September 25th, 2016 | Chibi Maruko 

Sunday. Kaohsiung. Taiwan.

31°c. Partly sunny.

Dan Dan Burger street side store. Takeaway only. Some have restaurants. Notice customers wearing face masks. That’s because they are scooters riders.
Mum and Dad having a joke and chat on Skype with Alexander.
Alex trying to piece together a wooden train set.
One of our favorite (Alexander and Me) Japanese cartoons, Chibi Maruko.”

11:00 a.m. Went to a local burger chain called “Dan Dan Burger” to get lunch. Dan Dan is like KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) except it sells western styled take out food along with traditional Taiwanese fast foods. Their food is made from fresh produce. They use real chicken meat in burgers rather than those fake processed burger paddys that are in McDonald’s burgers etc. The Dan Dan chain is very popular and cheap. You can buy a complete meal for under 90NT which includes a burger, drink, soup and sweet potato fries. But Dan Dan only has stores in southern Taiwan. Not sure why. Dan Dans logo is a Pelican.

12:15 p.m. Skyped mum and dad. This past week they have been repairing my younger sister Wendy’s front stairs. Old hard wood stairs. They had first opted to repair a step because it had rotted. It should have only taken 3 days most. But other structural problems were uncovered so repairs have stretched for more than a week. So that’s kept them busy.

Mum and Dad will also be going on a cruise to New Zealand in a few weeks time. They haven’t been out of Australia before together. So that will be a wonderful and memorable experience, especially to a land of such breathtaking beauty.

3:00 p.m. Gave Alex a wooden train set to play with. He’s still a little young but clever enough to play with it. I had bought it at a store called IKEA a few months ago and was just waiting for the right time to give it to him. Now is about right.

4:30 p.m. House chores. Swept, vacuumed and mopped the main floors. I follow the same method as mom did it. Using same cleaning floor bleach and water measures. I figured for the years she had done it she must have come up with the best routine. So I do the same. The house is done in less than 10 minutes.

5:00 p.m. Typhoon Megi is continuing towards Taiwan and is packing maximum sustained winds of 35 km per second and its radius has expanded to 180 km and could further increase to 220 km, posing a serious threat to all parts of Taiwan, the weather bureau has said.

A sea warning for typhoon Megi is likely to be issued at around 23:30 tonight, while a land warning is expected Monday morning.

I am still hopeful I have class tomorrow. Tomorrow (Monday) I have my longest hours. If they issue another Typhoon day off I will be very annoyed.

5:30 p.m. Decided to fill the scooter tank incase there is some kind of rush tomorrow. Cost me $110 NT. Good to go.

6:30 p.m.  Alex had his dinner while watching a Japanese children’s cartoon called Chibi Maruko. (pronounced: Chee Be ~ Mar Roo Ko) Maruko is a precocious and kind-hearted elementary school student who lives with her family in Shizuoka, Japan.

Each episode of Maruko follows a simple plot: Maruko goes to a farm with her grandfather, Maruko’s classmate learns to ride a bike, Maruko and her sister sing in a town competition and so on. But Maruko’s wild imagination always makes things more dramatic—and more fun, too! Even without knowledge of Japanese or Chinese (it’s presented in chinese in Taiwan of course) you can still understand what’s going on by Maruko’s actions and surroundings. Maruko also has a very catchy and cheerful theme song that I often sing to myself on sunny days. Funny, the things

8:00 p.m. Put Alexander to bed. Tomorrow he needs to return to the eye doctor in the morning for a follow-up checkup. He still has some conjunctivitis, so we will go early before I go to work. So it’s goodnight!


2 thoughts on “September 25th, 2016 | Chibi Maruko 

  1. Alex is gorgeous 😍 Sterling doesn’t have a train set but by the way he loves to play with his slot cars I’m in no doubt that he and Alex would get along beautifully with trains and cars!


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