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With $5.51 Million Cash in Question, the Police Officer Found to Have Been Laundering Money, Sentenced to a Year

Considering how this man is a police officer, and knowing the law, and breaking it, he should’ve, received, a longer, a harsher, sentence, knowing the law and breaking it, off of the Front Page Sections, translated…

The police sergeant from Longtan Substation of Taoyuan City Police Department, Chang received the amount of $5.51 million N.T. from unknown sources, deposited the amount by portions into his own account, and in a short month’s time, he’d used the ATM to make 333 withdrawals; Chang claimed that he was borrowing the amount from his eldest brother, that the withdrawals were to pay up the debts from gambling, the Taoyuan District Court believed that his statements were inconsistent, and, charged him on money laundering sentenced him for a year, this can be appealed.

The D.A.s Special Office investigated, that Chang started working as a sergeant of the traffic department of Longtan Police substation, made about $70,000N.T. per month, from July 1 to August 5 of 2017, Chang deposited a little over $5.51 million N.T. in parts into the banks, the post office using the ATM, then, took out the withdraws 257 times and 76 times, to the remaining cash of both account having only $349N.T.s and $599 N.T.s.  the D.A. believed, that Chang was using this method, to dodge the seventh and ninth rule of anti-money laundering law, pressed charges.

During the trial, Chang claimed that he owed debts and took out a loan from his eldest brother and sister-in-aw in over four million dollars N.T. of the amount, three million dollars N.T. were at home, but later he’d felt, that the ATM deposits are quite convenient, that he’d withdrawn so much because he’d lost a ton of money in the mahjong games he’d played, denied the allegations of money laundering.  Chang’s eldest brother and sister-in-law testified, that Chang brought up splitting up the assets, they’d wired a total of four million dollars N.T. to him sporadically since 2014.

The courts believed that Chang claimed he’d owed three million dollars N.T. that his pay were deducted, but, not used the amount he’d borrowed to pay the debts, that he’d, deposited $5.51 million N.T.s in only a little over a month’s time, surpassing what he’d made in wages.  That had he’d actually, owed the amounts back in 2014, he’d delayed the payments until 2018, then, made the frequent deposits, that his actions were, questionable.

That Chang chose not to go to the counters of the banks to deposit the amounts in huge sums, instead, used the ATMs to deposit on many occasions, and didn’t explain where he’d gotten the five million dollars N.T., that he’d used the ATM to withdraw anywhere from $100,000N.T. to $300,000N.T., clearly showed, that he was, dodging the bank teller.

The courts considered that Chang is a police officer, that he should’ve been aware of the anti-money laundering laws, but had, broken the laws, and, received the unreasonable amounts, evaded the rules, that his behavior helps the money laundering behaviors get worse, that it’d, affected the society, and denied his own involvements in the process, sentenced him to a year in prison on specialized money laundering charges.

And so, this officer’s claims about the money was, unreasonable, and clearly, he was, laundering money, an he got charged with it, and, he got caught, which still showed, how easy it is, for an officer of the law, to try to work his way around the law, using the knowledge he had of what’s legal and what’s not, and how you will get CAUGHT, if you do something bad.

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A Collision of Constitutional Rights & Constitutional Values

Shall we, flip for it???  Commentaries off of the Front Page Sections, translated…

The natives who were caught, hunting the animals were sentenced, and they’d, filed for an amendment, and it’d, sparked up this war between the rights of the natives and the protection of wildlife.  Although the Grand Justice ruled on the number 803 explanation, but from the disappointments of the natives, it’s still not, resolved, perfectly.

The key points of this particular explanation of the constitution lies in the although it’s legal for the natives to use their homemade guns to shoot the animals on the reserves, but, it’s still not enough rights for the natives; other than their culture, the natives used the hunted animals as offerings as well as sharing the catches with their own next-of-kin, but, the hunting of the endangered species is still, illegal.

