Friday, February 21, 2003

While on the highway back from Hsinchu, I noticed that signs for highway rest stops display not a hamburger, as they do in the U.S., but rather a bowl and a pair of chopsticks.

Thursday, February 20, 2003

Darn. I recently downloaded Opera, but I won't be able to use it to edit my blog. Yet.

I'll be sure to post my thoughts on Opera as I get more familiar with it, but moving thoughts on my Lunar New Year Ski Vacation Extravaganza to Whistler, Canada will just have to wait till I have the opportunity and energy to sit down and record them and no more events like what happened on Monday night occur. On Monday night, I managed to do what no locksmith (well, just one particular locksmith) had ever seen before: I managed to get a key stuck in a lock, and no amount of grease or pulling would get the key out.

Since the washing machine was broken, I had gone over to my roommate's brother's apartment across the way to do laundry. Unfortunately, I didn't make it past the front door until after the locksmith had jiggled, yanked, jimmied, and finally, physically removed the lock. Earlier that evening, I had been giggling over David Sedaris' Me Talk Pretty One Day, particularly his adventures learning French as an adult. My roommate remarked that after this lock fiasco had passed, I too could one day write a book about my adventures in Taiwan.

Monday, February 17, 2003

Some link love to Maoman, who Jen and I bumped into at United Mix yesterday, while he and the lovely Vanessa were enjoying a late lunch. I was quite surprised to find out as I walked in through the doors of United Mix that yesterday was their last day; I knew they were closing soon, but I hadn't realized how soon. United Mix has been the setting of many a lovely Sunday brunch, not to mention a few dinners, as well.

In other news, I went with Mike and his girlfriend Vivian to see a Chinese-language musical, "What's Love About?" I'm almost embarassed to admit that I hadn't realized that musicals were written in languages other than English. While the singing was fine, I found the story to be weak and many of the characters unconvincing.

Tuesday, February 11, 2003

Taipei is easing back into its usual bustling self after the lunar new year holiday. What I noticed the morning after I returned as I left my apartment were the smells: first incense, and then the sweet freshness of flowers in bloom. Already, the winter chill is skulking away, although the hot steaminess of summer has yet to arrived. My walk to the bus stop in the morning's cool crispness is then punctuated by the smells of exhaust from scooters and cars making their commutes, and of fried eggs and dough sticks for sale on roadside breakfast stands.

Yet as of late last week, not everyone was back at work, and so these senses were particularly potent.