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A Beautiful , Yet Sad Story, Love in the Schooling Years

The love that didn’t get spoken in time, the love that passed on, with the death of that someone you liked in your, schooling years, and what his death had, taught you, translated…

One Day, I’d, Opened up My Closet, and No Matter How Hard I’d, Looked, I Just, Couldn’t, Find Those, Two Shirts, and because They’re of My Personal Collections, I’d, Not Dared Made it Open, Nor Asked Anyone, I can Only, Pull Out All the Clothes, and Prodded with My Hands, Inside that, Emptied, Drawer………………

I Just Want to Grab onto Something, a Strand of What was Left Was, Fine

My first love came to a halt, in an accident, that boy I liked in my second year of middle school, before we had the chance to exchange a single word with one another, vanished, without, a single, trace.

I was only fourteen, had absolutely NO clue of how the universe worked, I looked all around me, and saw, nothing, but the fogs, and so, I’d felt, that strong sense of helplessness, over this world which I’d originally, had a firm grasp over, I’d, wanted to, extend my hand outward, and fish around, for something, anything!

I was, close to the boy’s younger sister, she’d, worked her best, to sort through everything that her older brother had, left behind, in the countryside of Kaohsiung, everybody was living in poverty stricken means, they seem to be worse off than we were, and, what she could give me were, a couple of blurry photographs, two of her older brother’s shirts, and, the textbook that seemed to have never been, flipped through by him.

I’d carried these things as if they were, something, precious, with tentativeness and care, I’d, stashed the photo inside my diary, and, folded his clothes up to tiny, placed them to the depth of my own closet, and, I’d, read through all the pages of his textbooks thoroughly.  Back then, I’d already, read a ton of, novels, and among these, were the romances, and I’d, stubbornly held on to the beliefs of: he liked me, although just like me, he’d, never said aloud, btu he must’ve, stashed that feeling inside his heart, and, written some lines about it.

I can’t know his heart anymore, but, who knows, if he’d, only, written something inside the texts, as he’d drifted into space in class?

The summers in Kaohsiung, those, never ending, summer days, came together in a bundle, in front of the window, in the sunlight, I’d, flipped through the volumes page by page, Chinese, history, math, geography……………the class of loose students, there was only the difference of the colors of the pages being pure white, and yellow.  The schemata which were, activated in my mind, and for every horizontal stroke of pen, I’d, immediately believed that it was the first stroke of my own last name; and yet, the young boy didn’t even leave a dot of his ballpoint pen.

And so, I can only, return all his textbooks, to the past.

And so, what remained, of my first love, were the two shirts, three photos, a newspaper clipping of how two middle school boys drowned by the oceans, along with that locked diary, crawling with my handwriting ink.

No Blackhole, Nor Boy in Hiding

One day, I’d opened up my closet, and can’t find those two shirts no matter how hard I’d tried, and because they’re, my private stash, I’d not dared, asked anybody, and can only, pull all the clothes out, and, prodded into the drawers now emptied, with my own hands, that maybe, there was, a blackhole inside, that swallowed everything that didn’t belong; or maybe, there’s, that secret tunnel in the back of my wardrobe, that the boy didn’t die, he’s, just, hiding, and, came in the middle of the nights, to pull his own shirt away, wanting to tell the girl: hey, I’m still here, in some corner of this world.

Then, the diary I’d kept at the bottom of my desk drawer, seemed to have moved around, I’d taken it out to look, the locks were cut off, and the photo, the newspaper clippings, all gone, and the smeared pages I’d written down as I cried, were all, torn off, perfectly.

Okay, okay, there was, NO blackhole, no mystery, no boy hidden, the one who’d, wiped it all away was, my mother.

My homeroom instructor must’ve called my parents about this, and in the heat of anger, my mother swept up my room, got rid of everything that she deemed as obstacles in my life, everything I’d, hold too dearly to my mind.

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For the first few years, the boy was buried in that tiny cemetery in the bamboo forest, in the middle of the fields, then after the bones were collected, the headstone removed, then, the fields, the bamboo forest got turned into a huge, construction site, then, the concrete jungle came atop, there’s no place for me, to remember him then.