In this war of hunting culture versus environmentalism protection, the natives believed that there wasn’t any, conflicts of the two, but the culture preservation and the identifying with one’ own people, that’s irreplaceable by the animal protections; while the grand justice stressed that we must, weigh both sides equally, but the natives’ hunting the animals are for their own, consumptions not for any other purposes, and it would still, cause an impact on the wildlife, especially the endangered species here.

natives hunting the turtles…

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It’s not hard to understand the natives’ upset over the ruling, but the meaning of the Grand Justice’s explanation is worth thought too: the justice stated, “the constitution guarantees that the…the natives shall have their rights to hunt as a part of their culture.”, which showed the importance of the laws’ believing the traditions, the cultures of the native people, but at the same time, it’d stated, that the protection of wildlife is, also, a vital value of the constitution.  And, as two laws collide, then, there may not be, the one-hundred-percent, guarantees to be, offered to the sides.

The rights of the natives and the animal protections, should NOT only have the oppositional sides to them.  In actuality, a lot of the foods at the mountain local food shops fitted to, the laws of “self-use” restrictions.  If we can, help more natives understand, that the hunters can be turned into, the protectors of wildlife, then this will, make the forest, the mountains, more beautiful than ever in Taiwan.

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illegal, to hunt these animals that are, protected species by the country…photo from online

And so, when culture and wildlife protection collide, which side do we take?  And, can we, keep both sides happy?  Like in the whaling of the Japanese on the seas, they’d hunted just about all the fishes and whales, because they’re, a people, whose primary diets are, fish, and yet, when they go off to the open waters, not their own territories, to hunt, then, there IS, a problem, and, this is similar to this, but, maybe, the government can place limits on the sizes of the wildlife, and, teaching the natives about the conservation of species, to get the people on board, to help out, that way, both sides, win.

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Open Up Your Ears First

The public had been, saying it, it’s YOU, head of office of sanitations, who’s NOT listening enough!  Commentary, off of the Front Page Sections, on the head of sanitation department’s handling of the clusters of infections of MERS-CoV in Taoyuan, off of the Front Page Sections, translated…

The most overly used phrase of Chen, the Head of Welfare Sanitations of late is, “Why didn’t you tell me earlier?”, the former head of Welfare Sanitations, Yang criticized how the government didn’t vaccine the flight crews, the pilots first, Chen shouted out, “why didn’t you tell me this earlier???”, Ke criticized that the tactics of vaccinations weren’t preise enough, he’d rebutted also, “why didn’t you tell me this a month earlier?”, the commanding center declared that the medical staff members are working to vaccine the populations on the holidays without the overtime, the medical support groups came to protest, to this, Chen still stated, “if you have something to say, why didn’t you tell it to me before?”

The problem is, it wasn’t that they’d not told, it’s someone’s ears that weren’t, opened yet.  The pilot union in Taoyuan already told, that they’d sent the notices to the commanding centers, to allow the flight crews to get vaccinated as first priorities, but the suggestions weren’t, taken.  While Chen started, barking out his orders every day, and, he’d stated whatever goes, and not communicated his policies with the members of the communities, not made the rules, transparent enough at all, how can he, take in, another person’s, advice?

Chen, at a, press conference…

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The clusters of China-Airlines’ infections got up to close to thirty now, and the commanding center’s consulting members stated, that “we’re prioritizing the pilots, the flight crewmembers as the ones who gets first priorities in vaccinations”.  This sort of attitude, it’s like, listening to someone else’s advices, but still, going on one’s own beliefs.  And, even if the pilots are, first priority cases, can’t they at least, be the second, before the head of local governments?  For over a year now, the outside world kept, recommending the government, to do a general scan on a wider spectrum, but the commanding centers had, fallen deaf about it!

As Chen kept asking others, “why didn’t you tell me this earlier?”, it’d shown, that he’d, gotten angered by what he’d failed to do, he couldn’t withstand the questioning of his authority on how the clusters of infections happened with the China Airlines’ pilots, of how it was his policies that’s caused the clusters of infections.  If he wants to, prove that he is able to hear an opinion different than his own, Chen should best, open up HIS own, ears!  So many claims, everybody is, speaking on, for too long already.

And so, this is what this government is, made up of, idiots who’d, only zoomed in on the policies they’d, pushed forth, and completely, DEAF, to all others’ opinions that are, a little bit, against them, like the issues of vaccines, people had been stating that the airline crewmembers, the hospital staffs needed to be the first priorities to get the shots, but, are they, getting the vaccines, heck no, because the policy makers are, the heads and they’re, the ones, putting these first priority, on H-O-L-D!  And you BLAME people for, not telling you about it?  Give me a break here!!!

