Wednesday, April 29, 2009

taiwan national museum of marine biology & aquarium


after finishing the tomb sweeping proceedings and mending olivia's burns at the local hospital, we went on to the taiwan national museum of marine biology & aquarium as planned.....

taiwan national museum of marine biology & aquarium

taiwan national museum of marine biology & aquarium
i've seen these famous whale sculptures in other people's photos many many times. it was real nice to finally see them in person.

taiwan national museum of marine biology & aquarium
once inside there were all these really cool and huge aquariums, which made olivia want to get off her stroller right away.

taiwan national museum of marine biology & aquarium

taiwan national museum of marine biology & aquarium
even cooler than the huge aquariums, were these really long underwater tunnels.

taiwan national museum of marine biology & aquarium
the main attractions were these rather large stingrays.....

taiwan national museum of marine biology & aquarium
and school of sharks.

taiwan national museum of marine biology & aquarium

taiwan national museum of marine biology & aquarium
whenever we go out to eat at a restaurant that has these live fish aquariums, olivia always wants to go look at them the whole time. so being inside the underwater tunnels with so much fish all around to look at, she was in heaven! once we reached the end, we had such a hard time getting her to move on. when i had to forcibly grab her and take her away, she cried her eyes out.

taiwan national museum of marine biology & aquarium
i've never seen these things before, so i have no idea what they are but they were peculiar looking sticking in and out of the sand like some underwater prairie dogs.

taiwan national museum of marine biology & aquarium
beluga whale.

taiwan national museum of marine biology & aquarium



if you have kids, i highly recommend this place. even if you don't, it's a great place to visit. we had a really good time with lots of things to see. olivia wasn't the only happy camper in there. i too was pretty excited throughout and felt like a kid again!


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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

old mobile phone photos of olivia


never downloaded these off the old cell phone until now.....

old mobile phone photos of olivia

old mobile phone photos of olivia

old mobile phone photos of olivia

old mobile phone photos of olivia

old mobile phone photos of olivia

old mobile phone photos of olivia

old mobile phone photos of olivia

all photos were taken during the first couple months, except for the last phone which judging by her bald head was taken after 3 months.

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Monday, April 27, 2009

tombsweeping in hengchun


about 3 weeks ago we went down to hengchun to pay our respects to our ancestors and grandparens during the tomb sweeping holidays.....

tombsweeping in hengchun
the festivities were scheduled to start at 9am on saturday morning. we would usually arrive the day before so we have plenty of time to rest since the drive down to hengchun (which is located at the very southern tip of taiwan) is at least 6 hrs on a good day without much traffic. however, with mom and dad arriving back to taiwan from a trip to korea on friday night, we had no choice but to do a "redeye" drive. we left home around 2:30am and made a few pit stops in the many really nice rest areas setup along the highway (including this one) for some much needed coffee. we would eventually arrive at our destination around 8am.

tombsweeping in hengchun
almost there. no, the clouds weren't showing the funky dark blue colors. that was because of the windshield's tint. would have been cool tho' it that was actually from the clouds!

tombsweeping in hengchun
the first sight of the ocean does wonders to relax one's mind, body and soul.

tombsweeping in hengchun
sleepyhead olivia, who slept the entire trip, wasn't too happy to be woken up upon our arrival. wish i had let her sleep longer!!! :(

tombsweeping in hengchun
my great-grandparent's tomb.

tombsweeping in hengchun
burning some joss paper.

tombsweeping in hengchun
just a few minutes before olivia was accidentally burnt by a joss paper.

tombsweeping in hengchun
my cousin's granddaughter. yeah, that's right. she's my grandniece which makes me a granduncle! talk about feeling old!

tombsweeping in hengchun
our family tomb where my grandparents are at.

tombsweeping in hengchun
a little bit later, my grandnieces and grandnephew went to the onion field next to the family tomb to collect some onions and throw them!

tombsweeping in hengchun

tombsweeping in hengchun
future wang chien-ming!

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Sunday, April 26, 2009

moblog: dumpling lunch


dumpling lunch

dumpling lunch

dumpling lunch

dumpling lunch

having lunch at a dumpling house in taishan. this place has excellent food with great prices. make sure to get reservations ahead of time because it's usually packed!

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Saturday, April 25, 2009

moblog: sukiyaki dinner


sukiyaki dinner

sukiyaki dinner

having dinner at a sukiyaki restaurant called pin ding dain located in banciao.

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Friday, April 24, 2009

happy birthday to mama / grandma


tonight was mom's birthday. nothing special, just dinner and a cake as usual.....

happy birthday to mama / grandma
really good chocolate mousse cake from 85c.

happy birthday to mama / grandma
olivia with grandma.

happy birthday to mama / grandma
my sister's son ethan joins in on the fun.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

shihsanhang museum of archaeology - part 2


after we exited the museum, we headed for a walk outside around the premises.....

shihsanhang museum of archaeology - part 2
as usualy, olivia was really happy to be running around outside.

shihsanhang museum of archaeology - part 2
we headed up to the lookout platform on top the of museum to check out the view.....

shihsanhang museum of archaeology - part 2
there's a cargo port just out near the water, altho' i'm not sure if it's active.

shihsanhang museum of archaeology - part 2
nice view of the ocean and the park at the back of the museum.

shihsanhang museum of archaeology - part 2
you can see tamshui and the fisherman's wharf in the distance.

shihsanhang museum of archaeology - part 2
the wind on the platform was really strong, which was blowing olivia's baby mullet all over the place.

shihsanhang museum of archaeology - part 2
interesting decor on the sidewalk.

shihsanhang museum of archaeology - part 2
as expected with the current bicyle craze and fad, lots of riders all over the place.

shihsanhang museum of archaeology - part 2
even more bicycles parked by the food stands.

shihsanhang museum of archaeology - part 2
we joined the masses and got a couple things to eat. friend rice noodles, fishball soup and stinky tofu!

shihsanhang museum of archaeology - part 2
after eating, we walked around the park a bit. i have no idea why these oil drums were in the park. don't think the area used to be an oil refinery and who would bring some oil drums to decorate a park? but then again, we are in taiwan so you never know!

shihsanhang museum of archaeology - part 2
speaking of interesting park decorations, here's a "wood" carved sculpture just "hanging out". don't think this is appropriate with so many children around but it was certainly a big hit with young ladies, as i saw a few posing for photos and getting frisky with it.

shihsanhang museum of archaeology - part 2
our tax dollars hard at work. actually, it was nice to see that the park was well kept and maintained.



shihsanhang museum of archaeology - part 2
with the sun setting.....

shihsanhang museum of archaeology - part 2
and olivia tired from all the running around, it was time to go home.


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