Today it's finally on for real. Lately it's been raining first a little bit in the afternoon now and then, later also a few times during the day, and since yesterday night, constantly and quite strong. So strong, actually, that some parts of Yilan, which I visited earlier, has already been flooded amongst a bunch of other places.
In Taipei it's not really too dangerous, althout your umbrella can take damage. If it's made in China it might even break over on the middle so that you have to grab the top part to not have it hit someone else in the head. That's what mine did last week. Retarded. But I have a better umbrella now. Umbrella is btw called Y San around here, where Y means rain and San mean umbrella or cover, essentially. (So what is meant is, these are Rain Umbrellas.) This naming always get me to think of Japanese when they put ~san at the end of peoples, animals or even items names (althout ~tan is the more correct suffix for objects as far as I've understood)...
Usually the schoolgrounds are pretty lively during the breaks, (and also during classes). Now you can just spot people with umbrellas, sometimes sharing with each other.
This is just outside my school. And of course there's a seven eleven just around the corner.
Actually the news just told us this evening about the typhoons condition: It's currently a little south of Taiwan but not really far out in the sea. Because of high pressure around the typhoon, it's not moving, so it's probably going to stay there for some time. This way, it will just cause a lot of rain, which is a big problem for the southern part of Taiwan where the earth is very loose and causes mud-floods. For Taipei residents this just means that you have to use your umbrellas all the time and that more people will take the car. Plus it's getting much colder now, so that you can almost feel a little cool when a strong wind is blowing on you. But still just almost.
Here's another cultural perculiarity. This was taken in Taipei Mainstation while I was tranfering from the beitou line to the danshuei line on my way back home from school. Maybe not a super bad idea since this is a place a lot of people change trains. This way perhaps less kids will drive you crazy with screaming when you're in transit? (Not that I thinks it's ever really used. I've only seen someone taking their baby with them through the MRT about 4 times so far. And funny thing was, it was the babies fathers all four times carrying them around.)
Nagato is quite smart. She chose to put on a raincoat. This way she won't have to struggle with her umbrella in the typhoon windgusts like everyone else here in taiwan. (But then again, she's a Japanese, so that's probably where the culture difference lies.)
This is also mooncake. I'm eating a lot of these right now, because my birthday was just before the mid-autumn festival. So of course, a had to give me a bunch of those, so that I could eat them the next day. Not that I got the chance, because I got a lot of mooncake from the family on that day aswell. But they taste quite good, really.