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two more pilots from China Airlines confirmed of diagnoses, a total of NINE so far! From online

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Suddenly, the Government Started, Showing Care & Concerns Toward China Airlines?

The government dips, its, “dirty little fingers” into this, partially privately owned airline companies, and make it do as it will, because the government is now, in charge, of EVERYTHING that’s relating to it!  Off of the Front Page Sections, translated…

The severity of clusters of pilots of China-Air getting infected with MERS-CoV, the head of the Sanitations Welfare, Chen stated, that you can’t demand the pilots to quarantine themselves for fourteen days, otherwise, China Airlines will go bankrupt.  Surely, there’s NO country that demanded the flight crews to quarantine for fourteen days each time they fly, and no airline companies will, accept this.  On the surfaces, it looked as though the government was, showing too much care and concerns for the airline workers; but deep down, it’s their ways of, denying the realities of the situations.

The flight crews often travels to foreign nations, and, they run an originally, higher-than-usual risk of contraction; but the government delayed the inoculation of the members of the flight crews until the twelfth of last month, isn’t it, too, slow?  Plus, if the government doesn’t “treat the matter of infection seriously enough”, every time a pilot and the flight crews landed, a scan is conducted, at least, this can, greatly reduce the chances of cross-infection of the workers of the quarantine hotels.  And now, the employees of China Air became the target of the online community’s witch hunt, and this, should be on the commanding centers.

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in the apron, photo from online

And, does the government really CARE about how much China Airlines is bringing in in income?  Not, necessarily.  Recently, the airline bought the new 777, and, demanded to have the airline company, “China Airline” in small print, changing the font of the CARGO to extra large print, with the map of Taiwan in the center of the words; and in the end, this group of airplanes can’t get to Hong Kong or China.  With China-Airlines losing the business from China and Hong Kong, of course, this, greatly, impacted the airline company’s livelihood; and the party in power showed, a total, lack of care and concerns for it, and the multiple legislators of the DDP even started criticizing that China-Airlines didn’t change this group of airplanes’ logo enough.

The stock option of China-Air is structured oddly, it isn’t a public owned business completely, but, the government could, dip into how the company operates.  The China Airlines that the politicians imagined, isn’t how it can grow, but how to use their status of power, to put those they knew in the higher up managerial positions, to steal the resources, to make the company do at their, wills.  So long as the government stated, then, China-Air would have a turn over of personnel, no questions asked; this “nation-owned airline company”, is a true, tragic.

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the new cargo plane of China-Airline, found online

And now, the government, dipped ITS, dirty little fingers, into the airline companies too, because, China-Air is partially government owned, and, because of the government funding it receives it must, comply to the request of the current government’s asking, and now, this airline became, a puppet of the government too, I wonder WHAT else this government will DIP its, dirty little fingers into next.

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The Last Piece of the Puzzle of Prevention Against Sexual Violence: the Stalking-Harassment Laws

Written by the crime prevention majors of Zhongzhen University, call this, an “afterthought” to the events of murders from stalkers that can’t have those whom they were stalking, and resorted to, murder, off of the Front Page Sections, translated…

The draft of the “stalking-harassment prevention legislation” finally started in the reviewing process in the legislature office here, of the kept written codes, the debate of whether harassment and stalking should be specific to the variations of genders is still, debated upon.  And my views are based off of societal expectation, and the experiences of the Japanese laws.

The stalking-harassment is defined by repeatedly making someone particular uncomfortable, it isn’t, randomly selected, and there are many reasons for why, maybe for money, like in the loan sharks trying to get the debts collected; or maybe, it’s the fame, like the paparazzi tagging along; maybe due to political views differences, for instance, the trolls from online taking over the message boards online; it can be the neighbors, getting at each other’s throats for not having the shared values of how the building’s operations worked.  Of these, the stalking-harassment types from failure to pursue someone, the individual usually is too stubborn to let go, to the point of “if I can’t have you, I shall, destroy you”, and can cause bodily harm, and this is, just like, other forms of crime, plus, the people in this country lacked the knowledge, the awareness of this sort of harassment, stalking, not understood how over-pursuing of someone can cause harassments, and there’s the wayward beliefs of “If I try harder, then, the other person will, love me”, which added to the risks that aren’t on the surfaces to increase greatly.

