Monday, February 14, 2011


  1. Actually I was just going through a bunch of old stuff and got here from the link you posted at

    Might just as well have written the exact same as you last year if rotary wasn't reading my blog every day.

    I'm surprised, though, that they don't like that you're blogging. In my case everybody thought that it was a great way to remember things. Well, maybe my blog had a lot more sugar too...
    (By the way, there's a word for it: "Romanticizing". Yeah, we learn crazy stuff like that in Danish schools.)

    I wish I could do something to help, but I only know a few people in rotary down there, and those are some of the good guys so they don't have a lot of influence. But if you will allow me, I would like to repost this on my own blog, possibly with excerpts from David's article.

    1. It seems your blog is no longer up and I don't know how to contact you now. But all I can say is thank you for your help while I was overseas and had very few people in my corner and even fewer who really understood what was truly going on and why. I will never forget the impact you had on me. Thank you.

  2. Rotary reads my blog every single day and hasn't been exactly hiding the fact that if I post one thing they don't like, I will be sent home at once. However, I have to ask myself, is the truth worth it to me? And it is.

    They hate my blog because it casts light onto the good AND THE BAD. Your blog totally was romanticized way more in comparison to mine. However your blog was also better quality.

    Post anything you want from my blog on yours. I give you freedom to take from anywhere. I'm sure you'll link back to me. I think the more people who become aware of the cons and the pros, the more I am doing my job as a blogger.

    I was thinking about you recently. Did you really follow the one hour internet rule? When you have a blog, that's impossible. When you went home early, did they give you hell for it? Honestly, I think it's easier on guys here; They don't hold you to the same standards that they would hold me to.

  3. Oh and, that comment you wrote to me just before I left, sometime in the future when things cool off for me, would in be possible for me to repost that here? I want to put it into a reflection post. I'll have you look at the post before I actually post it if you're nervous. XD

  4. Yeah, I know, they seem to generally go a little harder on the girls over there, especially rotary.
    I'm not sure if there were a 1-hour rule in my district or not. I might have heard about it but it didn't really apply to me. It's not like I spent that much time in front of the computer in total though. I was taking photographs and exploring town all the time. (And school took up a lot of time, too, especially when I started hanging out over there after classes were over, imagine why I'd do that.)
    The school was really what helped me through. Especially one teacher I had for private chinese lessons was also the one who handled contact with rotary. She herself had her problems with the authoritarian culture that some groups of Taiwanese can express, but she was used to it and knew how to handle it.
    If you know a person similar to that, or who can at least just be trusted and will listen to you and give advice, well, you probably know what to do already. (But it has to be someone in Taiwan. parents or sweethearts are nice supporters, but it's not what you need most.)

    Yeah, I'd appreciate it if you reuse my content. If I use your stuff, it'll only be fair if you get to use mine as well.