Thursday, 30 September 2010

How's the view up there?

A pavilion on Green Island

Wouldn't it be nice to bring a book and some tea up there? I wonder what the view is like from there. Another endless stretch of ocean maybe? Another place to empty the mind. I need that right now.

Finally done with the tea stories. The 1'30'' stories have been airing one a day, and I think the full 30-minute program will air this Saturday or Sunday afternoon. The topic was really interesting, but the process was truly a nightmare. Nevertheless, new tasks, new challenges, new concepts to play with. It's been 19 days running through tea farms and burning the midnight oil, but I am happy and I feel lucky.

Make your own bread from rice


Maybe good for people (like me) who are supposed to stay away from wheat! Looks like fun. Reminds me of my bread machine days in college.

(via Tokyo Mango)

Monday, 27 September 2010

Rescue me, but take your time



I think I took this picture while waiting to be rescued. The electric bicycle the scenic administration office loaned me ran out of power when I was making the round-the-island ride on Green Island. Not a bad view to be stuck with!

Saturday, 25 September 2010

Cooling off, Green Island style



It is nearly October and still over 30 degrees centigrade during the day in Taipei. Jumping in the deep blue sea off Green Island sounds really nice right about now. A big bowl of chilled douhua 豆花 with tapioca and brown sugar syrup would be good too, even if it is topped with seaweed. I like seaweed very much, but I think I prefer it dried or in my soup. I guess people in Green Island like seaweed any way they can take it. Even on shaved ice 挫冰.


Friday, 24 September 2010

Happy to be learning

I spent the first half the year in limbo - going nowhere, learning nothing and dying of boredom. I'm not sure if I'm going anywhere right now, but I am definitely busy beyond belief and learning a lot! I am

- making longer travel stories: 4'30'' instead of the usual 1'30''
- lighting: when to and when not to do stand-ups (talking in front of the camera)
- hosting: TV shows and events
- video editing: making Grandpa's party video
- photography: framing shots, paying more attention to light
- dealing with people: how not to completely blow up when people do unbelievable things
- spending more time with family

IQ and EQ points are both on the rise.

Some people say it's unbelievable how I am made to cover spot news, work the night shift, anchor on my time off, run around all over the country to make travel stories in different languages and to host programs, so I should get a 300% raise. But I think I'm lucky to be going through such intensive training and getting paid to do it.

For the first time, I see a bright future ahead of myself.

:)

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Reporting from a Luye tea farm 採訪鹿野的茶園 鹿野の茶畑での取材

Paragliding in Luye 鹿野飛行傘








Paragliding in Luye: I highly recommend it! Airsickness was worth the experience.

鹿野飛行傘:強力推薦。就算暈傘也值得。

鹿野でのパラグライディング:是非試して見て下さい。酔ってもいいぐらい楽しいですよ!

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Hello from Taitung 台東我來了!





After a morning of spot reporting (on medical malpractice) and 7 hours of driving down the windy highway along the eastern coast of Taiwan with a stopover in Hualien to have a quick dinner with Akio, our Hualien correspondent, we finally arrived Luye, Taitung.

We'll be staying here for two nights. Tomorrow, we'll be filming Taitung honey-scented black tea.

早上跑完醫療糾紛新聞之後
我們上路前往台東
途中在花蓮和駐地小螞蟻哥吃晚餐
從台北出發後七個小時
我們終於到了台東鹿野

今明晚我們住這邊
看起來蠻舒服的

明天拍台東蜜香紅茶


Monday, 6 September 2010

Scary months ahead 恐怖的未來幾個月





Seriously looked at my schedule for this month today. Half the time, I'm either on the night shift or out of town somewhere doing travel stories. And when I'm in town, I'm covering everyday run-of-the-mill daily news stories and writing the travel stories at the same time. And probably dealing with all sorts of unexpected drama too... The good news is, looks like I'll be losing weight.

Also just realized that November and December will be crazy too.

1. mayoral and council member elections
2. Flora Expo, a big event as it is, plus the scandals and mismanagement involved
3. Luzhou subway line starting up - if it's anything like the Neihu line when it first started, it'll be hell for users and the media all over again

Which means, I should probably try to squeeze in as many off days as possible next month. Somehow I don't think I'll be very successful at that. But I can dream, can't I?

今天認真看了這個月的行事曆
有一半的時間
不是小夜班
就是出差在做旅遊新聞

回來之後
得邊跑每日新聞
邊寫旅遊專題

沒意外的話,
也應該會有一些亂七八糟的外務
和人情的事情出現
得應付

嗯,這個月應該會瘦
很好



同時發現
11月和12月
應該也會很恐怖

1。五都選舉
2。花博 - 本來就是個超大型活動,加上市府一籮筐的管理疏失
3。蘆洲線通車 - 如果跟文湖線剛通車的時候一樣不斷的出包,
使用者和媒體通通一起先昏倒,然後罵到不想罵了還得繼續罵,因為一直出問題

新聞會跑不完

也就是說
10月能休就得趕快休
但我想,不太可能吧
不過,有夢還是最美

Saturday, 4 September 2010

Alive, but not quite kicking, yet.




Hello!

Slowly coming back to life. After coming back from Europe in July, it was one thing after another, one cold after the next, and now it's September. The intensity of "busy" just keeps increasing, and to comfort myself, I just think that tomorrow will be even crazier, so look at today as kid's stuff. That seems to work. Sometimes.

Busy is good. Busy is my life.

Let's see if I can remember what went on my life in the past two months, one picture, one video at a time. I edited my very first video! More to come soon. Please stay tuned. :)

從歐洲回來後
事情一件件接著來
感冒一個個傳過來
一天比一天忙
有多忙?
幾乎每天刷新個人紀錄
所以就跟自己說
明天一定更忙
所以今天沒什麼啦
就這麼的自我催眠
有時候這招還蠻管用的

忙是好事
我的人生真的就是忙

接著來看看我能記得多少
這兩個月當中發生的事
看照片
看影片
看能回想多少
我剪了我第一部小影片喔

請別走開
稍候再回到現場
:)