Area Humorous Speech and Evaluation Contests for Division G

Can’t wait to compete in the Evaluation contest!

Division G, Founder's District

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Areas G1 and G2 – Morning Contest

Doors Open for Registration at 8:00 a.m.

Contest Begins Promptly at 8:30 a.m.

Areas G3, G4 and G5 – Afternoon Contest

Doors Open for Registration at 12:30 p.m.

Contest Begins Promptly at 1:15 p.m.

Pre-Registration (by October 8th)

$5.00 for morning or afternoon OR $8.00 for all day

At the Door

$7.00 morning or afternoon OR $10.00 for all day

Price includes light breakfast and/or lunch

Pre-Registration Form

Location: Kaiser Permanente Hospital

6640 Alton Parkway Building 2, 5th Floor, Room C4 Irvine, CA 92618

 Winners advance to Division G Contest on October 25th!

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print your own makeup?

have you seen how expensive makeup is? i personally have dozens of sets of eyeshadows, trying to find the elusive “perfect shade” to fit my outfit and mood. imagine my delight upon reading this: http://l.aunch.us/ghfb! You know how much I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE colors. I signed up to purchase this and can’t wait for it to be available!! I read about it in this article: https://shine.yahoo.com/fashion/print-your-own-makeup–a-3d-printer-brings-new-cosmetics-innovation-192512109.html . What do you think?

Back in the USA

This post is long overdue; I’ve been adjusting to life back in the States and putting my life back together after Dad died. I worked 12-14 hours/day, 7 days a week caring for him and the huge house and garden. We got him a canine companion. I did my best to encourage Dad but in the end, he already had one foot in the grave both mentally and physically. I thought I had more time with Dad but after coming back, it became obvious that he just didn’t want to go on without Mom. Sigh….I had already had my stuff shipped to the US so going back to Taiwan was not an option. Within 3 weeks of his death, I had to find a place to live, buy a car, and find a job! I ended up in a cute cottage a mile from the house I grew up in! Amazing! I have Dad’s dog and my little conure, Neptune. I have wonderful neighbors and a full-time job. I bought a cute little Chevy – good gas mileage here is a must-have!

The biggest difference I’ve noticed between Taiwan and California is that it’s not easy or convenient to get things done here in the States. People are grumpy (probably from having to spend so much time in traffic) and often rude. I miss the night markets and “exotic” fruits and veggies. I miss the sights and sounds of the Tonghua area. I miss the tea! I miss the 24-hour bookstore. I miss my many Taiwanese friends. But life goes on….and so I’m adjusting: making new friends, getting reacquainted with old ones. And, I’ve started my own business with some of my friends! (More on that in another blog note.)Image

 

 

Le Lotus Creative Jewelry Design

As is often the case, we travel past and through places without ever really seeing them. Walking through the Tonghua Night Market, there is such a cacophony of sights and sounds, it’s easier to simply find the quickest path through the crowd and try to avoid the oncoming traffic.

One day on my way home, I happened to glance to my left and saw a lovely green-colored storefront. On closer inspection, I could see all sorts of jewelry and beads inside. Yaya Tsai, the owner, presides over a treasure trove of pretty, shiny things. Looking for ready-made baubles? You’ll find them here in prices to suit most budgets. Looking for something custom-made in a jiffy? You’ve come to the right place!

Recently, a group of us made an appointment to meet Yaya in the early afternoon, before her shop opens. We spent the first hour just looking in all of the cases, pulling out drawers to see the MANY custom options. Next we selected the findings for earrings and then the beads that had attracted our attention. Within minutes, Yaya had turned our selections into professional looking pieces!

Even if you’re not in the market for new jewelry, you’ll be warmly welcomed into Le Lotus and regaled with colorful tales of Yaya’s latest exotic bead-buying adventure. Stop by, or call and make an appointment today!

