June 18, 2012

I did actually forget, in my previous post, to mention that yesterday was Father’s Day – at least in North America.

Here in Taiwan, Father’s Day is August 8.  Here’s the explanation.  The Chinese word for the number 8 is ‘ba’.  Therefore, August 8 is ‘ba ba’.  The word for father is ‘baba’.  SOOO, August 8, sounding like the word for father, is Father’s Day.  Get it?  Got it?  Good!

Thanks to Ms Tsai at Chung-hua Telecom on Saturday, straightening out my account, my phone was reconnected, a new contract signed, and a couple of other issues resolved, I was able to call my dad in Canada.  I must say, it was a great conversation.  I probably talked the most, but hearing dad’s voice (and mom’s in the background (hehehe)), it was nice to know that they are still in good health.  They’re both slowly entering their 7th decade, and just as vivacious as I’ve always known them to be.

So this typhoon off Hong Kong is building up.  We’re getting heavy rain from the offshoots of the storm, but nothing overly exciting yet.  Although people are talking about it, only time will tell if it really is as bad as they say.  What I see on the Central Weather Bureau’s site, is not that exciting.  I know I only have 10 years ‘experience’ in Taiwan, but from what I’ve seen over these years, this is probably going to be nothing more than heavy rain.

So, tomorrow is my meeting at Chung-hua Telecom.  I am a little excited, I must admit.  It’s not every day nor every one who gets a chance to meet with the top person at a large organization such as Chung-hua Telecom.  I don’t really know what to expect, but as a show of respect, I will be awake, keep my temper in check, and dress nicely.  No suit or tie, but nicely dressed.  Hehehe.

Still haven’t heard anything more from KFC, but I suppose that will happen shortly.  I’m actually kind of surprised that I haven’t heard anything from the head offices in the USA, but again, the mail system here in Taiwan is a lot quicker than the USA or Canada.  Sorry, but that’s the simple truth.  Obviously, it has a lot to do with size of the country.  When one can drive from north to south tips in less than 12 hours, the mail is going to get through a lot faster.  As well, there is no ocean between Taipei and Tainan!

So, today is a rather short blog entry.  Not much happening, other than the rain, and waiting for tomorrow.

That’s it, that’s all… for now!



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