A rubber gate in front of our school during the Christmas Concert. Taken in Hsinchu Taiwan with a Nikon D200 and a Nikkor 18-35mm lens on the 22nd of December 2006. Part of the Christmas Concert Series.
I was listening to a few songs that I hadn’t heard in a while, Kent (Isola) in the original Swedish and The Cardigans (Super Extra Gravity), when I noticed that the couch was shaking a bit. I was thinking to myself that the subwoofer wasn’t that loud, it couldn’t be that which was shaking the walls. I then noticed that my 22″ LCD Viewsonic widescreen computer monitor was shaking also. I put my hand on the table and it was shaking too. I couldn’t figure it out for a few seconds. I thought that maybe a truck was causing the vibrations or the neighbors.
Then it hit me.
It was an earthquake.
Don’t panic, says the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy! Where was my towel?
Actually, I have been in a few earthquakes before and nothing really happened. It shook a bit and that was it.
Same thing here in Hsinchu, nothing fancy going on.
The wife had similar thoughts. She thought she had hit something and it was causing some of the shaking. It is strange how our brains try to find logical solutions.
I try to think of Sherlock Holmes in these moments.
Once you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbably as it might seem, is the solution.
It actually took until the following morning for us to check it on the news, it was on CNN Asia.
Here is what some of the news services have to say about the event. It came almost 2 years after the tsunami that killed over 200000 people in Southern Asia in 2004.
The 6.7-magnitude quake — which triggered a tsunami alert — damaged two of the seven undersea cables near Taiwan used by several countries to route calls and Internet traffic, Chunghwa said. Crews fixing the cables would have to pull them up and transfer them to a ship for repair, the company said.
A STRONG earthquake off Taiwan killed two people and damaged undersea cables, cutting off phone and internet service yesterday to parts of China, South Korea, Japan, South-East Asia and the United States.
Undeersea communication cables were cut and internet service was slow in most of Asia, as well as heavy phone disruptions.
From my point of view, nothing really changed.
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Same deal, different view. 2006. Part of the Christmas Concert Series.
It was an almost hella-day from me, not as bad as last Friday.
I had to finish my lesson plans for the Kindergarten, create and upload my weekly content for my two grade 4 classes for next week, mark 40 tests and compile the results in my Excel sheet, compose and create the end of semester scopes for my two grade 4 classes (telling the parents what I would be covering in my exams). I got everything done, but it took almost all day. I barely had the time to write a post early in the morning when it all started. Creating a scope was actually quite easy, since I just cut and pasted things from my weekly lesson plans. It actually also forces me to plan out the rest of the semester, sizing up where we are in class and deciding which stories I will cover in the next few weeks.
One of things I really enjoy about teaching is that once you finish something, it is done. You no longer have to touch it anymore. Now, all that is left for the end of next week, is to create the final exams for my two grade 4 classes. I have a total of 7 exams to create, 4 in one class and 3 in another. Grammar, Reading, Listening Comprehension and Writing. For one class, I do not do the Writing. Since I had spent quite a bit of time on my midterm exams a few months ago, I know the drill and it will be a lot faster this time.
I replaced a teacher in the afterschool program for an hour and my tutoring was moved to Friday.
Other than that, we are getting ready to celebrate new year’s in Taipei on Saturday. I do not know why we are celebrating New Year’s on Saturday, but hey, I just go with the flow.
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