It’s Christmas in Taiwan, which means … absolutely nothing, really, other than shopping and chocolates and a chance to get lucky for those in couples (if only for the night). Back home in Japan they’re eating fluffy strawberry cakes.
I’m still getting over the head cold OF DOOM and haven’t written anything, but that’ll get rectified. Today was spent walking around Taipei, unsuccessfully searching for a stylish jacket that would accommodate my not-insubstantial upper-rib area, then doing requisite touristy things like Taipei 101 and the Taipei Memorial Hall.
It still hasn’t actually felt like Christmas any of the times I’ve been in Asia, but that’s okay. I Skype my family twice (once in the morning my time, Christmas Eve theirs, to open my gifts, then once in the evening for me, morning for them, for the reverse), we chat, and then we go shopping or hang out without worrying about Christmas crowds. (Which is not as exciting as it sounds, as the crowds in both Japan and Taiwan on normal days are pretty much like Christmas crowds back in Canada…)
It seems like 2011 wasn’t a good year for a lot of people, but, um, it was for me, so I was pretty happy today — even with the head cold OF DOOM that I don’t think I’ve managed to escape since I was 7, despite spending various Christmases in every climate imaginable. Alas.
Anyway, it’s late, and I’m sleepy, so I hope everyone has a good day, whether you’re doing anything special for it or not.
What more appropriate for Taiwan than an outmoded reference from a Japanese animation?
Merry Christmas from Taiwan!