November 17th, 2016

Learning the ancient chinese game of “Go”. My student Tom in yellow shirt with his friend and sister.

Friday. Kaohsiung. Taiwan

29℃. Partly Cloudy. precipitation: 1%. Humidity 62%. Wind Speeds 16 Kmph.

Decided to add some extra local weather details starting today so I can compare it to life in the future.

7:00 a.m. Alexander is over his enterovirus now thank goodness and going back to Kindergarten today. But having been at home for a week was a difficult challenge to get him to put his school uniform back on. I mean who doesn’t prefer staying home to going to school or work? But eventually he came round and by 8 am he set foot back into his kindergarten.

9:00 a.m.  I haven’t been as thrilled selling on Ebay this week due to an ongoing returns request from a very obnoxious buyer. I have been willing to accept the return of what he says is a defective item (even though it was in 100% working order when I sent it). But now this fellow is proposing I  paying over $70 USD for its return plus the refund of the original purchase price. The fellow has of course chosen a very expensive postage  service to return the item, I would say deliberately. It was clear attempt at extortion as he remarked “Are you sure you still want me to send it?”  but I am not sure if I can do anything about it.  I never made a comment on not returning it, because if I said ‘No don’t return it’ eBay would automatically give this guy a refund and he’d also keep the item. In other words free product for him. NO WAY! So instead I have suggested to send it  at a normal postage rate, as it was sent to him. Which would be in the range of about $15 USD (still much more than what I originally sent it though). Ebay reads all your emails by the way.  So they would have seen a compromise on my part. However I am in doubt and wondering what the next trick will be. It has been very frustrating and honestly deflating my whole experience of being a seller. I do this for income. It is not a hobby like it is for most. So I’m going to have to seriously consider an alternate platform of selling my product without having to deal with these rat bags that pop up and the criminal fees that Ebay chargers it sellers. Ebay actually charges a fee on a sellers postage costs. Quite unethical I would think. Unless you send it FREE to the buyer of course. Which is what I had to start doing to get some of the fees down.  I’ll be glad when this situation is resolved and I can get back on the happy wagon, preferably with my own independent online store. Where I set the rules. Ha! But that will be some time away.

10:00 a.m. Spent the day cleaning the house and catching up on a few chores. Then took a nap. I actually needed some sleep after spending the night trying to figure out how to deal with the extortionist on Ebay. I eventually caved in to fatigue and went to bed.

3:00 p.m. Wow I was zapped. Slept solid for 5 hours. Unbelievable. But feel much better. I have a class with Tom tonight and will leave at about 4:30 p.m. for Tainan. I can’t believe I’m teaching at Tom’s house again. It only feels like I was there two days ago. Time is really shooting along it seems.

4:30 p.m. Set off on scooter to Tainan. The sun is rather bright this afternoon. But it is already heading down. It will be dark before I reach Tainan.

7:00 p.m. Tom’s house. Private tuition. After class I was instructed in the ancient chinese game known as “‘Go” in English. After losing several rounds to an 8 and 10-year-old I managed to figure it out. Basically it is like tic-tac-toe accept you play with black and white round discs and you need to achieve 5 in a row while trying to block and bluff your opponent. You can lose very quickly if you don’t stay focused and keep an eye on your opponents moves as looking at a board of criss crossing black and white pebbles can make your eyes go cross eyed. Ha! I eventually won three games in a row and lost the forth one deliberately, so as not to deflate my young opponents confidence. Sometimes its better to let someone else win. Especially children.

8:45 p.m. Headed back to Kaohsiung.

10:45 p.m. The night ended on a very positive note. After a week of grief on Ebay from an obnoxious buyer I suddenly sold 2 more Bumble Bees without a fuss. That certainly helped lift my spirits. Time for bed.









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