Thanks, Mom for being so awesome! 謝謝，媽媽！
So I officially hit my 1 year mark living in Taipei on May 1st. Which also happens to be the same day that I donated my bone marrow. 7 years ago, on May 1st, 2006 (I was living in Chicago at the time) I went to the hospital where a doctor removed my bone marrow where it was immediately sent on an airplane and flown to Singapore. By the time my bone marrow reached Singapore it was May 3rd and a 9 year old girl received it. It was a full year later where I learned that her name was Ruby. The picture below shows Ruby on her 16th birthday earlier this year.
Though we’ve never met in person, Ruby and I email often and I do hope one day we can finally meet. Ruby, again, thanks for being a part of my life. You’re amazing! If anyone reading this post has any questions about the bone marrow process or what it’s like to be a donor, please don’t hesitate to ask. I’m always willing to share my perspective and experience on bone marrow donation. Facebook me at www.fb.com/dawenmusic
Recently, I’ve met Emily Sun, an Australian mother and wife who is in desperate need of stem cells (another term for bone marrow). Please consider joining the bone marrow registry today as you could potentially save a life. You can also join Emily’s facebook page. Help us raise awareness about people who need bone marrow.
I hit my 1 year mark in Taipei. Time flies by and not at all, at the same time. I have to reflect and be thankful for all the amazing friends I’ve made so far. Taiwan, the people, the friends, the city, treat you like family and for that I feel so blessed. To my relatives, my aunts, my church friends, my music friends, and the family at Enjoy, thank you guys. May I continue to soak up this amazing city and country.
So it’s been a while since I’ve had insomnia, this might be my first time this year.
Here are some random thoughts, before I become completely delirious.
1. 1 year ago, I left Los Angeles for Hong Kong, where I spent five days before moving to Taipei, Taiwan. Don’t know if thinking about this is what’s keeping me up, probably not.
2. Amanda Palmer is great. Truly, she embodies the spirit and creativity of good music in the 21st Century. Whenever I get sad and cynical about music, I think of her and feel better.
3. I love T shirts.
4. I love the color yellow.
5. I miss having a library card. Who knows, maybe I’ll pick one up here in Taipei. I do live near 誠品 so that’s almost like having the same thing, except that I’d have to dish out cash and actually buy the books there, lol.
6. Two days ago, I wondered how I could have two degrees and still feel illiterate at life? Today, I’m feeling much better. Haha, God, these random thoughts are getting emo.
7. Chinese is really hard to learn. 上課這麼久了可是有時候我還是覺得我中文根本沒有進步。In other words, while I’ve been studying on an off for almost a year, I still feel like I can barely read.
8. I will never download Candy Crush, it’s just not gonna happen.
9. Haters gonna hate, and potatoes gonna potate, bwuahahahahha.
10. Okay, it’s time to stop the random thoughts post. Woo.
Anyone that knows me, knows that my favorite color is yellow. So last week, when Rachel, Echo and Jeric were hanging out at my place I immediately thought of Rachel’s song ‘Yellow Jacket‘. We were in the middle of singing it when I thought it’d be fun to mash it up with her other song ‘What Is Love‘?
What is love, anyway? Is it a yellow jacket?
Maybe it’s having all your friends come over to hang out, laugh, and play music. I’ve been in Taiwan for almost a year and I’m so happy to have met so many great friends. I love you guys, and I love Taiwan. I know that sounds so cornballz, but it’s true.