How I Wasted $12
I was compiling some notes for my upcoming exams at home when I heard a soft knock on the main gate of my house. I walked cautiously towards the door and saw two teenage girls (based on the T-Shirts they were wearing, they were probably from a Junior College) standing outside my gate.
The initial thought that came to my mind was - “my loyal female fans even know where I stay now” - until I saw a large styrofoam box adjacent to them.
Countless of people have knocked on my door before to sell products, only few have ever succeeded. This time round, they were actually selling ice-cream made by a local brand which I have never heard of.
PSI was at a record high of 190 and these girls were still going door to door trying to earn some extra pocket money. Looking at their sweat-filled faces, I decided to get one.
"Usual price is $16 but we’re bringing the price down to $12". Price is a little steep for a tub of ice-cream brand which I have never heard or seen in my entire life, but well, $12 for their effort and a little treat for myself in this hazy weather.
Took the vanilla flavour, passed them the cash and proceeded to the kitchen. I tried a spoonful and immediately regretted. I swear it was the worst tasting vanilla ice-cream ever. I didn’t even bother to put it into the freezer, it just went straight to the rubbish chute.
Even at the end of writing this post, the horrible taste is still lingering in my mouth. And now I have to head out of the comfort of my house, into the crazy hazy world out there because I want to get some decent ice-cream to calm my nerves.
This is the first time I’m writing from my mobile, I really hate typing long messages on a touch screen keyboard so let me just keep things short.
I think I have been infected with this really rare unknown disease that is affecting my throat, it hurts so much that I can barely sleep at night. I have been to the doctor twice and the medicine does not seem to be very helpful.
Right now, I’m just relying on my strong willpower to live on. This is the worst throat inflammation I ever had in my entire life.
In other news, I had ramen yesterday. It was pretty good even though I had a really tough time swallowing.
I went for a run today and I almost died.
It has been more than 5 months since I last ran. By running, I meant a proper run - not chasing after buses or into the closing doors of the train. I decided to run at least of distance of 2.4km today.
On my route, I ran past people who were walking home, fellow joggers and pet owners walking their dog. The one thing I get really irritated about is the oncoming families or couples who acts like they own the freaking sidewalk.
Since they are in a pair or more, they pretty much take up the space of the entire pathway and they refused to give way even though I was running towards them.
Being me, I would just cut right through them and the fire in me helps to fuel my run.
When the GPS on my mobile phone signalled that I was done with 2.4km, I slowed down and continued by brisk walking. I was all out of breath, feeling like I was about to collapse any moment, this guy walked up to me and asked for directions.
It is either I have a really approachable and friendly face or I look like an information counter, I do not know. But I was trying to answer him - in between breaths - he realised his mistake, apologised and walked away.
I’m glad to be still alive.
象山 Xiangshan (Elephant Mountain) Hiking Trail - Taipei
Xiangshan Hiking Trail (象山登山步道) was one of my most memorable place I visited during my recent trip to Taipei and I strongly recommend for everyone to visit.
I did not have the exact location during my trip there but we managed to get to the start of the trail after asking the locals and following the signboards in the area. Exact location can be found here on Google Maps.
The trail up to the mountain was just a very long series of steep stairs and it will definitely put your physical condition to a test, but I’m sure everyone should be able to complete it.
Along the trail, we saw elderly locals embarking on the trail with ease. With that condition, I’m sure they must be doing this on a regular basis. I would probably do it too if I were them.
Halfway up the trail, you will be rewarded with some really nice view to keep you motivated and be ready for what is in store at the top.
We started the trail in the evening and we probably took about 20 minutes to reach the top. By then, the sun was slowly setting and we had both day and night views of the breathtaking scenery.
If you’re visiting Taipei, you might not want to miss this. This is probably the best place which has the best view of the Taipei 101 scene for free.