Checkup at the 803 hospital
Today, I was busy and missed my Mandarin classes and instead went for a military checkup at a military hospital called “803 hospital” when translated into English from Mandarin.
It was kind of weird as I was the only westerner signing up for the required military service, although little did those around me know that I am in-fact Taiwanese. I had a group of women soldiers who helped me and I think took a keen interest in me; let’s just say.
For example, I had this one women who was infatuated with talking to me in Mandarin. While others were talking behind my back saying things like “he is so cute” etc. It was a funny experience for sure. However they were very helpful and beautiful too! Plus, they taught me a few words which I would likely have never learned as I would have never asked anyone, however the words are, I think, very useful.
What did they check?
They checked my blood, teeth, brain, heart and just about everything; while asking me a few questions here and there.
Of course my Taiwanese friend lied to me when he said they would check my private area, which I believe for sure now he was trying to scare me. Although they may have changed procedures seeing as he was in the military 2 years ago. Perhaps they stopped checking peoples privates. Though it doesn’t really make sense to me as to why they would want to check that area in the first place. So I’ve concluded he was just having me on.
Quite an enjoyable day, although the long bus journeys all around Taichung were a little tiring. I should also receive my “National Health Insurance card” in 2 weeks time, considering I’ve been Taiwanese for over 4 months now; which is always nice to have.
I’m also going to include another story in this post, considering I think it is a little funny, plus I have a picture to go along with it.
Okay, so yesterday, I needed to get picture of myself for my National Health Insurance card, so I needed to find a place where I could get that done. My South Korean friend said he knew a place, against the advice of my own, where I kind of knew a place already or one of those automatic photograph booth’s which you do all by yourself. However instead, I took his advice, he said this other place was closer to where I lived, so I thought “Why not?”.
I got the pictures done, and the man said $293NT and I looked at Jun surprised as I only wanted to pay like $100NT for a picture. However, apparently this guy Photoshop’s these pictures to make the face look much more soft. (Although I can do this myself) Anyways, I needed the pictures for the next day, however the man said that wasn’t possible, after I had paid him. I accepted this and didn’t complain. Then I went to the place that I knew from before and got my pictures done for $150NT. (Apparently they bumped the price up by $50NT) — On that night, I got my pictures done and I used the $150NT pictures for the next day as the more expensive pictures would have come too late.
However, now I have 12 of these small pictures, which I’m not able to use which all look like this:
Now, I just want to point out that this is definitely photoshopped. I’m certain as you can’t see any spots on my face and I have a few here and there; which he has conveniently removed. Haha. I’ll go and say this: This is pretty epic and I pretty much smiled when the lady gave me these photo’s over the counter. LOL.