Friday, May 25, 2007

eurocentric


like every other countries and cultures, taiwan has its own trends

sometimes cool

sometimes weird

sometimes funny

sometimes just plain stupid

one of the latest trends i've been seeing falls into that last category

i don't know if it was copied from another country or it originated here

i do know it's just stupid

i'm talking about putting european union license plates under the taiwan plate

don't know what i'm talking about?

euro taiwan plate combo

first of all... that's just ugly

it just looks dumb

ok... fine

they think it's cool

i can understand if the car was an audi, volvo, volkswagen, peugeot, bmw, benz or any of the actual european cars

i'll let it slide

but then... they've got these on nissans, hyundais and toyotas!

people are actually buying these to put on their cars

not only that... the euro plates are blank!

just look

soooooooooo cool!

hmmm... hello?! you drive a.....

NISSAN!

euro plate!?!?

on a nissan!?!?

my thoughts exactly...

WTF?!?!

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Thursday, May 24, 2007

tool shop reunion


rich, who is from our chicago office, was in town working on a project with us

peter used to work with rich in chicago but then he got transferred to our thailand factory

when our factory in thailand closed, peter lost his job there but he stayed in thailand anyways, where he still lives now

peter had to renew his thai visa and when he heard that rich was in town, it was an automatic decision to come get his visa in taipei

it was a rare occasion for all three of us to be in the same place, so we went out for a few drinks

the guys from my shop joined in on the fun

a few drinks, eh?

try 35 bottles of taiwan beer...

tool shop reunion

tool shop reunion

tool shop reunion

tool shop reunion

tool shop reunion

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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

cks memorial


before it became history

we went and visited history

the cks (chiang kai-shek) memorial hall...

cks memorial

cks memorial

cks memorial

cks memorial

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cks memorial

cks memorial

cks memorial

cks memorial

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cks memorial
click to enlarge

cks memorial

cks memorial

cks memorial

cks memorial

cks memorial

cks memorial





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Saturday, May 19, 2007

oh baby! ..... 12 weeks


just got back from the doctor's

here's the latest ultrasound

check out the heartbeat and the baby's little dance

coolness!



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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

hanging at "mini" hooters in taipei


went to hooters the other night

or as my friends from the usa calls it...

"mini" hooters

amen to that!

anyways, i like going there

not the best food, but it's good grub to go with the beer

the place is kinda expensive but it's still fun to go once in a while

really, the best thing about the place are the girls

the girls are average looking at best tho' but they sure know how to twirl them hula hoops

they put on a pretty good show

a few videos i took...









this next video was not taken by me

just found it on youtube but i thought i'd post it since it's better quality than my vids

enjoy...



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Monday, May 14, 2007

taiwan beer bar meet-up


it was a great pleasure to meet everyone this past saturday

in no particular order...

hui-chen & michael "the bushman" klein

melissa & franc

todd

mark

michael turton

ben

sorry i'm missing a few more here

had way more beer that i should have had

can't remember everyone

if you see this post and you were there that night...

holla at me!

also seem amongst the crowd that night...

rachael & werner

it was a lot of fun

hope to do this again and often

special thanks to michael klein for the following pics...

taiwan beer bar meet-up

taiwan beer bar meet-up

taiwan beer bar meet-up

taiwan beer bar meet-up

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Saturday, May 12, 2007

taiwanese mounties

taiwanese mounties

taiwanese mounties

mounties in taiwan...

just like selling sand in the desert

completely useless

yup

your hard-earned tax dollars hard at work

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Tuesday, May 08, 2007

meet-up at the taiwan beer bar


a note from the bushman...

"Hui-chen and I met blogger Andres and his wife Karen (and co-worker Rich) last weekend. As it turns out, we sort-of "met" Prince Roy, but we didn't have a chance to talk about anything. Michael Turton has also expressed an interest in meeting Andres and Karen, along with an interest in hanging out at the Taiwan Beer Bar too.

taiwan bar beer
This is Prince Roy at the Taiwan Beer Bar (2nd from left), but I didn't know it at the time this photo was taken. I was shooting the tacky beer bottle lights. What ambiance.... lol

So, how about it everyone? How about a Blogger Beer Meeting at the Taiwan Beer Bar this Saturday evening? Hui-chen and I will be there after 18:00.

All due respect to Dr. Jerome Keeting for his programs of elevated content for bloggers held on the first Saturday of every month. We just want to drink some cheap brew and talk trash.

Everyone is welcome to hang out with us, blogger or not! We love to meet readers too of course! Hope to see you all there!"


come one, come all

this saturday 5/12 at the taiwan beer bar

"cheap brew and trash talk"

it'll be fun

see y'all there...

maybe

taiwan beer bar

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Sunday, May 06, 2007

a rich night with the bushman


i've been a fan of his great blog for some time now

read it on the regular

the one and only...

the famous bushman, michael klein

after some correspondence, we met up in taipei this past friday for dinner (some japanese restaurant) and some drinks (at the restaurant and then at jolly's right across the street)

michael was a very colorful, interesting, intelligent and knowledgeable guy to say the least

just an all around cool guy to talk to and down a few with

we had a great time and i can't wait to do it again

night out with the bushman
the one and only... the famous bushman

night out with the bushman
ladies of the night... the very lovely hui-chen and the wifey

night out with the bushman
the boys

night out with the bushman
a self-portrait of the boys... taken by yours truly


michael has better photos and a recount of the night here... http://thenhbushman.blogspot.com/2007/05/hanging-in-taipei.html

make sure to read michael's post all the way to the end

just wild and crazy

michael and hui-chen, i'm very sorry to hear y'all had to go through that

it was great to meet you guys

thanks again for the good times

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Thursday, May 03, 2007

live to fight another day

bye bye lakers

another year, another disappointment

bye bye lakers

i really hope the lakers can win a few more titles in my lifetime

and i do hope kobe gets one more before he retires, but only as a laker

i couldn't care less if he played for another team

i highly doubt it tho'

he needs help out there

altho' i do like the current roster...

the lakers just ain't going nowhere with the current roster

oh well, as usual....

there's always next year

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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

a rich night at taiwan beer factory bar


my friend & colleague rich from chicago was in town again

as a matter of fact, he's still here

he'll be here until next thursday 5/10

we've got a big project going on at work, so he's been spending quite a bit of time out here

anyways...

as always, whenever he's in town, we go out for a few drinks

as always, the usual suspects joined us

taiwan beer bar

this time, we decided to go to the taiwan beer bar, which is located right in the taiwan beer factory

taiwan beer bar

taiwan beer bar

taiwan beer bar

taiwan beer bar

if you like taiwan beer, this is the place to be

a cool hang out with outdoor seating area that only serves taiwan beer

i think this has to be the cheapest place (not counting convenient stores) to down a few in all of taipei city (downtown)

nt$600 (about us$18.5) for a 4000 ml keg of beer

taiwan beer bar

or nt$50 (about us$1.50) for a 600 ml mug of beer

taiwan beer bar

not bad

not bad at all

taiwan beer bar

taiwan beer bar

taiwan beer bar

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