When I arrived on the little island in the South China Sea in early 2001, the plan was to stay here for two or three years and then move back home…
Little did I know how charming, challenging, and life-changing the experiences that I’d make would turn out to be! I loved nearly every minute of my time here, and the few minutes that I didn’t love, I had very strong emotions on the exact opposite end of the scale…
After nearly seven years in Asia, today is my last day in Taiwan and I will – after a brief stopover in Singapore and a few weeks in Germany – begin my new job in the wild west in January 2008.
This however is at the present time beyond my horizon. The many goodbyes, and parties, and chats with old friends over the past few weeks and months make me miss this magical place already.
So, I can only say 台灣,謝謝你… 再見!
I will be back!
After four years on the little island in the South China Sea, I have been taking the past two months off – unpaid, I might add – in order to improve my Mandarin Chinese a bit and also to explore China.
I traveled from Shanghai to Hangzhou and Suzhou, then spent two weeks in and around Beijing and had a brief stopover in Macao before returning to Taipei and resuming my work at Asus.
The trip has been absolutely terrific and I had organized Chinese lessons for myself in every city, so that I continuously met fellow students and travelers and had the greatest time!
We have just moved into our new office space… and it is awesome! And as for team members, we have crossed the 30-designers-mark and the new space is filled with energy!
The Asus Design team has been steadily growing and we now have a group of 25 designers… up from just six when I arrived! With it comes more responsibility for me (I have just been promoted into a Design Manager position) and lots of team-building events… 😉
Also, there are a few more Europeans at Asus Design now!
Well, this is not a really design-related entry per se, but for the past few months I have been enjoying my bicycle commute quite a bit and thought I’d share some impressions of it here. Check out the above time-lapse video that I composed from a few dozen of shots, taken with my tiny Canon Ixus, that I had duct-taped to my bike’s handle-bar.
My commute’s a mere 5km from my home on Min Zu Road in Zhu Wei（竹圍，民族路）to the office on Li Te Road in Bei Tou（北投，立德路）but I am taking a small back road that takes me up on a hill and through Taipei’s Fine Arts University（台北藝術大學）which offers great views over the Taipei Basin…
Considering that it’s close to 30ºC at 7:30am these days, a shower is definitely necessary after arriving in the office, but the ride is a great way to start the day and helps to focus on the big picture!
The entire department has an outing in Miao Li and for sure there’s lots of barbequeing, eating, drinking and chatting… but apart from that, we also manage to get some work done and plan for the year ahead with our small, but fast-growing, team!
After a little over one and a half crazy busy years, around a dozen projects, after learning about culture, life and work in Taiwan, and most importantly after making some very good friends, it is time for me to move on to a new professional challenge.
I will stay close by and hope to still see all of you every once in a while, and I am saying goodbye with some good, home-cooked German food… Mahlzeit!
GE/Fitch has moved into our new office in Neihu, Taipei City. Even though some of the furniture is not yet unpacked, I think the space is pretty awesome and I feel a little bit like working in a space ship…