we are now at 36 weeks
that makes it officially 9 months!
normally, most births happen after 38 weeks but it could happen anytime now from hereon, so we are on standby and alert mode at all times
hard to believe
it feels like just yesterday when the wifey greeted me with this
we are now in the final stretch
literally and figuratively
here's a preview of our baby
say hi to olivia
that's a shot of the latest 4d ultrasound taken yesterday
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
here's the original song and video by lil' jon...
now, for all my filipino friends...
that's some funny shit right there!
i actually laughed out loud
"filipino hot dog... longanis-nis-nis-nis-a!!!!"
Monday, October 29, 2007
so, i've got myself a new toy
well, it was really more for the baby than me
remember i was deciding between a dv and a dslr?
well, i had picked a dslr and made a bunch of noise about it
it was all for nothing
i ended up buying a dv per the wifey's request
as i said before, gotta listen to the wife
especially a pregnant one!
well, here it is
a few promo shots...
the actual cam...
that's the sanyo xacti ca65
what makes this cam special is its waterproof capability, which is the main reason we bought it
can't wait to start taking videos and pictures of the baby with it
oh, and the dslr?
i'm still working on that
not giving up yet
Sunday, October 28, 2007
how scary is this?!?!
but then i wonder, is it only air china pilots?
there has got to be hundreds, if not thousands of commercial airliners out there being navigated by pilots who's first language is not english?
how good is their english???
really, how scary is that?!?!!
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
continuing on with carrie's theme, i too got some photos of us partying in hukou to share with all
except mine were not so classic (or is that classy?) and i was a lot more drunk than carrie when i took these
becky & jerry
carrie getting in on the action
yours truly, becky & todd
michael & michael
i don't know, for some reason when i'm drunk i like to take self-portraits with people
with team mike
with david r.
with david e.
with mark f.
with john "faramir of gondor"
with michael t.
forget jackie chan, i'm the real drunken master...
or is that drunken bastard?!
Monday, October 22, 2007
this past saturday, the usual suspects becky and jerry along with the wifey, headed out to hukou for a get-together with some of the most prominent bloggers on the island
some i had met before (the wonderful hosts mj & hui-chen, michael t, todd), some i had not (carrie & john, david & catherine, david r, mark f) but regardless, it was great to see everyone since i'm a fan of all their blogs as each is distinct with its own flair and insight
besides the great company, the food was excellent and inexpensive
oh, i almost forgot the very special guest sang som who helped me forget the last couple hours of the night (good thing lots of photos were taken by all!)
everyone, say hello to sang som
well, sang som and i got acquainted too fast for too long so i just got my ass kicked
royal thai style ass whooping
two days later and i'm still hurting
great to hang out with everyone and i can't wait for the next get-together
which i hope is soon
sang som can stay home tho'
Thursday, October 18, 2007
naming our child was a lot more difficult than i expected
we went through hundreds of names
spent countless hours going through various websites and discussion boards
names that i liked, the wifey wouldn't like and vice versa
we finally picked a name we both liked and it seems just about everyone else does too
i've always liked the name olivia
ever since i was a youngin' in the late 80's / early 90's and the cosby show was one of my favorites then
if you've watched the cosby show, you'll know why
a couple things that went into our thought process
our kid might spend some time living and/or studying overseas
no way in hell i'm giving my kid some fucked up name so she can be teased and traumatized for life while hating us forever
so, none of these weird names all these taiwanese kids around here got
i see you panda and orange
all you english teachers out there reading this know exactly what i mean
on the other hand, our kid will definitely spend a good amount of her life in taiwan so can't name her something the local folks just can't pronounce
the "th" is a huge problem here
my poor nephew is gonna be known as "esan" when he grows up
a couple quick stories...
we had a new girl at my work. so, i introduced myself and she did the same. she tells me her name is "casey". alright, cool. long story short, i get an email from her a coule days later and it turns out her name was kathy! what'd i tell ya? the "th" sound is a big problem here.
another time, our department goes out for dinner. one of our co-workers brings along his boyfriend. so again i introduce myself and he does too. he knows that i speak english and he says he's got an english name too. he says to me "my name is fucking". now, what the fuck?! i knew for sure he just couldn't pronounce his name right. long story short, i asked the guy to write it down for me, so he just hands me his business card which had his english name. franklin was his name. it's a good thing he doesn't have my last name!
sank you for reading
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
we've heard, read and seen so much about young door cafe located on the north coast
heard friends talk about it
read people blog about it
seen tv stations report about it
all positive, nothing negative
been wanting to go check it for ourselves for a while now but never had the chance
with today being a national holiday and no work, we decided to take this oppotunity
what a disappointment!
the place was a lot smaller than expected
the food and drinks were just horrible
the "oh so great, beautiful and fabulous" greek architecture and decor everyone raved about?
pretty much non-existent
some steps painted in blue doesn't make a place "greek"
the only thing that i thought wasn't half bad was the ocean view but then there's only about 50 other cafes lined up along the coast with the same view!
the north coast
hey look. blue steps! it's so greek!!!
looks can be deceiving. my latte coffee... looked great, tasted like shit. rather have a 3-in-1 instant coffee.
this was actually not too bad...
this was really bad. like chewing on cardboard.
and then, to make things worse... it was bumper to bumper traffic for over an hour on the way home
took me almost 2 hours to get home!
highly NOT recommended
Saturday, October 06, 2007
Friday, October 05, 2007
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
striptease shows are very common in taiwan
i don't mean nudie bars
i mean hired strippers for private shows
from birthdays to weddings to even funerals
hey, just because you are dead, it doesn't mean you can't have a good time!
check out one of these striptease shows by clicking on the pic below
that was at some concert / festival
a lot of these shows are performed in public places where children are present so they don't get totally buck naked, only down to their undies and bras
just like the pictures from the link show
sometimes these are held at indoor private properties... now that's another story
"birthday suits" anyone?