Well, not really officially the last day since we’re having a camp here next whole week. But it can be the last day of meeting students and some teachers here.
I woke up at 6 am as usual and had fried chicken sandwich with Thai milk tea that prepared by my host mother. I haven’t prepared my breakfast for few days so far… no more fried eggs in the morning. We, Kanchih and I came to school early today, 7.20 am. I didn’t work on my diary as I always do, but took a walk around school, watched fifth graders exercised and took some pictures. When Anne arrived, Kanchih, Anne and I talked about this weekend’s trip. Here’s the solution.
Today, Friday afternoon, we’re going to Chihkan Tower, Grand Mazu Temple, Hai An Road, Shennong Street, Zhengxing Street, Confucius Temple, maybe Hayashi department store, Great South Gate and Da Dong night market. My host father is going to take us there and back.
On Saturday, we’re going to take a bus directly from a bus stop nearby our houses, Madou to YuJing and probably spend whole day there.
On Sunday, we’re Taijiang National park and Anping fort (again) with Lili. I hope that I can wake up late today since I really need to… LOL we’re going to have whole week camp and I’m supposed to have a long rest right!
After we’re done with our plans, today has a free market in our school. Normally, students and some parent’s students bring some thing they have and want to sell today and if I don’t misunderstand, they do this for charity. It’s like a second-handed night market, but you don’t sell it for yourself but other people. I bought a bunch of hair band for my host sister, Ferniza, costed 5 dollars. The fifth grade teacher gave me one pencil with “I’m sleepy” in English and Chinese on.
Well, I also did a bad thing today. When I was with John watching other people playing game in front of fifth grade classroom. I asked if he wanted to play it, and he said yes but he didn’t have money. So…. I offered him five dollars and he refused. I was reckless that I shouldn’t have done that, at the time I just wanted to help him have some fun.
The free market made me think about a friend of mine named Irin or Tangma. She is my bestfriend since when we were in grade 6th and when our school had this kind of market, she usually brought tons of stuffs to sell such as her novels, toys , glasses and even snacks. The only different between the free market here and in my school was that we didn’t do it for charity, we did it by ourselves.
After spending there for awhile, Anne and I gave the teachers the souvenirs we brought from Canada and Thailand. I brought key chains and magnets with some famous places in Thailand and Anne brought a card with Canada flag on the other side and her autograph. I got Queen!! hehe
There is no class today I assume, so Anne, other teachers and I just spent time in the office. One teacher also gave me a big bag of different breads inside telling me that you can take them to home. Because I couldn’t resist with my hungry, I finished one at 11 am and it tasted quite nice. My host father said we’re going to leave around 11.40. I’m wondering what I’m supposed to do right now… should I say goodbye to the children? Who I won’t meet again next week? …
We left the school around noon without saying goodbye to any students.
Yes, we really did that.
I honestly wanted to say it to some students, but I also think it’s going to be awkward, emotional and because my host father was in a hurry to take Jimmy and Ferniza at school and get home. After that he took my host mom, Jimmy, Ferniza and Buting to her brother’s house, he took Anne and I to Tasty restaurant at Deco Home department store(if I’m not wrong) It’s something like IKEA to have lunch with other teachers. The people who sat next to me were Anne and the soldier who I forgot his name again.
We had some kind of menu set at Tasty restaurant today. Basically, we just need to select what we want to eat in each category, appetizer, salad, main dish, Antipasto, Soup, dessert and soft drink. I ordered Roast chicken as a main dish, potato salad, gratined mushrooms and baked toasts as antipasto, seafood soup, raspberry panna cotta and milk tea with popcorn as a soft drink. They provide appetizer and passion fruit as a drink too. After we’re done, we’re really full and Anne and I did a surveillant form. The funny thing was that we’ve only got one form so we decided to do it together and signed our mixed names as “Anne Pornpitakkul”.
The environment and taste of food there were good, but the company is the best. They, Anne and other teacher were surprised that I don’t like fried chicken skin. Anne said it’s the best part of the chicken and “You don’t have chicken skin … we can’t be friends anymore” LOL
Then the principle took Anne and I to Great South Gate. Then we moved to Confucius Temple where the ticket costed 25 dollars, the old street in front of the temple. I also experienced myself today there by buying spicy meat ice cream…. It’s totally not worth of my 50 dollars… It’s ice cream right? why do you smell pork-liked? the worst thing was that there was a real pork meat mixed with the ice cream. I threw it away when we were walking to Hiyashi department store.
Before throwing it, I spat the ice cream to my leg and it’s so bad experience. Actually, it’s our second time here at Hiyashi department store. The last time we went is with Andrew, but we only walked in first floor. There are six floor here and I think the other floors besides the first one is pretty nice. They sells clothes, some arts, postcards, so many interesting stuffs but I didn’t buy anything since it’s quite too expensive. The highest floor is the cafe and the view was pretty nice. When you left the Hiyashi, it’s raining.
Then as a plan, we headed to Zhengxing and Shennong street where didn’t have anything much… just normal market and not interesting personally. We spent quite short time at those two streets. Then we moved to Chihkan Tower, where I went already with my brother on our last Taiwan trip to try coffin cake. Honestly, it’s so so nothing special… maybe because I’m still full from the big lunch at Tasty restaurant. And then Grand Mazu Temple where is really near. Anne and I tried to find one watermelon shop, but it already closed when you’re there, so we took a taxi for the first time in 24 days from Grand Mazu Temple to Da Dong night market costed us 115 bath in total.
Da Dong night market is the first night market I went on the trip with my brother and it’s the fourth night market I have been to in Taiwan so far. First one is Madou and then Liuhe night market in Kaohsiung, Feng Chia night market in Taichung and here, Da dong night market. I’m planning to go more in Taipei too.
We started roaming around from the left sided to the right sided. Anne bought the coconut milk and a bun with meat inside while I bought fried squid(as always) costed 90 dollars, Hong Cha or red tea costed 25 dollars and one black clothe costed 350 dollars. Around 8.30 pm, my host family picked us in front of the night market and went home.
Today was fun. I thought I would be more emotional about leaving school today (although it’s not an officially last day), but I wasn’t that emotional. Maybe because deep down I know that we will meet again next week. The things I like today were the rainbow we saw when we were crossing to road, the lunch at Tasty, Da Dong night market and the feeling that knowing I can wake up a bit late tomorrow. Anne and I are going to YuJing by 10.10 am tomorrow so I can wake up around 8.
From Great South Gate to Grand Mazu Temple, we walked and found ways by Google map. I’m pretty proud of ourselves and looking forward to our next trips (which is tomorrow!)
Oh also, today is the last day of June 2017. How fast time can be.
June, 30 2017