2008/02/29

【拜票】爭鮮星光大道

http://sushi.sp88.com/index.asp

各位親朋好友:
我的一個學長為了增加音樂製作經驗...(好啦其實是為了優渥的獎金)
利用過年跟家人在日本度假之餘,創作了一首"PalaPala爭鮮"
參加爭鮮迴轉壽司廣告歌曲創作比賽

被告知有幸得以進入決賽後,由於其中最後總積分有20%為網路人氣票選
希望各位親朋好友能花幾分鐘時間點進去網頁試聽一下 "王希文-PalaPala爭鮮"
喜歡的話希望可以幫忙投票 支持一下人氣

投票需要輸入email跟一些個人資料 以避免被重複灌票,但投票者都可以參加爭鮮壽司餐券的抽獎

每天可以投一票,你(妳)的一小票可能可以幫助在認真創作音樂路上瑀瑀前行的學長添購新器材(跪)
在此獻上無限感激!!!!

btw 主唱是王小妹!!!

另外,也歡迎對音樂、電影/舞台劇編曲、配樂有興趣的朋友可以前往參觀他的BLOGhttp://www.wretch.cc/blog/gjo

2008/02/28

無解

你神經質的希望他在線上。
夜深了才要回家的第一個念頭是他知道了應該會擔心。
手機響起的第一個反應是「不會這麼巧吧」.....

我不知道能給你甚麼comment了,想清楚你在幹麻吧!孩子

2008/02/27

Mommy Said

媽_gmail: 注意喔 要吃鹹檸檬 或葡萄子
還是要自己減壓喔
不要太完美啦
媽_gmail: 要學習分散責任給大家喔
4:34 PM
妳不說 他們就認為你OK啊4:38 PM 練習與完美主義者相處就是不要樣樣都聽下去做
me: 媽媽我想家
4:40 PM 媽_gmail: 家沒有搬走
我們也想妳 像現在這樣可以和媽媽爸爸在線上 很進步了以前我在竹師 真的很想家 也只有偷偷的哭
4:43 PM
媽_gmail: 皮皮昨天晚上 我三點前還在努力做一份ppt 牠竟然上樓來用貓咪聲叫我去睡覺喔 因為他的聲音很像在罵人 媽媽 這麼晚了還不睡喔 那感覺很好玩 我偶而會與牠對話 我覺得我說人話牠聽得懂耶 就像牠說貓咪語 我也知道牠在叫我去睡覺喔
媽_gmail: 女兒 加油 該休息要休息 我們都愛你 不要太ㄍㄧㄥ啦
4:49 PM 媽_gmail: 一定要做一個懂得調適自己的現代人喔
女兒 妳是一個許多人的偶像 但是不要太因為怕別人失望而給自己壓力
4:50 PM 偶而有失敗是正常的

In My Mind

Yes, Everything is a Disease

when I mean everything. I mean-

EVERYTHING!

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH~

2008/02/23

"Enemies of the People," and Jasmine Flower

台灣學生筱玫編導的文革舞台劇西北校園登場!"Enemies of the People" Adapted & Directed by Hsiao-Mei

I went for the above performance tonight, and was deeply touched by the historical tragedy- Chinese Cultural Revolution- it revealed and the message it delivered. After short discussion with Andrea, we both agreed that the most touching plot was the time a girl put on mourning dress to declare her love toward her lover- who was crucified to death for ridiculous reason- in public.

"Are you insane?
Put on the mourning dress meant that you were (agreed) with him.
Those who criticized him will criticize you as well, which will lead you to death!"
Other people tried to convince her.

"I don't care. I wanted to show everyone- I love him."
She responded in a stony firm tone.

Unfortunately, yes, she was tortured to death by the Red Guard......

On my way back, all the plots remained in my mind, as well as the famous Chinese folk song played in the drama- Jasmine Flower.....

2008/02/22

OMG! You Are from Taiwan!!!!

"I thought you are from China!" Yoon Jung said, "because most of the time, I saw you hanging out with people from China but not those from Taiwan!"

Surprise, surprise. I have no clue why, and it's not my intention to act like this. I just subconsciously approached people "different" from me, and this pattern has been my pattern since long ago.....

