Sunday the 22nd of June 2014
I’ve been testing various potential souvenirs out today, mainly dried fish and beef. Admittedly, I am a huge fan of both. I think my parents will like it too. I’m going to get my brother and sister to take some back for them. My parents brought biltong back when they went to South Africa; biltong is delicious, especially when it’s a little spicy. I bought a pint of blueberries and cream Häagen-Dazs today too; I then proceeded to eat all of it because I felt like it. I think having given it a try that I prefer chocolate; caramel or coffee based ice creams. Unless it’s sorbet, I prefer sorbet to ice cream. I think this combination of blueberries and cream is why I wasn’t as impressed as I had hoped. I would’ve preferred to have just been blueberry sorbet I suppose. I preferred my Christmas luxy list ice cream choice.
Apart from the little shopping trip I took today, I’ve done nothing but copious amounts of additional school work, which I don’t get paid for. I turned an entire text book into a series of listening stories with questions, I wrote two classes worth of presentation or report cards and organised work sheets etc. for future lessons. The other teachers went to the beach for a summer solstice weekend and Nantou waterfalls. I definitely think I made the right decision staying in, especially as my travelling siblings are now in Kyoto, Japan. Next on their list is Tokyo, Japan followed by a trip to Taiwan… a trip which I need to make sure I have enough money for! I have saved a decent amount but it’s not exactly easy when you have to work to live and by live I mean, afford food and pay rent. I also had all this work to do with my (unpaid) holiday starting on Thursday.
My legs have got bigger, cycling every day since December (I think) has had the opposite effect to what I expected. I have got really muscular legs, not slender, just muscular, athletic I suppose. It doesn’t exactly boost my confidence amongst the overly feminine women of Taiwan. The rest of me is the same, more slender around the waist which isn’t that bad… the legs though, I wanted to go down a jean size, not up one… I feel like Wonder Woman, or one of the other Amazons no human clothes (in Asia) fit me. Anyway, personal self-consciousness issues aside, I think I must be fitter (health wise) than I was in the UK, even though I walked more in the UK. I can’t wait to live somewhere with pavements, which is a weird thing to say but almost inexplicable unless you’ve lived here, without them.
Game of Thrones has finished again and I need to find something new to watch. I’ve heard Orange is the New Black is good but it just hasn’t appealed to me yet. The thought of a show set in a women’s prison sounds a bit… meh… Maybe one day I’ll give it a try. I was sceptical about a few TV shows initially before actually getting into them. There’s so much more that I could be doing at the moment and yet my energy levels are pretty low right now. I’m not sure what’s wrong with me but something doesn’t feel right. I hate feeling unproductive.