September 9th, 2016 | Kim Jong McNuke

Up and ready for a new day.
A lousy breakfast.
Receipt showing the Taiwan Tax Lotto numbers at the top.
The world idiot regime.
Chia’s scooter in the repair shop.

Broken Clouds, 36°C

Minyu Street, Qianzhen District

Friday.

6 a.m. Alex woke up looking much better this morning. He played for a little while and then I gave him formula milk at 6:15 a.m. followed by his antibiotics and cough medicine.

8:00 a.m. I took Alex to daycare. No problems. It feels a little bit muggy today. After all that rain and now the warm sun is out I guess it will affect the humidity.

8:28 a.m. I had to wash my wife’s laundry today at the laundromat. She hasn’t had the time to do it. I’ve got the day off, why not. I decided to be very lazy while I waited and zipped around the corner street to have a splurge on some bad breakfast food at McDonald’s. I very rarely eat this kind of fast food as it is garbage food as far as nutrition goes. But it’s quick, convenient and reasonably cheap. So the order was 1 sausage and egg McMuffin, 1 hash brown and a cup of tea. Cost $83 NT ($2.80 USD).

8:40 a.m. I took a photo of the McDonald’s receipt. It’s still printed on normal paper, although many stores now use thermal paper. At the top you will notice a series of red numbers. These numbers are printed on every receipt in Taiwan. They are tax lottery numbers. Every 3 months the government draws several numbers and you can win a couple of hundred dollars to millions in the tax lottery. All you need to win the minimum amount of $200NT is the 1st three numbers. If you get about 4 or 5 the win is in the $1000s. More than that and you’re probably a millionaire. The Taiwan government does this to make sure businesses pay their taxes. As all customers want a chance to win money they will usually expect a receipt from the business. If a business fails to give a receipt then they are most likely not declaring their income. Tax cheats. I think this was a very clever idea. If you have a winning receipt you simply take it to a local post office with some ID and they will issued the money over the counter. It is shocking the amount of receipts you can collect within 3 months. Usually we will win a couple of hundred dollars, sometimes a few thousand. It comes in very handy!

12:30 p.m. I have a chore to do today. And that is to fold up Alexander’s baby cot and store it away. Had a few memories rush through my mind while I was folding up his cot. He used that cot from when he was born until about 6 months old. After that time he was too big. So we converted the guest room into a playroom / bedroom for him. In that he could play and sleep and do what he wants without any worries. It was a good decision for sure.

1:00 p.m. I have finished disassembling the cot and storing it. I had to clean all the dust that was left over from where the cot was standing and give the floor a good vacuum.

There’s quite a bit of space in the bedroom now and I think Chia has plans to put an office style desk there with a new computer. She wants to try to do some work at home, selling children’s clothing online or something like that. She’s getting tired of her office job. She works in the tourism sector which has had a great downturn since China stopped allowing Chinese tourists to come to Taiwan as a kind of punishment to the new Independence leaning Taiwanese government. It has hurt the tourism sector immensely for those companies, hotels and services catering to the china market. So the office staff have been reduced greatly and Chia has been shouldered with all the workload. Which is a lot work and stress in an already underpaid position.

4:30 p.m. I picked Alexander up from daycare and we went for a small walk before returning home at 5 o’clock p.m.

5:30 p.m. I gave Alexander a bath and then a bottle feed followed by his medicine. The weather seems to be changing to stormy conditions outside but it hasn’t rained yet the clouds are still building up.

Speaking of storms the country of North Korea has again broken United Nations sanctions by detonating a 10 megaton nuclear weapon underground today. The bomb used in WWII on Hiroshima was 15 megatons. North Korea is banned by international law from developing nuclear weapons, yet they continue to defy and infuriate the international community. China is supposed to be its closest friend but China seems unable to reason with or deter this rogue state. China should be very concerned with North Korea because if North Korea instigates a war North Korea will collapse when the rest of the world retaliate. Then millions of refugees will flood into China causing chaos for the Chinese. I believe the collapse of North Korea will spell the end of communist china. To some people that would be a bad thing to other people it will be a good thing. It depends on which side of the fence you are sitting on I guess.

8:00 p.m. I put Alex to bed and he was asleep within minutes. Long day for him. Daycare teacher said he didn’t nap today. And he woke at 6 am. So he’s done for the day!

8:10 p.m. Chia had to take her scooter for repairs. Headlight has blown and the start button is playing up. We both goto the same Kimco dealer / mechanic so he gives us good service and prices. Also he is only about two blocks away, so very close and convenient.

9:29 p.m. The rain has returned. The cold rain lightly tapping against the windows has a soothing effect. That and a last shot of Japanese liqueur is enough to make me very sleepy. So off to bed I go!

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