"Oh My God! You are from Taiwan!" (Imaging Yoon Jung's face)
Who doesn't think this interesting?

2008/02/21

Analysis & Insight OR Brand & Communications?

It is time to pick my concentration in IMC, but I'm still hesitating.

I prefer Brand & Communications track, and I am, according to others observation, talented in this area. "You are a born PR person, Wendy." I gratefully accepted their compliment and encouragement, but the reality showed that I would be less competitive (than the AI persons AND than the native speakers) if I ever considered to find a job here after graduation. Yet, to force myself digging into those numbers and models will be as torturous as .... for me. The short-term guarantee would be (maybe) a better job with higher salary, and, a headache everyday :P

Well, it seemed like the battle again:
interest OR reality?
talent OR practical skill?
ideal OR $$$?
comfort zone OR higher challenge?
tick tock tick tock tick tock.....

2008/02/20

He Distracted Me...

Mom threw me some lines during the class, and the eye-catching contents were as follows:

Pipi(our cat) wanted to go out with us every morning.

Since your dad didn't start his semester yet(he's a uni professor), basically he would be home keeping Pipi company.

However, this morning when your dad ask Pipi "How about go to (Mom's) school today?"(My mom worked in a primary school)

Upon the time my dad opened the gate of his handbasket (we used to carry him around), Pipi entered and sat comfortably inside.

"Action is better than words." Even our cat understood this.

After he arrived at the school, everyone who entered Mom's office went to say hello with Pipi, and he greeted all extremely friendly- lying on the floor with his chest up, asking for a pat, almost "saying" "keeping me company for a little while, please~".

How smart was our lovely Pipi!
Geez.... I miss him a lot!!!!

媽媽在上課中忽然丟來的閒聊內容記錄如下:
皮皮每天早上都想跟我們出門
不過爸爸還沒上班(爸爸是大學教授)大致會在家裡陪他
結果早上爸爸問他要去上學好不好?
把籃子打開,牠就進去了。
雖然牠沒有回答 但是以行動表示

去到學校,每個進來的人都問候牠
牠也不陌生,好像很久沒來,但是都還記得是誰,
一次又一次躺在地上,向人家撒嬌,
要人家摸一摸牠的胸前,就是要人家陪牠一下啦~~
真的,很聰明的皮!

我真的好想念我家的寶貝皮皮貓 :(

2008/02/19

Be Independent, for I Am Independent

Thank you guys to vote and to let me know that my independence characteristic stands out.
I will bear in mind your encouragement and keep striking hard for my study, my career and my life!

:)

2008/02/16

What A Discovery~

Learn! Wendy: 遠見人物論壇Nr.57<網路趨勢下一章:以網友為中心的新興媒體&-我的筆記

因為最近要弄份報告,回頭去把這篇筆記翻了出來。
Well, Well, Well發現兩件有趣的事:

之一:
當時嚷嚷著要當鄒開蓮的Boston U學妹,結果沒想到後來來了西北,某種程度上還是當了她的學妹。(她是Kellogg的啦.......我知道我這個攀親帶故有點遠!)

之二:
這些演講點到的內容,豈不正是我現在在學的東西?!真的是冥冥之中必有安排啊.....

2008/02/15

孤單的感覺

總會在不經意的狀況下爬上心頭

起風的時候;
斜角屋頂上的殘雪滑落的時候;
在街角與朋友巧遇,下個瞬間又各奔東西的時候;
獨飲一杯熱可可的時候;
剛討論完一個報告,享受完團體腦力激盪的高潮又隨即遁回斗室的時候;
捧著遠道而來的信件,又感動又惆悵的時候;
小睡片刻,夢裡的親朋好友與皮皮輪番上陣醒來卻發現一場空的時候;
行程滿檔,驚喜不斷,卻找不到那個最想抓著巴巴訴說的對象的時候;
屋旁的火車駛過沉默,創造了片刻的喧囂旋即沉入寂靜的時候.....

いつも僕だけですよね…

Wendy E-News-[Hello Everyone, Greetings from Chicago again!]

Dear my lovely friends,

Warmest Greetings from Wendy in Chicago!
I have not heard from you for a long time, and neither have you heard from me. So, time for a little bit update!

