Since the calendar changed, I've been:
- Finishing all my classes for the semester
- Giving and grading tests
- Calculating final grades
- Trying to figure out schedules and plans for next semester
- Finding out I'm doing a mini-camp on the 21-24
- Hanging out with friends I haven't seen for awhile
- Writing and practicing a speech for a Chinese speech competition
Tomorrow (Sunday morning) I'm going to take part in a speech contest!!
There have been flyers for the competition floating around the office and a few people encouraged me to enter. But the topic was one that I didn't think I'd be able to write about: If I were the president of Taiwan.
Personally I try to stay out of Taiwanese politics, though I do like to keep up with the news. The topic kind of deterred me from entering until my friend suggested that I just do something completely out there... and one day during the break between classes I got a sudden inspiration and wrote the whole first draft in about 15 minutes!
Since then I've had a lot of people offering their help to correct it and listen to me practice, including A-hsiang, Christine, my physiotherapist, Michelle from Yuli, and my coworkers!
I'm a little nervous, but first prize NT$50 000! It's definitely worth it!
My speech pokes fun at a number of political situations that have been taking place recently here in Taiwan. I'll let you know how it went! Oh yeah, and I'm going to use a little bit of Taiwanese in my speech to try to get bonus points. Here's the first thing I'm going to say:
Da gei hou, wa shi Daiwan bi lai ei zong tong! Which means, "Hello everyone, I am the next president of Taiwan"