Thursday, August 30, 2007

playing with your kids' lives


i have nothing against taiwanese

heck, i'm taiwanese... but let's face it, common sense is not one of the strong traits amongst my people

almost everyday, you see things that make you shake your head

sometimes there's an explanation, sometimes there's none

ask why?

just because

one of the things that makes me shake my head really hard and really pisses me off is parents riding a scooter with their kids

what's so bad about that?

take a look...

kids riding without helmets

kids riding without helmets
* photo courtesy of michael turton

kids riding without helmets
* photo courtesy of michael turton

don't get it?

the adults are wearing helmets while the kids are not!

there's actually an explanation for this one

they feel that kids are constantly growing so it's kinda pointless to buy them helmets which they will not be able to wear for long so it's a waste of money

so why buy them clothes?

exactly

how much is a helmet in taiwan anyways?

a few hundred ntd's (new taiwan dollars, which is about nt$32 to us$1)

fuck, even if it was a few thousand dollars and had to buy them often, i would definitely spend the money

a few thousands dollars for your kid's life?

i say that's not a bad deal

not bad at all

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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

baby's home


baby's home

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Sunday, August 19, 2007

chinese valentine's with spicygirl & prince roy


hung out with melissa and franc today at le ble d'or

le ble d'or micro brewery
the 2 litre pint aka the penguin

hanging with melissa & franc

hanging with melissa & franc
l to r: melissa, franc, yours truely & the wife karen


it was just something spontaneous that just happened to happen on valentine's day

we didn't plan this ahead of time nor did we (wifey & i) planned on celebrating the day

yes, you heard right

valentine's day... in august!

for those who don't know, today was chinese valentine's day

for those wondering... yes, taiwan also celebrates the 2/14 valentine's day

yes, in both occasions the guys are suppose to give gifts to the girls

there's also a third valentine's day in taiwan that's called white valentine's day where the girls are suppose to give guys gifts

well, what do you know? that's hardly ever celebrated nor does it get much coverage in the media

yup, that is fair! :(

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simpsonized


one of my favorite tv shows of all time is the simpsons

whenever someone in taiwan asks me what show i miss the most, i always answer the simpsons

i'd say they've always been pretty popular but they've somewhat fallen off the past few years

however, with the release of their recent movie, they are suddenly popular and mainstream again

one of the popular things to do on the net now is to simpsonize yourself

with today being a typhoon day and me stuck at home with nothing better to do, i gave it a shot...

wifey and i

simpsonized

what do you think?

go and give it a try too

d'oh!

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Saturday, August 18, 2007

oh baby! ..... 25 weeks


can't believe we are already at 25 weeks

we still feel like wifey just got pregnant not too long ago

here's the latest ultrasound of our baby which was taken last saturday (at 24 weeks)...



unfortunately, the video and ultrasound this time wasn't very clear, especially the 3d portion because the baby was leaning up against wifey's belly wall

however, it was pretty clear and evident (around the 3:38 to 3:30 time) that we are having a girl

ok, we can buy some pink stuff now

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Friday, August 17, 2007

hours before typhoon sepat


the sky was just beautiful and as blue as it could get with barely any clouds around

unfortunately i didn't have a camera with me to take pictures but you can get an idea here, courtesy of carrie

later on the day, you could just see these huge grey clouds starting to move in and slowly blanket the sky

it was a pretty cool sight... half the sky was blue while the other half was covered in storm-like clouds

finally got a hold of a camera so i tried to take a video but it was a little bit too late

the sky was almost completely covered by clouds already but you can still somewhat see the sun and clear sky in the distance



the wind was starting to pick up pretty good too which you can obviously hear in the video

video taken outside my work in tucheng

sorry, not the best video but you can get a slight idea

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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

typhoon sepat


typhoon sepat

yes, another typhoon

it really isn't all that surprising since this is typhoon season

in fact, we've had much less typhoon activities this year than before

not that i'm complaining

there's already a lot of damages and floods down in the south from all the heavy rain they've had this past week

hopefully this typhoon does worsen the situation nor cause any more damages

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attacked by my nephew


my 8 month old nephew ethan came over last night and was hanging out in my room for quite a while

we got him to try out the superman undie that i bought a while ago

i then took out my camera to take a few pics of him...

my 8 month old nephew ethan

as soon as he saw the camera, he jumped up, spat out his pacifier and came after it!

my 8 month old nephew ethan

my 8 month old nephew ethan

my 8 month old nephew ethan

my 8 month old nephew ethan

my 8 month old nephew ethan

a very active kid

more than a handful

gonna be really tiring chasing after him when learns to walk and run

he's sure come a long way...

