Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Years!!!

Four strawberry tarts + four bottles of orangina + a Honduran + an American and the 101 = A GRAND welcoming to 2009!!

Monday, December 29, 2008

My furry friends

Here are my furry Christmas buddies.............. Belle the dog, Big-Momma Xioming and the ever loving Noel. When I come home from work, Xioming meets me at the window, Belle yelps excitedly like I haven't seen her for a month and Noel waits for the second I sit down and slinks into my lap----I am going miss this attention...................
Can you tell who's camera shy?

My Chinese Name

So the other day, one of my students told me what my name means in Chinese. It's acctually quite similar. It's pronounced as Ma lie sa, which translates as horse, beautiful and sand. I love it, I wouldn't change it for the world! Now I just need to remember how to write it :)

Monday, November 17, 2008

The top of the mountain.

I really did use this toilet........and it wasn't as bad as it looked.....but it was NOT "Modern!"

An organic sink--that worked

Can you spot the 101?

Mushroom Garden

Mushrooms are beautiful!

Moss textures are irresistible

A gun, a sword, some ice-cream and panda transportation----what more could you ask for?

He looked so cute and then the second the camera clicked--he turned on me

Big Sharp Mountain

This spider is for real. She is as big as my hand (no exaggerations) and I saw about twenty of these horror movie-esq creatures on the hike! Whenever I think of these, I can hear their pointy feet scuttling across tile---ting, ting ting ting----- "I am coming to bite you my darling"

Big Sharp Mountain

This past Saturday, my roommate and I ventured out with our hiking book in hand and "Big Sharp Mountain" as our goal. We had a rocky start, with a few wrong buses here and there but our luck sure changed as we got closer to our destination. We ended up catching a free shuttle from the middle of nowhere to the trail head of our hike---that little shuttle bus saved us an hour uphill walk to the trail head! Then we came upon three Buddhist temples and in front of one was a party! Well, it was more like a full time mini-carnival, but it was sure happenin by the time we got down. The parents were chatting, the kids were bouncing about on their sugar highs and the stray dogs were happy.

As we got further up, "Big Sharp Mountain," we met one of its lovely waterfalls. The mist and breeze this waterfall emitted was very refreshing and energizing like none other. I could have stayed there for hours! As we hiked further up the mountain we learn why it earned the name, "Big Sharp Mountain." It was well worth it though!! From the top, you can see clear to the ocean and across the whole of Taipei along with the famous 101. Also on top, they've created a mossy rock garden paved with green trees........


This year for Halloween, I had to work in a haunted house. As you can see, we are the cast of, "The Little Red Riding Hood." It was fun, but it can be quite exhausting trying to be scary for three hours straight--I screamed A LOT. Though many of the children recognized me right off the bat, cooing my name, "Maresa, its Maresa" they still screamed pretty loud when the wolf came bounding out----it was hilarious.........until one little one tried to save me from the wolf by nearly pulling off my skirt...........

Sunday, October 26, 2008

A little lofty

It just so happens that my little loft isn't so lofty. The first time I walked in--I acctually hyperventilated at the thought of living in a space this small for any length of time longer than 30 minutes. However, thankfully the shock has worn off and now I'm quite comfortable in my 10 ping apartment. Pings is the Japanese measurement they use for houses here in Taiwan and it roughly converts to 10x23 sqf. I made a video of our place, but I couldn't get it to download, so I guess these terrible pictures will have to do in the mean time. They really don't do the house justice like the video does, but here they are nonetheless.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Oh My Mummy!

This Saturday was my turn to do the activity and so I decided to put on a good ol' American Halloween party. It was a pretty entertaining morning but the funniest thing by far, was the mummy making game! When they were done getting wrapped up--they all burst from their rags simultaneously and starting tossing the paper in the air whilst giggling not stop--it was a riot! I have also added a few pictures of Little Dalton, where I work. I am on the fourth floor and I have no windows :(. I never know when it gets dark......

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Home Sweet Home

Here is the view from my house, I love it dearly. Not many places in Taipei have a view of green and a cute little house.

Hanazakarino Kimitachihe

This my roommate's and my latest obsession, "Hanazakarino Kimitachihe". Its the best ever romantic/comedy EVER EVER. First, this show was a manga and then the Taiwanese created a show off it--it was such a hit, the Japanese followed with remake and then we ended up making our own remake too, you might know it as, "She's the Man". However, I must say that this show far exceeds "shes all that" and deserves your undivided attention. Also note, the ever-so-lovable main characters are Taiwan pop stars, haha. Download it, Watch it and Love it!
Oh, and here is the Link to help you find it (it has Englsih subtitles):

Wong Lee Hom

This is Mr. Wang Lee Hom!!! He is a pop star extraordinaire! Not only can he sing and dance, but he can play the piano, the guitar, the violin and also do MAGIC!!! My roommate got free tickets and they were great seats! Apparently, this Mr. Wang is a pretty big deal, not only were the pyrotechnics amazing but in the opening act, he was an illustrated anime man who saved the world with his music! How rad can you get!! Oh, and he had so much glitter in his hair!! You will not only find this dashing young man on stage, but on posters selling anything you can imagine, tea, glasses, phones, anything!! They really make their pop stars work here--oh, and he's from New York! HA! Here are some of the pictures I snuck..........


OK! So as many of you know, I am now in Taiwan and loving it! I am soaking up the Taiwanese curlture and I need, no--MUST share my new knowledge with you all. A lot has happened over the past few weeks and here are just a couple of things I need to share with you.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

HEre I am World of BLOG!

I enjoy reading my friend's blogs so much so, I wanted to create one of these doodads myself!! I will try my best to keep this as interesting and error free as possible, but as my name is Maresa--there are bound to be some blunders....................