Archive for October, 2008


Logistical note if you know me…

So those of you whom I’ve been meaning to call or who have been trying to call me– my cell phone decided it couldn’t wait a week to have charging issues.  I’m using my lovely cousin’s cell phone with mixed success.  If you’ve called and haven’t gotten through, or I was supposed to call you and haven’t yet– it’s quite likely that I’ve been unable to get the phone to cough up your number/ haven’t been free to call when it was a decent hour/ the handset was dead or locked up and unlockable (It was ringing merrily as I was pressing “ANSWER” until my thumb was white.   Still it rang with undaunted enthusiasm until I got a pencil to write down the caller’s number when it naturally gave up.)

There’s a version of Murphy’s Law for cell phones that always seems to apply to me.  This situation reminds me…  Um, if  Richard who was accosted by an odd girl in the Taipei MRT and generously allowed her to use his handset to call her cousin happens to ever read this– sorry that I never got back to you about tea.  I didn’t mean to be Amelie-ish, things got piled up; and I admit that I’m skittish when complimented.

(I have the feeling this is one of those posts that I’ll grimace at when no longer exhausted and spinning on the vortex of packing, farewells, and logistical things like doctors and banks which always bring out the worst of my scatterbrained-ness (left my purse in the loo today and disgracefully conked out on my auntie’s sofa after ODing on familial birthday cake yesterday.))

This blog will return to Taiwan-ness someday , really, I promise  (probably Novemberish– then it will all be retrospective, but it’s always been rather retrospective, and there may be a dash of my misadventures in SE Asia on a linked page).


Back in Taipei!

I’m safely back in Taiwan for a week before heading back East to cuddle babies and torment cousins on the West Coast and then flitting back to my parents in time to shock them with my capabilities for chocolate consumption for Halloween.

I had a bit of difficulty getting my boarding pass to return to Taiwan since I hadn’t applied for a visa and needed proof of an onward flight ticket at Chiangi in order to get my pass from Jet Star. They were quite nice about it though and allowed me to e-mail my on-ward e-ticket so they could print it out. Taiwanese Immigration at the rather grim Taoyuan Airport (compared to the purpleness of Chiangi, Taoyuan could use an art action that involves color and cosiness)  didn’t ask to see the onward ticket (though the form asked for my on-going flight number), but they did go on a scavenger hunt for the “CANCELLED” stamp and reminded me that I had only 30 days to visit without a visa.

My aunt kindly met me at the airport and then helped me call my cousin who hadn’t realized I was coming back yesterday and staying with him (I’d forgotten to give him a reminder/heads-up.)

Now I get to play the shuffle-stuff-in-baggage game and run around hugging people to say good-bye.

I’ll try to write up my misadventures in SE Asia when I get the chance…


Retrieved from the drafts bin…after I thought I’d lost it to the funkiness of a hostel connection.

Expats– VOTE!

I’m going back to watch the excitement of the elections up close, but even if you’re overseas (and hopefully it’s not too late) register and vote! And for anyone vaguely curious– Malaysia is a really fun place to visit and the people on Palau Tioman and in Malacca are really sweet, though KL is a bit crazy (but that might just be because I’m good at getting lost… in the rain). Selamat Hari Raya and Happy Eid! Oh, and from now on, everyone I meet has to write their name in my book, because otherwise I won’t remember it, and then will be silly and feel too dumb to ask for it later. I just know people as– the lovely diving guy from Nottingham, or the guy who left Japan to work on farms in Australia, or the Dutch girl, or the wild Aussie/Canuck/American/Brit/German who drove trucks with chickens in them in South Africa… This blog will return to Taiwan-ness, but not for at least another few weeks, if not until November. And if anyone has tips for how to turn into Mary Poppins with a magical carpet bag that fits hat stands and an umbrella that doesn’t require going through airport security, I’m all ears!

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