Well, not entirely.
The digital clock on the bus blinked as I boarded.
That’s early. I thought.
Other than feeling somewhat sorry for my usual bus mates who appeared to not have made it to the stop on time, the 10-minute ride was uneventful.
“Xie xie!” The bus driver reciprocated my words of thanks as I disembarked.
I’m going to buy iced black coffee before going to the office.
I rounded a corner on the right and crossed to the other side of the street – a safety precaution.
Hmmm. When did this factory close down?
Oh well I guess that’s change.
I pondered on the economic downturn for a few paces before noticing:
Why is the bank closed?
Hmmmmmmm…must be an office-mandated holiday.
A few more paces further, the coffee shop’s electric blue roof came to view, as did a line of closed factory doors.
What did I miss?
I continued to walk towards my office building nonetheless. Refusing to believe the obvious – not even stopping to see if the coffee shop was open.
For a few seconds, I stared blankly at my reflection on the swing-type glass doors. They were locked. I checked my phone when common sense decided to re-enter my brain.
May 1, 2012.
Was this a red-letter day on the calendar?
I stood there truly dumbfounded.
Another minute or so passed – not knowing exactly what to do. Should I call my colleagues?
Silently mocking myself and deprecating my stupidity (and perhaps also muttering incoherently but I can’t remember), I retrace the steps back to the bus stop.
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I hope you enjoy these pictures from my “unplanned” activities on the first of May.
May 1, 2012 | Taiwan
Side Note: This is a re-post of a write-up I did in 2012. I totally missed that May 1st was also Labor Day (a holiday) in Taiwan.