I have definitely enjoyed my time in Taiwan. Language gaps, cultural difference, and many more interesting dilemmas have put me in some weird situations over the past two years. Here are some of my top memories.
Teacher… Why are your socks different colors?
On the first day, I always ask students to ask questions about me to help break the ice. One kid was laughing hysterically. That is when he said why are your socks different colors.
Stepping in dog poo before class…
I stepped in a giant pile right before going to teach 12 and 13 year old kids one day. I thought I got it all off It was evident this was not the case when they sat next to me for an activity
Stranded in a Taiwanese karaoke bar..
Three weeks into my trip I somehow found myself standing in a karaoke bar by myself at 3 a.m. This would have been acceptable. But, the awkward factor went way up when the only person in the bar was an apparently gay guy with three words in the English language, “I love you.” I ran like hell out the back door.
Showing up to class half-shaved…
After managing to lock myself out of a house with several reminders about do you have your keys, I got in a 13 hour standoff with the landlord trying to let me back in the place. It turned out in the whole mess of trying to keep the do I was watching alive, I only shaved half of my face.
You think you can sing (Tagalog)…
On a Sunday afternoon, I ran into somebody who is barely a friend of mine. I begged and pleaded with him to go to the Filipino bar with me since most people I know absolutely hate Filipino bars and I happen to love them. That’s when the band was looking for people to sing songs with them. I tried to a very popular Filipino song Pusong Bato. I think I hit about 4 words of the whole song.
Not too expensive…
I was trying my new Chinese vocabulary word. The problem was I was saying the words for not too expensive instead of not too spicy. Just imagine the look on the waitress’ face.
What’s your most embarrassing story about living abroad?