有的時候會莫名的被一個地名吸引。我還記得2004年在日本生活的時候。當時的我還在考慮我的下一步是什麼。

我要回美國嗎?

我要繼續在日本擔任英語老師嗎?

我要去其他的國家發展嗎?

英文有一句話:“The world is your oyster. ”直接翻譯是:世界就是你的生蠔。但是其中的含意是你的未來充滿機會,這個世界就是你的遊樂場,你應該要盡情發揮。大家都知道生蠔裡面偶爾會有珍珠,但不是奶茶裡面的珍珠。這個世界就是個很大的生蠔,一打開就會發現驚喜。面臨選擇的時候,就很像在打開生蠔的當下。相信自己不管我做什麼樣的選擇,裡面就是珍珠,都需要好好珍惜。

每次當我在面對一個生活的轉折點或者一個里程碑的時候,就好像在我眼前有數不清的生蠔可以選擇,而且裡面都有珍珠。我無法挑選到底要哪一個生蠔?問題在於珍珠太多,很難淘汰。

但是最終我還是必須做一個決定。做不了決定的話,我應該還在我媽媽的肚子裡,哪兒都去不了。

2004年在日本的時候,出現了一個讓我想要打開的生蠔。當時,我每個週末都去參加免費的日語課。大部分的學生是來自中國,還有其他學生是來自美國和泰國。當時在日語課認識的中國同學們讓我開始對中國感興趣。我還記得,在課堂上老師在講話的時候,中國同學們偶爾會大聲喧嘩,奇妙的是他們不覺得這樣的行為不禮貌,反而是非常自然。雖然我當時覺得他們的行為和日本人完全相反,但我還是對他們充滿好奇。下課後,我們偶爾會一起吃飯。他們大部分都來自東北。有一個東北女生讓我印象最深刻— 是因為她的老公是日本人。雖然我們不熟,但是她卻主動的跟我們分享她和她老公的隱私。這對我來說是非常新鮮的。他們的性格跟我在日本認識的其他朋友很不一樣。他們沒有那麼“不好意思”總是很直接的說話。於是我當時就考慮要不要去中國嘗試很不一樣的生活?

我決定了以後便開始尋找在中國的工作機會,我申請了幾個英文老師的工作。當時,對我來說,除了北京與上海,去中國的任何地方都是可以的。我當時真的在尋找一個有著非常“中國”感覺的地方。因為那將是我的生活的下一部探險。其中找到的一個地方是江西省的宜春市,擔任宜春學院的英語老師。我當時對江西完全不了解。在我腦海裡就是個地名。我告訴我的東北同學我考慮到江西的時候,她的反應很吃驚:

“幹啥去江西呢?那個地方有點落後,只有農村。啥都沒有,你應該來東北吧“!

聽到這句話讓我對江西更好奇。不可能是那麼糟糕的地方吧!

我提交了我的履歷表和申請英語老師的職位。申請後,我和宜春學院的另外一個來自南非的英文老師 (Jody),還有學院的負責外國老師的行政主管約了電話面試。當時我沒有什麼樣的數位溝通工具,也沒有手機,我只有我的公寓裡面的電話。(我第一個手機是到了中國以後才買的!)。

面試那天,我還記得當時外面正下著大雪。面試的中途,我們的電話斷電了!我當時不知道下一步該做什麼,我以為我和宜春學院沒有緣分,所以我開始考慮找其他的工作。沒想到過了兩天後,我居然收到Jody 的郵件。

“The staff and leaders at the school were very impressed with the interview, and they’d love to hire you.”

Impressed?