my nephew ethan at birth

my nephew ethan at birth

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Wednesday, August 08, 2007

happy father's day


happy father's day

happy father's day to all the fathers out there... including myself :P (yea, yea... officially i'm not a father yet, but technically i am, so i'll take it)

oh, those of you outside of taiwan probably just made a funny face and asked yourselves "father's day???"

yup, 8/8 is father's day here in taiwan

the reason is because 8 is pronounced like "pa" in mandarin, so 88 sounds like "papa", therefore 8/8 is father's day

to my old man, happy father's day dad

thanks for everything

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typhoon wutip


just when we thought we dodged a bullet when pabuk changed courses last minute and went south around the island, here comes wutip.....

typhoon wutip

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Tuesday, August 07, 2007

torn vertebra


i've been having back lower back pains for years now

it seems to have gotten worse this year as i can feel the pains more intensely and more often

i finally gave up and went to see a doctor last week

took some x-rays and the results were unfavorable

it turns out i have a deformed spine and a tear on the vertebra which is known as facet joint syndrome

facet joint syndrome

i knew there was something wrong with my back but this is pretty unnerving and upsetting

how did it get so bad?

probably a combination of an old injury from playing soccer and basketball when i was younger, a job in my early 20's that involved a lot of heavy lifting and the thousands and thousands of hours sitting in front of the computer

oh, the heavy drinking since my high school years probably didn't help the cause either

what can be done?

at this point..... nothing

doc says people with my condition have different results

some will need surgery when older (whether successful or not, that's another story), some are confined to a wheelchair and some go through life without any issues

basically, i can't make it better but i can help it deteriorate slower by leading a "healthier" life

regular exercise and less drinking would be a good start

now, where did i place my beer?

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typhoon pabuk


typhoon pabuk

here we go

looks like this one is coming right through

get ready folks

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Sunday, August 05, 2007

canon 400d or nikon d80?


canon 400d or nikon d80?

with a baby on the way, i've been wanting to upgrade my point and shoot digi cam

was thinking about getting a dslr and a dv

if i had it my way, i would get both but the wifey said i can only get one

hey, gotta listen to the wife!

after much consideration and mainly because i can already take video with my current point & shoot digi cam, i decided i want to get a dslr

but which one?

definitely nothing too professional and/nor too expensive

so, looking at a few of the "beginners" dslr's in the market it's come down to two choices

the canon 400d and the nikon d80

but which one?

i really don't know for sure yet but the bushman wrote a very informative and helpful post on the subject

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Wednesday, August 01, 2007

chulinshan kuanyin temple in linkou


wifey and i like going to temples all the time

one of the temples we frequent the most is the chulinshan kuanyin temple in linkou, which is where we went this past saturday...

chulinshan kuanyin temple in linkou

chulinshan kuanyin temple in linkou

chulinshan kuanyin temple in linkou

chulinshan kuanyin temple in linkou

chulinshan kuanyin temple in linkou

chulinshan kuanyin temple in linkou

chulinshan kuanyin temple in linkou

chulinshan kuanyin temple in linkou

chulinshan kuanyin temple in linkou

chulinshan kuanyin temple in linkou
ice cream vendor selling the famous "papu"

chulinshan kuanyin temple in linkou

chulinshan kuanyin temple in linkou
i've been coming to this temple for years now and this construction have been like this all this time. i don't know what's going on there, but i'm assuming it was "legal" when they first started, then through elections local officials have changed since then therefore haulting the construction and deeming it illegal because the new officials did not get the "bonus" that approved the construction in the first place. yup, that's taiwan politics for ya. nice and corrupt. lots of half finished buildings all over taiwan because of the same reason.

chulinshan kuanyin temple in linkou

chulinshan kuanyin temple in linkou

chulinshan kuanyin temple in linkou

chulinshan kuanyin temple in linkou

chulinshan kuanyin temple in linkou

chulinshan kuanyin temple in linkou

chulinshan kuanyin temple in linkou

chulinshan kuanyin temple in linkou

chulinshan kuanyin temple in linkou


after visiting the temple, we went to take a look at the house we almost bought

yes, i almost bought a house in linkou a couple years ago

had my mind set and was ready to sign the contract but a few factors came into play and i decided not to buy it last minute

here's what we would be living in now...

almost home

the whole housing project is not complete yet so it doesn't look like much, however these are actually pretty nice homes

6 floors with an personal elevator and private garden

i did and still like these homes a lot

in a way i'm glad i didn't buy it since it in the middle of nowhere in linkou right now

there's nothing around it except for lots of empty lots and some housing contructions

will i regret it 10 ~ 20 years from now tho'?

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