I should have just lettered them off A-Z, my new class of travel agents. There are 26 and it’s possible that I might have more next week (I’ll go into Greek letters). Then again, it’s possible I might have less, but I’m not hopeful. This class has nearly two times what a standard corporate class should have, but am I being paid for two classes? Of course not! I work for a company where my cataloging proposal for the teacher’s resource shelf has to get past the CEO.
All that aside, it was not a terrible class. I was able to wrangle a better classroom right off the bat and there are multimedia capabilities, so I’m thinking of working in plenty of video. Do they have Muzzy for English? How magnificently creepy that would be!
Now for the pun: some weeks ago I went for a Kung Fu Panda 2/X-Men: First Class double feature. It was fun enough, but the best part was reading and comprehending a Taiwanese joke on a movie poster. It puns “we” and “blue” and I love it (probably too much). My Taiwanese teacher and classmates were not as impressed as me (except possibly the other American), but that’s okay. For your enjoyment, I present a dark, slightly fuzzy poster for the Smurfs movie’s Taiwan release. Have fun!
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I went to see a movie with a friend from work today, and it was the most unique movie-going experience I’ve ever had. Jenny found a budget theater called the Dynasty, and it was amazingly close to my house. We met up after work and found a little place to have dinner that I’m definitely going back to, and showed up a few minutes late to the show.
Sucker Punch was the first movie, and let me tell you, that movie is not improved by missing the first few minutes. Honestly, it’s probably only improved by not watching, but we had paid our 100元 and were set on having a good time. I’m not sure how dark the palette of the film was in its original release, but it was probably not as dark and muffled as the print we saw. However, something about the utter sleaziness of the movie and the squalor of the theater combined to make a perfect experience for my first legal double feature.
Because this theater doesn’t “clean out” between screenings (Jenny and I couldn’t think of the best way to translate this because neither of us has enough experience with sketchy second-run theaters), we finished Sucker Punch, horrified and in dire need of cheering up and just scooted into better seats to await the next movie. It turned out to be an animated animal movie that put me in mind of Shark Tale: a lot of names and not a lot else. It was formulaic but still funny, and much needed after the bizarre yet intriguing mess that was the first movie.
I want to try this theater again: it’s so convenient and atmospheric! Perhaps too atmospheric, though: now I feel all itchy. I hope it’s just the heat…
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June gloom arrives early in Taipei, and is remarkably inconsistent. May is the drab month here, but we’ve had some remarkably bright (and hot) days– just never on the weekend! I lie; yesterday was quite nice, but I procrastinated going out to a nearby national park to go hiking and just enjoy nature because I thought it would be easier to do it today after dragon boat practice.
I woke up bright and (over an hour) early this morning to a power outage and the jackhammering of generators. Since I couldn’t go back to sleep, I decided to stay up to take a cold shower to mitigate the 5am humidity and pack my purse for the day (hiking and work out clothes in the bag, dress for city wandering on me, tape to protect my hands– forgotten, washcloth to dry off with after practice– forgotten). Somehow, I still wound up arriving at the MRT station a little to late to walk to practice, so I grabbed a cab and wasted 115元. On the bright side, I didn’t sidetrack through a construction zone or shimmy under a fence today, which is more than I can say about last Sunday.
Practice went well despite increasingly heavy rain from 9am on, and afterward, I walked barefoot through the pouring rain with some teammates to the closest MRT. It was excellent! After talking with Rebecca, I decided to kill some time at Taipei 101 where there’s an excellent bookstore with a wide selection of English books. I hadn’t been there before, but I got directions and set off. Unfortunately, I set off in the wrong direction and had to hop out and retrace my steps back along the blue line. It was a little irritating, but it cost me nothing but time.
Let me tell you: Page One is awesome. I spent over 1500元 and I only regret it a tiny bit. Their only flaw is that they don’t have enough cushy chairs. The food court at Taipei 101 is also awesome, and I had a lunch I couldn’t finish for about $3. The soup was an intriguing mix of guts and starchy vegetables topped with cilantro (I love how popular it is here!), and the rice with meat sauce and vegetables with meat sauce were delicious.
I met up with Rebecca and Steve and we went to Miramar to see Shrek 4. I wasn’t too keen on the choice, but it was the lesser of 8 or 9 evils, and turned out to have a few good laughs. It was also really nice to see my friends again, and it topped off a good day perfectly.
Parentheses overuse! I do apologize.
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