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Yin & Yang

First times when I heard about Yin and Yang I thought that the system was unfair. Yin that is considered to be the feminine energy is also darkness, passiveness, weakness and destruction. Night, cold, silent.. Yang presents things that are maskuline, active, strong and so on. I thought that Yin presents all negative things and when connected to feminity I felt that someone is trying to make me feel less important. This was in my teen years. Now I realize that this is really not the case but only western thinking. We are used to think that there is good things and bad things and world is often too black and white. Now I have noticed that actually these are all worth the same. Nothing is more important or better than the other they are just pieces of the entirety. They are all necessary to keep the balance. If there is no passiveness and rest there could not be any activity either or the activity would burn you out. If there is no night there is no day either. These parts are not only parts of the big picture but they are all equally necessary.

For me it is strange to think that joy could be harmfull. But in TCM all thing if too extreme are actually harmfull to you. I actually think that is right. I have seen my friends get over excited and manic about things and that is totally not good. As it is not good to be too fearfull or too anxious. Follow the golden middle road as we say in Finland. Keep the balance.

The magic of travelling

After three weeks of travelling in Japan and Hong Kong I came back to Taipei. I felt a bit dissapointed when I looked out of the bus window and felt nothing special. No special feelings, no excitement of awe of new things. Well there was no new things here so I guess it shouldn’t be surprise. Still, it was a bit of a surprise for me. I watched my familiar surroundings with a bit of a dull feeling until I got clores the university. Then I suddenly started feeling like coming back to home. That was odd and I wasn’t really expecting that. But when I saw the the golden light of setting sun on buildings down hill when I pushed my luggage uphill and bumped to some familiar faces waiting for my room key. It was like I never left. Okay, it was only for 3 weeks that I was gone, but it felt like a lifetime.

In Japan everything is so organized, clean and almost peacefull all the time and in Hong Kong I felt like being in a comletly different universe with all those high high buildings and amazing views.. Before I had a thought that all the places in Asia were similar to each other somehow, but as I spend more time here I notice how stupid idea that has been. Every place has their own athmosphere and specialities. Those things that make you even like it or hate it or both. In Japan I love gardens but I don’t like how people can’t communicate in English. I love how easy it is to find new things in a big city and feel that nature is close even though all those millons of people. I love how I start to recognize places in anime and notice familiarity where there was oddity before. In Hong Kong I love the tall buildings and light at night. I don’t like how people don’t act considerate in MTR.

In Taiwan I love so many things and I feel that all the time those things multiply. There is some things I don’t like here, for example that people can’t use public toilets properly and there is always a huge mess or that every time there is a map they have turned it to other way around than in the place I saw the same map before.

Now I have my room organized and I am feeling positive about my summer school. Only four weeks left and then I have to get back to the reality called Finland.

Last days! Or so I thought..

Tomorrow will be my last day at the hospital. Feels a bit weird actually. I have got so used to this daily routine that I don’t know what I will do after tomorrow. Actually yes I do, I will travel! But it will probably feel really weird. I have learned a lot during these 11 weeks I have been on the practical training. Maybe not the things I thought I would or should but really important things never the less. I learned how much positive complimets affect your working motivation and mood, how it is always important to be kind and patient, how it makes a world of difference if you smile or not. Of course I also learned some actual PT stuff like assessment and treatment etc but those you can learn every where! I also learned some local specialities since my teacher wanted to teach me his own method of soft tissue release and joint manipulation techniques. Then there were some acupuncture points, acupressure technique and hydrotherapy.

All in all this time was really awesome. And now it is over. Or so I thought untill last Friday when I heard that there is small possibility that I could still get accepted to this summers Traditional Chinese Medicine and culture course. My teacher promised to look into it and yesterday I got an email that said “you are in”. So my time here is not over after all! Feel even more weird.. I will have about one month time to travel and I already have my plans made for that time but after that I will come back here. And study for a month. How weird is that? It is like actually living here. If you want to read more about my future course, go here

When I got here three months ago one of my biggest disapointments was that I couldn’t get proper lessons on Chinese medicine. That kind of was the reason why I wanted to come here at the first place so now when it suddenly is possible after all, I feel like king of the world. My life is awesome. There is some small problems like I don’t have any accomondation at the moment and I might need to skip the first day because of my previous plans overlap with it, but that is small. This is kind of once in a lifetime situation.

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part of my future schedule.

Will be nice to have actual lessons here. Even though I’m really excited about this, it is also a bit scary. In July I will be the only Finn here. I would have been a long time abroad and I already miss home a bit. Things will change again and change is scary. It is nothing I coudn’t handle but it is still scary.

Dragon boat festival

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Dragon boat and “zongzi”

It is time for Dragon boat festival. It is one of the three big celebrations in Taiwan. Others are Chinese new year around a month after ours and the moon festival in Autumn. I have heard some stories about the reason for this festival. Usually people tell me that it is to celebrate one Chinese poet called Qu Yuan. He was a poet about 300 years B.C. at the time of Zhou Dynasty. That time there was seven different parts of China who all fight each other. The king whom this poet served formed an ally with another king and Yuan was exiled and even called traitor because he opposed the alliance. After some time alliance turned out to be a bad idea, the capital of poets kingdom was captured by the other party of the alliance.

The poet was devastated and jumped into a river to commit a suicide. Local people gathered in boats and tried to save him or at least retrieve his body and this was how dragon boat races, one of the main events in this festival, was started. One other distinctive feature at dragon boat festival is sticky rice cakes called zongzi. The legend tells that people tried to throw these cakes in to the river for the fishes to eat so that they wouldn’t eat the body of the poet. People have offered zongzi for me about two weeks already and I actually like those rice cakes bind with bamboo leaves quite a lot.

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Zongzi nomnom

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A dragon boat race team

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Safety first. People keeping eye on the race.

The dragon boat festival is a three days long event this year starting from Saturday and ending on Monday which is a public holiday here in Taiwan. I was told that on the festival site there is a huge amount of people and lots to eat etc. So I went to visit one festival place on Saturday noon. It was actually really difficult to find because the park where it was was huge and I didn’t even notice the festival site from other end of the park. When the place was finally found I was surprised to notice that there was not that many people there. Most of them were participants in the boat race and there wasn’t much else to see. I guess that this was because it was too early and only the first day of the festival. Maybe today there would be more people to see the finals of the race.