From the singer, Jam Hsiao’s being harassed by he female fame, the female college student from World Journalism University getting murdered by a man who had a crush on her, to the female store clerk getting abducted and murdered in Pingdong, the common of all of these is how the person fixated wanted to have the individual for her/himself, and, the emotions, the measure these individuals took, with the time that passes, got overboard, and, these individuals lacked the respect for others’ sense of self, gender equality.  These stories surfaces on the newspapers quite a lot, and, the legislation for it was the legislators’ and the groups locally aimed at, and, the behavior is defined as “relating to the genders”, should be more fitting to the expectations of the general public, as for other reasons for stalking (i.e. debt collecting, paparazzi, etc., etc., etc.), these should be based on the severity, and apply the penal codes, or the civil claims.

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Japan had set up the laws, using the designs of focal points, and the legislators in Japan would discuss regularly, if there needed to be added rules, we can take from that.  The background for the laws against stalking getting written and signed was because a female college student getting murdered by her boyfriend, the “Takigawa Jiken” (in this country, there was the geek king, Chang’s murdering his ex, and thus, the 63-1 of domestic violence prevention was added on, the “horrid lover rule”, as it was known as), and, set the details up as “to fulfill the desires of loving someone, the hatred that came when these feelings are, reciprocated”, hoping, that these things can have the minimal effect to the citizens in this country, to prevent the labor union marches, the civic marches, the media press getting the stories, from being restricted.  Our country’s rule of “relating to gender” design, this included the revenging behaviors, or sextortion, and, it’s wider in protection rules compare to the Japanese rules, and, there can be the added lengthening of the period of time (Japanese set it as five-years).

As the legislators worked hard over the years, the anti-stalking law finally started, taking shape, this was, nothing easy; and, this signing the drafts into legislation should help the public understand more about stalking, harassment, and the crimes of violence like these, to show that the government is serious, on ending these acts of violence for good.

And so, this is still, in the wordings of things, you need to specify the rules, every word, that’s to be followed needed to be, written down, and, normally, until someone DIES from an attack by someone who’s fixated on the victims, these sorts of laws just, won’t come into place, and this is still, hindsight!

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Not as Easy as We’d, Imagined

A D.I.Y. fail!  Should’ve called in, the experts that’s for sure!!!  Translated…

That year, the new wash basin that I’d just had installed not a few days ago, due to my mistake, got three cracks on it, but it’s still, usable, and so, I’d not planned to, change it out.  Many years afterwards, I saw my five and two-and-a-half year-old grandsons, tipped their toes, reaching up to the basin to clean their hands, then suddenly, the news of the wash basin exploding that was on the news came to mind, and I’d, suddenly, decided to, get a new one installed.

To make work easier, I’d first gone to the depot, selected a basin that’s similar to the one I had originally in shape, color, style, made of plastic, and, thought to myself, I’d installed the tiles on my own floors, redid my own lanai, how hard can installing a wash basin be?  After I had breakfast, I’d immediately, gotten to it, but, I’d, HIT a DEAD wall then; the screw that originally attached my wash basin to the walls was rusted, and I can’t twist it off, the two of us started, using all our strengths, to try to pry it open, and, after forty minutes, still not budged one bit; it seems, there’s only the way, to SMASH the old basin up.

should’ve just, called in, a professional to do it!

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After we’d, swept up the floor’s worth of, debris, we’d started, tackling that rusty screw, and yet, as we’d, asked all our pliers out to help us, none can make the single screw budge, and so, we’d, started, sawing it off.  My husband found the saw first, then, the two of us took turns, bending our backs over, sawed at it with all our mights, we’d even, taken two rests, then, we finally, unscrewed, these, two screws, loose.

