Life in Taiwan 3
Trip Start May 11, 2005
320Trip End Ongoing
After signing a year contract with my school, I then re-signed a 6 month contract. I knew how my school worked and all my co teachers so it just seemed the easiest thing to do. So for the last 6 months of my employment I worked hard and played even harder.
Maris House Warming Party: My South African friend Mari moved into massive house and of course this is all the reason we needed to party
Taipei Night Life: Hsinchu is a small town with only a couple places to party on the weekends. So any chance we had we would head to Taipei to frequent the bars and clubs in the big city. I spent many weekends in Taipei also because Ivory lived there too! We hit clubs like Luxy, Revolver, Roxy 99, as well as myriad of others.
Melinda's Baby Shower: My married neighbors at the Wang Complex decided to have a baby. Even though they had moved across town they still had a baby shower and we had a smashing time. Check out the pictures of the cake!
Stoplight Party: Mari had yet another party (Birthday?) where the theme was stoplights. Guests were suppose to dress in green,yellow or red. Green represented single and looking while yellow meant undecided or open relationship and red equaled taken with no sharing
Red Dress Taipei: Yet another red dress. They never get old!
Spring Scream II : The first Spring Scream was so much fun that I had to go back. Only this time instead of doing the free beach party, Ivory and I payed the big bucks to camp at the actuall event. 3 days of concerts, booze and sun. There were 7 or 8 stages with bands jamming away 12 hours a day. I had concert A.D.D. We would be a dancing along at one stage when another band 50 feet away would start playing an epic song and then we had to run over there. We bounced between bands until we could bounce no more! It was like this for 3 days! Sleep deprivation kicked our asses! No one sleeps during the day because of the heat! Ivory and I raged hard for 2 days but on day 3, I threw in the towel...we were done!!! Don't ever say "Wo eye gammala hibow!"
New Years Eve: A gang of us Hsinchuers all headed up to a country club in Taipei for New Years. It was a great venue because it was located on a hill that over looked Taipei as well as Taipei 101. When the clock struck midnight we were able to see the fireworks that launched off 101.....it was pretty sweet, but I expected a little better since it was Taiwan's 100 year birthday and the fact that fireworks all made in China....I welcomed in the New Year in a bow tie....weird to think the year before I was in Cancun eating grapes
Lantern Festival: The Lantern Festival was in Ivory's home town. As you can see from the pictures, these sculptures made from translucent materials are not really lanterns in the traditional sense. The sheer range of lanterns (from massive dragons to tiny rabbits) was pretty mind blowing. It's was definitely a lot cooler than I had expected.
Yenshui Fireworks Fight: This is easily the most extreme thing I participated in Taiwan. This fire work fight takes place in the south of Taiwan. The annual event commemorates a cholera epidemic more than a century ago, the fireworks symbolizing the exorcism of demons associated with the plague. Basically they fire giant Saturn missiles and fireworks into the crowd. Everyone must wear a helmet because these burning balls of sulfur are moving fast and could easily knock out a tooth or an eye. When they first light the giant bee hives (that fire into the crowd) everyone starts to jump up and down so that if a burning sulfur ball sticks to your clothes the jarring of the jumping will dislodge it. It was quite insane and although I don't have any pictures check out the video. (It's better on facebook) We came back to Hsinchu with bruises and burns all over us but it was worth it!
Modern Toilet: This restaurant's theme is very shitty! You would not think to combine a bathroom experience with dining one but for some reason it works. Everyone sits on their own Jon and orders food that comes in it's very own minature toilet. Drinks come in a urinal bed pan and the ice cream looks just like a fresh dookie. Ivory, Chile and I all went her together on my last week in Taiwan! The food was actually really good and not expensive at all!
Green Island: I blogged about this before but I think the pictures got put in this entry.
My last month in Taiwan I did not work and I tried do all the things I had missed in Taiwan. Ivory and me hit a bunch of spots in Taipei that were new to us. We had one more super fun hash where we inter-tubed down a super dangerous river. Ivory can't swim but I was confident I could save her if need be. The only problem was that the river was high and moving fast! I'm REALLY glad she stayed in her tube! One last nice surprise was a goodbye party for my friend Stephen in Taipei. Ivory and I were excited to come because he was going to DJ. Ivory had secretly collaborated with Stephen to make it also a surprise going away party for me. So when I walked in, I could not figure out why all my Hsinchu friends had come to a going away party for (Stephen) a guy they did not know....then it slowly dawned on me
After all this, I sadly said goodbye to Taiwan. I really enjoyed my time here and I know I will be back. I had a ton of fun and I look forward to returning to see my friends and eat Taiwan's delicious food! I wished my Chinese was better but COME ON!.... 5 tones! A new alphabet!!...plus 40 hours a day I was forbidden to speak it (school policy) I will never say Spanish and German are hard again after living here!
I love you Taiwan!