This summer, I’m sharing a tiny 2-bedroom apartment with four other girls from the University of Southern California. That’s only ONE bathroom for FIVE girls. We’re by ourselves, in a foreign country, and tucked away in a little back alley.
Sounds like a nightmare, right?
That’s what I thought too. However, these past few weeks in Taipei have been anything but predictable. I’ve survived the super typhoon Nepartak, drank water straight from the river at the Taroko Gorge, stood three feet away from a live panda, and experienced my first Texas Roadhouse (strange, I know).
(From left to right: Jules, Jackie, Simran, and me drinking coconuts at the Qixingtan Beach)
(From left to right: Simran, me, Iris, and Jackie exploring the caves in Hualien)
None of these events would have happened if I had not been given the opportunity to intern for EZTABLE this summer. As an undergraduate business student, I prioritize ethical companies interested in engaging and bettering their local communities as well as those abroad. EZTABLE does this by helping people create memories with their loved ones through fine dining – a mission exemplified by our slogan, “Moments, Booked."
(Holly and I going over some translations)
Now, without further ado, here’s the part of my post that you probably clicked the title for: a day in the life.
9:30 am – Rise ‘n Shine
BEEP. BEEP. BEEP. BEEP. BEEEEEP. The sound of my all too familiar alarm jolts me awake. I fumble for my phone and turn it off as quickly as possible before switching on the lights to my small, cozy apartment. From Monday through Friday, the first hour I’m awake is the most relaxing time of day. I have the apartment all to myself!
The EZTABLE headquarters are centrally located, only a ten-minute walk away from the apartment, whereas my roommates’ offices are much further away. By the time I wake up, everybody else has already left for work, allowing me to blast my music, sing in the shower, and get ready without having to share the mirror.
10:00 am – Okay, sometimes it’s 10: 15 … or 10: 30 … you get the picture.
I stroll into the office elevator and up to the fourteenth floor. The office boasts a 360-degree view of Taipei, thanks to the floor-to-ceiling glass windows surrounding the entire floor. From my desk (there are no cubicles, everyone works together at long, white tables), I enjoy a clear view of Taipei 101.
After catching up with Holly, the other USC intern, I get to work. The responsibilities given to the interns are project based. We make videos, translate the app (yes, including the terms & conditions), write up proposals, and create social media campaigns. Sometimes we focus on one project, but other times we juggle multiple projects at once.
I highly appreciate the hands-on nature of the company culture. It provides me with a more comprehensive experience as well as a way to practice my skills from a professional perspective. As an intern, I’ve sat in on multiple marketing meetings and have even gotten direct feedback from the CEO on a membership plan proposal.
1:30 pm – What’s for Lunch?
Around 1 or 2pm, Holly and I start to get hungry and begin our daily quest for food. Since EZTABLE is a company whose livelihood revolves around food, it comes as no surprise that the employees are granted an unlimited amount of time for their lunch break .
We usually eat with our sassy friend and croissant connoisseur, Benson, an intern who recently arrived from Paris. Benson is fluent in both English and Traditional Mandarin, making him the perfect translator for complicated looking menu items.
It’s amazing how diverse the EZTABLE employees are. We have team members representing countries like Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Japan, and the Philippines. I love that I get to interact with people from so many different walks of life on a daily basis.
3:00 pm – Back to Work
5:00 pm – Snack Break
Like a five-year-old, my favorite time of day is when Holly turns to me to ask, “Snacks?" With bean bag chairs, a coffee station, and music in the background, EZCAFE’s relaxing atmosphere makes it the perfect place to take a mental break.
My go-to is usually the edamame ice cream (tastes way better than it sounds), while Holly prefers the peanut cookies. On the 4th of July, Holly and I took over the café playlist and sang all-American country tunes the entire day .
7:00 pm – See you tomorrow!
I love that when I get home, my friends are already there to greet me. For dinner, we like to explore different night markets, hot pot buffets, or local Taiwanese vendors. Every night is different, whether we end up singing Karaoke, watching a movie, or hiking to places like Elephant Mountain.
(Hiking Elephant Mountain with my co-workers. Also, props to Tina for making it all the way up in a dress!)
It’s crazy to think about all the things that have happened this past month and all the amazing people I have met. With four weekends left in this city, I still have many items to cross off of my bucket list. I can not wait to see what else EZTABLE and the city of Taipei has to offer.
PS: Check out this video to see all that I’ve been up to when I’m not at work! Click here