Sunday, October 12, 2014

月彎彎 Yue Wan Wan - 謝金燕 Jeannie Hsieh


I chanced upon her songs a couple of weeks ago, when I was really tired at work. Her most popular songs were techno songs so I was finally able to stay awake at work. My impression of her was a really lively girl and I was super shocked when I found out her actual age. I started to really like her after her incident at a music festival at Kaohsiung.

She was forced to end her performance early because the organiser was worried that they will be fined if the performance did not end on time, she was not notified beforehand as well. The most frustrating thing was her performance started late because there was some delay before that, and she was constantly pushed to the front-line to explain the situation to her fans. I could tell she was really upset although she held a smile on her face throughout. She finally ceased the smile on her face when the idiotic organiser switched off her mic and off the stage light. There was something about her that made me felt she was really strong and mature throughout the incident.

She kept her smile but I couldn't stop feeling a tinge of sadness for her when I watched the video of the incident.

She was signalling to her fans to listen after her mic and stage light was switched off. And the only thing she shouted was "姐姐愛你們" (I love you).

How can you not like her after seeing what had happened to her and how well she had handled the situation. I was so interested in her that I spent 2 whole days looking at her videos one after another, in the hope of understanding her better. She sometimes appears arrogant and over confident during her variety shows, but whatever happened at this music festival can outrun that. I learnt a little about her family background and I think she has turned out really great despite what had happened. Therefore, I have to listen to her songs everyday now. My current favourite is Crescent Moon (月彎彎).

Let me do a loose translation of what I had written above.

某天在公司很累的時候,在YouTube隨便刷到姐姐的歌。結果一聼就愛上她的曲風因爲超提神的。我應該好久都沒愛上歌手了吧,姐姐是N年后的第一位。開始覺得姐姐這個人很活潑,發現她的年齡時我整個嚇了一跳。後來看到姐姐在高雄大彩虹音樂節遇到的事,就忍不住替她難過。雖然姐姐很敬業,臉上一直保持笑容,但她的言行舉止讓我感覺出她事實上非常難過。

過後就像個傻子,連續兩天一直找姐姐的久影片來看。但看到姐姐上的綜藝節目會發現她的自我感覺太過良好。但在高雄發生的事件會重復在我腦裏刷,我就在想綜藝節目上的她可能不是她真實的一面。接下來姐姐也長大了啊,人會變嘛。現在我中毒太深,每天都必聼姐姐的歌。


This is my first translation attempt for a Hokkien song. Some words totally do not make sense in Chinese so I had to search them up online. To be honest, I was constantly searching up several phrases because they suspiciously seemed to have another meaning, although if I were to read each word standalone, their meaning will be different. I no longer rely on my Chinese-English dictionary as much for idioms, instead I search for their meaning in a Chinese dictionary because I feel it is more accurate that way. Some essence is usually lost in translation, if I were to used the pre-translated English text for the idioms, more meaning will be lost in the lyrics I have translated. I didn't include pinyin for the Chinese lyrics because I'm not confident providing their actual pronunciation in Hokkien.

Without much ado...

