Life in Taiwan Part 1
Trip Start May 11, 2005
320Trip End Ongoing
Now... if your a friend from Taiwan and ya don't see yourself in here don't think you won't be! This entry is just my first 5 months in Taiwan. Basically February to June of 2010. I will be doing Taiwan in couple different types of entries. This entry is what i did on my weekends when I was not teaching.
The next entry will be all about teaching and the 9-5 life of responsibility. Yipee...Hurray....
Finding a job
Finding a job in Taiwan was a cinch. I simply landed, found a hostel, talked to some teachers, located a teaching head hunter, had an interview and demo and Boom! I had a job! The conditions were not ideal because it was in a town one hour away from Taipei (which is where I wanted to live) and the the fellow that interviewed before me warmed about the principle of that school..... but since I did not have any experience and the school paid better than most I went with it. It was a little nerve wracking signing a contract for a year... for an unknown job, in a unknown city but I figured,"what the hell....if it sucks, I'll bail"
The second thing that unnerved me was the school wanting me to sign a year apartment lease. So all within a weeks time I had to sign all these year contracts and pony up all sorts of deposits with very little information to actually gauge my decision. Luckily I found the Hsinchu Hash (you better know what this is by now) and it was here that I found the answers to all my questions.
The Hash and Chile
I showed up to the hash fully intending on grilling every teacher I saw about my school, apartments and buying a scooter. After speaking to everyone I could, I learned that I had just signed a year contract with one of the most notorious schools in my town
So that's how my Hsinchu life got started and now to explain what came next. As most of you know when you have a job that's from 9-5 there is very little time for much else.....so the weekends become majorly important. So pretty much every weekend I was off exploring Taiwan or going to some party in Taipei.
Highlights of my weekends were hashing in Taipei where i met a nice girl named Helen. We became good friends and she was always happy to show me around and hash all over Taipei and Hsinchu! As you can see from the pictures we also explored the night life and random parties that the big city had to offer!
Another big surprise was my friend James coming over
Highlights of my first 5 months
-All Island Hash: all the hashes from Taiwan come together for one epic run with a dangerous amount of beer being consumed!
-The Lantern Festival: Taiwanese write their hopes and dreams on a paper lanterns and release them into the sky and hope it will come true! It's quite a site!
-Paul Vandyke Rave: Epic DJ with tons of people gettin their rave on.
-Coworkers Costume Party: A swank night club party where costumes were the theme and all you can drink was the rule
- Flour Fight: A gathering of people to throw flour at each other on a deserted beach! Proceeds went to a South African Charity.
-Fulong Beach Party: A huge beach party/concert right smack on the beach in Fulong. Sun, booze and music!
-Spring Scream: Another huge beach party in the south of Taiwan where it's always warm and sunny! This year I only went to the free party and not the actual concert area but it was fun never the less. Camping, dancing and sun worshiping with Ukrainian, Polish, Mongolian peeps!
-White Party Rave: Yet another rave where the theme is white and the music is bumpin!
Dragon Boat Festival: A Taiwanese holiday (no work) where teams compete to have the fastest dragon boat!
BBQ and Camping with friends: Most of these friends were South African and every BBQ was their idea because if they don't eat meat constantly they will cease to exist....and that's just straight science.
Traveling with Eva: Eva (old coworker from Germany) who was working in Korea as a teacher came over for a week and traveled. We hit the White Party, Taroko gorge, Hualian and Calong trail.
And there ya go! My first 5 months in Taiwan were great I did work alot but you can't tell from these pictures. The next entry will be about the joys of being an English teacher!