Holidays can be joyful yet stressful at the same time. The Taiwanese culture is a group culture, and my family is not an exception. This includes doing things together, multiple conversations going on simultaneously, everybody wants to be a part of everybody's life by giving advice all the time, and making sure that the advice is taken and followed. Whew! As much as I am an outgoing person, I am pretty aloof from all conversations. I just watch and take off when it is too much to handle. I tried many times to be more like my other siblings but could only do so much to accomodate. Having said so, I am trying my best to be involved in family outings and gatherings. In fact, I cherish these opportunities because as time goes by, the chances of doing so will diminish.
Sometimes I feel like I am living two lives. When I am away from home, especially when I am abroad, I am a totally different person who is more cheerful compared to when I am at home. Therefore, my desire of wanting to be connected to my root often is compromised by my other desire of wanting to be free and happy. There is never going to be a happy medium.
Enough of the rambling. Here are some photos of my family's recent outings in Taiwan.
The BBQ from the Chou tribe of Alishan.
The Taiwanese yellow cows. We don't see them anymore. This wagon was just for the tourists.