Sunday, November 9, 2008

Accidents Happen...

The night after I wrote my entry, I was out skating again when an accident happened to a fellow skater. Coming down on the last ramp, he slid out on an oil slick, and hit his head on the concrete with considerable force. None of us knew it at the time, and we all thought it was just another small accident that comes with the activity. But when we turned around to see if he was ok, all we saw was him lying there motionless. We ran to aid him up, but when we arrived were all shocked to see him stiffened up and eyes rolled back. He was unconcious for another 30 seconds before finally waking up. He had a hard time breathing and was sweating profusely. Then he started feeling nauseaus and then started vomiting. At this time were all worried that he might be more injured than he himself though. Then he began bleeding from the nose which pretty much confirmed that he was in fact, hurt really badly.

After finally convincing him that going to the hospital was the best thing to do, we drove him to the emergency room where he received a CT scan. By this time he was puking blood and shivering. Eventually his father arrived where he was updated on the situation, and how it happened. Finally, the doctor called him and his father in. When his father returned, we found out that it was really serious. Fracture at the base of his skull, and two concussions.

After writing the last entry, this was a huge reality check for me and all my skate buddies. Safety is now a priority as we're scrambling to purchase helmets and other equipment.

So its not all fun and games...

Thursday, November 6, 2008

The Day I get to do This...

The day I get to do this is the day I start living

Hope that day comes soon. Skating has become more than just a hobby to me now. Its become something that can take me away from all the worries, stress, and sadness. Once I get on that board and feel the speed, the wind, and the adrenaline, its as if nothing else matters anymore...

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Finally Back!

Well I'm finally back in Miami after a long trip to Taiwan. The flight was pretty good considering the distance and amount of time I spent on airplanes, although the 2 flight connections in the US just seemed so...unneccessary. Anyways, I'm off to recover from the wonderful jetlag I've acquired, so I will talk about my trip after I've corrected my body clock.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Nearing the End...

So I'm nearing the end of my journey here in Taiwan. Overall it hasn't been what I expected out of this trip. Usually we have my parents around to take us to places and show us things from their past, but this time around they didn't make the trip over with us. So here I am with my younger sister, exploring Taiwan for the first time as legal adults.

There actually was not much exploring. Perhaps the exploring of
food was done more, but in terms of travel and adventure... there was a certain thing to be desired. It wasn't that we didn't anywhere, in fact we explored pretty much all of Taipei. But we were much more used to traveling all of Taiwan.

Given that the Island is only about 200 miles from end to end,traveling was not a tough task. Especially with the recent advances on the island with travel. Not
only has the subway system here been extremely easy to use, but it has become the most reliable in the world. My daily travels involve the subway, so I know for a fact that it is an amazingly easy way to travel, even with the limited English in the station.

Another new form of transport here is the awesome new bullet train syst
em that runs from the north of the island, to the south. What used to take 4 hours of driving through mountain roads, or sitting on a slow train, now takes an hour and half with the German built trains. I had the priviledge of taking a ride in one of these, and it was a blast. At over 100 mph, it was the smoother than anything I have ever ridden on. Comfort wise, it was pretty much like an airplane but with more legroom.

The food here has been amazing. I've had some wonderful experiences and some odd on
es as well. The most pleasurable was finally getting to try the famous Toro. Toro is blue fin tuna belly. Its the most fatty part of the fish, and the most tasteful. At about $18 US a is the most expensive as well. Was it worth it? Definately. With the first bite, my taste buds exploded from such a wonderful taste from all that fat in the fish itself. Honestly, words can not describe it. Never in my life have I experienced such flavor and pure enjoyment from food. My advice to everyone is: if you get the chance, take it. Sure its expensive, but if you go to a Japanese restaurant and you see this wonderful little delicacey sitting in the ice box at the sushi bar, good lord, buy a piece. You will not regret it.