Song: 月彎彎 Yue Wan Wan (Crescent Moon)
Album: 月彎彎

風輕輕吹
The wind gently blows

花香來過
The flower scent has passed by

孤單無人陪
Lonely without company

飄浪一張批
A letter drifting by

春天經過
Spring passing by

乎風雨來收回
And was reverted by storm and rain

三月只剩
What’s left of March

一片破碎的紅花
Is a piece of tattered red flower

夢輕輕飛
Dream gently flies

思念加倍
Doubling the longing

寂寞無人陪
Lonely without company

愛情一句話
Love, in short

蝴蝶美麗
Beautiful butterflies

乎霜雪來出賣
Was betrayed by the frost

青春無風也要飛
Even if there is no wind during youth, one will still want to fly

斷線風箏
A flying kite with a snapped string

月彎彎
Crescent moon

剩我沒紅線通乎牽
I’m the only one left without a red string pulling

月彎彎
Crescent moon

剩我一個人在怨歎
I’m left alone to heave a sigh of resentment

歲月悲歡攏是夢
The years of joy and sorrow are all a dream

青春悲歌唱不完
The sorrow of youth can never be sang finish

月彎彎
Crescent moon

照著阮猶原心頭亂
Shining upon me, my heart is still a mess

月彎彎
Crescent moon

剩我沒紅線通乎牽
I’m the only one left without a red string pulling

月彎彎
Crescent moon

剩我一個人在怨歎
I’m left alone to heave a sigh of resentment

歲月離合攏是空
The years of separation and reunion are all for nothing

哀怨人生講不完
The anguish of life can never be explained finish

月彎彎
Crescent moon

猶原月彎彎
Is still a crescent moon

來亦來去亦去莫強求
Things coming and going, don’t have to force them

看陰陽圓缺永久
Looking at the permanence of life changes

相遇在黎明前的永晝
Meeting during an everlasting day before daybreak

似若有緣看伊人為誰憂傷
It seems I’m fated to chance upon a person who is grieving for someone

痛亦痛傷亦傷若欲走
If you wish to leave after all the injury and pain

看無是無非天長地久
Look at the nothingness in eternity

離別在黃昏前曾擁有
I had the farewell before nightfall

夢輕輕飛
Dream gently flies

思念加倍
Doubling the longing

寂寞無人陪
Lonely without company

愛情一句話
Love, in short

蝴蝶美麗
Beautiful butterflies

乎霜雪來出賣
Was betrayed by the frost

青春無風也要飛
Even if there is no wind during youth, one will still want to fly

斷線風箏
A flying kite with a snapped string

月彎彎
Crescent moon

剩我沒紅線通乎牽
I’m the only one left without a red string pulling

月彎彎
Crescent moon

剩我一個人在怨歎
I’m left alone to heave a sigh of resentment

歲月悲歡攏是夢
The years of joy and sorrow are all a dream

青春悲歌唱不完
The sorrow of youth can never be sang finish

月彎彎
Crescent moon

照著阮猶原心頭亂
Shining upon me, my heart is still a mess

月彎彎
Crescent moon

剩我沒紅線通乎牽
I’m the only one left without a red string pulling

月彎彎
Crescent moon

剩我一個人在怨歎
I’m left alone to heave a sigh of resentment

歲月離合攏是空
The years of separation and reunion are all for nothing

哀怨人生講不完
The anguish of life can never be explained finish

月彎彎
Crescent moon

猶原月彎彎
Is still a crescent moon

來亦來去亦去莫強求
Things coming and going, don’t have to force them

看陰陽圓缺永久
Looking at the permanence of life changes

相遇在黎明前的永晝
Meeting during an everlasting day before daybreak

似若有緣看伊人為誰憂傷
It seems I’m fated to chance upon a person who is grieving for someone

痛亦痛傷亦傷若欲走
If you wish to leave after all the injury and pain

看無是無非天長地久
Look at the nothingness in eternity

離別在黃昏前曾擁有
I had the farewell before nightfall

月彎彎
Crescent moon

剩我沒紅線通乎牽
I’m the only one left without a red string pulling

月彎彎
Crescent moon

剩我一個人在怨歎
I’m left alone to heave a sigh of resentment

歲月離合攏是空
The years of separation and reunion are all for nothing

哀怨人生講不完
The anguish of life can never be explained finish

月彎彎
Crescent moon

猶原月彎彎
Is still a crescent moon

月彎彎
Crescent moon

猶原月
Is still a moon

Monday, April 21, 2014

A trip to Kaohsiung / Jolin Myself Final Concert - Day 2 (Part 1)

Hey! I'm back. I was on "hiatus" for almost a year since my last entry on this. I daresay I don't remember much of it and memories of my overseas trips are overlapping. The part of my hair that I had dyed last year has grown past my ear now. My hair grows really slow. I miss my original black hair. 黑髮尤物~ Hahaha.

Back from where I left off...

13th April 2013

I woke up the next morning and apologised to my room-mate about all the noise I was producing. Surprisingly, she told me the noise didn't bother her because she was too tired. I was glad for that because I feel really bad, I wasn't usually so noisy.

