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Did you ever do any crazy things while traveling? I really wish you did. Most Taiwanese people choose to join a tour group while going abroad. I think this kind of choice is based on lacking sense of security and is out of fear of the unknown world.
I have never studied abroad and got all my English speaking practice from my work experience. Though English was my major back at college, there were over twenty students in my class, so the chance I got to practice speaking was very limited.
When I was little and had a fight with my siblings, the adults also scolded me about fussing over trifle things.
I used to envy adults. I naively believed that adults didn’t fuss over trifle things.
It would be much better to be an adult so I couldn’t wait to grow up to be an adult.
I bought a car about 16 years ago, and I sold it last year in November.
Possessing a car is actually a kind of good feeling. When I felt low, I could grab the car keys and drive all the way to anywhere I wanted to. It gave me a great sense of freedom though I never drove all the way to anywhere I wanted to.
At the very early stage of their relationship, certainly their coworkers were not to know. They had lunch with other coworkers as usual if Mug was not out visiting clients. After work they didn’t leave the office together. However, around 5 pm Mug would call Phoebe to discuss evening plans. Should we go for a movie? Dinner together? Something like that. Now Phoebe didn’t have to envy Rita any more. She also had a boyfriend who she could put her arms around his waist on his motorcycle after work.
This is a very simple and ordinary love story. The heroine of this story is Phoebe Chen who was born in 1960. Like most Taipei girls, she was born in an ordinary middle class family. When she was a student, she was neither brilliant nor dumb, so naturally after graduating from high school, she studied in a college which was neither particularly good nor extremely bad in the Chinese Department. And once again like most people she started work after graduating from college. As a freshman in the real world, it was not surprising that she was not good at making wise judgment in order to get a suitable job. The first few jobs she had got all didn’t last long. After a few years, when she was 25 years old, which was in 1985, she changed her job again. It was a sales assistant position in an advertising agency, which was, unfortunately, not a glamour agency like Ogilvy & Mather that once you got the chance to work there, when you left and switched to another company your salary level would be automatically increased a lot. No. Phoebe didn’t work for that kind of trendy advertising agency. It was a trade media which published magazines with advertisements for exporters to read and source products. Phoebe’s job was to type advertisement drafts for the AEs, calculate their commissions at the end of every month to see who won the best salesperson award that month.