Monday the 24th of February 2014
I found yoghurt at the supermarket on Sunday (23rd February 2014), it doesn’t sound like much but it’s quite hard to come by here. I also bought dumplings, meat balls, spreadable cream cheese (also hard to come by), crackers and apples amongst other things. I found a disposal pan with popcorn kernels in it, it’s called Jiggle Corn and I think it might be microwavable popcorn for people without microwaves! I can’t wait to try it out.
Thursday the 27th of February 2014
Someone tried to unlock my door and get into my room at about 12:10PM. I shouted “hello”, unbolted the door and opened it to see two women going up in the elevator. I mentioned it to my manager once I was at school as I was really confused by this; I think she was able to ring my landlady for me but I’ve been told not to worry.
I’ve had the same phone since high school; a Sony Ericsson W810i given to me by my dad, it has an English and Arabic keyboard. In 2012 my dad gave me a BlackBerry. I kept my old phone and started to use the BlackBerry as well, I got used to having two phones, with different purposes.
However, the BlackBerry is locked so I can’t use my Taiwanese SIM card in it which is frustrating as my old phone is on its way out as it’s currently being held together by an elastic band (the stickers weren’t enough). I went to a phone shop (Far EasTone) today in an attempt to unlock my Blackberry after unsuccessfully trying to unlock it myself. I spent about three hours downloading various programs and typing in codes last night. Unfortunately, they were unable to help me. They gave me a can of Coca Cola which I drank whilst waiting. I then headed to another phone shop (MyFone), they weren’t able to unlock my phone either but they have sent it to an engineer. There’s a chance they won’t be able to unlock it but I have my fingers crossed.
Friday the 28th of February 2014
I can’t believe February ends today and March begins tomorrow, time flies in Taiwan. My boyfriend will be here in a week. We haven’t seen each other since September so I’m incredibly excited to see him again. It’s 00:09AM right now; I don’t have school tomorrow as its 228 Memorial Day in Taiwan. For more information on the 228 Incident (二二八事件) or 228 Massacre (二二八大屠殺) read this. There are so many unexpected public holidays and observances in Taiwan;here is a rather useful and interesting list. I’ve had such a busy time here since my last post, my first observation, presentations, a dozen exams to mark, lessons to plan and report cards to write. There have also been meals left unphotographed (yet eaten), something I wanted to avoid as I find documenting my food to be quite cathartic, you should try it.
It’s cold in my room at the moment, not as cold as it usually is but cold none the less. I’m about to mark another pile of exams and write more presentation cards (report cards). X-Men: The Last Stand is on TV at the moment, so it’s playing in the background as I type this.