Sunday, September 30, 2007

spontaneous miaoli


last sunday's forecast had called for rain so we didn't plan on doing anything since we still had monday and tuesday off due to the mid-autumn festival

woke up sunday morning and looked out the window...

sunny with barely a cloud in the sky

just great and amazing weather

i should have known better than believe the forecast, after all this is taiwan!

we didn't want the day to go to waste so started to think what where we could go, what we could do

suddenly we remembered that my cousin becky and her family were going to their cabin in miaoli

sounds like a plan

called the cousin, made the arrangements, prepared some food and off we went just like that

what's really cool is that my mom and grandma came along with us

it was great to spend a nice relaxing day with family

going to miaoli

going to miaoli
took these shots while driving on the highway on the way to miaoli. what'd i tell ya? check out the beautiful sky and weather!

the cabin in miaoli

the cabin in miaoli
the cabin in miaoli

going to miaoli

miaoli
some of the neighbours

miaoli
it had been raining for a few days earlier so the stream water was really muddy. it's usually pretty clear as you can see from the next picture of the same stream which i took a few months ago

miaoli

i got caught up enjoying the bbq, a couple beers and a nice relaxing time so didn't take more pictures

planning to go back in a couple weeks

who wants in?

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Saturday, September 29, 2007

baby's new ride


baby's got a brand new ride

check it out...

baby's new ride

baby's new ride

even has a cup holder for me

sweeeeet!

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

facebooked..... again


i had signed up for facebook a few months ago but then i deleted my account

never really explored it but i thought it was the same as friendster, myspace and hi5; all of which i'm already a member of but rarely use

after getting a shit-load of facebook invites these past couple months, i gave in and signed up again last night

been exploring it most of the day today and it is basically the same as friendster and myspace but i guess with some more applications so it's a bit more fun

so, are you on facebook?

add me... andres yu or ayu112(at)gmail.com

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Saturday, September 22, 2007

a walk in the park - xinzhuang park


the greater taipei area really lacks green space

we are fortunately enough to live a block away from one of the biggest parks in all of taipei

the xinzhuang park

even though we don't take full advantage of it and don't go as much as we should, we do still go sometimes

now with the wifey pregnant, we've been going there to take a stroll more often than usual

i also go there to play basketball once in a while, but the courts get way too packed for my liking

the one thing that's bad about the park is the traffic it sometimes creates

the park has a big indoor arena which is used for concerts and for a number of sporting events as well as a baseball stadium where taiwan's major league plays games at

whenever there's an event / game going on, the surrounding area is packed with traffic

here are some pics of the park i took while we took a stroll a couple weeks ago...

xinzhuang park

xinzhuang park

xinzhuang park
pan of the track field. click to enlarge.

xinzhuang park

xinzhuang park

xinzhuang park

xinzhuang park
a kite seller

xinzhuang park
the little girl's hand could have / should have been place at a better place


xinzhuang park

it started to get dark so i stopped taking pictures

i'll be back with more pics soon

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

UN for Taiwan


i am pro-taiwan, but it doesn't necessarily mean i am anti-china

it means i believe taiwan is not part of china

taiwan is a nation of its own

an independent country

i am not denying my chinese past but i can not ignore my taiwanese present and future

yes, i am chinese

my ancestry is chinese

however, as far as i know, my great-grandfather, my grandfather, my father and myself were all born in taiwan

that's at least four generations

we are taiwanese

i am taiwanese

i love my country

i love taiwan

i support "UN for Taiwan"

UN for Taiwan











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Monday, September 17, 2007

typhoon wipha


the summer is almost over which means typhoon season is almost over but it's not over so here comes a typhoon wipha getting in on the action before it's all over

typhoon wipha

the government just announced tonight that there's no work tomorrow

i still gotta go to work tho' :(

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Thursday, September 13, 2007

oh baby! ..... 28 weeks


here's the latest ultrasound of our baby which was taken last saturday (at 28 weeks)...


check out the 3d image at the end of the video. hitler?!?!

