Wednesday, February 28, 2007

around taiwan in 5 days

as most people know by now, last week was chinese new year

here in taiwan, we had the entire week off

we spent most of that week on the road

took off from taipei and drove south along the west coast to spend one day in yunlin county visiting karen's grandpa

from there, we went further south and around the southern tip of the island; which took us into taitung where we hung out with ivan, his cousin and their familia for 4 days

the road home took us north from taitung along the east coast going through hualien and yilan and then back to taipei

all in all, we ended up driving over 1,300 km (800+ miles)

my first time driving around the entire island and i can't wait to do it again

next time, i wanna spend more time and visit more places

regardless, i wanna go back to taitung real soon tho'

it was just simply beautiful with lots of nature and cultural diversity

a real laid back and relaxing place

my kind of place

i'd love to live there for a while

at the moment, taitung is my favorite place in taiwan... with kenting a close second

grandpa's house in yunlin
road leading up to grandpa's house

grandpa's house in yunlin
grandpa's house

grandpa's house in yunlin
grandpa (second from right) and friends

temple in beigang, yunlin
temple in beigang, yunlin

temple in beigang, yunlin
inside the temple... "people mountai, people sea"

taitung
the view outside our place in taitung

taitung
fishing out at the end of the docks... didn't catch a thing except hooking a crab (probably by accident), but it was still fun and relaxing

taitung
beautiful beach in taitung stretching for miles and miles

taitung

taitung
dairy farm up in the mountains

taitung
paragliding take-off ramp

taitung
one of many paragliders up in the sky

taitung
a performer at the old sugar factory which is now turned into a arts center, bar and hostel. located in dulan, taitung

taitung
some new friends

taitung
some more new friends

taitung
"three saints" bridge... a quick stopover on our way back to taipei

hualien

hualien
near hualien on our way back to taipei


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

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Monday, February 19, 2007

a new toy

got myself a little new toy courtesy of my bro-in-law

just got it tonight and since i'm going on a 3-day vacation around the island, i won't get a chance to break it in

i'll have to wait then

xbox 360

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Sunday, February 18, 2007

chinese new year's eve dinner

2/17 was chinese new year's eve

probably just as every family out there, we had a family dinner

nothing too special

just a typical new year's dinner

good food and a few drinks

nothing too special

not much to talk about, so i'll just show a couple pics of the star of the night

my 3 1/2 month old nephew ethan...

chinese new year's eve dinner

baby ethan @ chinese new year's eve dinner

chinese new year's eve dinner



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Saturday, February 17, 2007

HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR!

HAPPY YEAR OF THE PIG!

HAPPY YEAR OF THE PIG!

"豬"大家新年快樂!

everyone, have a good one

be safe

HAPPY YEAR OF THE PIG!

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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

taichung getaway

first things first

happy valentine's day

yea, i know

i'm late with it

the day is almost over

hey, better late than never

valentine's came early for us tho'

we gave ourselves a little treat and went to taichung to stay at the windsor hotel this past weekend

great experience

from hotel itself to the service to the food...

just wonderful

pretty fancy and modern decor and architecture

the only thing i would complain about tho'...

hotel room was a bit too small

the best thing tho'...

the spa

wow!

two words...

total relaxation

this was one of best i've ever experienced, almost on par with the lalu

it's been a few years since i've been to taichung city

i forgot how nice of a city taichung is

wider roads

less traffic

less people

less developments

less cluster

it was just a nice change of pace and feel

maybe i've just been in taipei too long

windsor hotel - taichung

windsor hotel - taichung
the reception desks

windsor hotel - taichung

windsor hotel - taichung

windsor hotel - taichung

windsor hotel - taichung
the bar

windsor hotel - taichung

windsor hotel - taichung

windsor hotel - taichung
the view from our 17th floor room... let's just say the windows were kinda dirty

feng chia night market - taichung

feng chia night market - taichung

feng chia night market - taichung

feng chia night market - taichung
feng chia night market


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Monday, February 12, 2007

"An open letter to all the Rosie O'Donnells"

this is just horrible...



rosie o'donnell

what were you thinking?

that is, if you even have a brain to think at all

anna nicole smith

r.i.p.

i will refrain from calling rosie names, especially those that rhyme with bat and ditch

but i will say this...

shut the fuck up already

what?

you think i'm being too harsh and sensitive?

then there's this...



yup

shut the fuck up

yea, i know she was trying to be funny

but well, it wasn't funny

this is pretty upsetting

it's shitty how this gone under the radar

she needs to get off the air

straight up ignorant

here's a great response...

"An open letter to all the Rosie O'Donnells"



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Friday, February 09, 2007

year-end party

company year-end party

last saturday was our company's year-end party (weiya)

i was really looking forward to it this year

especially because they announced that this year's cash prize was gonna be the most ever

ranging from nt$10,000 to nt$50,000 (a little more than us$1,500), some being multiple draws

for some reason, i felt pretty good about my chances this year

obviously, i had my eyes on the 50k top prize, but 10k wouldn't be all that bad either

you know where i'm going with this

just my luck

i did not draw anything

yup

nothing

typical of me

just my luck

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Friday, February 02, 2007

club med bound

congratulations to my cousin becky

she has just been hired by club med

the best thing out this???

i can get a discount next time i go to club med!

yeah!

seriously tho'...

becky and club med...

a match made in heaven

she's perfect for the job

becky the g.o.

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