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!

Friday, June 7, 2013

A trip to Kaohsiung / Jolin Myself Final Concert - Day 1

This week was very fulfilling, I've took up an online course three months ago and I'm near the completion of it. I was bombarded with tests and assignment for this week because I would be flying off to Australia in less than 24 hours. Such a satisfied feeling to complete 2 tests with decent scores and writing up a 1k essay for my assignment.

I am last minute as usual and I don't usually post about my previous trip till I'm heading off to another trip. I have a firm belief that my memories would overlap once I go to the next trip, so let's see how much I can recall from my first ever trip alone. :)

12th April 2013

I travelled to the airport alone early in the morning. I didn't oversleep and I had plenty of time. I gazed at the commuters on the train as I wonder how my day will fall into place. This wasn't the first time I was travelling to the airport alone but it was an unusual feeling.

My first trip alone signified a lot of things, I have to handle everything myself (psst but I've already received much help on my luggage, the life of a pampered child). I've learnt how to purchase air tickets online and I've learnt how to check in myself. It might not seem much but I wonder when I'll ever get the chance to do it again because I only travel with my family.

Just days before the trip, I was overwhelmed by fear. That fear wasn't present when I was enthusiastically booking my air tickets. When I was at the airport, I've made probably 3 calls to my mum. I tried to call my grandma and she didn't pick up. That's going to send by dependent feeling kicking in once I reach Taiwan.

I've planned my time for a breakfast and a leisure walk in the departure gates before I board the plane but I was met with an unexpected stomachache. I wouldn't have notice Changi airport has such beautiful toilets if that didn't happened. I managed to get on board in time as I made my last goodbyes on facebook and twitter with my new hairstyle.

I feel like a child on a spy mission with only my favourite soft toy around.

The seat beside me on the plane was initially occupied by a man, the moment I sat beside him, he left promptly and I was wondering where he disappeared too for the first hour on the plane ride till I noticed he was sitting with another guy behind me. Maybe he doesn't like to sit with girls? I was thankful for the extra seat I had to put my whole load of crap. More seat space for me!

As the plane prepares to leave, I was still frantically loading my twitter. I can't quite remember how it turned out but I gave up shortly after and looked out my seat window. For a moment, I find it hilarious that planes were queueing up to lift off. Like overcrowding wasn't bad enough in Singapore, we have overcrowding of planes too. It's weird but somehow my fear subside, thank God my OCD didn't decide to torture me by putting nasty thoughts about planes in my head, I was rather calm and bored. My mini television was pixelated and the sound only came in through one side of the airplane's headphone. I had my Eeyore out all the time with me because I need his company, I didn't even bother how weird it must have been to be in a sea of adults as I hug a soft toy.

On the plane

Oh and my food was mashed potato with beef and ice-cream! I remembered!
I was stuffed with food, I didn't expect food to serve so early on the plane just after I had my breakfast.

I can't remember how I spent my time on the 4 hours flight. I was lazing around, trying to get myself in a comfortable position on the plane. No matter how I adjusted my position, I was never comfortable enough. Damn it, I can sleep on trains and buses, why can't I sleep on a plane?! o.o I entertained myself by watching some Taiwan variety show, found Jolin's music in the plane's playlist and played it when I have her songs in my phone, played Assassin's Creed on my phone and started worrying about battery depleting. And an uncomfortable half an hour sleep. Hmm... So that's how I got by the 4 hours flight.

When I reached Hong Kong airport to transit, my first joy was free wifi. I started checking social sites and whatsapp. I saw a nice farewell message from my colleague in whatsapp. And I needed to contact my room-mate from Malaysia who has reached Hong Kong airport minutes before me. We took a long time finding each other and we literally brushed past each other like some drama scene. Finally, we decided that I should stay at a place and she would come and look for me when we were in proximity within each other.

When we saw each other, there was a LOL moment as we realised how we just brushed past each other. We walked around the airport, chatting and attempting to foster a connection. I've met her twice in real life, she's from Jolin's Malaysia fan club, but I never had a chance to properly chat with her. We had communication breakdowns a few times because I couldn't understand her accent and she couldn't understand mine. I prefer speaking Chinese over English so I was feeling rather rigid in an English conversation.

My room-mate had her late lunch and we proceed to board our next plane that transits from Hong Kong to Kaohsiung. We met other Malaysia fan club members there whom she travelled with. We had to take a bus to get to the plane, rather inconvenient. When we left the bus, there was a nice strong gush of wind blowing on my face. This flight was approximately an hour and we were served food on the plane again! My room-mate looks in dismay at the food in front of her just after she had her lunch.

It was a very rushed lunch as they only had one hour to serve the food, take back our trays and prepare for landing. My room-mate was bursting with excitement as the plane prepares to land in Taiwan. On the other hand, foreign doesn't work too well with me. I can't even make up what I was feeling any more but it wasn't a bad feeling.

As we walked hastily to the exit, we spotted this familiar looking bottle of Remy Martin.

And so I finally made it to Taiwan alone. Well maybe not so alone.

Kaohsiung airport, never been here before. It was pretty small.

