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|Friday, July 6th, 2007|
I completely forgot I had this.
I'm in Asia right now and will be for another 6 weeks. There will be no internet access for the next 2 weeks as I will be in China, and the following four weeks (7/24-8/13) will be very sporadic. I assume I have a lot of reading up to do.
Or ya'll could summarize the key events of the past how-ever-long-I've-not-read-my-lj for me in a comment. Ha!
I'm going to be having a myspace up eventually for my parents to read wtf I'm doing in Asia. Anyhoo, flight to China in 12 hours, which means I need to be up in 5 to catch the bus up to Taipei. See ya'll in two weeks.
|Sunday, October 8th, 2006|
|Thursday, October 5th, 2006|
|Tuesday, August 29th, 2006|
I've had an absolutely wonderful time dealing with the housing adminstration at SJSU. Roommate doesn't get his key for the first three days, then they tell us they lost it and are going to change our lock. Said lock changer doesn't bother to tell us he's changing our lock at 9 in the goddamn morning and then they also proceed to forget to make our new keys. So, we are without keys to our room for another two days. Loverly.
I leave you with this:
When I play rock-paper-scissors, I always choose rock. Then when somebody claims to have beaten me with their paper I can punch them in the face with my already clenched fist and say, "Oh shit, I'm sorry. I thought paper would protect you, asshole."
|Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006|
|and to san jose we go...
so we're off to a wonderful start. first my roomie didn't get his keys for three days. then they said they lost it and changed our lock this morning. but they don't have our new keys. lovely.
how fucking retarded can these people get? if you send in an order to have our fucking lock replaced, make sure you get the fucking new keys to give to the fucking students. jesus fucking h christ.
|Tuesday, July 4th, 2006|
Driving in Asia (Taiwan and China particularily) is very...interesting. In the US, drivers stop for pedestrians because they don't want to get sued. In Taiwan, drivers stop for pedestrians because they don't want the blood to ruin the paint job. I kid you not. It's common to run red lights, make u-turns out of the blue, and take up both lanes. However, not all vehicles are personal automobiles. In fact, only about 20% of the vehicles are what we would consider "cars" (SUVs, minivans, sedans. No one drives pickups here except in the countryside). Another 20% are buses, taxis, and public service vehicles (police cars--they drive with their lights flashing, garbage trucks, etc). The remaining 60% are called motorcycles here, though everywhere else they're known as mopeds. Moped drivers are fearless. They cut off buses, thread busy intersections when they have a red light, weave in and out of traffic, etc. Crossing a street is like playing Frogger with your own body. Very exciting. Japan is more like America, but with more Benz. Asians love Benzes. Very good show of wealth.
So I don't even know how I got off on this rant here, and I'll leave y'all to whatever y'all is doing. Oh, in case you're wondering I just saw a commercial here for 2MBit ADSL lines here for 239 Yuan a month for the first 6 months (regular price of 409 after), which comes to about $7 USD a month (12 after 6 months). The problem you have with this is that the servers are nowhere as good as US servers, so normal surfing is a bit slow. But man oh man are your pings low in video games. Though I think cable tv (72 channels + HBO, Cinemax, etc) is something around 1000 Yuan, or about $32 USD a month. Oh, oh, a large double pepperoni (this is the most American pizza they have ) pizza here (12 slices) is only about 240 Yuan ($7 USD) and the movie tickets are also 240 Yuan over at Warner Village. The self-run theaters (AKA Pirated Films Inc) charge about 150 Yuan. That should give you a general idea of the pricing difference here. If you save 30k a year for 5-6 years in the US and then move to Taiwan, you very literally will not have to work anymore. Same with China. Not with Japan. Japan is about twice as expensive to live in as in the US and in spaces twice as small.
Anyhoo, I've babbled on far too long. Mata ashita.
|Monday, July 3rd, 2006|
So it's 12:06 and I'm pretty bored sitting in this 35 Celsius heat with 49% humidity. That comes out to about 95 Farenheit, which feels like fucking 105 due to said humidity. It's pretty goddamn uncomfortable, yah, but not unbearable. Of course, that might just be due to the fact that I'm used to this from years of travel in Asia. So anyway, I had a dream last night that I should make a mini-post for those of you who haven't been in Asia before to know what it's like. Well, it was more of a "Hey, let's call Art and see how he's doing over in Taiwan and we won't bother to care that there's a 13 hour time difference! Hey! Since he's one day ahead of us, we can ask him who wins here! Hyuk hyuk hyuk!" Fuckers.
Anyway, the first thing you enjoy aside from said time difference is the heat. In the summer, it averages about 30-35 Celsius (86-95 F) in the day to about 30-35 Celsius at night. Fuckin blows. Then the humidity is about 50-6 trillion percent depending on if it's going to rain or if the clouds are going to fucking smother you in your sleep. In the winter, that drops to about 22-26 Celsius (71-79 F). Japan is slightly more bearable as they have four definite seasons with summer being more of a dry heat up north and more humid the further south you go. Or it might be the opposite. I forget. Japan is a bit different since there's sort of 3 definitive weather locales as well.
