Wednesday, June 15, 2011

My Kitchen

 I just bought this gas cooker today for $565NT, which is about $20, and I put it out on my patio, which is now a patio/kitchen.
Dumplings and beer. No better dinner.

How to turn Two plants into Six plants

    I love my neighborhood very much because there are huge lush plants outside of everyones house, on all the balconies, outside every store, in random alleys, vines and bushes grow out from cracks, on top of roof, EVERYWHERE!!! It's like a jungle and I'm a monkey.
    So I decided I too wanted plants on my balcony. I bought three small guys and a big hanging one. And I the florist said that I could divide up two of the small guys, and this is how I didz it.

1.) I drank a few beers to really get
into a horticulturalist  state of mined.
2.) Then I realized I didn't have anymore pots, so I cut the empty beer cans in half. I used the top half of the can so the mouth hole would allow excess water to come out. I also folded back the sharp edge of the can so I wouldn't turn my green                                                                                                                 thumb red with blood.

3.) Removed the plant from the original pot and cut it into three sections.

4.) Added more dirt to fill it in. Wah lah! Three plants.

5.) Drank some more beer, got the other plant and repeated steps 1-4.

Six plants where there once was only two.

     This is another beautiful guy I got at the same time as the others. Now my balcony is even more pleasant than it was before.
    Now if'n y'all think you want to do this too, don't just go stuffing bushes into cans. I had to use my so-so Chinese, hand gestures and crude drawings to find out which kinds of plants prefer which kind of beer. As you may notice, the small bushy one is a bit more tropical, so I put it into a Kirin can, a good Japanese beer brewed in a climate the plant is used to. Now the bigger guy is a bit tougher and so might appreciate a good European lager, hence the Heineken.


Monday, June 13, 2011

My Apartment

 This is the view from my balcony! I don't have a kitchen, but I plan on buying a small gas cooker and putting on the ledge there. This is also where I dry my clothes and drink my beerz. I live on the fourth floor, and between the buildings you can sorta see the river that is a 30sec. walk from my house.

Here is my apartment from the balcony.

Here is my toilet. Note that my shower is connected to the faucet, and that the bathroom itself is also the shower, very common design in Asia.

TV, Closet, Fridge. The Taiwan flag was not included with room I had to buy it myself, which I did today at the National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall. 

First Few Days In Taipei

Greeting y'all,

My first few days have been very exciting. I have already made many local friends, bought an apartment, gone clubbing, taken chinese placement tests, played bike polo and seen a baseball match. I wish I would have started this blog earlier so I could written all the details, because so much has already happened that I can now just vaugly recollect the past events. But from now on I will do my best to share all the wonderful things I am experiencing with all the gritty details included.