1F, No. 111, Lin-Jiang Street, Taipei
0227-226-558/0920-547-355

Asiana flight 204

No, I wasn’t on the ill-fated flight into SFO last week, but I did take a similar flight (OZ204) from Seoul to LAX on a 777-200 and was seated at the rear of the aircraft (row 40 of 44). The A330 out of Taipei was an amazing flight (details to follow on a later post). It’s a long flight any way you slice it and the severe turbulence halfway through the first meal service was just plain scary.

Trays dropped, people screamed and got sick. At one point it appeared that the back third of the plane was bent downwards. I really thought the plane was going to break apart. What was scarier still is seeing the cabin crew’s faces when they were (apparently) asked to discontinue the meal service and strap into their jump seats. Needless to say, we made it safely to LAX.

Will I ever fly Asiana again? Probably, as long as it’s not aboard a 777 routed through Seoul.

Sitting at Taoyuan airport…

Waiting to board the flight out of Taiwan.

After breakfast, I was able to visit my friend in the hospital and get my medical records before checking out of the Fullerton South ( love that hotel!) and being driven (no traffic, uneventful ride) to the airport.

It occurs to me how much more civilized many processes are here, especially those where you have to spend money! At the hotel, check-in was a breeze and they gave me express check out. The room contained a lovely fruit plate (kiwi, banana, asian pear), water, coffee and tea. Breakfast was delicious and as I pulled away from the Fullerton, I felt I’d come full circle: this is where I stayed my first month in Taiwan.

At the airport, check in/security/immigration processes are much friendlier. The Asiana agent that checked my luggage in was gracious about the slight overweightness. Luckily I’d planned for my carry on to be overweight and pulled enough stuff out and into my extra satchel that I was able to proceed to security.

I’d forgotten that I had an aerosol can in my carry-on but the agents were kind and actually let me use the hairspray again before confiscating it and LOGGING it. TSA, take note!

They did, however, miss my 3-plus ounce can of Mr. Brown coffee, oops!

The immigration officer seemed genuinely sad that I would not be returning to Taiwan.

The only thing keeping me from crying my eyes out is hearing the happiness in my Dad’s voice when I talked to him yesterday. His final chapter is starting, as is my next one.

Goodbye for now, Taiwan.

What I won’t miss…

-going up 4 flights of stairs after a long day
-going up another 2 flights of stairs to wash clothes in washers that are broken
-landlords that refuse to do maintenance on their property
-having to wait days for laundry to dry
-the humidity!
-chasing the trash truck
-cockroaches
-MOLD
-no oven, no baking
-waiting in line for the elevators at work!
-making multiple stops to reach the top floor
-no A/C in the elevators at work
-people who eat onion or garlic, or smoke and then get into said elevators
-not being able to find any clothing in my size
-super expensive European clothing
-stinky tofu

What I’ll miss…

The thought of leaving Taiwan does not fill me with joy. This has been my home for the past 2 years and I’ve built a nice life here. Each day when I walk down the lane, past the temple, past Tonghua street, to Anhe, I’m filled with a deep sense of satisfaction. “So this is what Utopia feels like,” I think. No, life in a foreign country is not without its struggles but, as I see the little shops, and people buying baozi (filled dumplings) at the corner stand, the office workers in their identical “uniforms” (black pants/white shirt for men, black skirt/white shirt for women), the children holding their parent’s hands, people walking their dogs, I feel happy.*