Weather aside, the next big difference (and this is the most important one) is the cuisine. No, it's not language since language is pretty universal in holding up wads of cash and pointing at whatever it is you want to buy (I watched a white guy do this for about 20 minutes before I decided to help him. It was really funny). The main issue with the cuisine is that the Asian palatte differs vastly from the American palatte. Case in point: Pizza.
Ah, pizza; loverly treat huge in America. In Taiwan, it's viewed more as a "special occasion treat" which you could consider as being on the scale of Giordano's or California Pizza Kitchen--but cheap. You get all sorts of toppings, such as 'French Seafood Style' or 'Korean Kimchi BBQ' (yes I'm quite sure it's beef and not dog meat). My favorite is the 'Japanese Takoyaki' (fried squid, essentially) though there's also 'Black Pepper Steak' flavoring. The relatives I live with are devout Buddhists and vegans (which is a tough transition to make if you're coming from a society that eats meat at 6 of the 7 daily meals), so the veggie pizza we eat has a distinct flavour: largely, that of corn and green peas. Yes, it's really fucking weird on pizza. Yes, it does suck massively to eat veggies at every meal. Yes, I do know my way around well enough to hit up all the places that sell meat (normal meat).
I should wrap this up probably since the heat from the computer is pretty ghastly, so I'll end on the note of the language barrier: There's almost none nowadays. In the past, if you didn't know at least a little of the language or weren't with someone who knew it, you were pretty screwed. With all the commercialization taking place, non-speakers of the language can get around pretty well. There's english everywhere in the big cities (Beijing, Taipei, Tokyo, etc) and there are enough people who speak enough english to help you find your way. Granted, there are still stores/people who will ignore you or disallow you entry (many bars in Japan forbid entry to foreigners; this means that even if you are Asian, if you can't speak Japanese perfectly, you're denied entry). Bastages!
Anyhoo, I've got net access until Friday, so I'll probably make another post on the food sometime in the next couple days since the food is the main reason you come here. I had more to say but I got to go teach some random people english now (and they're cute girls! wai~). Until then, ja mata.
|Sunday, June 25th, 2006|
petopeto-san ended without ending! dammit!
kilico is a fucking drama action mind fuck. and all in four volumes. pick it up. it's become one of my favorite works out there.
|Saturday, June 24th, 2006|
googling the word 'a' nets 24 billion results.
i should start packing for my trip instead of fucking around on google.
|Sunday, June 18th, 2006|
spending 6 days in Japan and 4 weeks in Taiwan from June 24th - Aug 11th. a little bit of hanging out with friends, a little bit of visiting relatives, a lot (3 weeks) of a tzu chi camp thingy. and they're all vegetarian. whee.
|Wednesday, June 7th, 2006|
|just watched Wolverine 3: The Drama of Cheese
and it sucked. massively. i'm not going to get into the details of the storyline fuckup, but it destroyed it, then contradicted itself, then re-contradicted itself all while fucking itself.
The action scenes blew. Finding Nemo had better action scenes.
What was with all the overdramatic and cheesy crap? And the attempted-yet-miserably-failed subtle humor?
And what about the shitteness of the movie in general? And the acting by most of the non-50 million a picture cast?
Halle Barry/Berry/Berri/Bery/whatever was hot.
On the plus side, my bud and I blew $104.06 on sushi at Sushi Sam's. Fuck yah.
|Friday, June 2nd, 2006|
|If there's one thing I can do, it's multitask
The last time Tom Cruise said something intelligent, Bob Dole crapped his pants.
From what I know, that sentence has never been written before.
Anyhoo, I need a job, a girlfriend, and a Dr. Pepper.
|Wednesday, May 31st, 2006|
|so there i was
so there i was, chilling in the shade of a cherry tree along Hillcrest when a cop pulls up to me. i don't see him at first cuz i have my headphones blaring, but i sure as hell notice him when he jams a gun in my face. it's not everyday this happens, so i take out my headphones and look up at him.
"uh...can i help you, officer?"
i mean, what the hell do i say to him? so anyway, the dude looks at me and goes,
"oh shit sorry, wrong person."
then he walks away.
Anyhoo, I was drunk the other day and i realized that if you die, you cease to live. yah, pretty profound.
then the other day i learned that people who cease to live may not be dead but may be only mostly dead. there's a difference between all dead and mostly dead. miracle max said so.
i'd have to say another pretty good "oh fuck" moment is when your voicemails all say, "hey uh...i got your voicemail...but uh...i don't think you remember leaving it."
|Tuesday, May 30th, 2006|
i'd have to say a pretty good "oh fuck" moment is when you're swimming and something grabs your leg and pulls you under.
|Thursday, May 25th, 2006|
|Friday, February 10th, 2006|
my mom annoys the fucking shit out of me. i fucking hate her too. goddammit.
|Wednesday, February 8th, 2006|
|once again, class assignment
Boredom strikes in class.
Always, despite the day’s time,
I fall into dreams.
Combine into a single
Sound to give pleasure.
A WONDERFUL BATH
(By Suzuki Mika)
A wonderful bath.
Ah, what a wonderful bath.
A wonderful bath.