Typhoon Trick

So I’m a bit confused. If this is a typhoon, where is the wind?

Let me back up a bit.

Last week, everyone started talking about the coming week’s possibility for a typhoon. It was heading straight for Yilan and would probably hit early the next week. Kelly, our coordinator (I’m going to stop saying that, because by now you know who she is) emailed us and talked to us in person about preparing for a typhoon. Here is an excerpt of her email:

‘A typhoon may hit Taiwan this Wednesday, so here are some reminders for you.
1. Prepare some dry food eg, bread, can food, cookies.
2. Save some clean water and prepare flashlights in case of water supply suspension and power failure. (Don’t worry. Usually the situation mentioned above won’t really happen in the apartments in Yilan city and Luodong, but just in case.)
3. Put the brown tape on the windows because most of the windows have NO buildings to block the wind in front of rooms or apartments. Tape a big “X” on the window. Take the tape off the window right after the typhoon, or you will have hard time to clean the tape on the window.)
 4. Stuff towel, newspaper, or cloth along the sliding glass doors in case it rains too hard and water comes in the apartment. You can do the same to the windows.
5. Please stay in your apartments and don’t go outside during typhoon days. Stay safe.
 6. Please check the weather forecast http://www.cwb.gov.tw/eng/index.htm for typhoon updates.’

You can feel free to check that last link too. It’s got a whole bunch of information about the weather here in Taiwan. In case you’re worried. Which brings me back to the point of this post: You shouldn’t be because nothing is happening.

The traditional definition of a typhoon is:

ty·phoon
noun \tī-ˈfün\
1: a hurricane occurring especially in the region of the Philippines or the China sea

Here is the typical typhoon, right? Looks exciting?

This actual one. ‘Typhoon Trami’ Actually….it doesn’t look that menacing.

Which makes sense, because we’re having a whole lot of rain. But if we look at the definition for hurricane:

1hur·ri·cane
noun \ˈhər-ə-ˌkān, -i-kən, ˈhə-rə-, ˈhə-ri-\
1: a tropical cyclone with winds of 74 miles (119 kilometers) per hour or greater that occurs especially in the western Atlantic, that is usually accompanied by rain, thunder, and lightning, and that sometimes moves into temperate latitudes

Hurricane Sandy. See the flooding?

Also hurricane Sandy. Destructive, no?

We can see that we have a problem here. There is no wind.  There is no flooding (that I can see from up here). Kelly seems to have called off the day for nothing. Well, perhaps not nothing, as I would have had to walk 30 minute both ways in the pouring rain in my broken sandals. I sound like a grandmother.

I feel like I’ve been duped. Although we discussed it, my flat mates and I decided that we were not going to tape up our windows or purchase extra towels for under our sliding doors. We had already purchased enough food, and it seemed unlikely that our building would have any sort of problem, as it is wedged between others, brick-a-brack style.

We had a jolly old time last night, waiting for the City of Yilan to close so that we would not have class and therefore presentations of our lesson plans today. Not that I was dreading it; the education dork in me has really been enjoying our sessions. It makes me really excited to be a teacher and for graduate school!

We got a little crazy last night. Typhoon prep can do that to you. So too can being stuck in a classroom without windows for 6 hours every day for the past three weeks.

If you’re wondering how this works, take a guess. But here is the back story via pictures and video:

Rebekah, pressing play, Michael opening the cabinet, Kim is in charge of strobe lights, and I am hiding in the cabinet, pressing the music.

We have fun, Dapo House.

I had turned off my computer, so I watched the Yilan ETA hilarity ensue on Michael’s Facebook:

Team Luodong

Luodong apartments (another city in Yilan)  brown tapes their windows while Fuxing gets suited up. 

I still don’t know what’s going on with my pictures, but you get the idea.

Meanwhile, at Guorong….

We were too busy making horror films to compete in the weather-ready competition, but we had a blast.

This lasted quite a few hours, and when we were all laughed out, we went to bed.

Lazy days today, I suppose. I was gifted with some pretty fabulous Taiwanese t-shirts from my friend, LET Nancy yesterday. I am wearing on of them now. It has red shoes on it and the shoes are 3D, so the frills on them actually are frills on the shirt. Not sure what it says, but I never really am. Pictures soon, of course.

love, Hannah

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3 thoughts on “Typhoon Trick

  1. What a hoot! The photos of your “teams” in their various typhoon readiness garb were hilarious. Is Taiphoon from TaiFeng? Feng is wind but what is Tai? Keep on having TaiFun anyway. xoxo

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