hi my name is jiaxi & this is my mind palace

22 August 2014, I flew to Shanghai to visit my beloved relatives and had seemed to be lost in time ever since. Not that Tumblr is banned in China like Facebook and Youtube. Before I traveled, I was spending most of my time alone and online, learning new things by myself, writing by myself, listening to music by myself. “By myself” is the little comfort box I could fit in perfectly but it gets suffocating. The occasional meet-ups with old friends ignite my spirits. I did not travel to another faraway land to repeat the same life routine, and I know there is more to living.

I wasn’t entirely separated from the Internet. It was just one month away from excessive usage of the it plus repeating the same life over and over again in these months of holiday which I consider as precious freedom nonetheless. This is also a boring way of living. One must keep on moving, learning new things, plant a tree (even if it doesn’t look like it’s going to live for long anyway).

I fear that I am not going to live up to this idea once school starts in October. Experiencing is growing up. So I want to gain experience for the years to come. Be hurt and beaten and I shall not cry. (Chances are, against my immense effort to control my tear glands, I will cry and be embarrassed in front of an unwanted audience, proceed to silently pray that people forget about witnessing me crying ungracefully, and finally learn from my silly mistakes.)

I feel like I could write a book or at least an essay after one month of hiatus. Memories wane with time and so does the motivating passion to jot everything down. This is the first step!

sunvapor asked:
What the fucks happening in Ferguson?


Alright, i’m gonna sit down and basically explain the situation in this ask so everyone of my followers knows why i’m so pissed.

Michael Brown, a 17 - 18 year old african american boy was unlawfully shot (8-10 times supposedly) by police in St Louis, Missouri on saturday, august 9th, 2014. He was unarmed, and had done nothing to attract suspicion other than the fact that he was black. His body was left in the street for 4 hours. (beware: somewhat graphic image linked)

There are several claims from witnesses (see: Dorian Johnson’s account and video [HIGHLY RECOMMEND READING UP ON HIS ACCOUNT, ITS VERY SPECIFIC] — Brown’s friend who experienced the situation first hand, La’Toya Cash and Phillip Walker— Ferguson residents nearby the incident),  that fall together in generally close claims. However, the only one who’s claim seems out of place is the police officer’s who shot Brown. Who, by the way, is put off on paid administrative leave AND who’s name remained under anonymity for his safety (However, attorney Benjamin Crump is looking for a way to force release his name). He claims that Brown began to wrestle the officer for his gun and tried attacking him after he told Brown and his friend Dorian Johnson (22) to “get the f*ck on the sidewalk”.

According to Johnson, after a minor confrontation on the officer’s part where he grabbed Brown by the neck and then by the shirt, the officer pulled his gun on Brown and shot him at point blank range on the right side of his body. Brown and Johnson were able to get away briefly and started running. However, Brown was shot in the back, supposedly disabling him from getting very far. He turned around with his arms in the air and said “I don’t have a gun, stop shooting!” By this point, Brown and the officer were face to face as the cop shot him several times in the face and chest until he was finally dead. Johnson ran to his apartment and by the sound of his account, seemingly had some sort of panic attack. Later he emerged from his home to see Brown still laying in the streets. People were gathered with their cellphones, screaming at the police.

According to msnbc, the police refuse to interview Johnson at all, despite his amazing courage to come forward. They didn’t wanna hear it. They only listened to the cop’s account of it all and were vague with the media on what they thought happened. They’ve also refused to commit to a timeline in releasing autopsy results and other investigation information.

Numerous rumors are sweeping around such as Brown stealing candy from a QuickTrip, the store he emerged from calling the cops on him, Brown reaching for a gun, Brown attacking the cop first, ect. But these have all been debunked. (I know a lot of these have been debunked, but im having a hard time finding sources. if anyone could help out and link some legit ones id be SO grateful)

The event in and of itself was terrible, but now it has escalated beyond belief. Around 100 or more people, mostly black, went to the police station to protest peacefully. Things quickly turned bad as martial law got involved and authorities were bringing in K9s, tanks, heavy artillery, ect. The heavy police presence only made things worse as riots began to break out and looting and vandalism started. [ x ] [ x ] [ x ]

Now, as of very recently, the media has been banned from Ferguson. There is also a No-Fly zone above Ferguson for the reason of “ TO PROVIDE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITIES ” as said on the Federal Aviation Commission’s website. Cop cars are lined up on the borders to prevent people from entering/leaving. Media outlets are being threatened with arrest. It completely violates our amendments and everything.

It’s becoming increasingly scary and difficult to find out whats going on over there. I’m afraid this is all the information I have, though. If anybody else knows anything about the situation, please feel free to add on or correct any mistakes i’ve made as i’m no expert on writing these things.

And as a personal favor, i’d really appreciate anyone to give this a reblog in order to spread the word. I think it’s a shame that this is going on in our own country yet so few people know about it. Help me make this topic huge and get this as much attention as possible.

yesterday i had no plans (as usual), so effortlessly, i entered a uni and sat through an introductory lecture about government & politics. i can’t remember most of what the lecturer said but i remembered him emphasizing aggressively to the class that we have to seek the “truth” about this country (do we ever???) + if the students fail the module despite the help that they can get, they are kinda dumb.

anyway, one observation was that even though it wasn’t my uni in the first place, the introvert within me was still slightly intimidated by groups of youngsters. i still don’t find myself mustering the courage to greet teachers/lecturers whom i don’t recognise. and there are mature-looking couples that you never want to third wheel. and the food is absolutely delicious there.

what i’m saying is, i saw a fair amount of students all by themselves as well, and that’s okay. i’m prepared to be alone for the most part of school. i’m still learning how to be alone.

i want to join the badminton & urban dance team though holy sheeee. it’d be a dream come true.