馬智勇的房子 ~ Ma Zhi-yong’s Apartment

馬智勇的房子
作者:史杰輝
編輯:陳玉蓉

我的朋友馬智勇從八月開始在溫州街租房子。我們的宿舍比較新,但是他的房子離研究所比較近。溫州街在新生路肯德基的後面,房子附近有很多飯館,其中巴基斯坦餐館是馬智勇最喜歡的。他通常從家裡騎自行車到研究所和公館捷運站去。雖然溫州街很熱鬧,但是馬先生可以安靜地睡覺。

馬智勇有自己的房間,跟我們的差不多大。不但光線、網路、冷氣機都好、而且也附家具,像書桌、書架、椅子、櫃子、連床都在裏面。家具好像都有十年以上、房子應該有三十年以上。他每個星期六打掃房間。

他的房東住在加拿大,但是還有一個管理員。他的樓友是從英國、澳洲、和馬來西亞來的二十多歳的台大學生,還有一個五十幾歳的老師。他們共同用浴室、廚房、露台、和洗衣機。我和他們相處,他們都很友善。聽馬先生説了很多有關馬來西亞人住在地下室裏發生的趣事。

浴室隨時都有熱水,可是聽説只有馬智勇打掃浴室。在露台昆蟲太多了,所以不太輕鬆。我在宿舍一個禮拜要從十三樓帶衣服到地下室去洗兩次,要花五十塊錢洗烘衣服,馬智勇洗衣服方便多了。他房子的天花板,地板,和墻都是白色的,跟宿舍一樣,讓我自在。廚房、浴室和其它公共空間都沒有冷氣機,熱極了。

他的房租一個月八千元,租金包括水費,但是不包含電費,他一開始就把押金給了管理員。馬智勇希望住在學校宿舍裡,可是提出申請太遲了,後來在網路上找到了房子。他覺得水源宿舍更好,可是他的房子也不錯,我同意。

Ma Zhi-yong’s Apartment
Author: James Smyth
Editor: Chen Yu-Rong

My friend Ma Zhi-yong has been living in an apartment on Wenzhou Street since August. Our dormitory is newer than his apartment, but he is closer to our classes. Wenzhou Street is behind the KFC on Xinsheng Road. There are a lot of restaurants in the area, and the Pakistani one is Ma Zhi-yong’s favorite. He takes a bicycle to school and the subway station. Although the street is lively, he can still sleep peacefully at night.

He has his own room, and it’s about as big as ours. His lighting, Internet, and air conditioning are good, and his room came furnished with a desk, a bookshelf, a chair, and a dresser, and a bed. The furniture seems older than ten years old, and the apartment must be over thirty. He cleans his room every Saturday.

His landlord lives in Canada, but the manager lives close by. His suitemates are English, Australian, Malaysian students in their twenties, as well as a teacher in his fifties. They share a bathroom, a kitchen, a patio, and laundry machines. I met his suitemates, and they’re good guys. I heard there alsoare a lot of fun Malaysian guys living in the basement.

The bathroom has hot water at all hours. I heard Ma Zhi-yong is the only person who cleans it. The patio has a lot of bugs, so it’s not so comfortable. His laundry is much more convenient. I have to take my clothes from the thirteenth floor to the basement and pay fifty Taiwan dollars (about $1.50 US) to wash them twice a week. The apartment floor, walls, and ceiling are all white, like in our dorm, and I find that color relaxing. The kitchen, the bathroom, and the other common rooms don’t have air conditioning, so they’re too hot sometimes.

He pays 8000 NTD (~$250 USD) for rent. He doesn’t pay for water, but he does pay for electricity. He had to pay a deposit to the manager when he arrived. He wanted to live in the dormitory, but his application was too late, so he found this apartment on the Internet. Ma Zhi-yong thinks the dorm is the best, but his apartment isn’t bad itself. I agree.

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