Monday, January 22, 2007

piggy banking

we've got 3 piggy banks

one for nt$50

one for nt$10

one for nt$5

been feeding them pretty consistently for a few months now

well, the nt$50 piggy can't be fed no more

time to chop it up

nt$50 piggy bank
filled...

nt$50 piggy bank
chopped...

nt$50 piggy bank
emptied...

nt$50 piggy bank
sorting...

nt$50 piggy bank
counted


total tally... nt$16,400

that's approximately us$500

that was fun

we've already started a new one

next on the chopping block?

we'll see in a few months

my bet is on the nt$5 piggy, since the nt$10 is about 3 larger...

nt$5 piggy bank vs. nt$10 piggy bank

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Thursday, January 18, 2007

rest in peace #6

a very sad day

only 49 years old

he's always been great to us

a strong reminder to all of us still alive... take care of yourself!

take care of your mind, body and especially your health


R.I.P. uncle

we are not remembering your death

we are celebrating your life

we miss you

R.I.P. uncle 6

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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

wulai getaway

we took monday and tuesday off to go to wulai

we had been planning for this for a few weeks now

we sure picked a good time to take a couple days off

the past couple weeks have been for the most part... cold and gloomy

the past couple days we were out there... warm and sunny

absolutely beautiful weather

we stayed at the gorakadan (強羅花壇溫泉會館)

a great little hot spring hotel tucked away far enough from the main roads to give you good privacy

wulai is an area rich in aboriginal culture but we did not spend too much time going around

there seems to be a lot of construction going on right now, especially for new hot spring hotels / resorts

it seems like a rush to get them up and going by chinese new year

plus it was during the week, so most of the stores and shops were closed

but looking at the small roads leading into the area with all the construction going on, i would hate to go there on a weekend

and i probably won't

wulai

wulai

wulai

wulai

gorakadan - wulai
front of our hot spring hotel

gorakadan - wulai
gorakadan - wulai
our room

gorakadan - wulai
our private hot spring tub on the balcony of the room

gorakadan - wulai
the hotel restaurant where we had dinner and breakfast

gorakadan - wulai
late night in the hot spring tub drinking wine = relaxation

gorakadan - wulai
gorakadan - wulai
view out the balcony in the morning


more pics at... http://andresyu.spaces.live.com/photos

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Sunday, January 14, 2007

Thursday, January 11, 2007

hello from macau... again

here i am sitting in the chinatrust vip lounge at the macau airport... again

just dropped by for a quick note and hello

hello

my flight back to taiwan is in about an hour

went to china again for a business trip

3 days, 2 nights

nothing but meetings

that's all for now

bye

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Monday, January 08, 2007

ticketed

one of my biggest pet peeves about taiwan is the traffic and everything related

when the new year rolled around, the government got tough and became real strict with it

they have been cracking on folks and issuing tickets like there's no tomorrow

i'm all for it

well, it's all dandy and sweet until it happens to oneself

last night, i went to the play basketball at the huai sheng junior high

it's in a neighbourhood near sogo and i've been going there for more than 3 years now

since it's on sunday nights, all the streets out there are parked to the max

regardless of the spot, as long as it's not blocking any entrances, there's a parked car

even the red zones

well, that's all changed now

unfortunately, last night i parked in a red zone and got a parking ticket

i looked at the cars around me that also parked in the red zones

yup, they got hit too

kinda made me feel a little better that it wasn't just me

but still, i was pissed off

yea, it was my own fault

do the crime, pay the fine

but still, i was pissed off

and check this...

parking ticket

the time of issue... 10:05pm

when i got to my car, looked at the ticket and checked my watch... 10:07pm

i just missed it by a couple minutes

yup, i was pissed

oh well, what can you do?

i'm all for this new tough strict crackdown policy

so, what can you do?

simple...

obey the law

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Friday, January 05, 2007

2006 reminisce

better late than never

here's a look back at the year that was

one of the best years of my life

2 0 0 6

it was one of the best years of my life for the simple fact that i got married this year. which in turn, was one of my happiest days of my life. nothing can top that... not until junior comes along :P

it wasn't all smiles this year though, as we lost someone dear to us. though we grew distant the past few year and didn't see much of him, it was hard to believe that he had passed when just 3 months before he was at my wedding genuinely happy for me. and for that, i am forever grateful to him for being there.

life goes on, and new life did come on. our next generation is coming along nicely as we saw a few births this year, including the following two. my sister cindy and my cousin mei.

seeing all these babies only means one thing... i'm getting old. some say it ain't a big deal, but i took it pretty hard as i turned the big 3 0 this year.

as i'm getting older, time becomes more limited but there's always time to travel overseas. this year i visited macau, bali indonesia, missouri, los angeles, zhuhai and huangtian china.

no worries, we did not neglect local travel. it was a year that brought me back to my high school and college days. basically lots of hanging out drinking and doing bbq. from da'an park in taipei city to garbage beach in bali, from miaoli to yilan... and everywhere in between, it was nothing but good times. mostly documented here... http://andresyu.spaces.live.com/photos

so that's it for now

a few more things i left out but that's what the archives are

oh, one more thing i have to metion

it was the year where it all began... yours truly

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Tuesday, January 02, 2007

new year's eve camping

how did you welcome the new year?

for the past few years...

we've gone into the mayhem that is taipei city on new year's eve

this year...

we wanted to do something different

get away from the crowd

get out of the city

this year...

we went camping

but regardless of where we are

it sure won't stop us from acting the fools and having a good time

alcohol and fireworks

a dangerous yet fun combo

new year's eve camping

new year's eve camping

new year's eve camping

new year's eve camping
one of many group pics... just acting the fool as usual

new year's eve camping

new year's eve camping

new year's eve camping
another acting the fool group pic... check out the "tree hugger"

new year's eve camping

new year's eve camping

new year's eve camping
some of the fireworks we brought ourselves

new year's eve camping
2006's last moon

new year's eve camping
2007's first sun


new year's eve camping

new year's eve camping

and by the way...

next time y'all go camping, make sure your girls don't bring any eye liner or lipsticks

new year's eve camping

check out more pics at http://andresyu.spaces.live.com/photos

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Monday, January 01, 2007

HAPPY 2007!

happy new year - 2007

good bye 2006... it was a great year

hello 2007... hope it's even greater!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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