First, Study.
Sure should we start from this point. That's the PRIMARY reason I came here.

After three month struggle from September to December 2007, I have started another circle of struggle since this January- and this will continue till mid March. My academic achievement is just fair, I delightedly received the result. I'm especially appreciated of my two lovely professors in "Statistics" and "Marketing Management" for not kicking me out of the class (even the country). Truly, I have tried my best.

As for "Communication Skills & Persuasion" and "Consumer Insight," I didn't get pretty enough scores because of my continuous adjustment to English academic environment and American culture as well as its market. Well, since I have acknowledged that I am not an American, try my best and happily welcome any result is the best I could do.

For this quarter, my new struggle are "Database Marketing & Analysis" and "Marketing Finance." The best way I used to conquer them was to stay aside by some clever classmates all the time and asked questions over and over again until I finally got the idea. The other two classes are "Media Economics & Technology" and "Stakeholders & Community." These two exposed me to many up-to-date trends and concepts, and I often felt excited about what I learnt in class!

Additionally, although I got tons of group projects to do for this quarter, the cooperation with classmates of all nationalities brought me fresh surprises! The interactions with people from America, Morocco, China, South Korea, India, Pakistan are valuable learnings for me outside of textbooks!

My participation in the 2008 Kellogg Marketing Conference- Breaking the Rules was also worth mentioning. The dynamic ideas and practices from all industries recharged my mind that day. I felt so full of energy!


OK! Time for FUN!
My winter break 2007 was spent in New Jersey, New York and Washington DC. I skied, went up to The Empire State Building Observatory, visited Metropolitan Museum, wondered around in Central Park, had tons of fun in Times Square and SOHO, played bowling with friends to welcome 2008, etc.

After coming back to Chicago, I went for another ski trip in Wisconsin, visited Contemporary Art Museum, appreciated night view on John Hancock Center Observatory, listened to live Blues in Blue Chicago, cheered for Chicago Bulls...

Everyone reminded me to "Study Hard, Play Harder! "
You see, I didn't forget!
It goes without saying that I got many opportunities to meet new friends and to grow deeper relationships with old friends when involving in all the activities. And thank God, I was always surrounded by warm friendships no matter where I am.

So, proceed to my Birthday and Chinese New Year.
Besides the greetings/gifts from family and friends, I gave myself a big gift- to learn a Peacock Dance from fellow Mainland Chinese friends. Furthermore, I danced on stage on my birthday, which is the Chinese New Year Celebration day.
You know, I was just trying to prove against the saying that "You cannot teach an old dog new tricks." And hey! I am no old dog yet! ;)

Lastly, internship
According to my program's design, my fourth quarter (Summer Vacation) should be the one for internship, and we should be advised by professor(s) and/or corporation managers to work on some researches or projects. All students are so busy on taking care of our study and internship applications. I just finished my application for Coca-Cola (in Atlanta), and waited for interview notification (if any). I will apply for some other companies soon later again. Yeah.... will be soooo busy!

This update is actually quite long, sorry :P
Thank you for reading the email, and best wishes for your year and everything!

Take Care!

2008/02/14

W報報之【Wendy給大家拜晚年!】

親愛的朋友們:

恭喜恭喜新年好,祝福大家新春如意大發財!
好久沒有各位的消息了,各位也好久沒有我的消息了,且讓我簡單跟各位分享一下過去這段期間身處美國的我都做了些甚麼事。

首先,學業。
當然要先提上學的事情囉~畢竟這是我來美國的主要目的。 :)
經過上個學期(2007年9月底至12月底)的掙扎,我已經很快的又於今年1月7日起陷入另一學期的掙扎(2008年1月初至3月中)。上學期的學業成就平平,四門學科分數均不滿意但是全部都欣然接受,我尤其心存感激「統計學」與「行銷管理學」的兩位教授放我一馬沒有令我打包回國,我真的已經盡全力了~
「傳播技巧」與「消費者洞悉」兩門課中我則是因為還不斷在適應、磨合使用英語學習與適應美國市場文化的過程中掙扎,所以最終的成績還是沒有亮眼的高點。Well,既然我已經認清自己不是美國人的事實,盡全力、開心的接受結果是我最能做的。
至於現在,新的掙扎是「資料庫處理」與「行銷經濟學」。而我對付他們的最好方法就是死巴著班上的強者同學不放拼命問問題,問到我覺得比較懂為止。另外的兩門課「媒體經濟學」與「股東關係與社群經營」則讓我接觸到很多最新的趨勢及概念,常常會有上完課就大呼過癮的感覺!
也很棒的是,這學期雖然團體報告撲天蓋地的多,我與各國同學合作激盪出來的火花也讓我的生活常常充滿驚喜。跟來自美國各地、摩洛哥、中國、南韓、印度、巴基斯坦的同學們的互動真是我在課本以外學到最寶貴的知識!
還有一個值得一提的事情,一月中西北的Kellogg商學院舉辦了一年一度的行銷研討會我也跑去報名參加了,那次直接的從業界菁英們接觸到最動態、最實際運用例子的機會讓我整天會議參加完後心得滿滿

接著,玩樂。
我的寒假(美國的聖誕、新年假期)在紐澤西州、紐約、和華盛頓DC度過。滑了雪、登上了帝國大廈觀景台、參訪了大都會美術館、逛了中央公園、來來回回踩遍了時代廣場和蘇活區、在DC與朋友打保齡球吃吃喝喝歡迎2008年的到來。
回到芝加哥以後我又滑了一次雪、逛了當代美術館、登上了John Hancock Center去看夜景、到Blue Chicago聽藍調現場演奏、去看公牛隊的籃球賽
大家提醒我的 Study Hard, Play Harder! 我從來也沒有忘記!
這當中自然也有許多認識新朋友或者深耕老朋友情誼的機會,託大家的福,我雖然身在異地但是總被友誼的溫暖包圍。

再來,我的生日與農曆新年。
感謝大家在今年的農曆新年不斷詢問我是否有回台過年的計畫,事實是,農曆新年期間正是我的水深火熱期中考時期:所以真的辦_不_到~
除了親朋好友們給的生日祝福與新年祝福,我今年送自己的生日和新年禮物是跟大陸同學學習了一隻孔雀舞,並且在生日當天,也是西北大學華人慶祝農曆新年的晚會上登台參與團體表演
其實我只是很努力的想要證明「老狗學不了新把戲」這件事情不正確,更何況:嘿!我還不是老狗!!

最後,實習。
根據學校規劃,我的第四個學期(即今年暑假)將是實習的學期。學生們必須要在學校牽線下申請暑期的工讀,於教授與企業的相關負責人指導下完成一些研究計畫或專案。最近一段時間正是我們學業、工讀申請兩頭燒的時間。我於日前剛剛完成申請前往可口可樂於亞特蘭大的總部的申請作業,然後靜候面試通知(如果有的話);過幾天又要準備申請別家公司,很有得忙!

行筆如今發現這一點也不是「簡單跟各位報告一下」,莫名的就完成了落落長的一個篇章。感謝各位的耐心閱讀,再次祝福各位新的一年事事順心,天天得意!

大家保重!

Wendy

2008/02/13

Vote for Taipei on Monopoly!

One of my favorite board games, Monopoly, is creating a "Global Monopoly."
We have a chance to put Taipei, TW on the monopoly board. So far, Taipei is considered a "wildcard city" the top two wildcards will be put on the board.

So VOTE! Also, you can cast one vote every single day, you just have to sign-up. Don't be lazy!
http://www.hasbro.com/games/kid-games/monopoly/

2008/02/11

My First Peacock Dance for Chinese New Year

I know it's not clear enough, but it's better than nothing!
Thanks Simran, the girl from India to share the clip with me. Also appreciated her friend to film this for her :)

Enjoy!

2008/02/10

Marketing Finance考完,累慘慘

累到我要恢復中文模式一下.....

準備Marketing Finance的路上還好有Myriam和Annie兩大強人頂著,我才能在許多關節上豁然開朗比較搞清楚自己到底在幹嘛,在考試前的焦慮感於是也比較低,考完後的挫折感也不像當初考完統計時那麼深重。

呼!挺過一關!