    -the sounds of the city, traffic rushing by but steering clear not to hit anyone
    -the guy from the sports shop walking his long-haired dachshunds
    -the noodle shop guy across the road who always tries to get me to buy his food
    -the temple guy missing teeth, who smiles and waves at me as I walk down the hallway to the apartment
    -the Thursday morning monks, chanting
    -the painted utility cabinets
    -how safe it is here
    -how friendly and helpful most people are
    -delivery/repair people showing up when they say they will
    -the adorable Taiwanese children
    -how convenient everything is
    -incredible customer service
    -7-11’s!!
    -Chinglish
    -guava slices with plum powder
    -dragonfruit, rose apples
    -Taiwan “ice cream”
    -Eslite 24-hour bookstore
    -free samples in magazines
    -the night markets
    -the day markets
    -safe, affordable public transportation
    -affordable and professional dental work!
    -the sight of Taipei 101, lit up, rising up to greet me as I walk home at night
    -how “official” photos are photoshopped to make us all look better!
    -sheng li, the everything store
    -the guangfu flower market
    -the jade market
    -the public library’s English book section
    -people wearing masks when they’re not feeling 100%, so as not to infect anyone
    -oolong tea
    -plum vinegar from Cama coffee
    -working out at NTUE
    -Minder’s vegetarian buffet
    -Wu Laoshi (he paints rocks)
    -Li Laoshi (she has the patience of Job)
    -Palmer’s crazy movie nights
    -fifteen pizza
    -Boite de Bijou
    -Whalen’s
    -the Dior peeps
    -the weddings!
    -all the friends I’ve made at work, the Community Services Center, InterNations, and Toastmasters (TMTM, Taipei Metro. Prestige, FEIB)
    -my “Taiwande haize”: Raymond, Nick, and Victoria
    -Gomer, Vita Lin, the 2013 Welfare Committee
    -Volker, Victor, Steven
    -Najia, Becky, Sophia, Queen (best tattoo artist in Taipei), Yaya, Sharon, Sue, Kalla

I love you guys and miss you already!

* I have a slew of additional posts to add, so please check back.

Name choices

Most of my co-workers select an English first name. Here are some of the most imaginative (my favorites are in bold):

Achilles
Ace
Aerial
Apollo
Apple*
Aragon
Army
Arrow
Axis
Baba (Dad in Chinese)
Bean
Bear
Berserk
Bevis
Blacat (pronounced Black cat)
Bugatti
Candy
Carbon
Cherry
Coffee
Cookie
Crush
Descartes
Dew
Ding (ok, this is Chinese but it’s cute)
Dollar
Dolphin
Dong (ok, this is Chinese but it’s cute)
Fanccie
Fendy
Fish
Frieda
Frost
Gamma
Gang (ok, this is Chinese but looks like and English name)
Ginger
Happy
Helmut
Herry
Hewig
Homing
Hunter
Iceking
Icey
Ink
Ivy
Jam
Jank
Johnson
Juggernaut
Justice
Kilroy
King
Kitty
Kiwi
Light
Lighter
Link
Longcat
Loseway
Lucky
Luffy
Marks
Mars
Mavy
Maya
Mear
Melo
Mesh
Moony
Money (my hairdresser)
Navi
Ocean
Oxy
Paggy (Peggy?)
Panic
Parkman
Paxion
Phoenix
Polo
Porpoise
Rainbow*
Razor
Rice
Rover
Sherlock
Seiko
Sky
Smiler
Star
Steed
Steel
Swift
Taco
Tiger
Treker
Trulli
Trumpet
Tulip
Vanilla
Vans
Vegeta
Velvet
Vera Wang (wow! I work with a fashion designer)
Vita
Wallman
Wayzen
Webber
White
Wings
Winky Wong (I can’t make this stuff up!)
Winsdom
Wisdom
Wise
Wish
Wolf
Wolfy
YourWay
Zero

What, no “Pizza”?
*Expectant Hollywood parents need only look at this list to find an appropriate moniker for their new little one.

Another Saturday in Taipei

I’m drinking my ginger puerh tea from Muji, thinking about my day. It’s been long, but lots of fun.

It’s Saturday here in Taipei and I had an Internations meeting at 11am. After that, I stopped at an antiques mall and had fun checking out all the new, old stuff. Then, a fun dental appointment (the dentist is the wife of a co-worker) and met up with a friend for dinner at an amazing vegetarian place: The Art of Food. Next door to the restaurant is the teahouse owned by my friend Victor. I’m so glad I stopped in today since he’s leaving for India tomorrow; he’s going to Darjeeling on a tea buying trip!

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