我當下心裡想,怎麼可能?面試都沒有完成。他們真的是impressed, 還是他們真的沒有其他的選擇?不管什麼原因,我收到郵件時我還是覺得很高興。知道他們喜歡我以後,我也越來越對他們產生好感與好奇。後來Jody跟我說他已經分享我的私人郵件帳號給他在宜春學院的學生,因為他希望學生們可以透過郵件練習他們的英文寫作。也沒想到他們會真的寫信給我。隔天,我開始陸陸續續收到一些郵件。

因為這些片段已經過了將近二十年了,很多細節我都不太記得了,但是我對這些學生發給我的郵件還是有很深的印象。我記得他們介紹自己,還有介紹宜春學院和周圍的環境。對我來說,他們完全是陌生人,但是和他們有郵件的往來後,我似乎和他們漸漸的不再那麼陌生了。他們寫的英文的方式與思考跟美國的大學生完全不一樣。不是因為英文不是他們的母語,而是他們的思考更純樸。雖然我知道他們都是20歲左右的學生,但是在讀郵件的時候,我覺得他們更像高中學生。或許多少是跟他們的英文程度有點關係,但也有可能和他們選擇的主題有關。

我大概收到了十個學生左右的郵件。每個學生都向我介紹他們的英文名字,還有都說很期待我去江西擔任英語老師。同時,他們也提到一個很神秘的地方:明月山。當他們用英文介紹:Bright Moon Mountain的時候,這三個字給我的感覺是就好像我打開了世外桃源的大門。宜春就是一個從童話故事出現的地方。Bright Moon Mountain 周圍充滿飛來飛去的仙女。山頂上有猴子與公主,偶爾還會有一條龍飛來與我對話。我在Bright Moon Mountain 的皇宮裡面當英語老師。我的學生都是又純樸又友善的小精靈。每天都是不同的探險,每天都能吃江西的霉豆腐,腐竹,與臘肉和蘿蔔乾。童話世界的生活正式開始。

從童話故事裡醒來後,我讀完這些學生的郵件,我沒有辦法拒絕他們的希望。他們是構成我未來童話裡的潛在小精靈。雖然我對江西與宜春什麼都不了解,但是我知道一件事:Bright Moon Mountain 在呼喚我。我需要接受Bright Moon Mountain 的呼喚,跟隨我的命運,抓住我的珍珠!


Sometimes it’s easy to forget about the humans.

I never studied HR formally.

Although I majored in education and I’ve always considered myself as someone who dabbles in different professional fields, I have come to realize that for the past 7 years my work has naturally developed towards more and more of an HR role, especially now that I am working as Chief Learning Officer (CLO) at Pershing Technology Services Corporation (PTSC) in Taipei, Taiwan. …


Since April, employees of Pershing Technology Services Corporation (PTSC) have assembled a reading association for the company. Initiated by newcomer and member of the Strategic Product Unit (SPU), Sera Huang, the association holds biweekly meetings with each session being facilitated by a different member of the group. The recent Covid-19 wave hasn’t slowed down the group’s progress as meetings have smoothly transitioned to using Microsoft Teams. Below, members give feedback about the reading association as well as reactions to the first book chosen, Simon Sinek’s, The Infinite Game.

Some of the members of PTSC’s Reading Association in one of their earlier meetings. Clockwise from bottom left: Sera Huang, Nancy Chang, Jeffrey Schwab, Feby Chen.

“Reading can promote thinking. In addition, ordinary conversations only touch one side of people’s personalities. With a reading association, we can open up the exchange of ideas amongst people through book after book, taking a deeper dive in understanding the friends and colleagues around us.”-Co-Founder of the PTSC Reading Association, Sera Huang

Only having worked at PTSC since February of 2021, Sera was someone who hit the ground running. She and I immediately connected through her proactive spirit. Clearly one who reflects PTSC’s core value of “Passion,” I could see that she was someone who embodies the rebranding direction PTSC…


Dear Rollin,

I remember when I was a child and you would visit our house with your wife, Aunt Sandy, and sometimes your son, Andrew. I came to associate Thanksgiving holiday with you and your family. Although I can’t say I looked forward to the mysterious “pink stuff” that Sandy would prepare for our Thanksgiving dinner, it was all part of the holiday event.

