SOMEONE had a little fun in the floods. This is Megan. Yep yep yep... May didn't have either power or water for several days and came up with the most ingeneous idea of hanging her umbrella upside down, outside the window, to collect water and fill up the commodes so that they could at least FLUSH.
Sign of the times...
I had dinner with Mingson last night. 'Twas really good to catch up with her. We are the same age, been in Taiwan the same amount of time and both have made the most of our time here, and yet we also share similar challenges on the social and professional front. I'm starting to wonder why we don't hang out more.
I also caught up with my ex of 3+ years, the last person in NYC to let me know that he was okay (his office is five minutes away from the Twin Towers). He's such a d*mn New Yorker. And that's a good thing! Speaking of which, I didn't realize how much I referred to New York in my journals until I did a search just now. Truth is, I wouldn't mind living there. What happened last week doesn't change my mind at all. That city is AWESOME.
Unrelated, my officecam was having problems uploading images because of the slow Internet connection. So I turned it off for most of the day. Oh well. Also of note... today is the 2-year anniversary of the 921 earthquake. Geez. Time flies.
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Other signs of the times...
- Mainland China.
We see it so clearly from Taiwan, that market activity is pointing directly towards China -- not the U.S. A friend of mine here who works for a VC just told me that they put a halt to all investment activities in the U.S. until 2Q02 at the earliest, and are concentrating their efforts on the Mainland. Another friend based in China told me they were shutting down their offices in Taiwan and will also be focusing their attention on the Mainland. Same stories, different companies. Entry into the WTO will only further stimulate growth on this side of the world, while the U.S. enters into a painful period of recovery.
My mom was born in China. My dad was born in Taiwan. I was born in the U.S. How weird it is to be me on this Friday, the 21st of September, 2001.
- Chinese, anyone?
I was telling Wennie during lunch that I need to work on my Chinese language skills. It is without question that those who cannot speak or read Chinese in the next 3-5-7 years will be at a serious disadvantage. The tides have turned.
So here's my latest goal --> to learn THREE new characters/phrases per day. WOO HOO! I'm going to try to get into the office a little earlier and go through the daily news on the Yahoo Taiwan website. Actually I can read a lot already -- sometimes I can read most if not ALL the characters of an article -- but I don't always understand what in the world I'm reading.
Oh the joys of learning Chinese... sigh...
- Kickin' butt!
These days, I find myself really focused on my health, and wanting to get back in top-notch shape. I've been hittin' the gym on a regular basis and weighed in at 45.5 kg this weekend. Not too bad, all things considered. Next on the agenda is strength building. LOOK OUT PEOPLE! HAI-YA!
This girl rocks the house, hands down.
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