Posts Tagged 'taipei'

Cram School Teaching Vs Public School Teaching in Taiwan

I have worked at both of these kinds of schools in the last few years, and this is what I think about them. For those of you who aren’t aware, these are the two main kinds of schools that you can get hired to as a foreign ESL teacher in Taiwan. I will be talking about elementary school teaching, not high school, university, or other types of adult teaching jobs that are also available. With a Master’s, you can teach in universities as lecturers, outside of Taipei City (but in New Taipei City). You need a Phd to teach at universities in Taipei.

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31 Hours In 3 Airports In 3 Countries

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I left my hostel at about 5:30PM in order to catch the last bus to the airport. For some reason, all buses stop at 6AM, making it quite difficult to get around Saigon. At the bus station, near the market, it took me about 15 minutes to figure out that there weren’t any more buses. So reluctantly, I took a motorcycle taxi to the airport. I negotiated a fair price in my opinion of 50,000 Dongs, which was 10x the price of a bus ride.

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8 Days and 1500 KM All Around Taiwan

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I had a week-long vacation coming up between the end of summer camp and the beginning of the fall semester, and my friend had proposed that we go around the island together on scooters.
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Pencilgate

As I left the school for a well deserved break, it was about 12:30 and I had yet to eat lunch, I came up the teaching director of the school shouting at someone in her office. While this might seem a common occurrence at most school, it isn’t at ours. I have never seen the TD shouting at anyone. The school is a family-owned affair. The TD’s sister is the manager, the grandmother and great-aunt also work there and all of the kids go to this school.

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DJ Bone @ The Wall February 24 2012

DJ Anthony giving it a go before DJ Bone

As usual, the good techno events tend to be on Fridays. I have no idea why, but it makes for an eventful Friday, especially since I was teaching 11.5 hours that day, which included being part of my school’s speech contest. I was pretty tired by the time I got home at 9PM that I went to bed almost immediately, even with a Starbucks Venti Caramel Macchiato, ingested only a couple of hours earlier.

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Erol Alkan @ The Wall Taipei, Renaissance Man, Rory Phillips 02/10/12

Erol Alkan flyer

When a friend mentioned that Erol Alkan was coming to town, I knew I had to go. I arrived at around midnight and found that the main room was almost already full. Rory Phillips was playing a sort of disco beat, and it wasn’t bad. I met up with some friends and we spent the night having fun.

The main event started at around 1:30AM and I was pretty amazed at Erol Alkan’s mixing skills. Electro is a good for tricks of all kind, and I wasn’t disappointed. He even played a remix of Metronomy. The place was packed. The event wasn’t cheap either, at $1,400NT (~$48 USD). The stage was set against one of the side walls. Ironically, it didn’t reduce the dancefloor’s capacity.

Renaissance Man’s style starkly contrasted with Erol Alkan’s, and he basically emptied the dancefloor. People just left and went home, which is what I did as well.

Organik 2nd Anniversary @ The Wall: DJ Nobu & Ness 02/03/12

Organik flyer

This was one of the events that I had bought tickets to ages ago. I knew that it would be fun and since the headliners weren’t going to be playing house, it would be different. There is a lot of house playing in Taipei. When I arrived at around 11:30PM, Ness was already playing in the main room. It was more experimental. Nobu was slated to start at around 1AM.

I met up with some friends and we had a good time. Nobu’s set was also experimental, so I found it a bit hard to dance to, but it was good to listen to anyway. The place was nicely packed, there weren’t too many people. The best set of the night belonged to Ness, and he started at around 3:30AM. It was hard techno and relentless, which I appreciated. Many DJs that I’ve heard tend to include lots of ups and downs. I can understand that, but I prefer something more continuous. The lasers in the main room were hypnotic. There were two machines and they definitely lit up the place.

Overall, I’m looking forward to the next Organik events.


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