First thing I did when I got to the airport was to capture the above picture and upload it on facebook to notify my mum I've reached safely. We waited quite a while for transport. I've no idea where the arranged driver came from but he seemed to be from Jolin's Taiwan fan club. He brought us to a local's apartment where some will be staying at with their Taiwan friend. And sent us to our hotel afterwards.

I was awe by the hotel I must say.


Two banners to welcome us. That's just "Wow!"
I'm honoured. :)

The hotel has a cosy environment with free wifi. We placed our baggages down, laze around for a while, said "Hi" to my neighbour at the hotel who's from Singapore fan club too, went to pick up other Malaysia fan club members, I somehow got along with one of the guys we picked up because I was deprived from speaking Chinese for the whole day, tried to purchase 3G from the airport but we were too late and all shops were closed and finally we were off to our first attraction, night market!

I didn't take much photos there. I was displeased that I had to follow a large crowd around as they recommended food to us. They ignored all other food as they brought us to their favourite stalls. I stared at the meat and the meat stared back at me. I had bad memories with over consumption of meat and my meat threshold is very, very small. I wanted to walk alone or with my room-mate and for a moment when the room-mate tried to explain my cause, they mistook me as vegetarian. Typical introvert problems, never like the crowd or the rush. In the end, everyone in the group was walking separately, the Kaohsiung night market was surprisingly small and we kept bumping into each other. I got myself some fries and Korean rice cakes. ^^

It was actually hard to read everything in Chinese and I wondered why I struggled to read the words instead of the usual pointing. Just before we left the night market, my room-mate paused at a drink store and ordered the best papaya milk I ever had. If I ever go back to Taiwan again, I'll make sure to get it! My room-mate doesn't understand Chinese so I somehow acted as her translator.

I saw rows of these at the night market. The hoops had to land around the item before you can get it.

We went back to the hotel, I was busy savouring my Korean rice cake and I realised I had too much to eat, there was a full hard-boiled egg in there too. It wasn't that bad and I didn't want to waste food so... Thee shall become fat.

I was highly amusable that day.

I was amused by this tray of necessities in the hotel and how they are all carefully wrapped.

I was amused by our plug extension because I had a Taiwan adaptor, my room-mate has some other country adaptor and we figured this will work to get 2 ports, one for her and one for me.

Okay then, time for sleep. I need to bathe and dried my hair. I was almost captivated by the TV and that drama I watched in Taiwan still left a strong impression in my mind. My room-mate was fast asleep when I was done with bathing. After brushing my teeth, I tried to put my tube of toothpaste and toothbrush into the cup, but the cup holder connected to the wall gave way and I was producing a lot of noise in the middle of the night. Drying my hair with the hair dryer produced even more noise. I feel guilty towards my room-mate for all those noise generation while she was sleeping. :x

Thursday, April 11, 2013

有人 Someone - 蔡依林 Jolin Tsai

This is a preview of "Someone" lyrics before Muse was released. 
I think Jolin's sitting right in front and Whoo Hoo is dominating the table. :P

What do you know? Love will be your muse! Hallelujah! I'm done with all the songs in Muse! Persisting and not sleeping pays off! I know Linoa will be surprised! This is the 3rd translated song this week. I feel that I have improved as I translated the songs in Muse. It might be due to my translator work nature too.

So now I can sleep in peace and embrace my trip to Taiwan tomorrow without worries!

Song: 有人 Someone
Album: Muse

有人在清晨時沮喪甦醒
You ren zai qing chen shi ju sang su xing
Someone wakes up feeling dejected in the morning

有人還在歎息曾經
You ren hai zai tan xi ceng jing
Someone is still grieving over bygones

有人忘記爲什麽要哭泣
You ren wang ji wei shen me yao ku qi
Someone forgets why tears are shed

有人只是習慣而已
You ren zhi shi xi guan er yi
Someone has grown accustomed to it

But it’s time time time time time

Still we try try try try try

有人說對於愛我太驕傲
You ren shuo dui yu ai wo tai jiao ao
Someone says loving me is too conceited

有人只要有人就好
You ren zhi yao you ren jiu hao
Someone is content just having someone

有人知道關於愛的秘密
You ren zhi dao guan yu ai de mi mi
Someone knows the secrets to love

有人還在努力尋找
You ren hai zai nu li xun zhao
Someone is still trying hard to find

But it’s time time time time time

This is life life life life life

是否我也曾在你心底留下過美好
Shi fou wo ye ceng zai ni xin di liu xia guo mei hao
Have I left wonderful memories in your heart?

But it’s time time time time time

我想要和你跳起舞
Wo xiang yao he ni tiao qi wu
I wish to dance with you

永遠停在這裡
Yong yuan ting zai zhe li
Forever staying in this moment

卻在相遇瞬間又要揮手道別
Que zai xiang yu shun jian you yao hui shou dao bie
Yet we have to part right after we meet

But it’s time time time time time

我想要和你跳起舞
Wo xiang yao he ni tiao qi wu
I wish to dance with you

Still we try try try try try

不再獨自前進
Bu zai du zi qian jin
No longer moving forward alone

But it’s time time time time time

Still we try try try try try