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Absolutely Not Your Monkey

Sep 07 2006

After hearing that a friend of mine found some uns…

After hearing that a friend of mine found some unsettling news concerning a close aquaintence of hers after a Google search, I thought I’d do one myself to see what came up.

Alas, it seems I am not the complete angel you thought I was. From this ESL site, way back in 2003, a user by the telling handle “B-S” wrote this about me:

“This ignominious and obviously rather desperate-to-get-out-of-America (why? who really knows?) individual´s last claim to fame was slagging foreign teachers in Taiwan in the debate over the proposed “Taiwan JET” scheme. He wrote in the Taipei Times that foreign teachers are lazy and greedy, so a big chunk of their salary under the scheme should be held until their contracts have been completed satisfactorily!

I don´t know, do you want to become one of those????”

At first I thought: Oh noes! My carefully hidden past existence as the infamously heartless Mexican bandit El Mono Feo has finally come to light! But hold on a minute, I can’t recall ever having anything published in the Taipei Times, much less anything about English teaching, which I know next to nothing about.

Reading on, it appears I also have a suspicious, possibly criminal past:

“I think it is humiliating for anyone to receive citizenship in such a way (except an orphaned child, of course). The R.O.C. officials wondered what Locke was running away from in America and such questions would certainly crop up in your case too.”

I can’t seem to add any more comments to the thread, and my email to the webmaster just bounced back. But wow, this guy knows so much about me! Except for the thing about the Taipei Times, my past, exactly what happened in Hong Kong, and, well, just about everything else.

Next thing you know he’ll be going on about those traffic tickets…oops, I’ve said too much already! Forget I wrote that!

posted by Poagao at 4:12 pm  


  1. If one might ask and it is not too personal, what did happen in Hong Kong?

    Comment by Anonymous — September 11, 2006 @ 1:49 am

  2. It’s a long story; I was there for several months after all, but I spent most of it living in a dormitory for Filipinos in Kwai Chong and working in a shoe factory office for food money. I did stay with a Chunghwa officer for a short time, but in a guest bedroom, not on the sofa. A lot more happened, but I’m not going into it here.

    Comment by TC — September 11, 2006 @ 1:53 am

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