Thursday, June 15, 2006

Nuclear Armageddon?

Well, we just experienced our first air-raid drill. The sirens go, and everyone stops everything they're doing. The streets are void of traffic, with the exception of two oblivious 'whities', who walk along the barren streets with reckless abandon. Apparently, this is a big deal in case China invades. Most people here just drive down the back streets instead.

Anyways, looks as if Danielle and I are going to accept 'office' jobs, consulting for english learners (it's not teaching, but sort of tutoring) which require a strict dress code. It's easy work, and close by, so we're not going to stress trying to find 'good' jobs...pay is okay, so we're happy.

We'll keep you posted.


6 comments:

another-freak said...

Air raid?? I had no idea they had that sort of thing in Taiwan. how crazy is that???

The jobs sound okay, but will you make enough money to get a good place to live? Obviously you don't neet a palace or anything, but I hope that it will be neat and in a nice enough area.

Good luck!

James said...

Jobs we're looking at pay in the range of $60,000 per month (for each of us). Rent will typically be between $7500 and $15000 (if we try and find something amazing). So, rent will amount to between 6% and 12% of our income. While in Ottawa, we were paying about 20% of our income to rent. Now, food here, well, you know about that.

geekymarie said...

wow. at that rate you'll be millionaires in no time (at least in Taiwan money)

Air raids sound kind of scary. But as long as you duck and cover you should be alright.

another-freak said...

That's right. It's all about the ol' duck 'n cover. That'll save us all someday! you wait and see!!

Essie said...

The pay sounds great! Do you get benefits?

How frequent are these air raids? And how long have they been going on? It seems to me that Taiwan has been waiting for China to invade ever since the Communists took power in mainland China in -- wait a minute while I look this up -- 1949. That's a long time to have air raids . . .

James said...

No need for benefits. Nationalized healt care. 50% employer paid. Going to a doctor is so cheap here. About $15 CDN ($500 TND) to see a doctor without being on the plan, and $7 CDN if you are on the plan....

Air raid drills since about 2002 (when the US invaded Iraq). They also practice them in China.