Amazing Year Day 250: The Spark

13 Nov

Determined to hit my 100 new book quota for 2018, I continued the quest by adding the 81st read of the year: Titans Vol. 5: The Spark. How fitting, as it was just the spark I needed to get my groove back!

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Amazing Year Day 249: Tag Along

12 Nov

Instead of succumbing to Monday’s post-work drowsiness and drooling on couch cushions I decided to randomly accompany my wife to Taipei for the evening. I’m glad I did. An enjoyable bus ride, Jamba Juice, Krispy Kreme, and Burger King later, I was a happy commercial chemical induced foodie husband!

Amazing Year Day 248: Trick or Treat?

11 Nov

While Thanksgiving is on the horizon, my soul is still basking in the sands of Halloween. Thus the tastebuds were anxiously awaiting the arrival of this Halloween themed pumpkin beverage. Silly tastebuds, you should have known better! #YUCK


Amazing Year Day 247: A Lot of Balls

10 Nov

I’ve played tennis before. Casually and occasionally. Don’t even ask me how I ended up coaching girls tennis for one season. Regardless, I thoroughly enjoy what little I know of this quick paced sport.

Today thanks to my wife for motivating (nagging) and registering (compensating for my lazy butt) me for legit tennis lessons.

I never knew that when there are TONS of balls and someone constantly hitting them to you, that you can actually improve your game.

Look out world for I’m bringing my racket!

Amazing Year Day 226: Measuring Up

20 Oct

It’s not every, but rather an amazing, day you meet an old friend in the lobby of a swank hotel only to be directed to the tailor’s shop to be custom fitted for a new dress shirt by a tailor who also tailored suits for U.S. Presidents Ford and Clinton. I am thankful for such caring and giving friends, as they don’t just enjoy life with you, they also upgrade your style!

Amazing Year Day 208: Vampire Schedule

2 Oct

It has taken 15 years after I graduated from college to realize I’m not in college anymore. Sure it feels great to work through manuscripts and piling up school work until 3 in the morning, but there simply isn’t enough Coca-Cola in the world to keep your mind, body, and soul from disintegrating. Therefore, instead of having an amazing night on this fine Tuesday, my wife prescribed me with a vampire schedule of going to bed at 5 p.m. and waking up at the witching hour so that I dutifully receive my necessary coffin time so that I can be fresh and more importantly alive. Here goes nothing!

Amazing Year Day 202: Down Under

26 Sep

The highlight of the day was visiting the Australian Office Taiwan (the equivalent of an embassy) for a seminar on preparing students for the future as well as highlighting how Australian universities support their international students.

I get a kick out of visiting embassies. Maybe it’s the security and glass windows as thick as milkshakes. I’m not sure, but all I know is I like them, a lot.

At first I was afraid I would struggle to pay attention for the 2 hour session, but when everyone has a cool Aussie accent, it’s just pure enjoyment. I could listen to my new mates talk forever.

As a bonus, I ate the tiniest cheeseburger I have ever seen. (Disclaimer: the photo is larger than the actual burger)


Amazing Year Day 200: The Lady of Linkou

24 Sep

Campaign must be in high swing, because not only do we hear obnoxious mobile megaphones trucking down the street, billboards and even entire walls of buildings are rife with smiley people.

The one that gets me is the Lady of Linkou. This woman must have endless coffers for she is EVERYWHERE! You can’t escape her.



Amazing Year Day 189: Travelin’ Man

13 Sep

Sometimes I feel bad for my students. It must be hard to always be in my brilliant and witty presence. How can they compete?

Well… it’s a different story on the court. After school I participated in a pickup match between some of our staff members and students. While I made a few shots, it was only due to my towering height. The 9th grade boys danced all over me. I sure did travel a lot.

Well two things are for certain: this white man CAN jump, yet he don’t got game.



Amazing Year Day 188: Sometimes

12 Sep

And sometimes all one needs is a simple ham and cheese sandwich. That’s all there is to say about that.