A Friday That Isn’t A Real Friday

A shot that didn’t turn out as well I thought it would, but still interesting. I wanted it to show the English and Mandarin all mixed up on the same lines. However, there are some reflexions in the shot and it wasn’t framed as well as it could be. Taken with a Nikon D200 and a 18-200nm lens on the 15 of February 2007. Part of the Suvranabhumi Series in the Thailand Chronicles.

My new classes weren’t so bad, but I still got 4 periods to go.

There isn’t a lot planned out for tonight, except watching two episodes of Lost and taking it easy, just a bit.

Tomorrow is a make-up day for us, meaning that the Taiwan government gave us the day off on Wednesday, but we have to make it up. I don’t really know where they get this bullshit from, but it is a drag.


So most of the time, when we have a day off, we have to make it up on a Saturday. Which doubly sucks. I mean, I would rather not have a holiday in the middle of the week and have my Saturday off as usual, than have an unplanned holiday mid-week and have to work on Saturday. (I have learned since then that other schools do this as well, though some of them do half-days instead of full days.)

I wonder if it’s only our school that is like that or if this is standard for all schools. I am sure that the school above us doesn’t have a make-up day though. And neither do buxibans.

I checked out a Sym Legend. It was new and was 53000 NTD (1600USD). It is a bit more than I want to spend. But it is good to know the new price of the bike. I have seen another teacher, who is pretty tall, riding a Legend and he looks really funny; he is too tall for the bike. I have seen a lot of people on this type of bike, the design hasn’t changed that much over the years. I have seen a few women using it as well. I guess that bike with the Kymco KTR are the most popular entry motorcycles in Taiwan. I have seen a few Hartfords, but they are not as popular. Hartford makes a few 200cc bikes, though I don’t like their design that much.

The Kymco has got a luggage rack already on it, but I prefer to customize my own. I plan on probably mounting one on the top and two on the side, if they fit. I like the concept of rigid bags. They make a bike much more useful.

Author: range

I'm mathematician/IT strategist/blogger from Canada living in Taipei.

One thought on “A Friday That Isn’t A Real Friday”

  1. Officially CNY ended on Thurs. Feb. 22. All public schools and companies were to be back in business on the 23rd. The gov’t decided to give the day “off,” but in true Taiwanese fashion this day off had to be made up so they chose the next Saturday so that the 9 day CNY break wouldn’t be interrupted. 228 is a national holiday so you were not making up that day. The same thing happened after Mid Autum Festival. I am sure that you know this now but be prepared because the same thing will happen again in a month for Tomb Sweeping Days. I worked today and hated it but it is nice to have a long weekend since many holidays have landed on weekends for the the past few years and no time was given off.

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