Tuesday the 4th of March 2014
I’m trying to stream television programmes at the moment but the connection here is really slow. I’m sure everyone in my building works the same strange nocturnal shifts as I do and stays awake until the car park lights go out at around 3AM. I can only ever get a really good connection when I wake up early which usually involves going to bed early which is hard to achieve when you leave work in the middle of the night. My sleeping habits aren’t going to improve, I’ve been here for months now so I’ve decided that as long as I get more than five hours, I’ve had enough sleep. I’ve been trying to over sleep. I keep reading that it’s bad for you but what does anyone actually know about anything nowadays, people pump their faces full of poison to stay young; it’s the twenty first century equivalent of rubbing white lead and vinegar on your face to achieve that sought after Elizabethan ceruse chic look.
I’ve eaten a lot of bread today; I say bread, its cake. I’ve eaten a lot of cake today. I find it so interesting that bread is cake here and cake is essentially everywhere.
I finished work at 7PM this evening but I didn’t leave until, well, until really late. It’s 1AM now and as usual; I’m wearing four jumpers, a scarf, pyjama trousers and socks, wrapped in my duvet, staring at my computer screen. I’m going away for two days and by going away I mean, I’m going to be in my apartment for two days making sure it’s organised well enough for someone to stay with me.
My days off are Wednesday and Thursday this week (as well as Saturday and Sunday), so based on the fact that it’s already Tuesday here, I have tomorrow and the day after off, i.e. the day before my boyfriend arrives and the day he actually arrives (he’ll get here about 6PM, possibly later). I have the most hours because I get paid the least. I’m required to write a pile of hand over notes which I did but I’m missing eight lessons in the two days I’ve taken off, eight lessons and six different classes. I managed to plan my lessons for later on today (the today that begins once I’ve slept) and the five lessons I have on Friday but it’s a bit much. I have to admit, it’s all a bit much. However, it’s not all bad, the highlight of my day was definitely rapping to Eminem’s Lose Yourself after a rendition of Rebecca Black’s Friday with one of my fellow teachers in an empty school. That and the fact that my boyfriend called me, he’s bringing chickpeas and tahini so that I can make hummus or حُمُّص because I can’t find it anywhere here. Although, I need to buy salt and olive oil if I want to make it, I have lemons.
I feel like I should buy contact lenses, or new frames. I don’t have my prescription here in Taiwan though and it seems like a lot of effort to get my eyes tested. Perhaps I’ll do it before I leave. A TA at school wears contacts sometimes, they’re amazing. Taiwan sells the most beautiful contact lenses I’ve ever seen. I think I should exhibit my old glasses at some point. I wish my parents had kept the ones I wore when I was younger, I wish my favourite pair hadn’t been stolen off my face at university (well, a Less Than Jake concert) and I wish I hadn’t broken my second favourite pair before getting the train to the ‘Glam!’ private view in Liverpool.
I can hear squeaking, I thought it was birds chirping, it reminds me of parrots but now I’m not sure if it’s a sound made by birds or if it’s more likely to be a really big rat or perhaps several rats. I hear it all the time at night when it’s quiet. It’s coming from outside the apartment and it happens sporadically. I have seen what I thought was a cat in the street before only to realise that it was actually a rat. It’s really important to stay away from street animals here, they’re everywhere and they’re riddled with diseases yet no one seems to mind, dogs, rats, cats, monkeys (I’ve yet to see a monkey though). According to Wikipedia, “almost all human deaths caused by rabies occur in Asia and Africa.” Taiwan lost its rabies-free status in 2013… I’ve been feeling melancholy recently; it’s hard to find tampons in Taiwan. The time now is 02:36AM, no, make that 02:38AM. I should go to sleep.