Can you believe it’s already August? Feels like I’ve just been writing about July (because I really was) and now a new month is here!
T and I went to their company gym on Monday to workout. I realized that they have a spin bicycle in their gym so I tried it out. I looked for a 20-minute spin workout because I didn’t want to do a 40-minute one, and because I wanted to use other equipment. After spinning, I used this weights machine for my triceps and shoulders. Then, I did some squats and used the aerobic step for some exercises as well. I also spent A LITTLE time using the TRX bands, but they were hard since I didn’t know how to adjust/use them so I ended up doing planks after.
My colleagues and I were supposed to have lunch at this Japanese restaurant because our Myanmar office’s GM is back in Taiwan for a couple of days, but he canceled last minute and so we ended up in our favorite Italian restaurant CinCin Osteria instead. We tried food from their new menu, and their food is still as good as the first time we tried it. Yuuum!
My favorite yoga instructor finally asked for my name yesterday and it felt really nice because I’m now considered a regular student since he knows my name. Ever since I first started attending his classes, he’s always been really helpful and encouraging to everyone. Sometimes, he would also adjust or correct my poses and would push me to deepen my pose, which is one of the things I really like about him. That and the fact that his classes are hard and they really work you out.
This will sound super cheesy but I feel like I was meant to take his classes. I would never have thought to take that class because I’d have to leave the office on time to attend, but there was one day that I needed to meet a friend at a later time and so I found myself in his class. That was the last day he taught the “easier” class and he announced that starting the following week, he would be modifying the class and giving everyone more challenging sequences. So if I wasn’t there that day, I wouldn’t have known and I wouldn’t have started taking his class and challenging myself.
As I’m typing this, my body is still super sore from working out. This is good though, right? If your body is sore the next day then it means that your workout was effective. Is that it? I haven’t wrote about this in my blog but lately, I have been noticing some of my transformations and it has been rewarding and satisfying. I’m most thrilled with my shoulders and my super baby upper abs; also with my newfound strength and flexibility. My lower belly is still really big as well as my calves and triceps. Fitness is a journey though, so we should be proud of ourselves for our progress thus far, while at the same time continuously pushing ourselves to achieve further goals.
It’s annoying how one of my shipments was randomly chosen by the customs’ system to undergo inspection!!! In the end, the customs officer felt like the cargo should be imported via another HS code (despite it already being previously imported with the HS code that it also used now) so the consignee needs to apply for rights to import goods under this other HS code or he has to send the shipment back to origin. Ugh.
My friends and I wanted to try one of the vegan restaurants that’s gaining popularity to see if it was really worth the hype. We were choosing between Plants Eatery and Miss Green but the latter accepted reservations and we went for that instead. The place was a bit dark in my opinion, and they use yellowish lights which are a bit annoying when taking pictures. That or I just really don’t know how to adjust lighting settings on my camera.
The food was good though. I liked the pasta (they were creamy and flavorful), and the salad (the ingredients worked well with each other and gave off different textures). The drink and the chips with guacamole were so-so. They gave us a free cake because we had a birthday celebrant in our group, which is really nice of them. After dinner, we went to the nearby Filipino store because Abby had to buy some food items. I ended up buying this bonito tuna can just to try it out.
D treated the team to dinner at this all-you-can-eat buffet in Neihu called FonFood (豐Food). I didn’t realize that it’s been a month since our last dinner out. H and I left the office together to go to the restaurant, which is close to MRT Jiannan station. I ate a lot! There were a variety of choices such as sashimi, steak, dimsum, peking duck, seafood, fresh fruit juices, Haagen-Dazs ice creams, cakes, etc. They also had lobster soup, and it’s a pity that we only had the option of eating lobster in the soup. The meat was a bit dry, so maybe that’s why. I like eating with them even if I don’t get to contribute anything helpful when they talk about company stuff because I don’t know anything about those. It’s good to hear and learn more about these company stuff though. #insiderinformation
I attended this hot yoga class with an instructor named Andy. I liked how his class is multilevel, which meant that there were challenging sequences that were divided into 3 or 4 levels and you could choose up to which level you could hold the position in. What I didn’t like about him is that he kept focusing all his attention on a handful (2-3) of his regular students, only checking their postures and positions and basically ignoring the rest of the class (which especially sucks for the beginners/first-timers, I feel like).
Pokemon Go was officially released in Taiwan and so T and I downloaded it and started playing. We went to their company gym to workout and on the way, I was able to catch some pokemons. After working out, we were supposed to have dinner at this grilled chicken stall, but it was closed! We walked up and down the block about 2 times looking for it, only to find out that the reason we passed by it without noticing it is because it’s closed. We ended up eating at this dumpling and noodle stall called 小上海 (translated: Little Shanghai) instead. We ordered xiao long baos, beef noodle soup, tofu noodle soup, and meat buns! Sooo full.
I have to write 2 reports in Chinese and it’s really hard! The previous reports I’ve had to submit for work were basic Chinese, English, or just graphs and numbers. This time, we need to write a half year-in-review and upcoming year outlook and action plan report and it has to be in Chinese. The other one is a brief or a “petition (submitted to a superior)” as translated by Google. Basically, you have to write down and provide supporting information and documents as to the topic of the brief you’re writing about. This is for a new network that we’re thinking of joining.
There’s an annoying agent who does not understand how visas work. He keeps asking us to apply for the visa (here in Taiwan) for him but we cannot do that as the visa has to be applied for in his home country. He even went on to saying that he’s never had to apply for any visa by himself. Okaaaay.
I got my renewed work permit so I can finally extend my ARC. Good thing that it only took them about a week to release my work permit. I’m gonna have to do the process again next year since my passport will be expiring so my passport number (which needs to be used in the work permit) will change. Sigh.