The hole that remained from the screws that were loose, can’t be used anymore, we needed to, drill, other holes.  There’s no drill at home that we can use, my wife went out to buy one.  The hole got made yeah, but I can’t, tighten the screws in completely, turned out, the whole on the right was drilled too deep, and so, we’d, made another new hole next to it, decided, to install that basin in.  And yet, as the screws are about to be placed in, we were shocked, to realizing, that the sizes and types that we bought wasn’t, unified, and so, my wife can only, run out, to get the right screw.

And finally, as all is about to get done, the basin was, too far from the wall, because of how that hole on the left was, deep enough, and we’d had to, pull out the plastic plugs again, then, drilled, deeper in.  But, no matter how my wife pulled at it, the plug simply, wouldn’t, budge, I’d gone closer to look, “You need to whack it, hitting around it a bit, and, it should, loosen up?”, and surely enough, as I’d, whacked at it a couple of times, the plastic plug came out, but, it’s, broken, and so, my wife went out again.

And finally, everything’s set, now, the step by step clean up.  The pipe’s ruptured, I’d needed to, replace the new one, but, I’d, fumbled through FIVE tool boxes that I owned, not a single one that can be used.  Waited until my wife bought the replacement parts, the two of us, with glee, started on, the final step: reattaching the pipe back on, and yet, at this time, I’d found, that there were FOUR holes on the pipe, totally needed to be, replaced, so, my wife went out, again, and bought back a set of shiny brass, P-pipe.

And, as all of this is done, I’d looked at the clock, five o’clock, sharp.  Can’t believe, that this, “simple” changing a wash basin took the two of us, an entire, day!

A lot of things in life, are way HARDER, than you can, ever imagined, like this gig that these two people got into, they should’ve just, called in the professional plumbers, but they didn’t want to waste all that cash, and so, they did it themselves, and, they got it done finally all right, but it took them, a WHOLE, workday, and to think, that had they called in the professionals, it may have been done, in, no more than, thirty minutes, but they wanted to save the money, and they ended up, squandering away the time!

So totally, NOT worth it, is what I say!

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The Military Serviceman Committed Suicide as the Other Woman Kept Demanding that He Pay Her More Hush Money

Death, was what, came to, this, CHEATER, and it’s still, his own @#$%ING, fault here!  From the Front Page Sections, translated…

Three years ago, the serviceman, Wang committed suicide at his residence, as his wife sorted through his things, she’d found that he was having an affair with the female janitor, Chen who worked in her building, as the two broke up, Chen started, blackmailing Wang, and he’d paid her a total of $400,000N.T. worth of “hush money”, but Chen still won’t let go, which was what caused Wang to commit suicide at the end.  Wang’s wife sued Chen for threats to get money, the Chiaotou District Court in the first trial found Chen guilty, sentenced her to six months in prison, that she could pay the fines and skip out of serving the time, Chen’s wife filed for an appeal, the courts maintained the rulings from the first trial.  Case closed.

Starting in 2016, Chen started working as a janitor at Wang’s building, both were married, and they started having an affair, but in the end, Chen’s husband found out; after they broke up, Chen threatened Wang, that from December of 2017 to March of the following year, Chen threatened Wang with text multiple times, “you will die horribly!”, “I will MAKE what you did KNOWN to the world!”, “You can’t afford to mess with a married woman!”, etc., etc., etc.

Wang was a professional serviceman, to keep his affair under wraps, he’d paid a total of $400,000N.T. as hush money to Chen, to silence her, but, after Chen got the money, she won’t let up, she’d texted, “I was originally a fitting woman, now, my reputation’s gone down the drains, you will go down with me too!”

Wang could no longer live with how Chen constantly threatened him, and felt he had wronged his families, believed, “honor is the first life of a serviceman”, left a note in his residence, then, killed himself, as his wife sorted through his belongings, that was when she’d, learned about the affair for the first time.

At the first trial, Chen claimed, that Wang had, raped her, that it was Wang who’d, broken up, said that he was going to pay her for it, but gone back on his words again, and again, that was what angered her, and thus, the text, that it was, all venting.  The Chiaotou District Court considered how Chen only had a middle school education, that she and Wang’s families can’t reach a settlement agreement to date, sentenced her to six months, and, confiscated the $400,000N.T. she’d blackmailed him away.