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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

featured!


i really don't know shit about photography but i really do enjoy taking photos with my little old point & shoot cam and keeping my photoblog; altho' i've been really busy and lazy to update it these past few months

in fact i've been thinking about shutting it down for good

maybe this will get my interest back up again

i've been featured on Taiwan Photographers!

check it out...


taiwan photographers: featured photographer

that's pretty cool

i'll bask on this temporary glory and enjoy the moment

a shoutout to c.m. for the feature

thanks!

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Monday, September 10, 2007

fun with panoramas


click on photos to enlarge...

cks

a foodcourt in linkou

xinzhuang park

outdoor swimming pool in linkou

indoor swimming pool in linkou

cks

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Sunday, September 09, 2007

john rambo


back in the days (elementary school), i remember running around the house barechested, with a red headband and toy machine gun pretending to be rambo

now one of my favorites characters and movies all of time is back

not just back

back with a motherfucking vengence!



wow!

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Tuesday, September 04, 2007

ah-liu noodles


my mom said when we (my siblings and i) were kids, her and dad used to take us to a very famous restaurant called "ah-liu noodles" (阿六切仔麵)

it really must have been pretty popular back then since wifey's parents also used to take their family there

almost 30 years later and the place is still as popular as ever

just google 阿六切仔麵 and you'll see

by the way, how do you say 阿六 in english? sixer?

wifey and i have driven by it many many times and have always wanted to go but never gone until last week where they moved to a new location in luzhou

you know the place is good when you get there past 2pm and the place is packed

now we know why the place is so popular

the food was excellent and the price was very reasonable

we highly recommend it and we can't wait to take our parents back

ah-liu noodles
ah-liu

ah-liu noodles
their famous soup noodles

ah-liu noodles
wifey had the noodles in "dry" form, so without the soup

ah-liu noodles
fish skin

ah-liu noodles
bamboo shoot

ah-liu noodles
goose meat

ah-liu noodles
pig intestine


ah-liu noodles

阿六切仔麵
台北縣蘆洲市三民路583號
02-22832027

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Sunday, September 02, 2007

grilling in hukou & swimming in linkou


i love doing spontaneous stuff and last night, it was as spontaneous as it gets

we received a last minute invite from the one, the only bushman and his lovely wife hui-chen to come and hang out in hukou

just look here and here

how could i say no?!

grill party at shao-hui in hukou
this is shao-hui, where it all went down

the following pics are all courtesy of the bushman (click on any of the pics to check out the bushman's recount)



grill party at shao-hui in hukou
i love bbq and i've had a lot of bbq in my life and this is some of the best bbq i've ever had!

grill party at shao-hui in hukou
but you know, it's not all about the marinate and the food. let's me put it this way... without the right driver, the fatest car in the world would not win any races.

grill party at shao-hui in hukou
the thai food was also excellent!

grill party at shao-hui in hukou
the cousin and the wifey

grill party at shao-hui in hukou

grill party at shao-hui in hukou
we killed a bottle of sang son royal thai rum. well, i only had a couple glasses, so the bushman did most of the killing


i like to thank mj and hui-chen for a wonderful time and the great hospitality

we'll be back real soon

anyone wanna join us next time?

when we woke up this morning, we were still feeling stuffed from last night

that's how much food we ate!

we wanted to go out and walk around somewhere

kinda burn off some fat / calories

my sister called and asked us to go swimming in linkou

we've also wanted to go swimming for a while now

so, perfect!

the doctor told us it's very good for the mother and baby to walk around inside a swimming pool

we've been a bit hesitant to go to some of the local pools around us because they are pretty packed

this place we went to was very nice and had very little people

looks like we found our pool for the wifey to do some underwater exercises

swimming in linkou
pan of the outdoor pool (click to enlarge)

swimming in linkou
pan of the indoor pool (click to enlarge)

swimming in linkou

swimming in linkou
my brother in law with my nephew ethan

swimming in linkou
check out our cool hats

swimming in linkou
my beautiful 7-months pregnant wife karen. does she look wonderful or does she look wonferful?

swimming in linkou
this is the view in the distance just outside of the pool. very upsetting to see

swimming in linkou
here's a closer look


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