Friday, June 02, 2006

Keelung captions

The road signs are the reason why there are so many English teachers in Taiwan...It is outside a huge hospital...and says "The pedestrian invites the zebra crossing of walking" Huh? What? Do zebras or people have the right of way?

These are the friendly ladies below my apartment that know that I don't eat meat, so they make me a tuna and egg with salad sandwich for breakfast. They work really hard - from about 5am until 1pm and always have a smile on their faces! Xie Xie ladies!
They offer loads of other things like soy milk drink (mmmn-not sure), fried radish (ok with loads of sauce) and these pancakey things with fillings...They work out of a teeny space and wash the dishes etc on the street....They must think I'm really weird as we can't really communicate and one day I came home at 5h30 with 2 guys and another girl after a night of partying and walking up to the Goddess of Mercy...we were just regrouping before a beach visit but it must have looked wild from their point of view. Smiling sweetly usually solves all the issues!

Below is HOOK Coffee on my corner - such a sweet family - they also work like Trojans; starting at about 9am and open until 11pm at least. The dad is so great - he knows my estate agent so he passes on messages and helps me when my keys get stuck in the door; they also notice when I'm late or if they don't see me for a while...so I feel really safe. Plus----his coffee is the best and very reasonably priced! Starbucks is way too over-rated and expensive. The weird thing is that although he speaks quite a bit of English - I don't know his name - need to correct that today! Most of our conversation includes...caffe latte, just coffee (hot or cold!) and Kim and I meet there quite often!

7 comments:

seethebuck said...
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seethebuck said...

Ok, cool. now that this works, just wanted to say, "How dare you dis Starbucks!" (not sure if I spelt 'dis' right)

Rom in Taiwan said...

I'm sorry - are you a Starbucks Loyalty Police Special Agent?

seethebuck said...

I should be! I should at least get a discount! Or they should should change the name to Stardebucks...

Rom in Taiwan said...
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Rom in Taiwan said...

you seriously freaked me out - I've been giving all Starbucks a wide berth - even in Taipei - thought there was some undercover plot to find me - !! You will pay for your sins boet!

seethebuck said...

Sorry, didn't realise you didn't know it was me! I thought 'seethebuck' was pretty clear.. c de buck...

it's been my yahoo address for years!

I LOVE your blog! It's very cool