I felt that I woke up pretty early. Well early for my standard considering I usually sleep in till the late afternoon on weekends.

I was still obsessing over my newly coloured hair. So I posted a selfie to facebook. :D

We washed up, met my neighbour from Singapore fan club and headed out to meet the others for lunch. I followed them to a train station and was rather amused with their temporary train token. In Singapore, we use a temporary train card so I find that strange. As I'm studying Anthropology this semester, I now know that my actions is a representation of ethnocentrism.

When you enter the train station, you scan this token and the machine responds by letting you in. When you exit the train station, you drop the token into a slot so they can collect it back. I still can't comprehend how scanning token works.

This is the nearest train station to my hotel. I took a photo of it in case I get lost. I currently do not possess any mode of communication because I can't get my phone card yesterday.

When we reached our stop and I was on my way up the escalator, my nike scandals somehow got sucked in by the escalator and my companions were staring at me in amusement. I picked up my scandals and stared in disgust at the layer of stained forsaken oil. However, upon emerging from the train station, we were greeted by an amazing sight.

A giant poster of Jolin Tsai!
I saw this with my room-mate yesterday but we were on a car, so we can't get a shot of it.

That's my room-mate over there. Facing the direction of the giant poster.

And we spotted banners of Vivian Dawson nearby too!

Our fangirl moments ended shortly after and we headed back to the other side of the road where our companions were waiting. Another group of people were supposed to meet us there but they were really late. Even later than the legendary Carrot.

Eventually, we decided to get our phone cards while we were waiting. A telecom store was conveniently beside us. I couldn't purchase the phone card because I didn't bring my ID along. That became the joke of the trip because I was either too unlucky or too untrustworthy-looking. I was rather upset about this because I didn't get a chance to call my family ever since I landed in Taiwan. And I miss them. :(

My room-mate was very kind to purchase extra call credits so that I could call back home. :')

After what seemed like an hour of waiting, I was famished coupled and with some other unpleasant feelings, the group of people finally arrived. We were all waiting for this moment just so we could have lunch together. But we ended up splitting up for lunch. My neighbour from Singapore fan club mentioned that the waiting is a pretty common occurrence with them.

We headed to the shopping center that Vivan Dawson banner was at and had ramen for lunch. I chose the ramen that looked the most interesting to me with the simplest words to pronounce, and added an extra soft boiled egg. :D After a day of English speaking, I was attracted to any familiar people whom speak Chinese. As such, I didn't put in my best effort to maintain a good relationship with my room-mate (basically I was losing my patience with translating).

After our ramen, we walked around in the shopping mall. We stopped by at a toys store and I told my brain numerous times not to get anything redundant. I ended up purchasing a Pokeball which turned out to be a beach Pokeball to my dismay. I was expecting a miniature Pokeball that I could hold comfortably in my palm.

As we were wandering around the mall, we spotted a gym with Jolin's and Vivan Dawson's banners side by side. <3 p="">
We then left the mall and met the others at this impressive looking Adidas store.
I'm a fan of Adidas apparel and Jolin endorsing the brand makes it even more appealing to me.

Outside the store

Outside the store

Inside the store

Everyone else was trying to get the items that were endorsed by Jolin in her commercials. I was however, focused on getting items I needed. My most foolish moment in the store was when I tried on kids jackets without knowing they were meant for kids. Well the jacket looked nice and I could fit in them, although albeit tight. When I finally noticed the "kid" sign, I faded away, overwhelmed with shame.

I changed my target to a grey jacket that I'll be wearing in the photos below. And hey, an acquaintance said the jacket looks nice. *Feeling Proud* I also got myself a pair of blue winter boots (which another acquaintance mentioned was nice) and some Adidas socks to go with it.

Before we left the shop, I felt sad that I didn't buy anything that Jolin endorsed. So I rapidly chose a pink tank top and hurried off to the cashier without considering if the size fits me.

The pink tank top looks really nice on Jolin though. 

