Broken Clouds, 35°C
7:00 a.m. woke up to clear blue sky without a cloud in sight. Nice. It looks like it’s going to be quite a pleasant day. My two Australian budgerigars were singing quite happily. Well not really singing, rather talking or squawking
815 a.m. Toasted tuna sandwiches, coffee latte and morning cartoons with Alexander.
8:30 a.m. Despite the beautiful weather this morning the Central Weather Bureau issued a land warning for Typhoon Malakas as the second typhoon to affect Taiwan in a week is expected to bring strong winds to the eastern and northern parts of the country later Friday and Saturday.
11:30 a.m. At the laundromat again. The front awning of the laundry has been absolutely shredded by the typhoon yesterday. I wonder how long they will take to replace it. One slightly annoying thing about living here is the older generation don’t seem to.bothered by things degenerating. Many houses or their features fall into disrepair and some areas are a major eyesore. The newer areas, where younger generations live don’t seem to have this problem. So it will be a tell-tale sign about the laundromat owners if they are the old and have the ” I dont care” attitude or the new “Oh my god – bad for business” mindset. Hopefully the later.
1:30 p.m. The typhoon had scratched and chipped the hell out of my scooter. So I decided to give the old faithful a facelift. I bought some black, silver and white spray paint and masked up the scooter. One by one applying the different colors. It turned out not too bad. All I need to do now is get the seat re-skinned and she will look pretty good.
4:30 p.m. While the weather was still good I took Alexander for a scooter ride to the Kaohsiung cultural center to hunt for Pokemon and give Alex a break from the confines of walls and windows. Council workers were still cleaning up there too from Meranti.
Taiwan suffered at least NT$685 million (US$21.61 million) in agricultural losses from Typhoon Meranti. Kaohsiung’s farmers were hardest hit by the storm, suffering at least NT$464 million in losses, or 68 percent of the national total. Guava growers took the biggest hit, suffering crop losses of NT$247.64 million and damage to 1,602 hectares of farmland.
Growers of dates, banana, wax apples and tomatoes also suffered heavy losses.
All this will obviously affect food prices in the coming weeks. Hopefully bananas will remain fairly low or Alexander will get a little annoyed. He loves his bananas!
8:30 p.m. Alex has been fed and bathed and now asleep. So it’s time for a 3D VR movie.