Scribbles in the Sand

All About My Life in Taiwan

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Renting the School

After a long time searching for suitable places to rent for the school, we finally decided on leasing out a flat we found a while back. It’s been incredibly difficult finding suitable places which meet the required fire safety precautions including two fire exits (front and back) and no illegal structures added on. The place has one large classroom, two smaller ones, a room for an office, two toilets, a kitchen and a balcony. It’s incredibly well located, above a 7/11 which means plenty of access to green teas (Lǜ chá) and cold coffees (Lěng kāfēi). It’s the first concrete step we’ve taken, and now all depends on the fire department installing the required equipment and then hopefully passing it. We can then start advertising and attracting customers. We’re looking forward to scrubbing the place down and adding some British touches. Saying this, the majority of our furnishings shall probably come from IKEA so will be more Scandinavian looking.

We’re currently in two minds about tables. Either we buy locally, or we get a set of IKEA legs, and make our own table-tops from the wood shop, sanding them down and varnishing them. Considering the DIY skills our team, it will be a miracle if these tables turn out any good.

Today we went to the local liquor store in the search for some tonic water. The selection of whisky and spirits is incredible considering where we live. A bottle of kahlua is only £10 so we were thinking on making some White Russians for Tim’s birthday. The most expensive bottle we saw was £1,200, but it will take a few months before we can afford this.

In other news, it’s not often that I Google myself, but it’s nice to see that i’m the top hit, with my Twitter account, as well as my LinkedIn, Google+, Mendelay, and Reverb nation pages. It wouldn’t be too hard to steal my identity with all the information that’s out there. Lisbeth Salander would have me figured out in seconds.