Mango + Hazelnut + Chocolate Swirl Sticks
Strawberry, Kiwi, Mango, and Mango Ice Cream Shaved Ice
Grass Jelly Shaved Ice
Mango Shaved Ice
Doesn't this make you hungry?
Cockroaches beware! Plunger power!
Now, you may be wondering, "Why the heck don't they just buy cockroach poison food?" Well, here's the deal. We did buy cockroach poison food, but it's really rather freaky what the instruction pamphlet said:
Who wants to come home to that???? (Cue to look at picture)
Visiting Hua Shan Elementary School with the other ETAs (English Teaching Assistants)
Hua Shan Elementary School is South of where I live. It is near the airport and I will be taking the MRT and riding a bike to get to the school. Ashley is going to take
Me and Ashley!
The program administrators announced the matching of the local English teachers (LETs) and the English Teaching Assistants (ETAs) today. The pairing was based on the LETs rankings of who they wanted and also on the ETAs' preferences. After they announced the pairings, we all headed to lunch. After lunch, the Fulbright program coordinators planned Karaoke (KTV- Karaoke Television) for us! Ashley drove me to lunch and to KTV on her scooter. This was my first time on a scooter and I held onto Ashley so tight. I think she could tell I was a bit nervous because I kept on saying, "Woah! We're going so fast. Woah! Woah!"
This was my second time in Taiwan singing karaoke. Ashley and I sang, "My Heart Will Go On" by Celine Dion... Check out our pose =D
Karaoke was a lot of fun. Oh, I almost forgot. Hua Shan elementary school also has an arcade room with pool table, ping pong table, basketball-shooting arcade, and many other fun games. It's known as the fun room and it's open to both teachers and students. Isn't that great? I can have fun with the students inside and outside the classroom.
The picture above is our "apartment portrait" =) Billy is from New York, Kate (in the center of the picture) is from Germany, and Rebekah (far right) is from New Jersey. Some of us don't like having bare walls in our apartment, so we are probably going to take more "family portraits" of ourselves.
自由時報 / 2008/08/19
Since I wanted to buy my friends in America gifts, I bought two glass phone charms that glow in the dark at this stand. Right when I was about to leave, the glassblower stops me and says he wants to make me a gift. The other Fulbrighters and I watched in awe as he made me this:
An Angel! It was a very nice gift and now I have a glass angel watching over me while I'm in Taiwan.
The principal of the elementary school told us a myth that people usually do not go out tonight on ghost day, but nowadays, people do go out. I'll keep you posted on other holidays I celebrate here in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Over and out, Shiela.
The next day, we rested and took a boat tour on the "Love River" and went to Qijin island. It was incredibly fun and I got to see much of Taiwan. On the boat tour, I saw the Hong Kong Navy (I'm not too sure why it was there), and an oil rig. When we arrived at Qijin, a group of us decided to hike to the top of the lighthouse on Qijin island. The lighthouse was closed, but the scenic overlooks were absolutely beautiful. I had yummy barbecued squid for dinner later that day at Qijin. There was also a Taiwanese boy band playing in the open space at Qijin island. You'll see in the pictures a group dancing and holding a boat on top of their heads.
During the next few days, we applied for our ARCs (Alien Resident Certificate) visited Xiziwan Beach, visited English Village (a place where 5th graders and other students can come practice prearranged English dialogs), and ate/shopped at the night markets (specifically Liuhe Yeshi and Zhong Xiao).