My new perfume....

Trip Start Aug 24, 2010
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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Jay bought me a new perfume the other day!! It's exhaust scented...lol. In other words, we bought SCOOTERS!! Yipee! I got a bright red one and Jay has a sweet blue one! We made sure to buy some rockin' helmets too! Unfortunately, we haven't taken any pictures with them yet....seems like we are always on the go!

School is keeping us busy...and we're learning a lot. We went to our first Tai Chi class on Wednesday night...it's Friday now and we are still feeling the effects! How do all of these older, fragile, people do Tai Chi??? It requires incredible strength and concentration! The people are fantastic and always so willing to teach you.

We had quite the day the other day....at school, there was a disgusting large red worm crawling between my toes! Then we were on the scooter and a 4 inch grasshopper hit Jay...we thought it fell off once it hit, but was soon discovered crawling up Jay's shorts...as we were driving...lol. When we returned home, we had a friendly little fellow scurrying quite quickly across our floor...oh...did I say little?....I meant EXTRA LARGE!!...it was the size of a business card. The two of us had to use some creative thinking and had a quick argument over who was going to squish it....I guess I won...well, technically lost since I was the one who had to attack it with a sandal...Jay finished it off with the other sandal....so in the end, it was a team effort! Not sure if I mentioned previously....but my strong, muscular, manly, Brad Pitt looking husband...has a hidden fear....of giant cockroaches! He will forever be haunted by the sight of five roaches crawling out of the manhole as he went to step over it....and I will always be graced by the memories of his childish, girly scream that night...haha.

The people in Taiwan are so incredibly friendly...always asking if they can help us and random people continue to give us free fruit! We've received fruit from our landlord, her mother, our school, the fruit stand lady, a fruit stand man, and even a random street vendor that we have purchased food from a couple of times! Also, many restaurants have given us free tea and are always assisting us with trying to figure out what to eat! We love it!

This morning, before class, we headed downtown to get our hair cuts! A hair cut in Taiwan is like no other!!! For $30 CAD, we both had our hair cut and washed....here's how it went:
First comes the massage...shoulders and arms....ahh....hmm...we didn't ask for this! It comes with the wash!! Then the wash....no uncomfortable sinks or wet shoulders....they simply use a squirt bottle with a water/shampoo mixture, then they just massage it into your hair until it is all foamy and wet....then comes the head massage.....ahhhhh....for rinsing, the sink chairs are more like beds...you lay flat...totally comfortable....then they cut your hair....all for $30...for two of us! Jay wants to get his hair cut everyday now!...lol.

So, now it's Friday again....we decided not to go very far this weekend as there is a large typhoon headed directly for our city!!! Hopefully we get the full typhoon experience!! We might attempt to make our way to the ocean tomorrow to see how far we need to stand before we get wet from the waves!! On our way home tonight, there were businesses taping their windows, all the homes have shut their windows and metal shutters...and there is an eerie silence compared to usual. The news showed people stocking up on vegetables at the grocery stores in preparation for the typhoon! We may not have class on Monday if it is too severe and dangerous...the government will close businesses and schools. Sweet!!! However...as excited as we are for the typhoon, we have realized that we may not be too prepared! If the businesses are closed...how will we eat?? We have enough water to last a couple days...lol...but surviving off cookies and weird flavored chips may not work too well...lol.

We had our first volunteer experience this week as well. Next Wednesday is the Moon Festival here....and the Taiwanese celebrate with food of course...lol. Moon cakes are famous this time of year and there are so many different kinds...filled with red beans, green beans (all sweet), egg, fuzzy pork, etc....lol. It's always a surprise when you bite into one...especially if you can't read the package. Anyway, there is a school for disabled people...mentally and physically. They have volunteers that teach them how to bake....giving the disabled some independence and ability to sell their baking to earn a living. It's a really great school and program...and quite famous around Taiwan. This time of year, they make moon cakes, so our school ordered some to sell to help raise funds for them. So, all of the language students (15 of us) were asked to volunteer to help sell the moon cakes. Jay and I took an extra step, since we can't speak Chinese very well, and made posters to hold stating what we were doing...so that we didn't just look like crazy foreigners running around carrying random baked goods stuffed with filings that we don't know. We were determined to sell the most moon cakes out of our group!! So we show up with our bright yellow posters...and were slightly confused when we were each handed one moon cake to sell....only one??!! They had only ordered one for each of us to sell....so all together, our fundraiser ended up raising 600nt...about $18 CAD...and we sold out in 10 minutes...hmm....maybe the person organizing the fundraiser didn't understand Chinese either??!! lol. It was strange, but I'm glad we could help out...lol.

We are working on some contacts to find some good places, orphanages hopefully, to give our soccer balls too....we will keep you all posted and post more pics soon!
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