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Adventures in the mist

the ongoing literary and wider exploits of A. Nicholson


Alex goes on holiday
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During Chinese New Year, a one-week national holiday, and in an effort to see more of the island I purportedly travelled to in order to explore and experience, I went down to the cape of Taiwan, a beautiful beach resort called Kenting.


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Alex looks back on the year. Also, working culture in Taiwan.
Parson gets Plothammered
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As I type this, in the last dying minutes of 2011, it's time for me to take stock of my achievements and my shortcomings. It's been a busy year in some ways, and not at all in others. For the first time, I've had a full-time job on at least a semi-permanent basis. While this was novel in some ways, and the chance to establish and develop a rapport with students and colleagues over a long period of time has been largely pleasant, it comes with stings in the tail.


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Alex refrains from making any asinine Gaga puns.
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Hello Livejournal. Do you like music? I'm quite fond myself, although my taste tends towards eclecticism. In Taiwan so far I've mainly been attempting to salve the separation from my games consoles with video game remixes. This generally serves to have the opposite effect, and unfortunately Taiwan, like the West, has reached the point at which it considers retro gaming to be cool, so getting my hands on, say, an N64 and Majora's Mask would cost me just as much in Taipei as it would in Birmingham. Nips to that, I say. Nips.

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Johari Window
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Well, why not.

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Alex takes pictures of some pink bits.
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She scrubs up well, does our Taiwan.


For my latest adventure, I journeyed into the mountainous regions of Taichung County, braving the narrow and blind-spot-ridden tracks of the Jung Shing Ridge along the way. In the driver's seat, Corporal Fly, a gregarious young fellow on leave from National Service.
 

 

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Alex does the Arty Thing. Also, public nudity.
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Last weekend I decided to take a gamble and head up to Taipei again for the first time since my training week, in which I had very little time to actually dip my toe in the comings and goings of Taiwan's cultural hub. This time I was going to make a proper go of it, and made arrangements to meet up with some native friends in order to size up a nifty little art expo by the name of Exposure. Oh ho, so provocative.

 

I am sorry to say, I foolishly neglected to take my camera with me, so you'll have to simply endure this torrent of inelegant verbiage in order to discover why exactly I ended up standing shirtless on top of a bar in front of over a thousand people.
 

 

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Alex is afraid of jumping off rocks.
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I've not been doing very well in terms of travelling while in Taiwan, I'm sorry to report. A combination of shortage of funds and time, fatigue and lack of confidence in my language abilities have impeded my ability to get around this island as much as I'd like. However, I managed to go some way towards rectifying this last weekend by travelling to Yumen Gate.

 

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Alex finds religion to be noisy and peculiar.
Scott Pilgrim
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So I've not been in Taiwan terribly long now -- just over a month, in fact. But one thing that's become apparent is that they really love their festivals. The latest celebration to rear its head was the Mazu Pilgrimage.

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Alex learns to teach and considers Taiwanese culture. A bit.
Scott Pilgrim
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For the past fortnight, I've been getting to grips with the fundamentals of teaching in Taiwan, quite aside from the lofty ideals poured down onto our naive little heads during the training week in Taipei.

 

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Alex puts unusual things in his mouth for fun and profit.
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Today I went on a social with the Changhua-based schools. In a convoy of four cars containing managers, teaching assistants, teachers, and families along for the ride, we headed Taichung-wards, and I got to learn a little more about another of the Changhua teachers, Captain Globetrotter.

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