One of the Taiwan fan club members worked at Adidas, hence we managed to get a special staff discount for all our purchases. The price of the items are cheaper in Taiwan too, so it was a steal for me.

There was another round of waiting. I was antisocial by being reluctant to place my clean Adidas paper bag on the floor for their instagram photo. I walked off to a small street near the Adidas shop because I was fed up with waiting and got myself a drink. Someone handed us a black sugar mochii snack. And then the van arrived to bring us to our next location.

 I had no idea where we were going so I was taken aback when we reached. Even though I don't know the name of the place, I instinctively knew that it was Jolin's "The Great Artist" MV filming location.

We didn't go inside to explore. 
I would like to slow down and immerse myself at some art gallery.

This was exactly the spot that Jolin danced. Although it looked much different in the MV with all the light effects.


There was a good photographer in our group and everyone was bothering him for a shot. He looked slightly annoyed but he helped us all nonetheless. This situation reminded me of the social obligations that we carry out.

Nonetheless, I appreciated his help in getting a good shot.
This was the jacket I just purchased from Adidas.

Everyone was so adventurous with their poses, so I tried something else other than my usual toothy grin. There were even people posing the final pose Jolin strike in her MV.

And this angle was where Jolin made her dramatic appearance after she landed from her carriage in "The Great Artist".

I spotted a little fountain while waiting for everyone to finish up their shot.

When everyone was done with photo-taking, I noticed I hadn't drink much water or been to the washroom for a couple of hours. Because there were too many people with us, they were discussing about our means of travelling back to the hotel. Fortunately, I get to travel on the van. The person sitting beside me was another Singapore fan club member that arrived shortly after we made our purchases in Adidas. We had a small chat, arrived at the hotel and I went into my room to prepare for the concert that was coming up.

In the next post, it's time for Jolin's Myself Finale! 

Monday, September 30, 2013

旅程 Journey - 蔡依林 Jolin Tsai

Credits to JolinLove520 for the beautiful photo

I had the translation document created 2 weeks ago but I finally got it completed today. Thank goodness it was done on the last day of September, September is a very special month. I haven't done translations in a while so it's nice to reminisce about the old days. The song title looks awfully familiar too, I named my self-created board game "Journey" a couple of years back. What coincidence!

This song came as a lovely surprise to me. The song lifts my spirit up instantly when I hear it. It makes me feel that the good things in my life hasn't end just because my journey to Taiwan ended.

Even though the song was full of elegance, I can't help thinking of minions when I saw this. And the inner child in me decided to sing that out too.

Hahaha!

Song: 旅程 Journey (Swarovski Theme Song)

妳是誰 總能決定光的純度
Ni shi shui zong neng jue ding guang de chun du
Who are you? You can always decide on the purity of light

晶瑩奪目 如星光般鋒芒畢露
Jing ying duo mu ru xing guang ban feng mang bi lu
Sparkling and dazzling like the flamboyant starlight

往妳自信裡掏 掏出微笑
Wang ni zi xin li tao tao chu wei xiao
Look in your courage and draw out your smile

掏 出陽光閃耀 帶潮流奔跑
Tao chu yang guang shan yao dai chao liu ben pao
Bring out the sparkling sunlight and start the trend running

那旅程 有了新起點
Na lv cheng you le xin qi dian
That journey has a new starting point

Looking For Your Dream, Your Neverland.

You Don’t Wanna Wait, Till It’s Way Too Late.

妳的美 不問妳是誰
Ni de mei bu wen ni shi shui
Your beauty doesn’t question who you are

So Come On Girl 製造點騷動 Now
So Come On Girl zhi zao dian sao dong Now
So come on girl, create some commotion now

不放手 直到 夢到手
Bu fang shou zhi dao meng dao shou
Not letting go till my dream is within grasp

這旅程 靈魂 Made In Love Yeah
Zhe lv cheng ling hun Made In Love Yeah
The soul of this journey is made in love, yeah

完美 探尋探尋中 值得想入 非非
Wan mei tan xun tan xun zhong zhi de xiang ru fei fei
This perfect exploration deserves its fantasies

