Happy Happy Birthday, Let's Celebrate!

Wow! I'm so tired! But I know I need to update! I'll tell about our trip to Hualien in a later post, it was quite wonderful!
Anyways, as some of you may know, I celebrated my 23rd birthday today! I can honestly say it was one of the best birthdays I've had for at least a couple of years! Last year I was in Brazil, which was cool but it was our second day of travelling so we were more tired than anything else. This is my second birthday in a foreign country!
I woke up this morning and talked to my mom. Then I went for breakfast and went to get my hair done... I got something akin to "princess" hair done (sheng re de tou fa maybe) complete with a string of fake pearls in it! I prepared for my classes which were ok (well except for the one that was cancelled lol... we got to Yuli Jr. High and found out our first class was cancelled and so we went for coffee with our co-teachers... and i got my birthday Macchiato hehe). We invited some of our friends to come to our house tonight, and after class made a chocolate kaluha cake, it was sooo good! We went to Dr. Su's house for dinner and had a great dinner, including seafood (salmon, shrimp, and oysters) vegetables, chicken and rice. I think this was the first birthday meal I've eaten with chopsticks! Then we went upstairs to drink cinnamon tea and have cake. Peggy even found candles that were the shape of the numbers 2 and 3! I got my packages from Tammy and my mom and a card from Johnny, who I must say, has faithfully been giving me (or sending me) birthday cards since 1996!
I got a Shel Silverstein book of poetry from my mom which was absolutely great! The poems in it are hilarious! We shared a few of them, though they usually take a lot of explanation! Peggy gave me a beautiful shawl and a flower pin.
From 8:00 until about 11:00 we had people coming and going, eating cake and whatnot. It was great fun! We got to spend time with Selina and Catherine from Yuli Jr. High, our cool friend Esther Huang, and the teachers from the Cram school (plus Jen, the Canadian girl whose been here a couple months now). It was so special to be with all these new and wonderful friends when I am so far away from my old friends.
I am overflowing with thankfulness to my friends and to God today. I hope I won't forget how blessed I am.
Here's some pictures!


  1. Hi Charlotte...
    I was just stopping by to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Hope you had a great day.


  2. Anonymous6:44 am

    Happy Birthday Charlotte!

    Looks like it was a good time!

    I'm flying on my birthday! :(

    I arrive in Taiwan at 3pm on May 30th.. (my birthday!)

    I think I'm staying the night in Taipei before training into to Hualien, but my guess is that I'll be too jet lagged to do anything.

  3. wow! that's crazy... last year on my birthday I was flying to Brazil! My coworker, Hope, who is frequently mentioned in here shares her birthday with you! How old will you be?
    You'll be pretty jet-lagged probably, but it only lasts a few days!

  4. Char,

    I've been enjoying reading your blog! So glad to hear you had a great birthday. Did Hopie remember to give you a birthday hug from me?


  5. Anonymous7:21 am

    Oops.. forgot to leave my name last time! I'm glad you knew who it was!

    I turn 22.

    I'm justing finding out now what I need to be able to drive a little scooter.

    And now I'm trying to imagine myself driving a 50cc scooter!


  6. hehe yeah, you're the only person i know whose coming to Taiwan soon :) I don't know how to drive a scooter (Yuli's small enough to get around on bicycle) but i've heard they're really easy to learn... getting used to the traffic will be more of a challenge than driving the scooter itself... be prapared for what feel like many near-death experiences... the funny thing though is the Taiwanese people don't even bat an eyelash at their near collisions.


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