Hey guys, I'm back again! Although my 139 days in Taiwan are unfortunately over, don't think that this blog's dead just yet! I'll continue posting bits and bobs from my trip, musical events that I've attended while I was there, as well as any information about Taipei which I find useful for any music lovers visiting. But it'll also be a space for me to continue reflecting on my experience in Taipei.
I really can't believe that it's been four months since I left Taipei, but what's even more surreal to me is the fact that I had such a wonderful experience while I was there. I often find myself wondering 'Was it all a dream?', 'Did it Really happen?'. Up until now I'm still processing every single memory, every single experience and every single moment that was generated during my time there, and each time, it's come up with something new for me. I've organised my thoughts into a blog series; this time with each song comes a segment of my story, hope that they can inspire you too! I feel that the four songs really interweave seamlessly into each other; with messages which complement my thoughts perfectly too! Stay tuned for the release of each post, and feel free to leave your comments down below!
-INFINITE POSSIBILITIES 13.11.14
-WHAT'S NEXT 17.11.14
-A SECRET HOLLOW 19.11.14
Check out the playlist for all four songs here.
Definitely, I'm happy to report back that life has changed for me since I left Taipei. I was worried at first that I'd just go back to my normal life, get back into old routines and slowly start to lose passion and enthusiasm, two elements that I've gained back after my time in Taipei. But as time passed, I realised that instead of losing steam along the way, the hope, the enthusiasm and the optimism that I had found once again has never let me down. I've finally found a pathway which I really am interested in, am taking a healthier approach to living, and devoting more time towards cultivating my musical and creative interests. I've always wondered where this strange motivation and inspiration has been coming from-and I've only just realised that its been the experiences I've had that have kept me going all along. Several times a day, no matter how busy I am, or how stressed I am, I find myself smiling or laughing to myself because I just remembered a situation or experience that happened while I was in Taiwan that made me happy. And I know there's all these tests and studies showing that smiling just improve your mood, and really, it does. But I've never before found any reason really to just stand there, grinning stupidly like a fool-until now. So when you see those silly optimism posters that say "Just keep smiling"; I say don't just clench your teeth, part your lips, and give me a half-hearted grimace that looks like the Joker just killed Batman-find something that is actually going to make you happy, and give you motivation to smile, even by just thinking about it. It doesn't have to be something big like going on exchange of course, planning a future holiday, or thinking about all the opportunities that lie ahead of you is a great way to get yourself smiling and helping you maintain a positive outlook on life. Because when you have a smile on your face, the possibilities are endless.
It's been my dream since I started getting to know more about Chinese music to be able to live in Taipei, and now I'm finally going to be able to! Starting from the 11th of February, I will be staying in Taipei for 139 days and hope to share parts of my experiences that may be helpful with readers everywhere! (Feb 2014)