What does one remember when a friend or family member passes? You can never expect what memories will pop up first, or what sort of images will run through your brain. The human heart and memory…


A Sit-Down with Einstein

Einstein doesn’t sit down. He doesn’t really even know how. He remains motionless on the kitchen wall and keeps his eyes on me, not exactly wary, but ready to bolt at a moment’s notice.

I’m lucky that he has decided to join this interview. After signing the authorisation to record, we begin our conversation.

Me: So the question that I’ve been wanting to start off with— we saw a smaller version of you on our bedroom ceiling during the Winter months. Was that you? M doesn’t think so, but I have my suspicions.

Einstein: I prefer to keep that answer…


After staving off the coronavirus for a year and a half, Taiwan is amidst its second wave of Covid-19, pushing the government to enforce level 3 restrictions since May 20th. While never having entered a complete lockdown, the restrictions have impacted life with most businesses initiating a work from home (WFH) policy. In addition to taking care of our own employees with WFH, Pershing Technology Services Corporation (PTSC), has also taken the time and care to reach out and help with donations to medical funds in Taipei and New Taipei City.

PTSC initiated a 1+1 fundraising campaign during the first week of June with the company pledging to match the amount donated by employees. The donations totalling 94, 800 TWD went to the Taipei and New Taipei City Government Epidemic Prevention Funds.

E-mail Bravery

After completing my first year of working in a fully Taiwanese company, I have learned the challenge of building a work culture where employees freely, openly, and proactively give feedback and make suggestions. Each month I send out a feedback form to all employees which always includes a question of the month, a question inquiring as to employee satisfaction, and an open-ended space to provide feedback for suggestions and changes. Although there is some engagement, only a handful of employees choose this method to give feedback. Whether it is fear of being singled out, having the suggestions fall on deaf…


I’ve heard that most people love Saturdays. Not me. For me, Saturdays are my least favourite day of the week. The filth from the previous week accumulates in every corner and crevasse. The dark areas underneath get grimy, my surface loses its shiny sheen, hairs always seem to collect in various places, and my own odour even starts to bother me, especially in Summer. Guess it’s just part of the territory, though.

But yeah…Saturdays are not my day.

I understand that it’s totally the opposite for the two people who live in this apartment. The husband works from Monday to…


This piece is about the Japanese anime series, Neon Genesis Evangelion, episode 4, “Rain, After Running Away,” my time in Japan in 2004, and a connection between this episode and the Japanese art of ikebana 生け花.

“The space of an hour on a page (maybe more, maybe less) to fill or leave empty — sometimes the fear of it, sometimes the knowledge and anticipation of it, sometimes the two (maybe three) being one and the same.” — from a recent letter written by my older brother.

Where is Shinji?

Rain falls in sheets on the skyscrapers across New Tokyo. …


This is the seventh instalment in a series that reimagines events within Greek mythology. This piece follows The Witness, and we reenter the Underworld where Charon has been called by his lord Hades to visit his chambers.

Charon adjusted his hat to fit snugly over his withered ears and plucked an errant hair from his beard. It was unusual for him to leave his post by the Acheron, and yet he had been called upon by his master. The ferryman of the dead couldn’t complain. The atmosphere was morose as usual, and he welcomed any sort of change of scenery.


自成立以來,福爾摩沙即興組合(FIG)一直致力於透過即興表演來建立社群網絡,在積極充滿活力的城市-台北-激發並鼓舞即興表演的精神。本文主要針對沒有參與過我們每週一的即興工作坊的潛在表演者對於工作坊的介紹。我與FIG的現任工作坊都督Liam Fanning有深入探討對於FIG的工作坊在2021年及往後的發展期望。

演出後的FIG成員。 FIG非常幸運能夠繼續與Two Three Comedy合作支持即興社群的工作坊和每月演出。

“在FIG,我們認為即興表演應該是一種利益共享。我們致力於為來自不同背景和經驗的參與者提供雙語指導的即興體驗,並分享經驗建立社群網絡。” -Liam Fanning

The Clock Stops

American residing in Asia since 2004. Blogs focusing on life observations, improv, food, creating a learning organisation, management, and stretching time.

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