然後考完試的這個下午我就迎接了遠從台灣飛來探訪的明玓耶耶!!!她主要是來密西根Ann Harbor找朋友,然後她們趁這個周末搭火車殺來芝加哥探望我。我先帶她們逛了逛西北的Evanston校區各地,包含明玓小姐居然沒有聽說過的Kellogg商學院(這個.......),還進了寒舍小坐一下,得到了「學姐妳真是個整潔的人耶!」稱讚一枚~受之有愧......約莫五點多,我們決定前進芝加哥市區到John Hancock Center看夜景、找地方用餐、晚一點到Blue Chicago聽Live Music!這樣的安排真的很棒很充實,雖然萱容試圖教我們免錢看John Hancock的妙招當夜因為管制嚴格無法奏效,我們還是趁亂瞄了兩眼傳說中高樓紛陳錯落有致的芝加哥夜景。

阿嵐學姐,你形容得一點也不誇張,芝加哥真的擁有世界上最美的夜景!!!

Cheesecake Factory的晚餐也沒有讓我們失望,我們點的Chicken Madeira & Steak Diane 和 Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake份量不但足夠我們三個女生吃到撐,餐廳貼心的服務也讓我們有賓至如歸的感覺。於是我們帶著鼓鼓的肚子和滿足的心情,在下著雨的芝加哥裡(Well, the only bad thing of tonight....)前進Blue Chicago

我們當晚去的是Blue Chicago本店,剛進場的時候覺得很奇怪,因為店內冷冷清清。不過猜想是因為當時才不到九點,以美國的夜店文化來說「這真的還早」。這一夜台上的Sarah and the BTS Express表演者都是很酷的黑人,天生具有魅力的唱腔和舒服的音樂讓聽眾不自覺隨之搖擺,主唱的Sarah讓我們都忍不住想起電影裡常常飾演big mama角色的那個壯碩的女黑人Queen Latifah,她的表演風格甚至有時候會讓我想到Whoopi Goldberg在修女也瘋狂裡的演出,真High!

我們在睡意漸漸侵襲後決定離開Blue Chicago打道回府了。走回她們住處Grand Station附近的路上我們還途經了McDonald's的世界第一家店旗艦店,哇哈~得來全不費工夫~就這麼不知不覺的,我又可以把導遊書上的景點多打了一個X了 :)

她們回到旅館11點的意思就是我坐CTA回到宿舍約莫12點半,進門倒頭就睡!然後早上十點才醒,渾身依舊痠軟甚麼都不想幹,下午又睡了兩三個小時(天啊我是豬....)才終於回魂。

Hello, my relaxing weekend~


John Hancock Center
875 N. Michigan Avenue
94樓展望台是全芝加哥最棒的看夜景去處,門票12元

Cheesecake Factory(Chicago)
875 North Michigan Avenue
(312) 337-1101
有以各色Cheese為佐料的各式西式料理,沙拉、湯、麵包、肉品、蛋糕、點心......

Blue Chicago本店
736 N. Clark (at Superior)
(312) 642-6261

每周一、五、六晚上有表演。
入場要檢查Photo ID,入場費10元(不含飲料費用)可以到本店與分店聽音樂

Blue Chicago分店
536 N. Clark (at Ohio)
(312) 661-0100

每周除周二外天天有表演

2008/02/05

So, What Sushi Are You? "Sushi Yama" Presentation

For the "Stakeholder and Customer Relationship Management" class, we were required to come up with a viral marketing plan for a food service company. My group member and I, thus, chose to develop a plan through Facebook to promote our fake Japanese restaurant "Sushi Yama." We created many interesting ideas and enjoyed the discussion, and I volunteered to present for our group.

That was actually a bold thing to do, even naive. I apparently overestimated my presentation skills :( Thanks a lot to Myriam and Annie, I went to their room for rehearsal a night before for 2 hours. They both helped a lot to give me idea on how to make the presentation flow fluently with appropriate vocabularies/sentences to use.

"First part of your presentation is VERY IMPORTANT! Wendy." Myriam reminded me again and again.
"Surprise your audience! Make them interested in what you're going to say. Make them not bored."

So, when I started my presentation in class, I greeted everyone in Japanese first- it worked.

