Anyhow, yesterday (5.9.10). Did the usual morning market-grind-read thing but spent a lot of time at a local air conditioned coffee shop. Rather nice. I can see myself going there on a semi-regular basis to read and grade homework. What else was new...Oh! I did laundry for the first time! Well, I didn't so much do it myself but I brought it to a laundry shop and they did it for me! About two hours turnover and 3 bucks. Not a bad deal although I think I will consider doing my own at the apartment. We have a washer but no dryer....I usually hate the stiff, starchy feel of air-dried clothes but will revisit this at a later date.
Oh yah! I also met my brother's girlfriend, Corinne. Nice gal and she, somehow, seems to like my brother. Go figure. :P
Grabbed dinner with Daryl, his wife Anita, their ADORABLE 4 year old daughter Andrea, my bro, his gf and a friend of Anita's. The original plan was to get hot pot but the restaurant screwed up the reservation. We ended up at a Taiwanese steakhouse restaurant which I have been to in the past. It's all right, not my favorite experience of all time especially given 550NT (about $18) price. In America this would be a crazy bargain but I usually buy a $1 night-market dinner and the steakhouse was not worth 18x the price. I suppose it's a once in a while thing for my bro's b-day so I guess it's okay. The world doesn't revolve around me. Although it should, it should. :)
Pictures. As usual, hover over "notes" for captions:
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A few videos. The first is the interior of the chao fan shop I go to. Stark and utilitarian but it does the trick:
The second vid is the interior of the coffee shop: