Friday, May 03, 2002

Whew, I'm tired. I suppose it's a good thing I can no longer blog as if I don't have a regular job. I'm actually feeling stressed, as I try to figure out my boss' preferences while under tight deadlines. I also feel really silly sometimes, as I am familiarizing myself with the all-Chinese versions of our software system. I'm usually okay with Microsoft products (one benefit from years of Microsoft domination is that I have memorized the locations of most functions), notwithstanding the fact that I printed out a Power Point presentation today when I intended to merely save it. I am still struggling with Lotus Notes, which I have never used.

Yesterday I was rather psyched when I arrived at work because I had first went to the Bureau of Consular Affairs to pick up my passport, with my new residence visa inside. Whoopee! With the visa, I can stay in Taiwan indefinitely. And with my passport, I was finally able to pick up my new ATM card and check my account balance, filled by my very first paycheck. Yay!

I'm immensely relieved that the ATMs at the International Commercial Bank of China (ICBC)--the bank that UMC uses to pay its Taipei employees--has an english option. Trying to withdraw money is very confusing when you can't read the options. Joaquin said that before he figured out which button was which at the ATM near his work, he once withdrew NT$100,000 when he had meant to withdraw only NT$10,000.

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