Lady Lady First 啟程征服世界 恢恢
Lady Lady First qi cheng zheng fu shi jie hui hui
Lady lady first, setting out to conquer the vast world

不放手 直到 夢到手
Bu fang shou zhi dao meng dao shou
Not letting go till my dream is within grasp

這旅程 靈魂 Made In Love Yeah
Zhe lv cheng ling hun Made In Love Yeah
The soul of this journey is made in love, yeah

完美 探尋探尋中 值得想入 非非
Wan mei tan xun tan xun zhong zhi de xiang ru fei fei
This perfect exploration deserves its fantasies

Lady Lady First 啟程征服世界 恢恢
Lady Lady First qi cheng zheng fu shi jie hui hui
Lady lady first, setting out to conquer the vast world

Journey To The Future, Journey To The Past.

Journey 穿越此刻 美 戀戀不捨
Journey chuan yue ci ke mei lian lian bu she
Journey passes through this moment, beauty hesitant to part

Journey To The Starting Line, Journey To The End.

Journey 直達永恆 美 戀戀不捨
Journey zhi da yong heng mei lian lian bu she
Journey till the eternity, beauty hesitant to part

妳是誰 帶著不可解的神秘
Ni shi shui dai zhe bu ke jie de shen mi
Who are you? Carrying an inexplicable mystery

眺望裡 有曖曖內含的光輝
Tiao wang li you ai ai nei han de guang hui
Through inspection, radiance resides in the dim glow

朝著遠方去追 追愛起~錨
Chao zhe yuan fang qu zhui zhui ai qi mao
Head towards the distance and chase, the chase for love starts now

追 心動這塊寶 生命多美好
Zhui xin dong zhe kuai bao sheng ming duo mei hao
Chasing after a precious feeling, what a wonderful life it is

那旅程 有了新起點
Na lv cheng you le xin qi dian
That journey has a new starting point

Looking For Your Dream, Your Neverland.

You Don’t Wanna Wait, Till It’s Way Too Late.

妳的愛 決定妳是誰
Ni de ai jue ding ni shi shui
Your love determines who you are

So Come On Girl 製造點騷動 Now
So Come On Girl zhi zao dian sao dong Now
So come on girl, create some commotion now

不放手 直到 愛到手
Bu fang shou zhi dao ai dao shou
Not letting go till my love is within grasp

這旅程 靈魂 Made In Love Yeah
Zhe lv cheng ling hun Made In Love Yeah
The soul of this journey is made in love, yeah

幸福 探尋探尋中 盡情想入 非非
Xing fu tan xun tan xun zhong jin qing xiang ru fei fei
In this exploration for happiness, indulge in as much fantasies as you like

Lady Lady First 啟程征服情網 恢恢
Lady Lady First qi cheng zheng fu qing wang hui hui
Lady lady first, setting out to conquer the vast love traps

不放手 直到 愛到手
Bu fang shou zhi dao ai dao shou
Not letting go till my love is within grasp

這旅程 靈魂 Made In Love Yeah
Zhe lv cheng ling hun Made In Love Yeah
The soul of this journey is made in love, yeah

幸福 探尋探尋中 盡情想入 非非
Xing fu tan xun tan xun zhong jin qing xiang ru fei fei
In this exploration for happiness, indulge in as much fantasies as you like

Lady Lady First 啟程征服情網 恢恢
Lady Lady First qi cheng zheng fu qing wang hui hui
Lady lady first, setting out to conquer the vast love traps

不放手 直到 愛到手
Bu fang shou zhi dao ai dao shou
Not letting go till my love is within grasp

這旅程 靈魂 Made In Love Yeah
Zhe lv cheng ling hun Made In Love Yeah
The soul of this journey is made in love, yeah

幸福 探尋探尋中 盡情想入 非非
Xing fu tan xun tan xun zhong jin qing xiang ru fei fei
In this exploration for happiness, indulge in as much fantasies as you like

Lady Lady First 啟程征服情網 恢恢
Lady Lady First qi cheng zheng fu qing wang hui hui
Lady lady first, setting out to conquer the vast love traps

