Sunday. 18°c. Clear skies.
7:18 a.m. Alexander has just finished consuming two bottles of milk. After a week of crying after drinking his morning milk bottle I decided to feed him another one and the crying stopped. I was surprised because that is quite a lot of milk I think. But there you go. Crying mystery solved, hunger of a growing boy.
12:00 p.m. spoke to Mum and Dad on Skype for almost two hours today. Catching up on the latest weeks drama in Australia. But actually there really wasn’t much drama thank goodness. Mum picked up their tickets for their trip to Taiwan in April which we are all quite looking forward to. It will be great for Alexander to finally see his grandmother in person. The good thing is he knows who she is because he’s seen her and Dad many times before on Skype. Just as if they are living next door. Actually on Skype people probably would talk a lot more than they would in person mostly because you can sit down and can remain focused about things. And that makes for very good conversations.
Speaking about conversations, Alexander’s speech is improving a lot. You can ask him what his name is and he will respond “Alex”. You can asking him who Chia or I am and he will say “Bubby” which is daddy in children’s Manadarin and “Mommy”which is Mommy of course. He knows quite a few commands and objects as well in English and Mandarin. Some examples are “police car”, “fire truck”, “ball”, “banana”, “please” and “thankyou”. And he always says these words in a sweet little voice. He also sings the last verse of old McDonald had a Farm. Actually the last couple of words ” E-I E-I – Ohhh” He’s very cute.
4:00 p.m. spent the afternoon working on the last gadget for kit number 3. I have assembled quite a few but still trying to figure out which one is the best for this particular kit. I have created some very interesting device so far. They are all practical things that you can use around your house or person. An example is a device that detects electrical radiation coming from the walls from the wiring or electrical fields around appliances. The microwave oven lights up a bit I got to tell you, even when it is only plugged in and not operating. Anyhow I will subtitle Kit No.3. “Curious Devices”.
4:30 pm Had to goto the local electronics outlet to grab some parts. As I was driving down the avenue I noticed some new looking apartment blocks. When I first came to Taiwan over 10 years ago the sheer volume of high-rise apartment blocks was staggering to me. It was overwhelming to be in a country with such a great amount of high density housing that I have ever seen. I’m quite used to it now, but occasionally I am still amazed that the entire population of a country like Australia is living on an island that is only half the size of Tasmania! What is more amazing is that about 70% of Taiwan is mountains and forest! So those 23 million people are living in an area most likely the size of Sydney! Amazing.