Sunday, August 31, 2008

sansia old street


despite the weather looking gloomy and with the skies threatening to rain, we decided to take our chances and headed out to sansia (aka sanxia or sanshia) old street.....

sansia old street
this is the sansia qingshui zushi temple located at one end of the old street.

sansia old street
here's a look at the old street. the last time i was out here was almost 15 years ago and it has changed a lot since. it has been cleaned up and remodeled and altho' the essence and culture is still there, it just feels way too commercial and touristy.

sansia old street
cool retro architecture.

sansia old street
another temple located within the street.

sansia old street
the buildings have been remodeled but they did retain the original address plates.

sansia old street
all sort of stuff was being sold. from chinese calligraphy brushes...

sansia old street
to toy windmills...

sansia old street
to incense burners...

sansia old street
to blocks of handmade soap.

sansia old street
old style shop sign.

sansia old street
father and daughter enjoying the retro stroll.

sansia old street
she's always happy to be out and about!

sansia old street
the rain really started to pour, so we decided to find a place to sit and eat.

sansia old street
pig blood rice cake with peanut butter. sounds like something out of the show bizarre foods.

sansia old street
sticky rice.

sansia old street
old style game machines.

sansia old street
karaoke setup right in the middle of the road, with disregard for anyone walking by of course. i say that because they had these huge ass, loud f*cking speakers all around including right next to the stage; and since the stage was blocking most of the road you had to walk right by the stage and one of the speakers. it didn't help that these old men were really screaming instead of singing.

sansia old street
the river that runs through the city.

google maps location.....

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

baby flying kick


there have been a lot of famous kung-fu masters in recent history that inspired us all with their flying kicks

most notably, there was bruce lee.....

bruce lee flying kick

then along came jackie chan and jet li.....

jackie chan & jet li flying kick

and now, there's a new kid on the block, creating fear in all and destroying everything and everyone that comes across her path showing no mercy

i present to you, master olivia yu.....

olivia flying kick

oh be afraid, be very afraid!

she will kick your ass even in her sleep!

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Monday, August 25, 2008

retro post: macau mini-honeymoon, part 2


continuing with our mini-honeymoon to macau in 2006, here's part 2 of the 2 part series.....

macau mini-honeymoon
rua do cunha

macau mini-honeymoon

macau mini-honeymoon

macau mini-honeymoon

macau mini-honeymoon
a-ma temple

macau mini-honeymoon

macau mini-honeymoon

macau mini-honeymoon
the macau tower

macau mini-honeymoon

macau mini-honeymoon

macau mini-honeymoon

macau mini-honeymoon

macau mini-honeymoon
this place's specialty is pork chop bun. they are only open for a couple hours a day and there's usually a line-up too. it was well worth the wait tho'. this place is so good we came both days we were here.

macau mini-honeymoon
the best pork chop bun. ever.

macau mini-honeymoon
back in the hotel lobby killing time and acting the fool for the camera while awaiting for our shuttle to the airport.

macau mini-honeymoon

macau mini-honeymoon

macau mini-honeymoon

macau mini-honeymoon

macau mini-honeymoon

macau mini-honeymoon
was a fun but tiring weekend!

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Saturday, August 23, 2008

retro post: macau mini-honeymoon, part 1


since i had to make a "visa" run to macau last week, i thought i'd make a retro post about our trip to macau in 2006

when the wifey and i "officially" got engaged in january 2006, we went to macau the following weekend for a mini-honeymoon

here's part 1 of the 2 part series.....

macau mini-honeymoon
waiting for our flight to macau at the taoyuan airport.

macau mini-honeymoon
our hotel in macau, the grandview.

macau mini-honeymoon
after checking into the hotel, we walked around a bit and checked out some sights, which included this golden four-faced buddha shrine right across the street.

macau mini-honeymoon

macau mini-honeymoon
the next morning we got up bright and early ready to explore macau. unfortunately, it was ranining but that didn't stop us from going out and around the city.

macau mini-honeymoon
some typical macaunese homes and neighbourhoods with a touch portuguese influence.

macau mini-honeymoon

macau mini-honeymoon

macau mini-honeymoon
inside a public bus.

macau mini-honeymoon
when we got to the senado plaza in the heart of macau, it started raining even harder so we hung out on the sidewalk waiting and hoping the rain would die down. as i started taking photos of the buildings around the plaza from the sidewalk, karen kept sticking her head into the shots.

macau mini-honeymoon

macau mini-honeymoon
after waiting for a while, we decided to go to the mcdonald's located in the plaza to get some hot coffee and warm up a bit.

macau mini-honeymoon
as the weather improved, we ventured out into the streets again taking in the sights.

macau mini-honeymoon
ruins of st. paul

macau mini-honeymoon

macau mini-honeymoon
the sands casino resort. when it opened, it was the largest casino on the world at the time.

macau mini-honeymoon
after walking around most of the day, we decided to get a foot massage to relax a bit, plus we wanted to go somewhere indoors and away from the rain.

macau mini-honeymoon

macau mini-honeymoon

macau mini-honeymoon
our tour package included a free dinner for two at the hotel.

macau mini-honeymoon

to be continued...

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