During this week I have stayed up late every day yet gone to school normally. This does of course make me terribly tired.
Luckily, someone decided to mix win and coffee together somewhere in the beginning of times so I'm not totally dead yet. (I don't think it's Engrish but it's a cool name anyway.
Went to the Junior High School that my host brother, Alex, went to today. There was a bunch of strange stuff but not much, so we didn't linger there all day. Actually the more important thing on the day was our trip to another school with the exact same name as the one Alex went to (wtf?). There, Alex as well as Joni were interviewed by Rotary about Alex' application for Long Term Exchange next year. Also ate Hong Kong style food for dinner, but let me get back to the festival.
So that's the festival. Mostly young peeps were there as it is, after all, a school for the younger people. But still you could see a lot of people who seemed like old students (such as Alex) too. I guess the school was good to them. (HEY! They have bigger tables here than at KaiNan, and they're just a Junior Highschool. Damnit KaiNan, pull yourselves together.)
They had public karaoke there. Mostly kids were up there to sing and I must say: I was quite surprised of how good they sang actually. Let me say it this way: I didn't know it was karaoke that could be heard all over the festival before I went over there to look.
Gotta show a bit decadency while I'm throwing balls at stuff. I mean, I owe people to make a good impression now that I am going to be their future world ruler.
Just noticed this when I went out of the school. Makes me happy I didn't decide to take on one of my Smoking Overalls this morning.
I didn't know Taipei had birds. But seems this school does for the time being. This is inside the other school where Alex went to an interview.
And there he is, actually. In the corner, haha. (Actually I was taking pictures of the school.)
Because I was quite amazed about this schools facilities. It has trees even.
Anyway, I didn't take a lot of pictures to document this event but it seems Alex did quite well at the interview so he's very likely to become an exchange student next year. People say his school record is not too good, so maybe he can't go anywhere he wants to (because in Taiwan the rotary doesn't actually do any lucky draws for the people who want to go to more popular countries. They rate everyone on a big ranking list so that the best can go to Germany (that's where everyone wants to go the most for some reason), and the above average can go to the rest of Europe while everyone not too impressing to the rotary gets sent to any country that's not as popular which is most of the countries in South America.
I really hope he can go to Europe though. I mean the school record can't be that important when he's just going to stick around to learn culture and language?
After the interview we went to Tianmu to watch a movie.
However, they almost only showed 2012 and it was pretty sold out anyway. This line of people are waiting for their chance to buy some tickets for good seats sometime within the next three days. And honestly, this movie seems way to advertised for around these parts so it's probably not a very good one anyway.
Instead we went to Takashimaya to eat and decided to go eat from the Hong Kong cuisine.
That's the restaurant we went to. It's on the 12th floor which is the topmost one and it has an amazing view when dark because you can see the lights from the city crawling up Yang Ming Shan mountain in the distance.
The food is much more amazing. It actually looks like the stuff I occasionally ate at Chinese restaurants back in Denmark but tastes completely different. (Which is a truly a good thing.)
That's rice porridge with liver and kidney inside. Such a strange world we live in, eh? (But it tasted really great.
Gotta return here sometime. All the stuff we ate were just a little more than 800 NT$. Which is really expensive compared to the usual dinner outside, but not really at all if you compare to Denmark. (And that's one of the most delicious meals I've had here so far which did also leave two persons completely full.)
Oh, and I almost forgot the desert.
This is actually doufu (tofu) and syrup and it tastes like any desert should taste. Don't be fooled by the doufu, there's many different kinds and this one is probably just directly from bean paste and at least not fermented very much.
Finally we went home and I unpacked some Japanese stuff I bought at the store that you can see if you look closer to the pics of people standing in line in front of the cinema in Tianmu. Joni has a Wii she didn't use for one and a half year. She bought it Japan so everything is in Japanese and I don't know if I can change the language in the Wii or game settings but probably can only get Japanese support from both the Wii and the game since they're both from Japan. (Luckily I don't have a lot of time to play it anyway, and since the game is so awesome I can probably play it pretty well without having an idea about what is written anyway. - Of course I could also just go and look for some Japanese lessons around here. I'm going to learn that stuff sometime soon anyway right?)
And don't worry. My Chinese is getting better. I might be able to start communicating with people in a sane manner some time soon.
For now: May Google shine upon you all.