Wang’s families thought, that six months was too “lenient”, accused how the woman had sent nude photos of herself to Wang, but delegated all the blames of the affair to Wang only, asked the district attorneys to file for an appeal.

The High Subsidiary Courts of Kaohsiung during the trial, Chen claimed, that Wang’s wife asked over eight million dollars in payment, she couldn’t afford it, which was why she’d not settled with her, the judge believed, that the punishment signed by the first trial was fitting, that it wasn’t, too lenient, too heavy, or, not proportional, tossed back the appeal.

And so, this, is how it goes, you’d cheated, and got sued, and now, you were able to, WEASEL your way out, by excusing yourself, that you don’t make that much money, and you can’t pay what the wife is asking for, and, the man you’d had an affair had, killed himself, as he DESERVED to D-I-E, for being unfaithful to his own wife, and he was, way too, tortured by his own, guilty conscience, and you still, got that, slap on your wrist for having an affair with a married man.

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Learning Music After Retirement, & Having Fun Doing it

The importance of how learning is an ongoing process, the need for a hobby to be established after retirement age, translated…

As children grow up, my mother in her sixties decided to pick up on her dreams when she was younger: taking up the music lessons.  She’d not just signed up for the electric piano classes at the community center, she’d, disregarded my father’s objections, signed HIM up for the sax lessons.  Seeing how the two bought their instruments, and as time for the classes came, they’d, rushed out, packed the big and small packs to take along, and naturally, as children, we are, most, supportive of them.

Then ever since as I’d come back home on the weekends or holidays, I’d, heard music, “floating in the air”—for the players of recorder in the music classes, I’m sure, that we can all agree, that the sound that came out as beginners played, isn’t musical.  As the cat heard the music started, sounding off, it’d, scattered away, quick, with that look of, “What did I do to deserve this” on its face.  But, my father has a serious nature, and on occasions, he’d complained about how my mother “made” him go to class, but he’d still, picked up the sax every day and, started from the basics of blowing air between the reeds, making the sounds, and, playing the simple notes, and each practice session runs for over two hours at a time.  To not bug the neighbors, my father would hide inside the bathrooms, shut the doors and the windows as he’d practiced inside the loo.

And my mother, who’d, started all of this, wouldn’t be beaten by my father, she’d taken the piano for several months, and, at her instructors recommendations, she’d started playing the flute.  The sax and the flutes are both woodwind instruments, but, the sax sounded fuller, while the flute sounded, like floating in the air, the two instruments go on and off inside the house, and it’d, made the listeners, uneasy, but the cat didn’t mind, as my mother sat herself down to play, it’d hopped onto my mother’s knees, and, lay down, sometimes, the cat would, stare, deep into my mother’s eyes, like he was enjoying this sound that’s, at the same frequency of his, meowing.

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As my mother got into playing, she’d, poured her heart and soul into it, and she’d, complained to us on how she’d, hit a fork in her practice sessions.  Until one day, she’d shared with me excitedly, that her high school instructor started playing the flute when she was seventy, and, she’d continued playing, and she’s having a decade recital soon, that she will, follow her teacher’s, lead too, she’d found herself a private lesson instructor, from the pop music, she’d, advanced to the classical.  The teacher was demanding of the aperture, and I’d seen my mother focusing on sticking her tongue out, with her mouth open.

And, after awhile, the cacophony became, less and less, I can already, sit quite, settled in, in the living room, as my mother played the flute, sometimes, I’d, closed my eyes, and imagined the poetic verses as I listened to her play.  While my father favorite tune, “Amazing Grace” started with amazing, and now, there’s, the grace “factor” that’s, included in too.  Being an avid learner, he’d not only satisfied in reading the simplified sheet music, he’d even started, picking up my old sheet music, and learned to read the notes off the staff.

As our family gathered for the New Year’s this year the two of them put on a show, and, gotten a full applause from all around the room.  I can’t help but feel in awe, no matter how old you are when you started pursuing your dreams, it’s never too late.  Your lives are, fulfilled, you can find friends who shared the same interests, and it helps activate your mind, to slow down the process of aging, and it gives you that sense of achievement too.  My mother also testified, that picking up the piano was a breakthrough for her, that was the very first time she’d ever, chosen to take the lessons seriously, and knew, that she could, do it!  As we were growing up, being forced to sit at the piano to play was torture for us, but, as my parents got older, started picking up on the instruments, they’d not only, entertained themselves, but us too!

