since it was chinese new year, my mother dropped by my place briefly in the afternoon to deliver some food. this was good timing because i didn't have breakfast or lunch yet. she also came by to nag me about my trip, how i wouldn't have enough money, how it'd be better if i just went to vietnam instead of all those other countries (i rather go to all those other countries instead of vietnam).
i went to cvs to buy some blank VHS tapes (to record the red sox ALCS rebroadcast) then later visited cambridge travels in that small porter square mall. i told the woman there i wanted a round-trip ticket to taipei, leaving in february, coming back in about 3 months, with an initial stopover in tokyo. she told me some prices, all close to $1000. if i was just going to taipei and returning within 30 days, it'd cost just $500. when i told her that part of my itinerary involved going to hong kong to buy a ticket to go to vietnam, she asked why i'd want to go to hong kong, then tried to sell me a ticket that flew directly from taipei to vietnam. so then pushed for another ticket that would take me from taipei to hanoi to singapore. i got the feeling she wasn't planning according to my itinerary, and when i explained to her that my main reason for traveling was to visit much of southeast asia (much of it not by plane), she seemed to lose interest in trying to help me out. when another customer came in, i could feel that she was hurrying me to leave. i thanked her for all her help and left, knowing that i'd probably have to return again to get my JR pass ($425/14 days) for japan once i buy my plane ticket elsewhere.
in the evening julie came by to make chinese dumplings and to watch game 6 of the ALCS rebroadcast. working from a recipe she found in today's boston globe, she used square wonton skins and we crimped the dumplings together with forks,