The event ended with a nice liesurely meal for our friends and family at the Skylark Restaurant, which was quite impressive. This particular Skylark had done an amazing job of duplicating a Spanish garden restaurant inside the 4th floor of a downtown Taipei department store. After the meal Connie and I went back to her place and watched DVDs for a while, then went out to dinner with her mom. (Pictured here with Monica.) A great day all around.
Two weeks ago Connie and I attended the book signing for a an acquaintance of Connie’s who goes by the english name “Forever”. He was getting his book on pictures of Switzerland published. They had a big signing event on the 5th floor of a local bookstore, and the woman above was a representative of the Swiss Trade Office (is Swiss Embassy) in Taiwan. She gave a very long opening speech about coming to Switzerland to travel and visit, people were pretty much ready to fall asleep when she finally finished.
While answering questions about his book, suddenly Forever found himself facing a Taiwanese who had recently returned to Taiwan after 31 years of living in Switzerland. He had a few comments about Forever’s book, mostly about how Forever transliterated the Swiss into Chinese. Forever handled him well, but it was a shock to find such a knowledgeable critic in the audience.
If you have a high-speed connection click on the above link and see if you see anyone you know. ^_-
So, on the May first holiday weekend, I joined Connie and her assorted friends and co-workers in a trip to the legendary Ching Jing tea farms in central Taiwan. Getting up bright and early Saturday morning, I hopped a taxi to meet Connie and the others, and then we piled into two cars for the trip to Ching Jing. This Hello Kitty car belongs to Connie’s friend and manager Monica, and despite it’s small size it has a lot of power. (Just like Monica!)