Then, what I wrote, it will do, right.  I’d written everything into a novel on BBS, and everybody liked it, it’d reminded the readers of everything in their own, younger, years, I’d even, published it, sold many copies too, but a few years, the book became, out-of-print, and, forgotten, by the, world then.

So, everything with a set form, disappear eventually, no matter how hard you’d tried to hold on, that handful of sand still, slips out.  I’d prodded these past two years, even the parents of the boy had both, passed on, and, those who’d remembered the guy’s smile, got reduced by two more people, will we all, not leave, anything behind, one day, just spreading out palms out?

No, maybe, there’s, something that’s, evolved, and now, I’d not rummaged through my daughter’s closets, drawers, or read her diaries anymore, to not throw away anything she’d, stashed away in secret.

To protect someone’s complete forms of her/his youth, that was, what that boy who’d died too young had, given to me, a life-long, gift.

And so, this lesson from this boy you liked who’d died, taught you a lesson with his death, that love is precious, that you must, take a hold of the love you want to hold onto in the now, otherwise, it will, slip away too quickly, and, you’d also, learned to, NOT read your own teenage daughter’s diary, to let her have her private things, that only she is aware of, because your mother didn’t respect your things!

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Verbally Harassed the Female Student & Attempted to Sexually Assault Her, a Predator Sighted Before the Hsinchu Train Stations

She was, almost, RAPED, but got away, with only, thrills, thank heavens, and there are, PSYCHOS in this world, all over the places!  Off of the Front Page Sections, translated…

In the surrounding area of the Hsinchu Train Station, there was a man, threatening a female student to fellate him two nights ago, and he’d claimed that he has a knife, and threatened to take her with him, the young woman used her wits to delay herself from being assaulted, claimed that she has illnesses, and asked a fellow male student to help her, that was how she got away, and posted the experience in her Instagram account, the police took the case, and they’re now chasing the suspect.

The location of where this occurred, on Zhonghwa Road in Hsinchu, where a lot of high school students would pass on their ways to catch the buses, the female student wrote out the accounts of what had happened to her on her Instagram, it’d mentioned, that on the evening of the twenty-sixth, she was on her way to catch the bus, and a man of between thirty and forty called to her to stop, claimed that he was betrayed by society, that nobody loved him, “if it weren’t how genuine and cute you are, I’d stab you in the stomach, and take you with me”.

The man demanded the female student to fellate him, the female student told him she just had her meal, and needed to go to the restrooms, the man told her he will take her, “Let’s act like we are friends, and, don’t you start screaming into the crowds now”, as the girl went to the restrooms, the man started calling out to her, “won’t you fellate me?  Otherwise, show me your breasts for five minutes, or, allow me to lick your pubic area will also do too.

The female student told, that she’d texted her mother to help, and told the man that she had illnesses of the female sort, that she wasn’t, clean enough, after the restroom break, she saw other students from other schools, and voiced to them to call the police, and, pretended to pick up her cell phone to answer a call from her mother, and in the end, she saw a group of male students from another school, and took the hand of one, to get away.

“Had I not told him that I have a female problem, that I’d smelled down there, I would’ve been, raped for sure!”, the female student was still thrilled as she’d told, that the Hsinchu Train Station is a place of danger, hoping, that nobody travels alone, and recalled how as she took the hand of the male student, her legs fell, limp, seeing the male student, was like seeing, her savior.

And this IG message had been passed around among many students, as well as parents too, and they’d reminded each other, to be, careful.  The police noted, how the perpetrator didn’t have a knife at hand, that there’s not any recent reports of the similar sorts, and the surveillance showed that after the man interacted verbally with the female student, he’d, gone off, that there were no other female students who were, harassed.

And so, thankfully, this was, only, an isolated incident, and this young woman was intelligent enough, to keep herself from being, sexually assaulted, and, something can be taken from this: always travel in groups, and, remain calm in these situations, and STALL!!!

