Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Sunday, September 17, 2006
Monday, May 08, 2006
Fanfan, while not translating the songs for me in their entirety, she explained some of the lyrics, which are pretty funny as well. Things like, "I thought I was a good dancin' man, until this woman came and out-danced me" (She explained it in French, that's my loose english translation). I don't know what he's talking about though, this guy dances more than anyone else in the videos, which is the funniest part of the videos.
Also, if someone knows where these videos came from, I'd love to know. They're all under the tag "山歌" ("Mountain Song," if I'm not mistaken). I thought they were old videos, but Fanfan told me they were new. In any case, I hope they're old. If not, that shatters some images I had of a progressive China that is surging forward.
Then again, perhaps it's a sign of how far they had to go.
One last thing, for those Chinese that may be reading this and thinking, because Fanfan is Taiwanese and I'm American, that we're insulting China, we're not. Well, we are making fun of Chinese music videos, but that has nothing to do with our views on China. The first time I saw these videos, in fact, it was with Chinese students here in Paris who found them just as funny as Fanfan and I did.
I just want to be clear about that. We spend most of our time with Taiwanese and Chinese students here.
Technorati tags:Funny, Taiwan, China, Music, Video, viral
Friday, May 05, 2006
We'll both be finished with school at the end of the month. After, we'll have about a month and a half left until we both go home. This is assuming that our next trip to that god-awful, hell-hole (the Paris prefecture) goes well. We'll see at the end of this week....
I just wanted to mention that if anyone reading this blog knows could help me get a job in Taiwan, I'm planning on coming in September. I've already started applying for teaching jobs, but I've heard a lot of what concerns getting a good teaching job in Taiwan relies on connections. If anyone's got 'em and wants to hook me up, I'd be forever grateful.
That's all for now. Have a good one.
Technorati tags:Paris, Taiwan, life, relationships, Love, teach, Women
Sunday, March 05, 2006
My lady bends light and time
Like blades of grass under bare feet
She reaches through
And fixes in me what was badly made
Stringing days on fishing line
To save for me like pictures that never fade
My love drowns oceans
And slows planets down
In quick glances and bows
She warms the cold places in me
And shades me from the heat
When soft is want she is soft found
And sturdy when I’m falling down
My darling holds atoms intact
And rubs borders off maps
She lullabies and hums
Runs from my one idea
To the next
As they escape
She ties them around her waist
And lets them spin a tidy revolution
Anchored by her
She doesn’t even know it
Technorati tags:love, poem, life, relationships, Love, Poetry, Women
Friday, March 03, 2006
To her defense, the only reason her spending seemed exhorbitant was the fact that my father is the most frugal person on the planet. He can't even buy a pack of gum without checking consumer reports, internet forums on gum products, and asking the company for a test pack first.
Yesterday, Fanfan came home from the bank with a new necklace and two new bracelets from H&M. When she saw my grimace that said, "Ma petite, we've got no money to be spending on things we don't need," she frowned cutely and said, "But, I was feeling sad about always paying bills. I was frustrated. I hate paying bills. I wanted to show myself that all of my money isn't just going to bills." I wish there was some way to convey to you the immeasurable cuteness she is able to display when she says things like this.
And yes, "cuteness" is the only word for it. It's like when Dana Carvey talked about his son asking if God has feet and getting weak in the knees from the cuteness. All I can do is laugh when she does it. She has the most disarming goddamn cuteness. That's all I can say.
"T'es faché?" she asked me.
I told that there wasn't any chance I could be mad at someone so incredibly cute, and she was lucky for that.
Her face lit up, "Ils sont jolies, n'est pas?" she said, jingling the necklace and holding up her wrist for me to look at the bracelets.
I just laughed and went back to doing the dishes.
Technorati tags:love, culture, life, relationships, Love, Taiwan, Women, Shopping
Saturday, February 18, 2006
You see, one night, we had been talking, and I had written a song for her. We got on Skype so that she could hear it, but the connection was bad. After several time trying to connect, the internet went out completely.
That was always a reminder of how fragile our relationship was. Not to be melodramatic, it's true. Our relationship relied completely on technology. If one day, a solar flare had wiped out all electronic devices, Fanfan and I would have lost each other, all of our letters to one another, and all of our photos. In a sense, none of our relationship exists exept on lines of 1's and 0's.
Like the song.
Here it is...