SJP Reunion with some Jazz

October 18th, 2014

A little background information about me. When I was in high school I attended an international boarding school my junior and senior year. During that time I met many people from all around the world, and some of those people just happened to be from Taiwan. Well once I entered into college I lost touch with a lot of old friends because I made new friends, and I was always super busy in college. Fast forward four years when I graduate from college and move to Taiwan. Some of my old friends started seeing my pictures on Facebook and messaged me about living in Taiwan. It was probably the best thing that could have happened. It is kind of crazy actually because I am in a new country, yet I have at least 4 classmates from high school in the same country as me. Most of them are male so they are all fulfilling their military requirement up in the Taipei area, but one my friends’ family lives in the Taichung area where I am located. He messaged me and we planned to meet up on Saturday for lunch.

On Saturday, I met Dennis at a famous hotpot place in Taichung. I do not have the English name of the hotpot restaurant, but I can tell you one thing: it was delicious! I could go on and on about lunch and all that we talked about, but I don’t want to bore you with the details. Between Dennis showing me how to actually hotpot correctly we talked about Prep and our respective colleges. I went to college in the Midwest and he on the west coast of America so we both had different things to say. It was fun hearing about our different experiences at the prep school after so many years. We also talked about our traveling. I am slowly taking Asia by storm and he has traveled around the US more than I have! I asked him a lot of questions about the Taiwanese military, China-Taiwan relationship, Taiwanese culture, and the temples, and Dennis so patiently answered all of them. While I was talking about work Dennis mentioned that he actually learned some of his English from HESS, and that he dated a granddaughter of the founder of HESS. Such a small world! We talked about a lot of other things. He commended me for adjusting so well to Taiwan and he seemed glad to see that I am enjoying myself here. I told him how impressed I was with his English now. He was so shy in high school (tehe!). Overall, it was a great time with Dennis. I am very lucky to have connections to home and other parts of my past even when I am halfway across the world. I still don’t think he can believe that I am actually here. Heck! Even I am still surprised some days that I am here in Taiwan!

After lunch Dennis and I went to an area in Taichung called People’s Park. We walked around for awhile. There were a lot of people there because that Saturday was also the start of a week long jazz festival that Taichung hosts every year. Dennis led the way to thee very first bubble tea shop in Southeast Asia! I had been trying to find the shop earlier in the summer with very little luck, but there it was. Chun Shui Tang is famous for being the founders of bubble tea. If you have never tried a bubble tea you must. I joke around with people sometimes that bubble tea is the only reason I moved to Taiwan. While this is not the truth it certainly does help that I love bubble tea. We both ordered an original bubble milk tea and continued talking about Taiwan and everything else. A couple hours later Dennis and I had to depart. He had a family engagement and I had plans to meet up with my friend, Anthony, at the Jazz festival. I really enjoyed my time with Dennis and we talked about planning a future SJP reunion with all the others sometime soon.

Thee Original Bubble Milk Tea

Thee Original Bubble Milk Tea

Making my way over to the Jazz Festival area I met up with my friend Anthony. We shopped around the vendors that were there selling clothes. I picked up some vintage shirts and a scarf. Then we went to a smaller stage area of the festival. While sipping on some German beers we enjoyed two different Jazz bands. The atmosphere was great and I loved the music. After some time Anthony and I agreed it was time to get some food. When we made it over to the food vendors there were such long lines for everything. It was ridiculous, but expected at a festival. Slowly grabbing some German sausages and some gelato we sat down and watched the set on the main stage. The main stage featured a gentleman who had a very wide singing range, but unfortunately his Jazz style was not my favorite. Around 9:30pm Anthony wanted to leave and I figured it was time for me to go home as well.

October 19th, 2014

Before I end this post I wanted to share about my Sunday real quick. I love shopping, but I haven’t done much of it here. On Sunday, my co-worker, Kristen, invited me to grab some Starbucks with her and go shopping. I agreed and controlled myself by taking only a certain amount of cash with me. We spent time at Starbucks and then headed over to the SOGO (the Taiwanese version of a mall) and went shopping in the SOGO and around it in different shops. It was a very relaxing Sunday afternoon.

Later that night I went to eat at a restaurant called Shark Bites. They serve breakfast all day long. Not preparing myself for the size my meal would be I ordered more than enough food. It was delicious and I definitely got my breakfast fix. Feast your eyes on my foodie pictures.

Nothing like a good weekend with good friends and good food!