Wednesday, August 26, 2009

olivia watching mickey mouse clubhouse


vid taken a few days ago of olivia watching her favorite show, the mickey mouse clubhouse.....



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Sunday, August 23, 2009

coping with the hot weather


the weather has been fairly mild and comfortable the past couple weeks, but yesterday it felt a lot hotter and humid than usual. well, here's how i coped with the sudden temperature surge last night.....

coping with the hot weather

well, it was great at the time but it wasn't so great this morning. my joints and bones were hurting pretty bad when i woke up. was it all that beer or i'm just getting old??!!

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Saturday, August 15, 2009

typhoon morakot aid & visuals


tyhpoon morakot taiwan

a week after mother nature showed her powerful fury with typhoon morakot causing major devastation and damages here in taiwan; our country is still struggling with its rescue and recovery efforts. it is absolutely surreal to see all the devastation and extremely heartbreaking to see all the displaced families whom have lost their loved ones and everything they own.

if you'd like to help, please be sure to check out todd's recent post with links and information about donations and volunteering: http://thedailybubbletea.com/2009/08/13/weekly-links-august-13-2009

here are some links to photos and videos of the destruction:

  • Boston Globe - The Big Picture

  • Yahoo News slideshow














  • many more videos available at cnn videos.

    BLESS TAIWAN!!!

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    Tuesday, August 11, 2009

    father's day lunch


    last saturday was 8/8, which is father's day here in taiwan. the reason behind father's day being celebrated on this particular date is because number eight is pronounced "ba" in chinese; and with august 8th being 8-8 or "ba-ba" in chinese which is the same pronounciation for father in chinese.

    to celebrate this occasion, we had a big family lunch which included my parents, my siblings, their offsprings and significant others.

    some photos takes with my cell phone.....

    father's day lunch
    that's mom, dad and my bro in law (oldest sis' husband).

    father's day lunch
    things got started right away with a bottle of taiwan's very own kavalan whisky, which i thought was pretty good.

    father's day lunch
    then immediately followed by two more bottles of johnnie walker blue label. considering there were only 4 of us drinking, that was a lot of whisky.

    father's day lunch
    you know you've had a bit too much to drink when you start challenging people to do push-ups. here's dad doing his 20 reps. not bad for a old guy almost 70 years old.

    father's day lunch
    my bro-in-law ups the ante by doing push-ups with his fist. afterwards dad tried doing push-up with his fists but stood up right away and said "let's just go back to drinking".

    father's day lunch
    a couple hours after lunch, with a huge headache and buzz i was on a flight to macau for the dreaded "visa" run. came back the same night but almost didn't make it back. my passport got mixed in with a bunch of people's that were stranded in macau because of cancelled flights due to the typhoon. i literally had to chace around the ground crew to get my passport back. needless to say, i was the last person on board the plane back.

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    Friday, August 07, 2009

    ethan..... wolverine


    ethan, wolverine

    ethan, wolverine

    ethan, wolverine

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    Monday, August 03, 2009

    swimming in linkou


    took olivia and my nephew ethan to the chang-gung university pool in linkou for some much needed relief from this summer heat. the past few days the temp has soared up to 39C (103F), and with the humidity it definitely felt like it was well over 40C!

    a couple videos that i took.....





    and a few photos.....

    swimming in linkou

    swimming in linkou

    swimming in linkou

    swimming in linkou

    swimming in linkou
    i really hate taiwan's public swimming pools insistence on mandatory nut-hugging speedos, spandex or biker shorts and brain-sqeezing swim caps. wtf?!


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    Saturday, August 01, 2009

    tasty lunch


    lunch at tasty steak house last weekend.....

    tasty
    we really like going to tasty. the food is not bad and considering the amount of food served in their set menu with fairly decent prices, it's a great value.

    tasty lunch
    funky decor.

    tasty
    eagerly awaiting for the food.

    tasty lunch

    tasty

    tasty lunch

    tasty lunch

    tasty lunch
    enjoying the food.

    tasty lunch
    and drinks.

    tasty lunch
    kinda thirsty, yeah?!

    tasty lunch

    tasty lunch

    tasty lunch

    tasty lunch

    tasty lunch

    tasty lunch

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