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With 5,000 “Friends” on FB, but Outcast in the Class, the Façade of Social Network

So, this still showed???  Oh yeah, right: the MORE friends you have on social networks, the LESS of friends you have, that you can, physically, interact with!  Off of the Front Page Sections, translated…

Finding the Escape into the Cyber Reality, You May Just Well, “graduate” Early Out of Life

Han-Chian (a false name) has close to five-thousand friends on FB, but returning BACK to his reality, he is a “outcast” who lives on the edge of his class.  The experts observed, that as teens bump into interpersonal relations problems, they are more than likely to escape into the online world, to “start over”, but, being overly dependent on the internet, with the façade of having tons of friends, it only makes these teens more easily victimized by cyberbullying and put them in dangers of online friends, and it may well turn the internet into that FINAL straw, that crushed these teenagers’, backs.

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Han-Chian is a case that the clinical psychologist, Finance had.  Finance pointed out, a lot of the teens who are troubled emotionally, or made suicidal attempts, is not the least bit popular or personable in their realities, but their friends on FB, is maxed out on the websites, while all of these, “Face friends” aren’t real friends at all, a lot were from the random “be-friending” of unknown persons from online, and they’d, mold up the façade of them being popular by the numbers.

Finance said, the online world satisfied the teens’ psychological needs, but it’d also made the kids even more fragile, they’d lacked the ability to face up to the troubling predicaments of their lives, and effectively deal with their negative emotions, but as the teens bumped into the defeats online, like in cyberbullying, the next step may be, “I quit playing”, gradating early, from this life.

Cyberbullying is not, the most prevalent problem in the adolescents.  Based off of the survey conducted by the Child Welfare League on the matter, there are more than half of teens and children who were involved in cyberbullying, 0.36-percent had been, victimized.  In the past, the physical bullying from the schools, the students can temporarily escape from by going home, but, they can’t get rid of the shadows of cyberbullying in whole now.

and here’s, what they’re, relying on…

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to “solidify” our “statuses” online

The head counselor of Dajr High School, Wu used a case as an example, a student got into an argument with someone, of them, one went home, and posted the matter online with a lot of, embellishments, and posted the individual’s name, and the online community used the human search engine, and found out  all of that particular student’s social network accounts, and started leaving crazy, hurtful comments on the boards, to the point of threatening the student, the school’s homepage, as well as the fans page got maxed out with the comments as well.  She said, this caused partial of the student body to show signs of severe depression, that she’d had to counsel them over and over, then they started, feeling better, and through the school and lawyers mediating, the parents of the student who made the post made a statement, to clarify what’d happened, and that, was what made the storms blow over.

The power of the online world is still, at work here, because you can easily bully someone, by getting ALL of your “friends” to un-friend someone you’re targeting, thus, isolating that individual, making the person feel oh so very much alone, and when the person heads off to school, s/he still had to put up with the whispers, the pointing at her/him, and in our teens, our hormones are, overly active, and we easily misinterpret things, and that is what causes those “fragile” “strawberries” to go, SPLAT!

All thanks, to the online world here…

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The Adolescent Girl Was Acquainted with a Police Officer on a Case He Was Working on, Asked Him to Borrow Some Money, She Was, Raped by Him

This still, is a CRIME of OPPORTUNITY that’s happened here, an officer, taking ADVANTAGE of this teen’s situation!  Off of the Front Page Sections, translated…

A Police Officer in the Jiali Police Subprecinct’s Substatin, while he worked the case of a single mother’s being scammed online, he’d traded LINE ID with the mother and her twelve-year-old daughter and started contacting them, recently, the single mother was having a hard time finding work, so the adolescent girl asked for help from the officer for a loan to help her and her mother get through the hardships, and he’d taken the advantage of being alone with the teen, and raped her, the Tainan District Attorney’s Office took the officer into custody, and after they’d interrogated him, they charged him with power rape, and had the courts set his bail at $200,000N.T.s.

