The day I almost became native Taiwanese.

APRC and Open Work Permit.

Today is a special day for me.

Today I received my APRC, my permanent residency in Taiwan.

And also received my Open Work Permit.

For those who aren’t familiar, APRC stands for Alien Permanent Resident Certificate.

This means I can work across Taiwan indefinitely in my lifetime.

Furthermore, I can travel back and forth like a national citizen without limitations.

And the fun fact is, I can even give, not only Spanish, but also Taiwanese nationality to my future child, how cool is that!

Right after receiving the freshly issued APRC at the National Immigration Office.

Wasn’t easy and I didn’t get any shortcuts.

I am thankful and specially proud, because it is been accomplished in a long but persistent journey.

Within a span of 8 years continuously living and working in Taiwan, getting immersed in the culture, the language, its people, the business, the markets and also by filling applications, abiding by immigration rules, contributing through all sort of taxes, public healthcare contribution, etc.

Yes, I am even proud of paying taxes.

That is because from the beginning Taiwan and its people, extended their hands to me, and I find myself very fortunate and supported, just like if I was in my second home.

Of course, that doesn’t mean things were easy or that I had a privilege in comparison to others. Being abroad is actually tougher, but an enriching experience nevertheless.

Besides the difficulties, that’s why I proudly contribute and, till date, I try to correspond the generosity and warmth given to me by Taiwanese people, the best I can.

No one knows what the future holds for me. I do love to explore opportunities all around the world, but surely Taiwan will be always –personally for me– felt as my second home.

Learning from the past

Almost 46 years ago (Oct. 1971), took place a speech in the UN about #Peace.

A devoted human rights protector, artist Pau Casals was the speaker and awardee of the Peace Medal by the United Nations.

Today -as yesterday and as it will be tomorrow, not politics, but  #economics brought everyone in here.

Regardless your side and interest, let’s not forget humanity, dignity and brotherhood those are what make people rally together, no matter your color, gender, status, culture or opinion.

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Happy Milk Day

Hey, hey, hey…don’t get your mind in some dirty thoughts.

Milk as you know its a dietary font of nutrition, researched by FAO and highlighted as one of our basic nutrition source to help us grow and strengthen of our bones. Sorry if you are a 40+ year old bald and 172cm, no matter how many milk you drink, the odds are you’re going to get intoxicated rather than grow.

So what the hell I’m talking about, right??

I eat cereals often -yes like a total bed wetter kid, I know- but I can’t help. So I’m just making up some text to shove in a video a made a year ago.

How creepy is it, the milk and the eyes…!

(sorry)…I though it was cool.













你應該聽過Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, Mark Zuckerberg這些名字。你能夠知道些名字很重要因為他們對現代的年輕人很有影響。這些人都沒上過大學或者沒完成學業,可是對社會來說他們算成功的人。




現在教育正在經歷一場革命。從網路上的廣告中可以觀察到這種狀況。有幾所網路學校就是原來的大學開出來趟課:Harvard、Oxford、Griffin University等等。

但教學的主題有各種各樣的。有一所網路學校叫Master Class(我已經把他們的廣告看膩了)。在這所學校老師不是普通的,都是有名的演員、音樂家、等等。













I Miss L.A.

Today I felt nostalgic. Terribly nostalgic.

And that is after someone I admire, posted on his social media he’s moving from Shanghai to the US, specifically to Los Angeles.

If you give a damn, you might wonder why I felt that way. That post stopped me in my trunks because I could relate to a memory that with time got covered with dust. It got even more uncovered when the video recommended by YouTube next to my playlist was an ‘old’ song I used to listen a lot when I was about to move and after I left L.A..

This could take longer than a veteran talking about Vietnam, but long story short, about 7 years ago during these exact dates I also left Shanghai to an unwritten adventure to L.A. You might never heard about this story, since only my very closest ones know about my most intimate madness.

I was in Shanghai, for work. Happily enjoying my life in China, which back then I perceived as a wonderful but weird country -a perception coming all the way from my ignorance of course, I got to met really nice people I still keep a lovely relation with. By that time I was testimony of the China after the Olimpics and Expo, basically in its economic climax boosting, and with uncountable opportunities rising exponentially waiting to be taken by those who were ‘brave’ to cross the world and take them.

My English was as basic as I could communicate clear enough to order food, voice my likes/dislikes and give a standard opinion about Spain and my hobbies (thanks TOEFL).

Since mimicking people, sounds and moves its innate to me, using that ability to pronounce an American-English accent wasn’t that difficult. Which worked out pretty well. After all I’ve done things that require more courage. It was my first time living permanently abroad, and without speaking a word of Chinese, which made it fun. Fair enough.

At work, I met many people from all around the world. Among all those great people, I met a woman from La La Land. A pretty and ridiculously funny woman. Not difficult to guess It didn’t take long for us to start taking the piss of each other and become good friends. We were really close. Then she had to leave. Everyone had its duty, hers was go back home, to L.A., mine was staying in Shanghai.

But not for long.

It took me 3 months to tell my family, search for a job, get on a plane and show up without notice in L.A. on a Thursday night at 8pm, outside my date’s office. It was one of the most valuable experiences I went through. Of course, I mean the fact of me flying all the way to the East Coast for her. There were moments full of joy, adrenaline, relieve and marvel but also confusion, frustration and resentment, from both sides. Which agitated is more like a result of a bomb than a recipe to make a cocktail.

Nevertheless, there were full of unforgettable memories, full of pure naivety, wonderful and plenty of truth tenderness. I can recall them cristal clear as they had happen today.


My very first Lakers NBA live game vs. Spurs, I treat of my date

Staying at a motel in Downtown L.A. I came back home safe. Lucky me


Couldn’t help but drive near Santa Monica, where the outsides of the Fresh Prince of Bel Air was filmed. W.Smith its the king.

It was emotionally intense, and altogether had become kind of a beautiful ‘scar’ in my life. Not those that only hurt, but those you remember for being consequential. A turning point in my life.

As it usually happens in such contexts, contact with my date was little by little losen up, which in some way it saddens me. And since I’m an emotional mad optimistic, I’m of the opinion that contact should never be lost with the people that came across our lives to have a positive impact. Overall, those who we admire contact shouldn’t fade out.

Uhhh…beautiful memories.

And btw, here is the video clip of the song.




反正這兩天看到美國United Airlines【聯合航空公司】發生的事。你應該聽到有一位華僑從飛機上被拉走⋯⋯好慘~

妹體當然把事情小題大作。我提到這件事情是因為讓我想起在新加坡的時候我們有一位客人是Qatar Airways【卡達航空公司】。那時候我們團隊負責卡達航空公司全球的宣專,所以問題的頻率、數量跟一般的公司不一樣。再加上你可以輕易的想像這麼大的公司會出現大大小小的問題,股東、媒體、社會、國家主管部門等等很快會指出你的不對給大家看。不要忘記這個不是西方公司,就是阿拉波管理的公司。如果你覺得在大公司工作很酷,你應該要想像客戶遇到那麼敏感的情況你要協助他們應付公共關係你應該會覺得很有fu吧~說真話,你怎麼應付會影響數千人的工作穩定性。這是個很大的責任。