April 26th update

In career news, I am in negotiations with a potential employer at the moment. Hopefully it all comes through… I have a pretty good feeling (90%) it will work out and I will have a daytime job starting in July. That’s great, but I have to stay alive in the meantime, so part time hours from them and hopefully an evening job teaching adults will be handy. I have applied at a couple adult specialization schools and I have heard some interest from some of them… but no hours offered yet… cross my fingers on that.

In home news, I am still waiting for the use of a friends borrowed car to dump the last 6 or 7 bags of recycling at a depot nearby. We have all the rooms we use cleared, our bedroom, Ariel’s bedroom, the living room, and the majority of the kitchen are clear of junk. Right now we have a storage room which will be my office once it is clear, and part of the kitchen is still filled with an overabundance of recycle items from clearing up all the stuff our friend’s mom left behind.

We hosted our friend’s family and her sister’s family last weekend to get final instructions on what they wanted done with their mom’s items that we thought might be of interest, and got permission for about a 75% dispose and 25% keep in storage in a closet. (as it worked out.) Basically keep the valuable stuff, and toss the excess everyday stuff that she had piled up. Generally all of it being potentially useful old things but her mother had already replaced them all with newer better quality things but were still moldering in various corners of the house. (She could have saved us a ton of trouble by having a couple garage sales a few years ago!)

Ariel is finally sleeping in her own completely childproof room. That is the best thing about being out here- we control our own area again! It isn’t swank or luxury, but it is safe.

Ariel is the coolest baby, she has adapted well to riding on the scooter with us. I recently picked up a new, light folding stroller that fits well in front of me and it even folds down so she can lie inside the stroller (when we are walking around pushing her.) We strap Ariel on to our body when riding the scooter, and she has a helmet (a bit over-sized, but nobody seems to carry 16 month old sized helmets for some reason.)  She is as safe as I can get her until I can afford to finance an actual car. A parking spot isn’t a problem for us- its just getting the coinage to maintain a car and a job to get financing approved for a car. After a couple months into my next job I will likely start financing a car that ironically will mostly get driven by my wife to bring Ariel around… sigh. At least that makes my daughter safer. I do the best I can with what I have. Don’t kill me Grandma! I know its bad, but we need transport and quite frankly things are different now than even 10 years ago.

All in all, it has been 12 days and we almost have things back to semi-normal. The next couple steps will be harder. I think I will be back up to snuff by November, after I have a couple pay-cheques under my belt to have paid off everything…





This guy is more awake then the rest of us.

His argument: The Post-work society is not the future. It is NOW and we are in denial. A large percentage of people claim disability benefits due to there being nothing else and the senseless denial of a basic living and medical access to people who are ‘not working.’

The problem with this is that due to automation and globalization: there is no work to be done; there is no need to do anything. There aren’t any jobs for the legions of unemployed.

The only other thing going on for the unemployed is the prison system. That isn’t in danger of being underfunded any time soon, and it takes care of legions of otherwise unemployable people at the cost of their dignity and self-determination. I would argue that by locking people up and denying them access to leisure you are irreparably harming the economy. Ie. You could tax all the pot dealers and buyers that you removed from the economy who were looking to relax.

Perhaps that’s why to re-energize myself I tossed away everything I gained to give myself motivation to try and work again. Possibly not my smartest move but it works for me.


Check out the rest of his series on his sidebar, parts 1 through 7.


Just a daily update.

Our friend's scooter we were borrowing. Its pretty swank, actually.

Our friend’s scooter we were borrowing. Its pretty swank, actually.

Last weekend we had 5 people staying over with us, it was a bit crowded but due to extreme hard work and cleaning on both my wife’s and myself’s part it was a success.

We can basically say that all the initial hoop jumping and set up stuff has been done now. I am currently in discussions with several schools regarding employment. I won’t jinx anything by talking too much about that. The downside of it is that most of the full time positions won’t start until August… so hopefully I can score some subbing and summer camp hours at one of these places.

I just got myself a shiny new scooter delivered. I will get some photos posted of us.

We visited a new downtown park nearby the Tiger City area of Taichung (just off HeNan road.) It is actually quite a pretty set up and is a pleasant escape from the house that is a short distance away. It reminds me of a mountain walk, but inside the city. Running streams and small ponds with catwalks and soaring bridges abound.


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View of the display building in Maple Park.

View of the display building in Maple Park.

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Update on the situation…

Things are looking up.

Today we went in to apply to renew the ARC. It should be very easy, just 2 weeks wait after paying the money.

I ordered a new scooter to paid in partitions over 2 years. Hopefully that will be enough time for me to find a job to pay it off, and likely add another one for V to the mix (after getting a paying position- for now we can get by sharing mine… or the other loaner).

After doing those 2 things, our friend Sabrina came through with another scooter we can borrow for a while at least until my new one arrives. My feeling on that is its ETA will be 3 to 7 days down the line.

And I got a response from a well known local private school regarding an interview for a position with them 1 day after I applied, so I think I have a good chance of landing something for Sept at least. I just need to get something sooner to pay costs, I don’t think it will be too hard if I am willing to take what’s available currently… and I am. The best thing about coming back this time of year is that the plum positions are starting to become available and advertised, so its a good time to come back.

We rode our borrowed ride to Wenshin Forest Park in downtown Taichung to clear up some business related to the internet line we paid for yesterday. It is a fairly awesome service- it is a hotspot wireless internet generation device that we can use anywhere in the Taiwan area that has cell coverage with Changhua telecom. I can plug it into my notebook and get on the net in the middle of nowhere (if it has 3G coverage with Changhua telecom) and Skype with everyone now. It is awesome and quite a good deal, we pay about 680$ NT (~23$ CAD) a month for the first year, and after that it goes up to 850$ NT a month (~27 to 28$ CAD)  for go anywhere net use.

Ariel had a good time wandering about and got to wear her spiffy new Angry Birds Helmet. Pics below!

I love TW. I can be independent here and get things done quickly and efficiently, and affordably.

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