Based off of understanding, this officer is already married, with two sons, with his quality of work average, and had been listed as an officer to be watched for for discipline; when the local substation investigated the case, he’d denied having sexually assaulted, and told a different story compared to the single mother.

The police stated, that after the officer was out on bail of $200,000N.T., the department held a session of evaluation on his work, they’d believed, that he’d not reported that he was going to visit the adolescent at home to his superiors, nor had he another officer accompanying him, that there were faults in what he’d done, that his actions had, severely, damaged the reputation of the police department, gave him a huge reprimand, and they would reconsider his areas of services, and the police department will wait until the judiciary investigations are finished, then, the police department will find his supervisors, and issue a fitting punishment for every person responsible.

The Jiali Substation on the 22nd of this month received the calls from the social workers, pointed that an officer in the station is accused of obstruction of sexual freedom, the substation immediately set up a special task force to investigate, and immediately reported this to the Tainan Sexual Assault Prevention Center, and called the District Attorney’s Office of Tainan to work the case.

Two days ago, the district attorneys searched the officer’s residence, and took him into custody, after they’d interrogated him, they set his bail at $200,000N.T.s; the district attorney’s stated, that they will get a closer look at the crimes the officer had, committed, after all the investigations are completed.

Based off of understanding, the officer worked the case of fraud reported by the single mother, and he’d used the case to visit her home, and, had the mother and daughter add his LINE id as their friend, awhile ago, the single mother was having a difficult time finding work, and became suicidal, the adolescent girl believed, that she could count on the officer, and called him for help, hoping that he could, offer them some assistance.

The officer visited the home for a second time, as he’d come, the single mother was not home, and the adolescent girl described how her mother attempted suicide to the officer, hoping that he could let them borrow some money so they can get by, but, the officer was accused by the teen of taking the advantage to rape her.

And because the adolescent girl started behaving oddly at school, as the social workers noted this, they’d, stepped in to investigate, the single mother thought, that the officer who came to their home must’ve, done something to her daughter, and took her daughter to the hospital for a rape kit, and as her sexual assault injuries were confirmed, the mother and daughter decided to sue.

The Penal Code 238 “Rape Using Status” stated, that using status or opportunity to rape, the perpetrator is to receive a sentence of anywhere between six months to five years; if it was sexual molestation, then the sentence would be under three years.

And so, this officer is a BAD example, for what the police should be doing, he took advantage of this young woman’s situation, and raped her, because he thought, that by offering her monetary assistance, she’s indebted to him, and therefore, he can do whatever the @#$% (maxed out!) he wanted to to her, after all, he had, paid, and that’s, just, how off the values are these days right now.

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A Middle School Student Pushed His Friend in Front of a Moving Car, Charged for Attempted Murder

Teenagers these days, becoming MURDERERS, because they want what someone else has, but couldn’t get it, from the Newspapers, translated…

A middle school student in Yingge, Hsu, last month on the 22nd, was pushed by a fellow classmate, Chiu, in front of a moving car, and was injured, after Hsu’s mother learned that Chiu had once told her son, “After you’re dead, your iPad and cash would all be mine!”, the mother got angered and SUED the other student for attempted murder.  Both Chiu and his mother denied the allegations, the police claimed, that after the interrogations, Chiu will be booked based off of attempted murder charges.

The police investigated and found that Chiu (age 15), the middle school student, was suspected of feeling jealous of his fellow schoolmate, Hsu, because he has an iPad and a cell phone, which was bigger than his own cell phone, last month on the 22nd, he’d bugged Hsu nonstop, and had pushed him toward the street when Hsu wasn’t paying attention, Hsu was hit by a pickup driver, Fang, in the head, he’d suffered intracranial hematoma, his lower jaw and nose was broken too, he’d lost four of his teeth as well, the lower portions of the right side of his face was completely disfigured, and the doctors were able to, thankfully, save his life.

Hsu’s mother reviewed the surveillance footage, and found, that her son was pushed by a fellow student and was hit by the pickup, Hsu also told his mother later on, that Chiu had once told him, “If you’re dead, your iPad and cash would all be mine”, and Hsu’s mother got angered because of it, sued Chiu for attempted murder.

