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[SUMMER] Less than 24 hours…

My dear diary,

The last 24 hours have been absolutely non-stop. Somehow I managed to fly in from Paris to Taiwan by myself (honestly sometimes I don’t even trust my own traveling skills) and I am now on my way to the airport again.

While leaving Paris, I had to go get the tax refund stamp, or else shopping in France would just be a huge waste of money. When I got to the tax refund office, there was a huge line with, based on my knowledge in Mandarin accents, a bunch of Chinese people. The French officers were demanding to see every single item they were trying to get a refund of, and trust me there were a lot. I was in the middle of a panic attack thinking I was gonna miss my flight because I’d be in like for this when a security guy started asking to see my documents. When I responded in the little French knowledge I know, he was like “oh you speak French?” And then took me to the front of the line and stamp stamp, didn’t even ask to see my tax refund items.

Boys and girls, the moral of the story is that everything’s easier in France when you speak French, even if it’s just a little bit. They’ll really treat you differently.

Anyways. I flew peacefully back to Taipei, and I had to head to a family lunch for my cousin’s birthday right away. And then I took a shower, played with my cousin’s puppy, went to a family dinner in my hometown Keelong (I grew up there with my grandparents when I was very little), got home, and packed again for a 7-day trip to Japan with my family. Yay!

My family always goes on a family trip at least once a year, and more than likely it’s Japan where we always end up deciding to go. We love Japan!

This time we are going to Kyoto and Tokyo. We always end up going to Tokyo, but I don’t remember the last time we went to Kyoto, so I’m really excited to visit this famous city.

That’s it for now! I’m busy being fabulous and boarding the plane.

Hope y’all have a wonderful rest of the summer! School soon 😀

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Xoxo,

Bryan “I’m gonna be so kawaii” Eric

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Mod Carousel’s “Blurred Lines” got me thinking…

I’ll go ahead and admit I’m obsessed with Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines.” It’s playing everywhere here in Paris pubs and clubs, and when I finally looked up the music video on YouTube I was too busy thinking about how awesome the hashtag branding was throughout the video (and staring at Robin Thicke).

I think what Mod Carousel’s doing here is absolutely amazing – instead of blaming objectifying women on the media, they just changed people’s perspective, and all the problems become obvious.

Don’t blame it on the media; blame the people behind the media. However, through media, we are also able to do something about sexism and other discriminations as well.

Let me know what you think about Robin Thicke’s music video and Mod Carousel’s parody in the comments below!!

xoxo

Bryan “Feminist & Proud” Eric

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[SUMMER] Paris, Je T’aime

Chèr Diary,

Sorry for not updating you for a while, but you can’t blame me for that while I’m in Paris. Life in Paris has been fantabulicious despite the 90 degree weather. What I really don’t understand is how the French can manage wearing long-sleeve suits in this weather and still no time to invest in deodorant?

Imagine: It’s 6pm and you’re on the subway to go home for a nice cold shower after a long, hot, sweaty day (because the place you work at or study at probably does not have AC, just because), you have to get into this old subway system where everyone crams into the train trying to do the same, but the difference is instead of deodorant you smell body odor. All different kinds and sorts of body odor, filling up the hot humid summer air. Hashtag my life.

But I still love Paris; I just probably will avoid the summer time from now on. Paris really did not stand out to me this summer. I thought since it’s sales season here, I’d be doing a lot of shopping, but I didn’t realize that all the tourists in the world are thinking the same as me. The amount of tourists that are currently sharing the same air as me in Paris is craymazing.

At this point I really do believe the blood in my body has been replaced by macaroons and Rosé wine (especially Côte de Provence). I’ve been doing 50 sit ups in the morning and at night, but these calories just don’t go away!! Oh well, I regret nothing. As always, I let the pictures say more than my words in my blog posts, so voilà here’s my life. Bisous bisous :*

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This is my classroom in #ParsonsParis. So chic! 

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Ran into my fellow princesses wondering around in Paris! #TheBlondes

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MY LOVE

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Tried to take a selfie with the Eiffel Tour. Failed. 

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Jardin du Luxembourg/Luxembourg Garden

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Waving at the peasants trying to visit my summer abode Versailles 

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Mes amies came all the way to visit me in Paris! #ShoKewt

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LOOK I’M A WHALE BLOWING WATER FROM THE TOP OF MY HEAD

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At the Temple of Love… by myself. #PrincessDiaries

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Bastille Day fireworks by the Eiffel Tour

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My shutter speed was messing up as I needed different settings between the fireworks and the Eiffel Tour, so these pictures are not as great as they should be 😦 I really should take a photography class

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Some afternoon chilling 

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The view from Sacré Coeur 

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Sacré Coeur 

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Street art

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Sing it, boy

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Amazing dinner – red wine, escargots, rare beef ribs. I could get used to this 😉

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Trying out this new app called Vintage Cam for just an usual Paris subway – it’s an amazing app where it makes all your pics look vintage! I’m loving it! Go download it for free!