不放手 直到 愛到手
Bu fang shou zhi dao ai dao shou
Not letting go till my love is within grasp

這旅程 靈魂 Made In Love Yeah
Zhe lv cheng ling hun Made In Love Yeah
The soul of this journey is made in love, yeah

幸福 探尋探尋中 盡情想入 非非
Xing fu tan xun tan xun zhong jin qing xiang ru fei fei
In this exploration for happiness, indulge in as much fantasies as you like

Lady Lady First 啟程征服情網 恢恢
Lady Lady First qi cheng zheng fu qing wang hui hui
Lady lady first, setting out to conquer the vast love traps

Journey To The Future, Journey To The Past.

Journey 穿越此刻 美 戀戀不捨
Journey chuan yue ci ke mei lian lian bu she
Journey passes through this moment, beauty hesitant to part

Journey To The Starting Line, Journey To The End.

Journey 直達永恆 美 戀戀不捨
Journey zhi da yong heng mei lian lian bu she
Journey till the eternity, beauty hesitant to part

Thursday, September 19, 2013

ISFP

The last time I checked, I am an ISFP. It may change either due to a different interpretation of the questions, a better understanding of who I am or fluctuations of my personality.

I knew all along that I am an introvert, I can't quite remember when I had that realization. I never had difficulties of becoming a pseudo extrovert in an attempt to fit in the world. I have embraced my introvert personality and I find nothing wrong with it.

I know I am an introvert by how refreshed and charged I feel after I spend some time alone, how unafraid I am of travelling and staying alone and how much conversation is going on in my head at once.


However, I have been struggling to find the other functions that fit with my personality. I understand that we don't have to rely on personality tests to define ourselves but personality tests are so alluring. They give you quick and elaborate answers on questions you cannot answer yourself.

After a thorough research, I have concluded that I am more of a Perceiver (P) than a Judger (J). My spontaneity and procrastination depicts my perceiving well, like how I can push planned blog posts for a random idea that sprouted in my mind, and if I don't type it down now, I most probably wouldn't do it in the next couple of months.

There had been a really interesting picture on procrastinators circulating around.


I eagerly look at the descriptions knowing that I will definitely fall into one of the categories or more. It's nice that someone has finally take note of procrastinators and I hope they will strive to understand why certain people procrastinate.

I'm mostly The List Maker, The Napper, The Sidetracker, The Watcher and The Perpetuator. I compile a mental list of things to do and I end up not doing them because I can't find the right mood to start. During the day, I keep getting sidetracked on other things that require less mental exertion like watching shows. During the night, I have a lot of thoughts racing in my head but I decided I shall just sit on my bed, contemplate and fall asleep. When I deduced that I do not have enough time to complete the thing before the day ends, I push it to the next day and repeat that for the next couple of months!

I guess the real reason why I procrastinate is because I fear I may get interrupted by people. Which is why I prefer the night to the day when people are sleeping. If I am left alone in a quiet house, I am confident that I would finish most of the tasks that I had set for myself, my first solo trip overseas has proven that.

There are a couple of things I dislike too, and descriptions of ISFP personality supports that.

I dislike people telling me what path to take in life and what I should mould my personality into. You already had a shot at living your life, let me lead my own life. I do understand that people have a tendency to voice out if they can relate to certain issues, especially towards me since most people have encountered the stage at young adulthood where they have no idea what they want in life.

I am fairly short tempered and I flare up whenever people interrupt my alone time continuously or constantly engage in a conversation with me when I am not ready for conversing yet. I have been trying to control my temper since getting angry doesn't help you in life. I feel I might need a long break before I reach 25 years old. I don't want to spend my young adulthood in a rush and missed out all the chance to contemplate and think over what I want and what suits me in life. I feel that these couple of years is a crucial period for my growth so experiencing and contemplating should take place together. I feel I have a much clearer idea of what I want in life as days pass.

I am attracted by certain kinds of experiences. Experiences of calm/happy feelings that can last for a couple of days without breaking intrigues me the most. I pause and wonder why I can stay constantly happy and it gives me a better idea of who I am.

