Trip Start Jun 10, 2006
8Trip End Aug 01, 2006
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I arrived yesterday at 6:05 am after a very long journey. I flew from Dayton, Ohio to Chicago, Chicago to LA, LA to Taipei. The last flight was 13 1/2 hours -- long but very comfortable. Unfortuantely, at LA the airlines lost my luggage! I did plan for it in case it should happen, so I'm lucky I have some spare clothes in my carry-on. Still, I'm hoping for my luggage to come today... most especially because the "proper" shoes to wear to work are in it. And I say this because my boss has pointed out to me that my outfit is fine with the exception of my shoes! (I've been wearing flip flops.)
I was picked up at the airport by the other intern in my department, Scott
The housing is very nice. All interns have single rooms with a bathroom, tv, fridge... and A/C! There are supposed to be around 25 interns here, but with the flexibility of arrival dates, only 8 are here, including me. And, surprise surprise, everyone is Asian American except for one Caucasian and one Asian Canadian (is there such a term?)! Scott is fluent in Mandarin in all aspects, which means we made use of him last night to read the menu at the restaurant! A few interns are like me, not really able to read/write, but get along fine with speaking Mandarin. And then the rest just speak English.
I had my first day of work yesterday. Since I had just arrived in the morning they told me to "take it easy." This rougly translated into doing nothing but be on my laptop all day surfing the internet. Haha. Although, my boss did take the time to explain to me what my project for the PR dept this summer will be. The PR office is located directly above the showroom where guests are taken to see all the technological innovations of ITRI. My project is to take a look at how the English version of this presentation is being given, make edits to make it more understandable for foreign guests (this means researching all the technology mentioned!), and then working with the presenters on putting more emotion in their speeches, since they're very very monotone
The lunch break is right at noon and the cafeteria is huge! When you enter the cafeteria, along the walls near the doors are all the dishes they offer with a number. You decide which meal you want, and then go find that line for say, meal 20. Lunch is only 35 NT (32 NT is one American dollar!). The food is good considering the price, although very oily.
ITRI is unfortuantely located on the outskirts of Hsinchu, and is roughly 15 min away from downtown via taxi. This means it's very hard for us interns to get off the campus! Last night, the 8 of us went to a dumpling restaurant right across the street from the campus' main gates. Afterwards we went to the recreational center and played pool and ping pong. From evidence of the amount of people and tables/nets for ping pong and badminton, it's safe to say they're very popular sports here! I also had the opportunity to check out the "gym." A little green room with 4 treadmills, one weight machine, and a few others scattered... not very appealing considering you need to pay each time to use it! I might make myself run outside in the humid climate instead.
The weather here isn't as hot as anticipated
So far, I've been doing alright with jet lag. Yesterday I was little tired all day, but pushed it until 11 pm. I woke up this morning at 7 am, so hopefully this trend will keep up! Work days are officially Mondays to Thursdays from 8 am to 5:30 pm, and Fridays from 8 am to 5 pm. However, in my office, 8:45/9 am works just as well.
Well, it's almost lunch time!