I had similar experiences;
Moved to Kaohsiung, got a job, got paid first weeks wages and put them in my wallet and left them on the kitchen table when I went to bed. Somebody abseiled off the roof onto my balcony, into my kitchen emptied the cash out, but left the wallet and then disappeared into the darkness.
A month later a typhoon hit. The apartment got flooded, even though it was on the 5th floor of a 10 storey block. Apparently somebody (probably the burglar) left the roof door open and the water flooded down the stairs and filled all the apartments. Once the water was flowing over the ledge there was no closing that roof door. :fume:
Two months later moved to Neihu on the ourskirts of Taipei. My students in Kaohsiung told me Neihu was famous for CostCo and flooding. Sure enough five days after we got there the typhoon hit. The water was up to 10 feet deep, rescue boats were helping old people out of second storey windows. We were trapped in our apartment for 5 days, in 35 degree heat with no water and no electricity. I spent the time in my chair sweating in my underwear. It got worse after the water subsided as the mud and rotten food started piling up in the streets.
The scooter I had bought in Kaohsiung that I had raised up five feet off the ground to avoid the flood was actually completely covered by the 10ft surge and died two weeks later because the engine was full of mud and grit.
The job went well until the boss turned into an evil bitch and forced me to leave. I subsequently moved to anonther school where the wages were fantastic, but it turned out to be a dictatorship with Christian overtones that had not been revealed at the interview :loco: .
Also developed a kidney stone and had to have surgery not once but twice because they missed the first time :help: .
From this last job I fled in the night, something I had never done before and something I really didn’t think I would ever have to do.
This all happened over a period of two years.
Immigrated to Canada, opened my own business so I didn’t have to put up with anymore arsehole bosses. So far so good.
Despite all that I look back on Taiwan (and China and Japan) as a great experience, the years I spent in Asia were some of best I am ever likely to have :bravo: and thats why I do what I do now, to maintain that connection.
Sorry for going on.