We would sometimes just hang out on the roof during the week having beers, and man chats about important things, to totally irrelevant things. It was good fun hanging out on the roof after work drinking a Taiwan beer and watching the city go by. We would mainly chat about football and our respective clubs positions and what we thought would happen at the weekends. We would take up the music when it was hot and just sit up there for ages chilling out chatting. I remember Owain wouldn't go near to the edge, or look because of his fear of heights, but I was always fascinated with going to the edge and looking down to see what people were up to and how small they looked!!
|Hanging out on the roof.|
The last place I think we went together was Chaing Kai Shek Memorial hall, and I went on his farewell night out which ended quite funny to be honest. We were going to have a wild night out, but we ended sitting in some tea place, drinking beers and having something to eat. Then we must of spent an hour looking for the pool room that Josh knew about. After that we were moaning how we can't really play games. Well Owain was especially moaning about it more than me, so Josh told us he knew of an internet cafe where we could go and play games and its really cheap. Plus he said it is open for 24 hours, so in we went Josh got us started and spoke to the women for us then away we went to kick each others ass.....or so we thought. We didn't manage to play 1 game in an hour because the place were we went had no codes for the electronic arts games. We had to sign up for them ourselves but that didn't happen. The one game we did manage to get on we didn't know how to play it at all because it was all in Chinese. It looked a bit like Age of Empires and I think both me and Owain got killed by what was supposed to be our so called food!!!
|At Chaing Kai Shek Memorial Hall.|
We decided somewhere to go during the week, most of the time I would just randomly pick an MRT station and ask Owain if he wanted to come with me, but he would normally just say yes and we would hang out together all day. One of the best days, or should I say the more memorable MRT stops we went to was Neihu park or something like that. When we got there it seemed totally dull and nothing there to do as we got there too late to go on any of the hiking trails.....due to the previous nights football night. (Actually most football nights ended up being football weekends.
|Hanging out at Taipei 101.|
|First lines of the parade we seen coming up the hill.|
|Us wei guo ren (foreigners) enjoying the parade.|
I think Owain left with Vivian that night, and I took a taxi back my home, I got of at Xiemen MRT and walked the opposite way from my home because I knew I wanted something from Carrefour but could not remember what for the life of me. I just thought I would walk there anyway and I might remember, then when I got there I didn't remember so I just walked into Carrefour and walked around looking at things trying to think what I wanted. Then I decided this is not working I should just come home and sleep because the sun is coming up....then I left Carrefour with everything I went in with, and came out with nothing new or nothing I wanted. Ha there the joys of a good night when things like that happens.
This set the start of the now famous 'football night.' Me and Owain would have both our laptops on watching different games, and we would either have a game on the TV, or a game on the TV through the computer. (Talking about the TV, Owain banged on about getting a TV for weeks since he moved in because I just had a little crappy one, anyway one day I came home from work and Owain had bought a big plasma screen TV) I still have in the apartment to this day so I have to thank Owain for that, it really improved our football night experience.
|Football night in full swing.|
We even google translated someone came to tell us the door was open, and the guard pretty much gestured it was him. That night was mental though we were up all night drinking and playing on football manager.
I just remembered about when we went out to watch the Newcastle Sunderland derby, and we battered them 5-1 that was amazing, there were about 6 of us stuck in a corner of the bar supporting Newcastle going mental. The other side of the bar at the brass monkey was all Liverpool fans and they were wondering what the hell was going on. Then we went and watched a bit of the Bolton Liverpool game, and I remember Owain getting his arse out to moon Fernando Torres and the Liverpool fans, and me blagging a free beer by telling the promotion girls I support Liverpool. Ha good times that night like.
|After one of our football nights out.|
It really has never been the same with the new flat mates, it even got to a new low this weekend just gone when I couldn't watch the match because of downloading. I was totally pissed off, it was just stop, start, stop start. I never had any of that shit with Owain, as football night took all priotry on the weekends.....not no more though.......there are more pressing matters on the new room mates mind.........anyway if he does the same next week I will tell him more forcefully because I won't let him ruin mine and Owains football night tradition that was started while we lived together. Not a chance in hell.
How did I nearly forget about the night we got drunk watching the football and we then decided it would be a great idea to stick the huge Lionel Messi poster to the wall with super strength sticky tape. The next day Jen came around and got angry with us saying why the hell did you stick the poster to the wall with tape! We then said it wont be a problem he will just come off like a good friend. The problem was Jen was right and he really didn't. It ripped paper of the wall, and then we ended up going to B and Q to try and get some paint to fix the wall. We thought we had decided on the best colour to match the wall. I dropped off the paint with Owain then I went to meet Jen, Owain called me up saying.....I tried to pain the wall, but the colour doesn't match. Even though the colour didn't match he painted it anyway, and to this day it is still not fixed. I will have to sort it out eventually but I have time to sort it out. We still have Messi up covering the wall. Owain can claim it as his lasting legacy in the apartment. My new room mate has no clue who he is, and all his little boyfriends keep asking him who it is he says, and he says I dont know ha.
|Our football night companion.|
|Me and Owain on a night out.|