most of the week has been cold and rainy.....
which makes for great hot pot weather.
hanging out at the miramar shopping mall. altho' we didn't get to ride the ferris wheel :(
my xbox almost experienced "the red ring of death".
weekly basketball session at huai sheng high school in taipei.
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.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
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.....
with the combination of gorgeous sunny weather, being a weekend and the free admission program, the museum was pretty packed.
a short briefing on how the name of the museum came to be.
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."
the different layers of deposit located at the excavation site.
some of the ancient hieroglyphic found on stones and artfacts that were dug up.
showing how the excavation site looked liked. from the distance, i thought these were real people!
a lot of skeletal remains were found.
comparison of some of the ancient tools found against their "modern" counterpart.
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.
the view out the window at the end of the walkway (on 4th floor).
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.
we came back after about an hour and karen took the soap out of the mold.....
then put some finishing touches on it.
here's the final product all done and ready to go..... and so were we!
Monday, March 23, 2009
olivia's favorite tv show at the moment. she can watch the dvd's over and over and over all day long.
3rd year wedding anniversary. time to reminisce.....
our "love story"
wedding ceremony / reception photos (part 1)
wedding ceremony / reception photos (part 2)
trying out the tooling for the back panel plate of a 55" lcd tv in a 750 ton hydraulic press.
a sample part off the tooling mentioned above.
olivia trying out her new safety helmet for riding in a scooter. hey, i'm no hypocrite.
olivia taking her new helmet out for a test ride.
trying to make a little extra at the local market.
driving for an outing at the shihsanhang museum of archeology
we've had absolutely gorgeous weather all week. sunny with an average in the high 20's C.....
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!
Thursday, March 19, 2009
last weekend we decided to go to yingge, which is famous for its pottery, ceramic and porcelain.....
we started off at the yingge ceramic museum.
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.
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.
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.
very cool and artistic lockers.
old style oven used for the ceramics.
a display showing the processes involved in the making of these artifacts.
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!
old style kitchen. i still remember these in many relative's homes when i was a kid visiting taiwan in the summer.
a display showing the different traditional objects produced from ceramic used to decorate homes.
it wasn't all traditional artifacts on display. there were some "modern" works of art as well.
what i really liked is the park at the back of the museum. plenty of open space for olivia to run around.....
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)
"you scream, i scream. we all scream for ice cream!"
olivia trying to hide from me. guess she also got tired of all the photos i was taking of her.
we left the museum and went to the yingge old street, which was pretty packed.
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.
the streets where lined up with tons of stores with all sorts of ceramic works.
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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