Tuesday, November 23, 2004
Monday, November 22, 2004
Many Taiwanese are very superstitious. This little shrine to I'm not quite sure who, was just outside the door of the owners of the campsite we stayed in. I'm guessing this is to appease the ancestors and bring good luck. A lot of Taiwanese 'religion' (it's more superstition than anything else) seems to be based upon these two themes.
After our snorkel we went for a lurk around the Kenting night market. This is me jumping on this crazy trampoline/bungee rope hybrid thing. It was excellent! One could do all kinds of acrobatic maneuvers without fear of permanent paralysis (something which always holds me back on untethered trampolines).
Rob S pulling into a nice tube. This beach was literally 4 meters from our tent, but was 'private' so we weren't allowed to use it. About 10 minutes after we took this shot, some security guard kicked us off the beach. Annoying and stupid. Beaches should never be 'private' as far as I'm concerned.
The infamous 'betel nut'. I had to try it, just once. Not sure if I like it or not... Need to try it again. For those not in the know, betel nut is a type of palm fruit that Taiwanese guys like to chew in a similar way to tobacco. It's usually wrapped in a leaf with of lime smeared on it. Chewing it is meant to give you a buzz. It's not a polite habit, becase when you chew it, your saliva goes a really disgusting red-brown colour and your teeth get stained an unsightly red hue. It also causes you to spit everywhere, especially in the street. Oh, well, when in Rome...
Tuesday, November 16, 2004
Monday, November 15, 2004
Drinking on the job. It was totally unintentional, I promise! I bought this fizzy sour apple flavoured drink an hour or two before my class the other day. After I had finished it, I noticed the 4% alchohol label. Didn't affect me at all, but I'll have to be more carefull about what I buy next time!
So, call me a nerd. All my money, neatly arranged into 13 envelopes. Taiwan is a pretty cash based society and all my salary is given to me in banknotes and coins. Envelopes are the way to go for those with self control problems!!! Simply work out your living expenses for a week and put that money into an envelope. When the money is gone, you have a problem until the next week rolls around. It's a good technique that helps keep your spending in check!