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

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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!

1347, earthquake!

This was a good one. I could see the room swaying and hear the structure creaking as it moved. This one seemed to last longer than the last one (probably less than a minute but it seemed longer).

When you live/work several stories above street level, “earthquake” takes on a whole new meaning. It’s interesting to note what goes through ones mind at a time like this. 

I had flashes of the building above falling down on me. Then, I thought, I’m in my pj’s, I don’t want to be found wearing them. Then: who cares, if the building falls, what I’m wearing will be the least of my worries.

Taiwan is on the edge of the “ring of fire”; there is a lot of seismic activity here. This earthquake was centered several hours south so I can only imagine what those poor folk felt.

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