And so, this, is the right attitude that we should all carry, when we pick up on something, like these two older adults, and, maybe it’s because of their mindsets being, more matured, nobody’s pushing them to learn the musical instruments, they’d picked it up on their own, that was why they’re, able to, play it with so much joy.

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The Courage, to Face up to Being Bullied

How the adults’ attitudes is what helped this girl, dealt effectively, with the bullies that picked on her in school, the importance, of providing a safe environment that a child feels comfort enough, to tell the adults, translated…

In the meetings, my phone vibrated a couple of times, I saw, using my peripheral vision, that it was from my daughter’s school teacher, with an unsettled heart, I’d found me an excuse, rushed off to the restrooms, clicked open the screen, the photo of my daughter’s glasses being, damaged popped up, in the message, her teacher told, that the two boys from the next classroom thought that my daughter was, horseplaying with them, pinned her to the ground, and scratched her glasses.  I was glad that my daughter wasn’t, physically, injured, but I’d, questioned the teacher’s description of the events, I’d thanked her notifying me first, as for how we’re to, handle the matter, I shall wait until I get off work, and go home to my daughter to discuss with her on it.

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taking the smaller child’s lunch money! Photo from online

And yet, my daughter’s telling me of what had happened, thrilled me!  She said she was playing in the track field, the two boys came up to her, without any warnings, they’d, pinned down her shoulders, and, as she tried to break away from them, they’d, pushed her face to the pavement together, and they’d not mentioned that they wanted to play with her from the start, they’re not even her friends, one only took the afterschool help classes with her, the other, a complete, stranger.

From what my daughter had, described, I saw NO signs of friendly interactions, nor was this, some, careless, mistake, this is, a conscious, banding together, picking one someone lesser sort of, bullying someone for the kicks of it.  I was really angry and upset now, my emotions went up and down, she is only, in the first grade of the elementary years!  Then?  I’d asked my daughter if she were hurt, and did she cry?  Was she angry, was she, afraid?

She’d shook her head steadily, she said, that although she couldn’t, beat those two boys, but she’d, remembered their appearances, and, as she returned back to class, she’d, checked to see if her glasses are all right.  I patted her head, felt that she was, brave, and smart, and am, deeply, proud of her. I’m glad, that this incident didn’t cause any bad things to stay with her in life, but I’d, felt, deeply—maybe, I wouldn’t want to, believe, that children that young are with, malice, or maybe, I’m, affected by the eastern values of, the desires of, keeping the peace, how many incidents of bullying, actually, got misinterpreted as, horseplay?  Because of a naughty temperament, because of lacking of awareness and not knowing better, because of some, misunderstanding, because of, not being, careful, enough…………we’d, given an assortments of getting off easy for the bullies, like how in Harry Potter, all the characters, dodged the topic, the name of, Voldemort, they’d, dodged the word, “bullies” and “bullying” too.  Not realizing, that the unwillingness, to face up, to what’s happening, bullying, it’s harder, to resolve the incidents of, bullying.

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how the child feels isolated and alone being bullied…

As I’d discussed the matter with my daughter, she’d, decided, to forgive the two classmate who’d, picked on her, and I’d, supported her decision.  I’d thanked her teacher, for making her feel safe and secure, for her, to go straight to her, as the incident was, occurring.  And I’m too grateful for her teacher for believing in my daughter, for being, supportive of her, to protect her.  But what I’d, hoped more is, from the school and the family angles, we can all, get the courage to, face up to the bullies, because, only when we’re, willing to face up to the events, then, we will be able to, sort through it, bit by bit, and let it go.

And so, this, is the importance of the attitudes of the adults, when cases of bullying is occurring in a child’s life, the daughter of the writer is being bullied by the boys, and, she’d, told her teacher, and her teacher had, been there, supporting the girl, giving her that safe place to go to, and the child was, intelligent enough, to note the boys’ names, and told the teacher afterwards.

