Taiwan April 22-May 8

I’m headed to Taiwan, the small island country of my birth, tomorrow morning (April 22). I will be back in Japan on May 8. I hope to brush up on my Chinese, visit some friends and family, and (re)discover the country my roots, a country that I left when I was 4 years old, when I moved to the US.

be on the look out for Taiwan-related blog entries later!

ciao!

Cracked Open The Piggy Bank

Today in preparation for my trip to Taiwan, I cracked open my piggy bank full of 100 and 500 yen coins (worth slightly less than 1 dollar and 5 dollars respectively) that I had been saving for the last 6 months or so. It wasn’t literally a piggy bank, it was more like a tin can with a slot for putting coins in. The only way to open it was with a can opener (or a “tin opener” for our non-North American friends). I had 46,700 yen in my piggy bank! That’s about 450 bucks (or 225 quid for our friends from across the Pond)!

There is a big typhoon headed for Japan again. I looked at the satelite photo and it looks like it will be making landfall to the east of Kyushu, so maybe we will be spared the brunt of it. I just hope that I will be fly out of Fukuoka airport to Taipei tomorrow!