Monthly Archives: May 2010

Here in Dallas, again

Yes, I am in Dallas again, waiting this time 4 hours to Tokyo, Japan. It’s early morning here, so every process is faster due to less people. The customs official “welcomes” me is having a Monster energy drink. Really?! Having that at six in the morning?!

Welcome to the United States of America.

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Flying Back to Asia

I’ll be flying back to Asia (Japan) today. Before heading towards Santiago airport, I fortunately still have a few hours to look around, maybe some last minute shopping.

Next blog post will be in Dallas, USA again, if I get to use the public computer.

Last Night in Santiago

Busy and chaotic, I haven’t got the chance to sit down for a long time with my laptop to think about how the past ten days go, partly because internet connection in the Summit hotel is less than impressive, and it’s already my last night in Santiago. So many things accumulated, I don’t even know where to start. This trip, location and people, provides a lot of blog materials. It’s like a ball of yarn, lots of storyline in one, but I haven’t found the lint.

Lots of inspiring stories are spread around in GV Santiago Summit, as the last time in Budapest. I’m sitting here, in the TV room in Che Lagarto hostel, listening to Catalina from Colombia about her stories. She mentions how much she has gained since joining Global Voices, getting to know more people, travelling to more places, understanding more cultures, and how her friends are envious of her experiences and opportunities. I believe she represents lots of people in GV, including myself. Thanks to GV, we travel of some unexpected places in the location. If not the Summit, I have no ideas when I will cross the equator to the other side of the world. She is now even learning Mandarin Chinese in Colombia, after she is exposed to the multilingual environment in GV, and her teacher is from Taiwan. Another surprising development to me.

Most attendees have left Chile and back to their home sweet home. Everyone has brought back various objects for memory. Pictures, postcards, paintings, presents, and pisco sour. I am lucky enough to have all of them in my luggage, but most important of all to me, it is people that makes this experience so precious.

Tomorrow I’ll as well leave on a jet plane, and don’t know when I’ll be back again. The summit, for sure, is another memorable incident in my life. I’ll try to retrospect later to all those faces and stories.

Waiting in Dallas

I’ve flied Taipei – Tokyo – Dallas, and now it’s four hours away from my 9-hour flight to Santiago, Chile. Thanks Dallas airport for providing free internet access. It’s so good to be connected online again.

So far I am not too tired, although I am not impressed that I don’t have electricity access for my laptop on American Airlines flight. That stops me from doing translation. lol

About to Go

It’s almost 7am in Taipei on May 3rd. My flight to Chile is 3 hours away. I’ll be leaving one hour later. Just for the record.

Hope it’ll be a smooth trip.

I don’t have a smartphone, so unless I find free wifi or public computers in Tokyo or Dallas airport, I’ll stay offline until I settle down in the hotel in Santiago.

But I haven’t figured out the time difference between Chile and Taiwan. Hum…

By the way, this is the cutest thing I’ve found recently: Mr. Drew Zuckerman.

CNN in Chinese?

I didn’t notice CNN, the news organization, has “Chinese Weekly News Review” clips on its website until today. It’s a 5-6 minutes clip uploaded and broadcast in Chinese on a weekly basis. According to the anchor’s facebook page (I don’t know if the word “anchor” is appropriate based on her performance…), they have been doing this for a year already. That, I am surprised, but not in a good way.

I don’t really want to embed the clip here. If you really need to see that, click here.

It claims to be “a must-see weekly news program”, …hmm, that I am not so sure, either. If CNN wants to attract more Chinese viewers with this, they probably have a long way to go.

One more thing. This program seems to be produced in London, but I thought they have a regional center in Hong Kong? What’s that for?