (quite likely to happen given the poor air quality in Taipei) and wonder aloud why all these tourists flock there. I miss my partner in crime.
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