[A hotel building leans before falling in a heavily flooded river after Typhoon Morakot hit Taitung county, Taiwan, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2009. (AP Photo/ETTV Television)]
I am very embarrassed to say I was lighthearted when the government announced that Friday was off. It seemed to be a totally unluckly event. Typhoon Morakot caused a GREAT damage in Taiwan. Dozens of people washed away; many were dead or missed. More than fifteen houses disappear into the sea; some villages were even submerged. What a unbelievable power to cause these terrible event!
Anyway, at the same time, many touched stories shows the bright side of human. How helpful and kindly Taiwan people are.
Not only to rescue, to help settle down people who lost their home is also important. It’s said that more than 10 thousands need to move. May Ma’s government will perform better on assisting the victims to rebuild the buildings and helping them with their recovery work. Sincerely hope that we can cover the difficulties and recover from the disaster soon.
From long-term view, it may be a warning from our nature against too much development or unsuitable plants (e.g., betel palm). Maybe Taiwanese people seem to be kind of absent-minded. People may forget the disaster soon, and mourn our loss when the next disaster occurs.
在網路上買了早上 8:04 的高鐵到台北,
聽到廣播說 8:04 到台北的車票已經賣完了,
7:58 進 gate, 在車上發個呆小憩一下
“各位旅客, 台中站到了… We are now arriving Taichung… ”
最近一台機器上 locale 設定怪怪的…
irqbalance (pid 4487) 甇?珯?瑁?銝?..
然後再度 login 就好了 :>
We took a rest on the small island. Staying at a cool place, we talked with many local people. I met a sweet baby girl, whose name is Lai-Da. (I don’t know how to spell her name in Filippino.) She was very cute and sweet. Her eyes were twinkling, and her smile was lovely. I played with her and took lots of pictures for her 😀
Later, we had rice balls and fish for lunch at Balicasag Island. Actually, I thought the rice balls are much like the Chocolate Hills. It is said that a foreign tourist saw the place and called them chocolate hills since they looked like Hershey’s kisses. In my opinion, if I can give them a name, I will call them Rice Ball Hills :p
After walking around the Balicasag Island, we went to a small island that even much smaller than Balicasag. Although it is tiny, with idyllic beaches, I think the Virgin Island is one of the most beautiful island in Philippine. It’s a tropical paradise indeed.
That day, I met a South African. We had a short talk when taking the moving walkway. He worked for a ShangHai company and came to Taiwan for business. We exchanged the impression on ShangHai and Taipei.
ShangHai is more crowded and busy… It doesn’t mean that people in Taipei is not busy. Actually I think that ShangHai people are CRAZY busy.
During the first time I took a taxi in ShangHai, the driver honked almost all the time. He drove vary fast in a zig-zag manner. The traffic signs seemed to be nothing important. We even went against the roadway! What a crazy taxi experience!!
However, the taxi rate is not expensive. The first 3 kilometers cost only RMB 11. After that, every kilometer costs RMB 2.1. Comparatively, taxi rate in Hsinchu is much more expensive :Q The rate starts at TWD 90 (RMB 19).
By the way, I guess that most of ShangHai taxies are Volkswagen Santana. Volkswagen seems to be popular there.
Anyway, I found my English is still not good enough.
I frequently found the grammer error just after I spoke something.
My first words to the South African was, “where ARE you come from?”.
是一種很甜蜜, 很 juicy 的味道…
打開晚餐的豬排便當, 還是荔枝的味道… >”<
於是我噴了一些 Escada 的 Tropical Punch,
希望熱帶水果 (梨子, 芒果, …) 的甜美味道可以干擾我的嗅覺