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A Lifelong Hobby

It’s NEVER good, to PUSH your children into something, instead, you should, allow them, to discover just how much they love that hobby you want them to take up, on their own, and, don’t force them to sit down at that piano, to practice for an hour each and every day, because that’s, torture, instead, allowing them, to discover their own hobby, by themselves, slowly, if they’re, mean to, translated…

After reading the writer, Tseng’s “Meeting Up Again with the Piano” on March 4th, it’d, made me recall my childhood memories, and extended into my current days.

My mother was an elementary school teacher, in the low wages of the fifties, she’d, squeezed out the tuitions, or us to go from the countryside of Chihshan to Kaohsiung to take piano lessons, and told us we all needed to sit at the piano and practice for an hour at least per day.

Being as young as we were, how would we know our parents’ hearts, in the three, four years of lessons, going to the piano teacher’s house was like going to the guillotine, I’d, hated it but not known, how to, rebel against it.

The pressures of keep going in my academic WAS, a great excuse for not taking the piano lessons anymore, seeing how my eldest and second eldest brother entering into the middle school years, getting away from the “guillotine”, and I, the only one who remained in the torture chambers.  This day had, finally, arrived, before the schools started in my middle school year, as the piano teacher played a new song for me, I’d told him, “I’ll be starting in middle school soon, I can’t take lessons with you anymore!”, seeing how shocked my piano instructor looked, I’d felt, that I’d, made my, revenge!

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a child that looks, engaged…photo from online

During the summer of my second year in middle school, a group of us gone to a classmate’s home to hang, there was, a white grand piano in the room, and the group of us, started, tapping at the keys, I’d, followed the sheet music, and played the notes on it, and, I was shocked, that this easy to play piece had, brought out, that familiar, tune, and I’d, borrowed the sheet music, took it home to practice, the piece was, “Fur Elise”, as my second eldest brother who was in high school heard me played, he’d, sat down next to me and started playing too.

Because of the foundations of piano lessons lain earlier in my life, we’d found the sheet music we liked and started, playing again, from the classical to jazz, and, when we got into it, we would have a four-hand playing.  We’d played on, for decades, and it’d become, a hobby that we keep, for life now, from before, we’d not wanted to take the lessons, using our academic stresses as an excuse, and, later we’d realized, that in a lot of the times, piano playing, is a good method of, stress-relief.

And, naturally, I’d, wanted to, pass this, gift to my own young, a decade ago, when my daughter was in the elementary years, I’d, coaxed her onto the piano bench, with my own experience in childhood, I knew better, not to force it on her, that I’d had to, give her the rewards too.  My daughter wasn’t the talented sort, to help her continue learning the piano, I’d, carefully, guided her, sometimes, I’d, not forced her to play, to practice, and at others, I’d, told her she’d, needed to sit down and play for a while.

And finally, we’d, made it through, six whole years, and she had, all her fundamentals down pat, just about, and I’d, sat with her on the four-hand piano, and, before the pressures that is about to come toward her at the end of her last year of middle school, I’d decided, to end her lessons, and gave her a “graduation ceremony”, I’d told her, “this is the end of my demands for you to play the piano, from here on out, you get to decide, whether or not YOU want to, play.”

And, surely enough, I’d not, seen her, sit down on the piano bench since, and, three years flew by, at the start of this year, I’d heard her telling me that she’d wanted to, “practice my skills back again.”, I can’t, believe my ears.  Yet, it’d been, two whole months, past her high school entrance exams, and I’d not heard, a single note yet, I’d, told myself, don’t expect too much.

Several days ago, as I came home from outside, before I’d turned the keys, I’d already, heard the piano songs, coming out of the living room, and I’d felt, moved……………

So, this still just showed, how as parents, we should, NEVER force our own dreams onto our young, we may give them lessons, if they ask us to let them learn, but, we shouldn’t, FORCE them to play the musical instrument, I mean, they’re still young children, and children, have limited attention span, and forcing them to SIT down for hours to practice the songs, it’s just, too unrealistic, and, this may end up, slaughtering the love your children had originally, of music, and have the opposite effect of what you’d, hoped to give to them.  If they’re meant to pick it back up again, then they will.

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