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Tefik’s birthday present pt. 2 (lol)

Studies here in Paris have been pretty intense as well. I’m currently taking “Introduction to Design and Management” at #ParsonsParis. Wanting to take an intense graphic design class to improve my art direction skills, I was at shock at the first day of school when I learned there will be no Photoshop involved in the class. Instead, this is an philosophical design class where we learn how to visualize and design business plans with S.W.O.T.T. analysis to breakdown each aspects of a company, know what the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, etc. are. To learn a whole business class in 3 weeks is almost impossible, so our class is very project-based, by doing readings on our own with hands-on projects and presentations, critics in class, I feel invincible.

We are now working on our last project, where we create a future-oriented business plan for our entrepreneurial idea with a storyboard of a series of actions of our business. This probably is one of the most valuable classes I’ve taken, and I’m glad I’m taking it in Paris (duh)!

With one week of class/Europe left, I believe the chorus of this song sums up my feelings:

“WORK HARD, PLAY HARD, WORK HARD, PLAY HARD”

Summer has been absolutely incredible, and I am so grateful for all the opportunities I’ve been so lucky to have.

Thanks for reading my beautiful blog, honey boos.

*Kisses on the cheeks*

Bryan “I’m looking at volunteering opportunities in Africa this winter” Eric

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[SUMMER] London, final thoughts

I can still remember and feel the excitement in me when I was driving from Heathrow into downtown six weeks ago, so it’s very difficult to believe I’m now driving towards the opposite direction.

To be honest, I have fallen in love with London, something I thought I’d never do. A great city with a mix of modernization and history, it’s sad to leave such a wonderful place, where I’ve had the most amazing memories and experiences for the past 6 weeks.

I want to thank everyone who’s been a part of this experience – classmates, flat mates, roommate (hi Willy Boo), friends, professor, and just the amazing people (and some creepy) I’ve met at pubs or clubs. Good or bad, these experiences have been special and unique, and I think that’s one of the biggest reasons I’m writing this blog, to keep those memories alive.

“Mind the Gap,” “wanna get a pint?” “Cheers” are just some phrases I’m going to miss the most and going to bring back to America with me.

I would also like to thank my parents for giving me this opportunity. It’s been absolutely incredible traveling to Dublin, Brussels, Luxembourg, Barcelona, and Edinburgh, and without my parents all of this would have never happened.

London, I’d love to come back to you again in the near future, and hopefully for more than 6 weeks, but one step at a time.

Heading to Heathrow to fly to Paris finishing up this summer with another class I’ll be taking. This will make my 4th time being in Paris, and as nervous as I am meeting new people and settling in again, I’m more than excited to be back in a city that I love.

No regrets in London and keeping my eyes up high for the future. I’ll be back, London, and next time I’ll conquer that British accent.

Cheers (in a British accent, of course)
Bryan the Hogwarts alum

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[SUMMER] London – Pimm’s Summer Garden and Gay Pride 2013

After all the traveling I’ve done around Europe, it’s finally a post about some local London stuff! This post will be about 2 things I’ve done and think are very interesting and unique to our London experience. The first one is Pimm’s Summer Garden.

Pimm’s is a great and popular drink here in the UK, and as they’re introducing their new product – Pimm’s Edlerflower and Blackberry, they created this pop-up summer garden as guerrilla  marketing, celebrating the new product launch and also watch Wimbledon.

My friend Ali and I went there for 2 pitchers one afternoon and just decided that we had to come back here for dinner. They would sit you down on a blanket and give you baskets for a picnic dinner experience. Here are some pictures I took while at dinner:

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Reserved, all legit and stuff

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Hey Ali

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Picnic Dinner!

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Cute little name tags

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It was a fantabulous London experience. I think it was definitely one of the most memorable experiences I’ve had in London, or European adventures in general, because even Pimm’s employees don’t know when their next pop-up garden is.

Last weekend it was London Gay Pride. This was my first time ever going to any Pride parade kind of thing, and to be honest I had no idea what to expect. London is such a great city to experience an amazing parade for a great cause.

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Getting ready!

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Different groups of people would parade and chant in different themes; it is so much fun to watch! This is the London Gay Men’s Choir

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Werk

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Some eager fans over here

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Mr. Perfect

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Then, we started walking in the parade. Honestly, I don’t believe that we were supposed to (yet?), but no one stopped us, really, and we just kept on walking because it is just so much fun! It’s also once in a life time experience for us, but the most fun part was that people watching the parade thought we were important or something. Haha

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Killing It

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Hey Obama

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Yes, I see your tongue

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Oh London, why must I leave you so soon? At the end I think this Parade was a lot of success and fun. They had to restrict transportation in the area because of the Parade, and there were just SO MANY people there! It’s really just about celebrating life; life is beautiful, so why don’t we celebrate it everyday?

Next post will be about my quick yet eventful (I hope!) trip to Edinburgh, Scotland! Please look forward to it 🙂 As always, thanks for supporting me and my poor writing.

*I’m wearing hipster clothing right now*

Bryan