Hsu’s mother was also displeased with how the patrol officer from the Sanxia’s traffic team, Chang, that he’d used “I have other pressing cases”, to not go through the procedures of taking care of her son’s case, and, afterwards, the mother was so depressed that she couldn’t sleep on days on end, and on the very day, she’d taken her son to the police station to get his statement taken; and, because Hsu’s mother sued, yesterday, Chiu’s mother also showed up at the police precinct with her son, to get their second statements in, and Chiu still denied having attempted murdering his classmate.

The Sanxia Subprecinct told, that after the investigations, they will be booking Chiu based off of attempted murder charges, and, because the officer, Chang was not paying enough attention, he’d received one minor reprimand, and they will keep on checking to see, if there are, more negligence in relation to the case.

And, all of this still happened, because a kid got jealous of how another kid has everything, and, the kid just kept showing off, and, finally, the kid who pushed the other cracked, and that just shows, how emotional they can get during the teenage years, that anything and EVERYTHING can trigger their emotional responses, and, because they’re at their teenage years, they lacked the inhibitions toward their behaviors, and that, is why this had happened.

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Rainy Days

From a Chinese blog I’m a subscriber to, translated, by me…

The days of rain, made me feel like I’m molding up

In the boredom of my days, I’d only had books, to help me pass the time now

Oh, how I hope, I could, graduate sooner………

Don’t force me to do something I don’t want to do

There’s nothing wrong with me, not wanting to talk, not having an opinion on stuff

And, I’d much not wanted to get punished for it

You want me to pretend?  I simply, can’t

Being a good student constantly, it’s become, too tiresome to me now

And, my bad temper still didn’t just start yesterday either

So, this, sounds like a teen, wanting to be left alone, by all of her/his adult counterparts, but, you see, the adults, they just won’t leave you alone, and how is it that I know?  Oh yeah, I was once, a teen too, and this, is just the internal workings of someone who’s juggling life, as well as her studies, and, life, is not at all, easy, for the children in this day and age, so, STOP pushing them already!

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After the Death of a High School Student, the Police Were on the Look Out for the Bookies and Found Three High Schools and Twenty-Seven of Their Students Involved

Started too young, in the life of crimes, from the Front Page Sections, translated…

The second-year high school student, Kao works as a bookie for a gambling website, because he’d owed $280,000N.T. in gambling debts he couldn’t pay up, on Mother’s Day, he’d attempted suicide by burning charcoal in his home.  The police followed the leads, and two nights ago, managed to arrest the bookies He works under, Tsai and Lee, and Yeou, who’s above the bookies.  After Tsai and Lee were interrogated, they were taken into police custody, and Chuang was charged with gambling right away.

The police sorted through He’s cell phone, and found there to be twenty-four other students from his school who were also involved, and, interrogated them all yesterday, and so far, three schools and twenty-seven students have been found to have involvements in the case, and from this, we can see how serious the problem of on campus gambling is.

The police stated, because the online gambling sites are set up abroad, and, the workers took cash bets, it’s really hard, to find the person behind it all, and, Chuang was merely a “small fish” in the gambling websites.

Tsai and Lee are both minors, and, although they’re involved in the gambling charges, they weren’t caught in the act, and so, they were sent home after being interrogated, alongside twenty-four others, and, they’re to make their appearances in juvenile court at another date.

The investigative officers pointed out, that two weeks ago, Lai, another student from He’s high school, because of how much pressure there was for him as a junior bookie (Retailers), after He learned, he’d taken up the post, but, for the next two weeks, because the students who’d signed the bets couldn’t pay him, and he’d owed the debts himself, he and his peers owed a total of $160,000N.T.  And because the debts are collected on Mondays, in order to find a way out, to turn his situations around, on the evening of May 9th, before Mother’s Day, he’d bet in the “Dice Games”, but, in just one night, he’d lost $120,000N.T.s, the very next day, he’d left the message, “Lost my final bet in life”, committed suicide by burning charcoal.

