Taiwan: A Guide for Typhoon Days : What are you going to do with yourself?

There comes a time for any individual living and working abroad, that crappy weather is going to come your way. In the case of Taiwan, it’s bound to come in the form of torrential rain and typhoons.

1. Make Sure You’re Actually Off Work: Now this may seem obvious, but each county and district will announce their school and business closures at different times (some way too early, while others will have you driving through the storm to get to that 7pm class and announce the closure, just as you have arrived). Your school or your place of employment will probably send you an email to let you know, but there’s no need to sit around waiting for that, when you can head over here to the government website and check it out yourself http://www.dgpa.gov.tw/ndse.html

2. Someone Needs to Make a Decision: Lets be real. Most of you aren’t all that interested in organizing anything. You’re more than happy to tag along and join in the fun somewhere, but you’re not usually the one to throw ideas out there. Dude, it’s going to start raining at any minute (if it hasn’t already) and if you want to get a group of people together, it’s a lot easier when people can actually get out on their scooters and make it to your house. So, suck it up and make a couple calls. It’s not like you need to have a plan. There won’t be much to do anyways, but at least everyone will be in one place and you can go from there.

3. Drinking Games Are Always A Viable Option: If you’ve already ticked off sections one and two of this list, it’s time for the fun to begin. Kings, Flip Cup, Beer Pong and even various board games (Twister and Monopoly) can be made into a debaucherous adventure. If you’re considering Beer Pong, but hate dealing with a dirty drink, make sure you follow the development on this fantastic invention dubbed “Slip-Cup” and say goodbye to dirty balls forever http://www.foodbeast.com/news/beer-pong-fixed/

4. 7-11 Pub Crawl: For those not living in Taiwan, this may seem like a weird one. Drinking in public, while not always the best idea around your school /place of employment (where your students may be shopping) is completely legal. What better place to pick up a road brew then your local 7-11 or Family Mart. In Taiwan, these places often come decked out with outdoor patio furniture and umbrellas. They have indoor seating for coffee lovers, the multitude of microwavable meal goers, and expats who have doubled 7 as their local pub. So hop on Google Maps and find an awesome location with plenty of these gems around, and map yourself out a route of fun.

5. Movies: Ol’ faithful, when all else fails and you don’t know what to do with yourself you can always put on a flick. Now don’t be fooled into thinking this activity needs to be completely boring. If you’re keeping with the themes mentioned in numbers three and four, then head over to a wicked little site called Drinking Cinema and find yourself a move to drink your adult beverages with. Yes, this is a real website

Image borrowed from www.drinkingcinema.com

Image borrowed from http://www.drinkingcinema.com6. Watch the Excitement Unfurl Online

6. Watch the Excitement Unfurl Online: While you say that you’re not doing it, we all know that you have gone online at some point to see just how bad this might get. You can check out all the excitement over here at Windyty Wind Forcast (which has awesome views of wind movement and ocean currents and The Central Weather Bureau (which is Taiwans government weather website, keeping you in the know.)

Typhoon Chan-Hom and Nangka Image borrowed from http://www.cwb.gov.tw/V7e/prevent/typhoon/ty.htm?

Typhoon Chan-Hom and Nangka
Image borrowed from http://www.cwb.gov.tw/V7e/prevent/typhoon/ty.htm?

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