Last Thursday I shuttled through the whole Netherlands within 30 minutes. How did I achieve that magnificent feat?
Although I was physically in office, my mind was set in holiday mode; it's hard to concentrate on work. Every other minute I took a peep at Facebook and somehow ran into a world map marked with places I've visited. A whim crossed my mind: to complete the map with the Dutch cities I've been to.
I first tagged my internship places like Groningen and Arnhem, then the resorts of flowers such as Limmen and Lisse. Of course I also marked the big cities like Rotterdam and Eindhoven. Finally I jammed a Dutch map with more than 40 purple flags. 'Wow, I really deserve a loyalty badge from NS!' When I was narcissistically savoring the eternal glory of my travelling mileage, Niels, my knotsbal teammate, commented on my Facebook: 'Doing a lot of quick travelling? :-)'
I didn't get what he meant until I checked my page, where was suddenly full of statuses like 'Derek Pan was in XXX.' A few minutes later more friends complained that their pages were flooded by my posts. How come the places I tagged were open to others?! Some friends even teased me by 'liking' those posts, which made me feel more embarrassed. I was so repentant that I added up one more crappy post: 'Stupid Facebook!'
I knew very well that I really was the stupid one. Instead of fighting to get rid of the Facebook Syndrome, I have a more practical way to avoid such embarrassment, that is, borrowed from the Dutch wisdom, to 'kijken, kijken niet posten'.
Vid of the Week Let's take a review of this "cooooool" country.