Because of the unexpected change by Clarke, my presentation proceeded in two separate sections and was done differently than planned. Still, thanks to the rehearsal, I got fair enough control over the contents to present and the proper responses to answer questions. Truth be told, there was still one question that I HAD COMPLETELY NO IDEA. But I was lucky enough to response in the way by appreciating the challenger to offer the information to help Sushi Yama refine our plan. My reaction was praised by Clarke, (yay~) and my group members seemed to view it a clever answer, too.

Well, maybe I was truly somehow talented in this kind of PR job?

2008/02/04

Birthday, Chinese New Year Celebration

I receive birthday wishes more than expected :) Wonderful!
Countless people sent/posted/delivered their wishes via so diverse ways: Fie(DK) in Denmark, Kathleen(ZA) + Wooi-Tee(MY) in London, Andrea(CH) in Switzerland, Alex(DE) in Germany, Jon(TW) in Thailand, Eric Khoo(MY) in Kuala Lumpur, Marian(TW) in Chicago, Wanjung(TW) + Kazu(JP) in Washington DC, Thomas(TW) in Seattle, Shehand(TW) in New York, Anita(TW) in North Carolina, Explore scouts + Craig + Mom + Isabel + Howard in Taiwan, NU classmates and other friends....

I was so surrounded by all your love! How can I pay you all back, sweeties?

Special thanks also goes to Serena! Your hand-made card was truly touching. Thank our Lord to linked us together! Thanks Chia-Ying for the surprise card~ This little piece was cute~

Additionally, the Chinese New Year performance went successful! I made no mistake for our peacock dance, yay~~(so far no clear photo, I'll try to collect some and share with you later!) For those people I invited to come, though they didn't understand fully on what's going on, they all enjoy some part of the show and the atmosphere, which was great to know. After my performance, I did translation for Stacy, my host-family sister, and her friend Daniel for some time and proceeded to translate for Martin(DE) later. I was glad that my translation helped for them to enjoy our show!
寄件者 080203-Chines...

Joan, Stacy &I
Peacock dancing was complicated to learn, but I enjoyed the feeling to try something new, something I didn't know before (maybe won't know later as well). I was envious of the other performers, because they at least got one special skill to perform and to introduce to other people some core concept of Chinese culture. I wish I would have learnt some Chinese opera/dancing/instruments before.....:(

Yet, at least I was trying! And I made it this time!

Happy Happy Birthday Wendy~
You are now, officially a quarter of a century old ~

2008/02/02

OMG~~~ 10+ B-Day Wishes!!!!

from Taiwan!!!!!

I got a phone call earlier from Mushroomyuki, but not only her. There were TONS of Explore Scout members gathering together for a meeting, and they phoned to deliver the warmest wishes in the world~

Every and each one of you, thank you so much!
Thank you for remember me, thank you for the phone call,
thank you for the care, and, thank you for your LOVE!

書瑋、咪咪、琦琦、治宇、柏承、亮鈞、良子、許爸、燕綾、璋川 (慘了我還漏掉很多...)
謝謝你們!

And, of course, grateful also went to my dearest Mom and Dad. Your happy b-day song were the most touching in the world. Nothing can beat that.

Thank you for giving me life, though I complained a lot so far :P
Thank you for being so supportive always, and for thinking of my needs all the time.
Mom, your "我們要吃蛋糕、我們要吃蛋糕" is the most wonderful song for this day. Really.

I love you all. I love you!

"I Don't Know Why...."

"I miss you."

I got a b-day card from K, and was moved by the opening sentence. This is the first surprise this year, and it came in at the point that I felt so down. He used too many words that was so encouraging but those was just not me. I was flattered to the extend that I felt so hesitate to admit the person he's describing was the person I knew...

Yet, truth be told, I was inspired and moved by the gift.
順調な時は、天に感謝し、苦難の時は、君を必要としている人々が世界中に居るということを思い出して欲しい。

知ってる?あなたは私よりもっともっと強いですよ!心の強さは特に。。。。

心から大変ありがとう御座い致します。
To companies who possess, or are passionate about obtaining and maintaining global reputation, Wendy is the diligent and professional digital marketer who is experienced in digital marketing, is always energetic about solving challenges in the new media field to help the business grow, and can optimize her contributions by utilizing her multilingual and multicultural background.