Sunday, March 29, 2009

week 13, 2009


week 13, 2009
most of the week has been cold and rainy.....

week 13, 2009
which makes for great hot pot weather.

week 13, 2009
hanging out at the miramar shopping mall. altho' we didn't get to ride the ferris wheel :(

week 13, 2009
my xbox almost experienced "the red ring of death".

week 13, 2009
weekly basketball session at huai sheng high school in taipei.

week 13, 2009
olivia's passport photo, which will be used next week to apply for her canadian citizenship and passport since we plan and hope to visit canada soon for a vacation.

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Friday, March 27, 2009

shihsanhang museum of archaeology - part 1


currently, the taipei county government has an ongoing program that offers free admission to any of its museums as long as you present an "uniform invoice". taking advantage of this offer, we went to the yingge ceramic museum a couple weekends ago; and then last weekend, we went to the shihsanhang museum of archaeology in bali.....

shihsanhang museum of archaeology

shihsanhang museum of archaeology

shihsanhang museum of archaeology
with the combination of gorgeous sunny weather, being a weekend and the free admission program, the museum was pretty packed.

shihsanhang museum of archaeology
a short briefing on how the name of the museum came to be.

shihsanhang museum of archaeology
this display depicts how the site was discovered. from taipei county government's website: "The first person to discover the prehistoric area was not an archeologist, however, but Air Force Major Pan Ko-yung. Pan noticed the compass on his plane reacted strangely when he flew over the area in 1955. He subsequently investigated the area with geologist Lin Chao-chi for what they thought would be large iron ore deposits. What the two found were deposits of iron slag, a byproduct of iron smelting undertaken by the indigenous Shihsanhang people."

shihsanhang museum of archaeology
the different layers of deposit located at the excavation site.

shihsanhang museum of archaeology
some of the ancient hieroglyphic found on stones and artfacts that were dug up.

shihsanhang museum of archaeology
showing how the excavation site looked liked. from the distance, i thought these were real people!

shihsanhang museum of archaeology
a lot of skeletal remains were found.

shihsanhang museum of archaeology
comparison of some of the ancient tools found against their "modern" counterpart.

shihsanhang museum of archaeology
aboriginal family.

shihsanhang museum of archaeology
aboriginal hunters.

shihsanhang museum of archaeology
this is a glass walkway on the top floor of the building in which you can see all the way to the bottom floor as you walk through.

shihsanhang museum of archaeology
the view out the window at the end of the walkway (on 4th floor).

shihsanhang museum of archaeology
"hi"

shihsanhang museum of archaeology
when we first arrived, the museum was giving a workshop on hand-made soaps which karen signed up to. she went, did her thing and let the soap cure for about an hour.

shihsanhang museum of archaeology
we came back after about an hour and karen took the soap out of the mold.....

shihsanhang museum of archaeology
then put some finishing touches on it.

shihsanhang museum of archaeology
here's the final product all done and ready to go..... and so were we!

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Monday, March 23, 2009

week 12, 2009


week 12, 2009
olivia's favorite tv show at the moment. she can watch the dvd's over and over and over all day long.

week 12, 2009
3rd year wedding anniversary. time to reminisce.....
our "love story"
pre-wedding photos
wedding ceremony / reception photos (part 1)
wedding ceremony / reception photos (part 2)

week 12, 2009
trying out the tooling for the back panel plate of a 55" lcd tv in a 750 ton hydraulic press.

week 12, 2009
a sample part off the tooling mentioned above.

week 12, 2009
olivia trying out her new safety helmet for riding in a scooter. hey, i'm no hypocrite.

week 12, 2009
olivia taking her new helmet out for a test ride.

week 12, 2009
trying to make a little extra at the local market.

week 12, 2009
driving for an outing at the shihsanhang museum of archeology
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week 12, 2009
we've had absolutely gorgeous weather all week. sunny with an average in the high 20's C.....

week 12, 2009
but then out of nowhere, it suddenly started to rain heavily sunday night with strong wind gusts dropping the temp to the high teens C. glad the week, especially the weekend, was already pretty much over by then!

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

hanging out in yingge


last weekend we decided to go to yingge, which is famous for its pottery, ceramic and porcelain.....

hanging out in yingge
we started off at the yingge ceramic museum.

hanging out in yingge
as usual, olivia was very happy to be out and about. it was actually pretty cold that day, about 15C, hence all the layers of insulation on her.

hanging out in yingge
check her throwing up some gang signs! actually, she's trying to make the "V" or peace sign that asians love to make when taking photos. i guess it's more of a "Y" sign out here, since it stands for "YEAH" here.

hanging out in yingge
there was some show inside promoting some type of event which we didn't really pay attention to because as in typical taiwanese fashion, it was rather too loud.

hanging out in yingge
very cool and artistic lockers.

hanging out in yingge
old style oven used for the ceramics.

hanging out in yingge
a display showing the processes involved in the making of these artifacts.

hanging out in yingge
old style toilet, which looks exactly like the squatters you find in public bathrooms out here now. words of wisdom, if you plan to visit taiwan..... learn to squat!

hanging out in yingge
old style kitchen. i still remember these in many relative's homes when i was a kid visiting taiwan in the summer.

hanging out in yingge
a display showing the different traditional objects produced from ceramic used to decorate homes.

hanging out in yingge
it wasn't all traditional artifacts on display. there were some "modern" works of art as well.

hanging out in yingge

hanging out in yingge

hanging out in yingge
what i really liked is the park at the back of the museum. plenty of open space for olivia to run around.....

hanging out in yingge
and run around she did! so much so that she got pretty tired and just suddenly stopped to take a breather. (no, she didn't stop to take a poo altho' it does look like she is)

hanging out in yingge
"you scream, i scream. we all scream for ice cream!"

hanging out in yingge
olivia trying to hide from me. guess she also got tired of all the photos i was taking of her.

hanging out in yingge
we left the museum and went to the yingge old street, which was pretty packed.

hanging out in yingge

hanging out in yingge
sure she looks happy and wide awake here, but she fell asleep soon after this photo was taken which allowed us to go through the streets and shops at our pace.

hanging out in yingge

hanging out in yingge
the streets where lined up with tons of stores with all sorts of ceramic works.

hanging out in yingge

hanging out in yingge
there were also lots of odd artwork.

we really like going to yingge and we highly recommend it to everyone. here's the google maps for yingge.....

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