The student, Tsai was once the upstream for Lai, in February, he was caught by the police, and, he’d handed his job to another student from another school, Lee, later on, He connected with Lee, Tsai and Lee admitted to working as the general agents, and reported to Chuang directly; Chuang sold drinks at the night markets regularly, and, in order to increase his earnings, he’d gotten the agent rights from a gambling ring online, from a man nicknamed “Chang”, absorbed Tsai, Lee as his downstream, on the ninth, he’d heard Lee told, that “He is suicidal”, but he didn’t know He personally.

The police officers said, the student He accepted the bets from his fellow students, and got 1.5 percent of the fees, and, the bets ranged anywhere from $100 N.T. to $10,000N.T., the gambling rings used the temptation of making huge amounts of money to attract the students, and, at the start, they’d given them the sweet rewards, but, they’d found an assortment of reasons, to withhold their commissions.

The police suspected, that He had lost the bets, and, wanted to gamble one last time, to see if he could make what he’d lost back again, and maybe, he was affected by the Japanese comic of “Revelation of Gambling”, the main character from the comic was a habitual gambler, with high debts, in the end, he’d taken his friend’s advice, went onboard a gambling ship called, “Hope”, placed his final bets, ended up, winning everything, but the money was scammed away by his friends, He might have copied the behaviors in the stories, but, he’d ended up, committing suicide.

So, this, is the cause of the death of a high school kid, because he was tempted, and, once he was drawn in, he’d found himself, sinking deeper, deeper, and deeper, and in the end, he couldn’t get out, so, he took the easy way out.

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A Birthday Party for a Group Ages Up to a Thousand Years Old

On the ins and outs of life here, translated…

We’d taken the advantage of the time that Mei-Yu who’d immigrated to Canada came back, we’d rounded everybody up, to head to Maokong on a weekday, to celebrate our sixtieth birthdays.

“Who celebrates their sixties?”, this, was a question, posed by not just those we are friends with her, but also, friends who had moved abroad too.

The leader of the group wrote a very long message, “the government had set up group weddings from time to time, we will also be hosting, a group birthday.  From being in the same classes as thirteen-year-olds, it’d already been forty-seven years since, and, most of the classmates are already sixty, whether or not you had met the ‘requirements’ or surpassed it, we’d hoped for all of us, with the combined age of at least a thousand, to head over to Maokong for a birthday celebration.”

And, immediately, a former classmate who’s retired wrote back, and, those who are still working tried to convince the group, that the gathering should be held on a weekend; and, those who’d become grandmothers had even asked, “Can I take along my two-year-old grandchild?”, and, the leader of our class said NO to all.  As for those classmates who are in the U.S. can only see how passionate those of us in Taiwan are discussing the matter.

That day, we’d found a group of ten members, although, we couldn’t add up to over a thousand years in age, but, this, was as perfect as it got.

We’d gone to the chicken shops to get fed, all the items were amazing in taste to us.  The Maokong Gondola looks out toward the 101 that shot straight into the clouds, Mei-Yu used her cell and took shots unstop, the beautiful scenes matched well with the savory foods.  And still, when the waiter brought in the specialty peaches for us, everybody exclaimed, turns out, this, was the set up, by the leader of our group, and everybody who was there appreciated her careful thought, and named her honorary leader.  We’d lifted our glasses, and wished everybody happy birthday, and gave hooray to our friendships, and made a date, to come up every year.

After the meal, the leader of the entertainments led us, walked from the hiking trails to the back mountains of the Politics University.  The trails was very easy, but, we can see, how those who failed to keep up with regular exercises had paled by comparisons to the rest.

At the moment, the group leader decided, that she will be gathering us all, for the activities regularly, and, Ding immediately said no, and, the rest of us also.  As we walked, we recalled the past, how fast the time flew, what we’d shared in the past had already become blurred out, and, everybody recalled differently, and so, we’d decided, that at least three members of the party must agree on an issue, for it to be valid, and, those of us who’d gotten into our first choice of schools are no longer bragging about our amazing memories.

