Friday, October 24, 2008


59 Days.

That's all that stands between me and coming home to the US.

It's amazing how time flies when you're having fun. (Hmm...well maybe fun isn't the right word to use.) Rather, it's amazing how time flies when you're keeping busy. Today I left Taiwan and headed back to mainland China.

I know that it has been awhile since I last blogged. The whole internet situation in Taiwan was a royal pain in the arse. Now, I'm just happy to be back in mainland China. Ironically,the Gr3at W4ll censorship is more relaxed than the internet filtering at the company dormitory in Taiwan. (First things I did here in Foshan were to check my Gmail and sign into Google Chat. Suddenly, life feels complete again :)

Anyway, Taiwan was AMAZING. The work part of it, not so much. Everything else was cool though. Not being able to regularly post gave me a lot of time to explore Taipei. Now I've got plenty of backlogged pictures and entries to write about my time there. I'll slowly write about those stories during my time here in Foshan. (Heck, there's nothing to do around here. One of my coworkers in Taiwan said, "Oh, you're going to Foshan? I'm sorry. It's SO boring.")

I had really mixed feelings about leaving Taiwan. It felt really different this time. I felt sad because I realized that I may never see those coworkers again. Seriously. My work will be all based in the US and I'm more likely to return to the manufacturing sites in China than the R&D site in Taiwan. These coworkers are people who I considered friends: they included me, looked after me, and took care of me. (Being at least 4-5 years younger than everybody, I tended to get treated like a younger brother.)

During my last night in Taiwan, one coworker treated me to dinner. Riding on his motor scooter, we headed off to an all-you-can-eat, shabu-shabu style restaurant. It was the first time I had ever been on a motor scooter; it was so much fun! And just when I thought I was done for the night, I ran into another coworker after my workout at the gym. Even though it was 10:00 P.M., he insisted we go to the Banciao Night Market! I figured, "Hell, why not? Let's have fun!" It's so nice to just hang out with friends.

Now I'm in Foshan, heading into the 8 week home stretch. Last time I left Foshan, I didn't feel that sad. It wasn't like I didn't have friends. It's just that I knew I would be coming back and that I would see them again. When I leave Foshan again this time, I'm sure I'll processing the same feelings. In the meantime, I suppose I should make the most of my time here.

Anyway, expect regular entries again! I got nothing else to do here anyway.