1. I’m very thankful that my family was safe after the recent earthquake in the south of Taiwan and that the damage was a lot less worse than it could have been.
2. The weather has been all over the place for the last week and the atmospheric changes have been making my migraines worse. My Mom read my previous post about my headaches and recommended that I try traditional Chinese medicine. She told me she’d gone to a famous doctor called 李深浦 (Lǐ Shēnpǔ) when she was a little younger than I was and he’d gotten rid of a skin rash Western medicine hadn’t been able to treat completely. Curious to see if he was still working, I Googled him and voila!
3. I’m grateful that I have a cool Mandarin tutor. We had a conversation about how my school in California prepared for earthquakes (we had duck-and-cover drills and emergency packs, which were big Ziploc bags our parents filled with non-perishable food and supplies). This reminded me about the drought that went on for most of my childhood and how we were taught water conservation measures in school. I started cracking up and she asked me what was so funny. I said, “one of the sayings we had back then was ‘if it’s yellow, let it mellow; if it’s brown, flush it down.'” My tutor thought that was so hilarious she asked me write it down for her. I translated it into Chinese for homework: “如果是黃色的，讓它坐一下，但是如果是棕色的，請把它沖走.” (It doesn’t rhyme, but it gets the point across.) I’m happy that I can share some of my Californian culture with my Taiwanese friends!