I dislike criticism and hostile feelings. I understand some people find that good as they get motivated and spurred by it. Some people like constructive criticism in their lives to help them improve too. However, I feel that neither helps me as much as warmth and genuine good feelings. Negativity makes me depressed and that hinders with my happiness goal. Someone encouraged me to fight hostility by proving myself to be the better person. I do not want to change my personality in pursuit of others' ideals. There really is no need for competition in my world, I feel competing brings more unhappiness than vice-versa, if you really want to compete, let's compete who's the happiest person, for I believe that happiness is one of the most important aspects in life that we should hold dear.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Why We Have No Idea What We're Doing In Our 20s?

I came across a post on "The 10 Reasons Why No One Knows What They’re Doing in Their 20s". I noticed it is not a post written for me or people similar to me. It's a post geared towards achieving success in your youth, physical success that people can see.

I'm currently in my early 20s so I feel I'm fit to represent the twenties. I'm going to present my own reasons on why we have no idea what we're doing in our 20s.

1. Our Brain is still Developing



This might sound baffling but our frontal lobe, the critical area in our brains responsible for making decisions is still developing. It complete its development somewhere in our mid 20s. This explains why we have no idea what we want in our 20s. Our constant changes and lack of experiences attribute a lot to our current decision making.

We still possess the rashness we have in our teenage years. That is definitely one thing that we wouldn't carry with us when we reach 30 and our brain has complete all its development. We often do things that adults cannot comprehend and they deny us from our way of living because they think their path of living is better. I would say, make use of your rashness while you still have it to strive yourself to do the things that you would no longer have the courage to do when you're older.

It could be going on a backpacking tour alone, picking up a new skill that you know wouldn't help you in the future but you just like it, entering in a competition in games, cards, arts, dance, singing or anything that interests you at the moment, chasing after your idol around the world as long as its within your budget, and many, many more.

2. Social Obligations



The society has made us think certain paths in life are more desirable. It takes a lot of courage and pressure to defy what society wants us to do. However, there's one thing society never offered us - The Time To Think. When you graduate from one school, you have to start making plans for the next school or your very first job. We have to make quick decisions despite our lack of certainty and experience.

I know many people study certain majors because it guarantees a future for them in society. I really have nothing against them. Just go with what you think is right. There's no guarantee that studying something you like would be smooth-sailing. I'm not going to pressure you to take up something you like and guarantee you a future with happiness and no uncertainty. I've been through it and I had met a couple of landmine during my schooling years.

The most important thing is you always learn something out from what you studied that adds on to your life experiences. We are at the age where we are still a sponge for experiences and learning comes quickly.

3. We finally achieve Freedom!



We have finally reached the age where we no longer have to consult our parents on what we do. We are overwhelmed with choices and things we want to do before but we were too young to do.

We are like a home pet suddenly brought to the wild. Like the characters in Madagascar. We have no idea what is in store for us and we are still doing test and trials in our lives.

I've lined up a list of plans for the future and I'm currently in the process of fulfilling them. I do understand that some parents are not as willing to let go of the reins as mine. I have an agreement with my mother that I would stop flying overseas so frequently next year so she promised to let me fulfil my childhood dream this year.

4. We are trying to Define our Happiness



We may seem like merrymakers at time. Doing things that only contribute to our happiness, making us seem self-centred and selfish. That's because we are still trying to find that happiness that can last and we have no other idea how to do so. Doing what you like constantly is one way to go about, so you see people going partying, holidaying, being coach potatoes or an internet addict.

Eventually, I'm sure we will find our path to happiness. Just remember addiction in any form is bad. A book once told me that happiness lies in our state of mind. Perhaps its time for us to review what we hold dear. If you change your perception and point of views, your feelings change accordingly too.

Conclusion

For my conclusion, I'm 21 this year. Let's see if reading this post will make me nod in agreement or have a good laugh in the future. Cheers to our ignorance! What we have now is a gift (other than the time we have), treasure it!