In terms of wierd stuff, right before I had the Toro, I was presented with Uni (Sea Urchin) and a "special" part of a blowfish...which is poisonous by the way. The sea urchin was extremely fishy in taste. It was topped off with caviar which didn't help. However, the taste was so unique that it was a great experience. I probably would never get anything like it again seeing as how it wasn't my favorite, but I didn't dislike it either. Now for the blowfish...thing. I wasn't told what it was till after I had a bite, but apparently it was what we men would have as testicles, but the fish version. Now taste wise it was odd, but it wasn't bad. I didn't tell my sister what she just ate either. Eating these things aren't new to me though. I had rooster balls the last time I was in Taiwan.

To top off the that same dinner, we had the best Sake I've ever had. It was ice cold and had a distinctively sweeter taste than other Sakes I've had. Later that night, we had some Vodka with lime. Perhaps my favorite drink at this point of my life.

That was an interesting night. Most of the time however, food
was typical Taiwanese. Lots of pork, bamboo shoots, and sea food. Most unique about Taiwan is their night markets. You can spend a whole night trying different foods from stand to stand, without spending more than $10. is that cheap here. If your a food officionado, then look no further than Taiwan.

Japanese food is really cheap here. In fact, probably the cheapest in the world. Even the Japanese cannot match Taiwan in price. $1 for 4 pieces of salmon sashimi? Absolutely unheard of anywhere else. 5 of us went to eat sushi, and only spent about $30, and came out extremely satisfied in terms of the volume of fish we just consumed. However, the one draw back to this is that I'm starting to get sick of it. What was once my favorite delicacey and something I would
spoil myself with, has become nothing more than just "something around the corner". So I'm giving it a break when I get back to the States. Perhaps I'll get my appetite back.

Things I miss most about food in the States. Well burgers for one. Beef just doesn't seem to be a common meat used. Last but not least, its gotta be cheese. No body eats cheese here at all. Sure its on pizzas, but cheese is everywhere in the States, and boy
do I miss it. In fact, tomorrow I'm going to McDonalds for a Big Mac. Probably the only thing thats the same on the menu here and in the US. That and fries of course.

Anyways, that it for food. Another post later on for travels and places we visited.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008


Its really odd when I log onto google from here and all the text is in Chinese instead of English...

Friday, April 25, 2008


So today I start my summer vacation. Its been a long semester, but when I start to think about it, school seems to get by quicker and quicker as each year goes by. Does this mean life is gonna feel shorter as I age?
Anyways, the semester is a success. I passed all my classes, and final exams went by in a breeze. Now I get to relax and hangout with people in Orlando till I have to head back to Miami, in preparation for my trip to Taiwan.
Its going to be an interesting trip indeed. Its been 4 years since the last time I visited, and a lot can happen in those 4 years. With the passing of my Uncle last summer, we all knew that it can happen at any time. So visiting the relatives has taken top priority this summer. I will not be taken any summer classes or working. Just going to go to Taiwan and spend time with the family, see my grandparents, and enjoy the atmosphere.
I've recently gotten in contact with my cousin in Taiwan through facebook. Through her I got to see pictures of the family. Boy has things changed. My younger cousins who used to look like children, now look like young adults. My darling nephews have grown so much. My one year old nephew is now 4, and he has a younger brother.
I'll also have the chance to experience teaching in a foreign country. Its kind of nerve racking trying to think up of a lesson plan for Taiwanese 1st graders. Thankfully I'm only teaching English, and if all goes right, it should be a joy to teach these students.
Anyways, I'm glad its finally the summer. The weather is getting warmer, and the shorts are coming out of the closet again. Mornings aren't cold anymore; I used to have to wear a sweater to go to my 9am class. Now I don't have to worry about waking up that early, and looking like a surf bum.
This summer should be amazing!

Thursday, April 3, 2008

21st Birthday!

I'd like to thank everyone for a wonderful birthday weekend! Hurray for my 21st with no alcohol :D
We had a puppy party, and went to Aquatica!
More pics here.