August is here and the first big typhoon hit the north of the island, drenching Taipei residents and letting everyone stay home from work and school on Friday. Alas, we were already on break or not scheduled in, so it was just a soaking blustery day with stuff flying around outside. Actually, it was really on and off, so plenty of times when I went outside it was just dripping and blessedly cool. But when the rain and wind picked up.... oh me oh my! It was like being inside a car wash determined to scrub the smallest dirt spots... minus the brushes, I guess!
Even though this was predicted to be a relatively small one as far as typhoons go, I'd never seen the grocery store so packed with frantic shoppers just prior. There were NO VEGETABLES left whatsoever, except for squash which were hidden behind a column. I guess people panicked a bit. It's now early Saturday afternoon and the outside world looks freshly rinsed and feels cool.
August 8th or 8/8 (eight/eight, which is "ba ba" in Chinese and sounds almost the same as "daddy") is Father's Day in Taiwan. At the Buddhist centre we're part of a big shindig is going on today with a feast and 3 hours of performances from the Taiwanese and foreign students. I'm part of an improvised Stomp-inspired 10-minute scene where we use shoes, buckets, water bottles and the floor etc to create a beat with some courageous acrobatics to round off the entertainment factor.
For the next big event in October (appropriately titled Oktoberfest) we're already planning a Bollywood number. Watch for us on tour near you! hahahaha...
Happy August, everyone! Go put some shrimp on the barbie!
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