Little Town

Raisa's personal blog

Outdoor Picnic

Outdoor outfit

Xhiliration blouse, Aeropostale jeans, shoes and purse from Taiwan, Forever 21 earrings, Guess sunglasses, Aldo watch

This was actually last week’s outfit that I only got around to posting now. I try to plan when I post, but I get easily distracted by other things. Right now, it’s replaying Harvest Moon: Boy and Girl on my PSP Emulator. I played the original game on the Playstation 1 when I was a kid (called Back to Nature at the time), and it remains to be my favorite HM iteration. I’m playing the Girl version now which wasn’t available then. I have a lot to say about the story which I should probably save for another post. Told you I get distracted!

Anyway, on to the outfit! I wore it to an outdoor picnic for Michael’s volunteer clinic. He goes there twice a week to help out, and he received a certificate for putting in over 250 hours this past year. I’m so proud of him!

I seem to talk about my marriage a lot. I apologize for anyone who seems annoyed! I know some people can’t stand others who only talk about their significant others, but we’ve only been married a little over a year so I suppose we’re still in our honeymoon phase. More importantly, being married is teaching me a lot about life, family, and most of all myself. I’m sure all this learning is just the start of it too. I’ve been told that it won’t be easy being a doctor’s wife in the future, and I don’t expect it to be. I knew what I was getting into when I said yes. But I’m getting distracted again.

Pink shoes

My shoes and purse were from Taiwan, and they were very cheap too! I really do regret not being able to shop more there but there wasn’t enough time. That just means we have to go back someday! I tried not to be too matchy-matchy with the colors. That’s a bad habit of mine from my all-black phase. I actually struggle with colors but I’m trying to improve while still not looking like a pack of Skittles.

Pink Hair Without Commitment

I’ve mentioned a few times around the net that I’ve always wanted pink hair. I dreamed of sporting it for years, but work or some other thing always got in the way. This year, I decided not to let anything hold me back from the things I want anymore, and so last week I ordered a pink wig!

Pink wig

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Taiwan 2014: All the Rest

Hello everyone, I’m back in the US! We landed a few days ago, but I’ve been taking this time to rest and get over my jetlag and post-vacation blues. Going back to work yesterday was rough but it’s time to go back to regular life.

I don’t know how I feel about the vacation overall. We simply didn’t have enough time to do everything we wanted because we had so many family gatherings to go to (literally every single day and there’s always some relative I haven’t met; I couldn’t keep up!). I’m pretty bummed about missing some sights and not being able to shop enough, but there’s always next time I guess. On the bright side, I got to see most of northern Taiwan.

I haven’t been able to blog as much as I planned while I was in Taiwan too. We were out the whole day and once we get home, I’d be so exhausted that I go straight to sleep. We also had spotty internet so that was that. Once again on the bright side, I got to play my Nintendo 3DS a lot, and my farm in Harvest Moon: A Tale of Two Towns is pretty happening! I’m making some serious money in that game. Now if only I could say the same in real life.

So here’s the rest of my trip that I never got to post about!

Keelung, Taiwan

This is one of my favorite shots. I took it with my phone which apparently can compete with my dinky potato camera. How sad is that?

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Taiwan 2014: Sunflower Student Movement

Getting on my laptop is a rare thing on this vacation because we’re out all the time. We get home late at night, go to bed, and then get up in the morning to leave again. I have a huge backlog of photos to go through once I have more time, but I thought I should share a few pictures I took when I visited the Sunflower Movement site a few days ago.

Sunflower Student Movement

For those who don’t know, the Sunflower Student Movement began almost three weeks ago when the Taiwanese government passed the CSSTA (a trade pact with China) without extensive review. You can read more about it on this article: Inside Taiwan’s Sunflower Movement, as well as check out the Reddit AMA by the students that began the movement. I’m still educating myself on the issue so I think external sources would be more reliable.

I’ve always been pro-Taiwan even before I met Michael, so my knee jerk reaction is to support the protest. I still feel that way after reading up on the matter, if only because I have seen the passion of the Taiwanese people with my own eyes and I believe in the right for people to decide how the fate of their country. I’m still trying to approach all of this as an observer because I’m keeping my prejudices in check.

The protest site itself is surreal however. It extends over about three blocks and it was full of people, and we came during a lull. There were a lot of old people speaking though the megaphone about the history of Taiwan. They had medical volunteers and free food and drink for all, and they even had a free charging station and free tents to sleep in.

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Taiwan 2014: Buildings and Shrines

Alternative Title: Days Two and Three!

I haven’t had the chance to wander around and explore by myself. So far, I’ve spent my time meeting Michael’s relatives who have been so wonderful. I was afraid of the language barrier at first, but they’ve been really welcoming towards me. I should get serious about learning Chinese so I can get to know them all better without relying on my husband to translate for me. Perhaps I’ll take formal classes when I get back to the US. I’ve never felt expected to assimilate into their culture, but I feel like I should make the effort anyway.

Building clusters in Taiwan

We’re staying in Keelung, and I’ve noticed that building clusters like this one is a common sight — five or more identical buildings spread across the city. Since Taiwan is a small country, building up is much more preferable than spreading out. These are residential buildings in the picture, and I swear there’s at least 20 of them!

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