We’d gone on this fun trip, holding hands, and, our friendships were just as it was from the day we met.  Everybody was celebrating our combined sixtieth birthday.

So, this, is how you can connect with your long-term lost-contact with friends, by hosting gatherings regularly, and, keeping up with everybody is truly very hard, but, this group still made the time, because they cherished one another’s friendships very much.

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Lost My Directions, the Contemplations of a Teenager

Found online, translated…

In this great big vast world

I feel, that I’m lost

Sometimes, I’d sat alone, contemplating, trying, to find

The answers to the questions of my own life

But, to no avail

Man is great, because of his dreams

And yet, where, are my dreams?

Being lost

Can I, find a way, to resolve, this problem

Which, do I choose, a regular high school, or, a technical high school?

And, what would be my areas of studies?  I’m wrecking my brains right now

Says WHO school children DON’T have any worries, this young woman is worried all right, as there are so many available options out there, for her, to choose from, and, she’s at an age where she’s still, exploring her areas of interests, and, is not to be hurried, but hey, the world, it waits for NO one, and, she must make this vital decisions, that will, affect the outcomes of the rest of her life…

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The Son is a Driver, and Had His Poverty-Stricken Parents Pick Up After His Mess

We have here, a SPOILED ROTTEN B-R-A-T who needs his mama and papa to CLEAN up HIS bad mess, from the Front Page Sections, translated…

The nineteen-year-old youth, Deng worked as a driver for a scam ring, followed the orders and collected one million dollars totally, from the two victims, after he’d received $3,000N.T. for his work, he was arrested; although Deng was from a poverty-stricken background, his parents kept apologizing to the victims and paid for the damages their son had caused in installments, the Shilin District Courts, after reprimanding Deng, gave him the lightest sentence for the crimes, just one year in jail, hoped that he could really turn over a new leaf.

The judge pointed out, that the last year amended fraud of “over three accomplices” are over one, and under seven years of prison terms, and considered that Deng was still quite young, and was at the bottommost level of the scam ring, and that, was why the judge was willing to reduce his sentence.  Lu and Chen fell prey to the overly used scam of “We have Your Son”, and had paid Deng $200,000N.T. and $800,000 in ransom to Deng, after Deng got his $3,000 in payment for his work, he was caught.

Last year, the woman Lu got a call said that her son signed for someone, but couldn’t make the payments, and had been taken away, she’d quickly made withdraws of $200,000N.T.; five days later, a retired man, Chen got a similar call, he’d placed the $800,000N.T. by the MRT station in Danshui, but the caller stated, “You still need to pay us $500,000N.T. in interests”, he felt that it was odd, immediately called the police, and, the police caught Deng, who was there, to pick up the cash drop.

Deng said, that his friends told him, “just pick up the cash, and you’d earned some money”, that, was why he’d become a driver; Deng said, that a man named, “Stinky” only gave him a cell phone, and that the headquarter of this scam ring is located in China, and had remote controlled him by phone, telling him what to do, he was unclear who was responsible for doing what in the ring.

Their son had helped scammed someone and got into trouble, the parents are heartbroken, continually apologized to the two victims, and promised to pay up the money.  The victims saw how stressed out the parents of Deng was, said, “we’re worried that our son was abducted, that, was why we were scammed, and you worried about your son getting jailed”, all parents are the same, so, they’d taken pity on Deng’s parents and agreed to settle with them.

The courts investigated, that Deng was given a two month sentence for public endangerment for drunk driving, he was also involved in another case of fraud, and was being overseen by the district court of Taipei; awhile ago, when the judge of the Shihlin District Court opened the courts, he’d scolded the teen, “You really don’t have a clue”, Deng replied, “I didn’t know that the laws were this strict!”

And that, is how this young criminal got, BUT that minor SLAP on his wrists, and, because he had yet to learn his lessons the HARD way, he will surely return to his old ways of being bad after he’s released from jail, and, it’s all because the victims took pity on the parents, who spoiled their son rotten!

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