Saturday, September 26, 2009

new toy


new toy - canon 500d double lenses kit
canon 500d double lens kit.

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

lunch at black cattle spicy hotpot


a few photos from lunch at the all-you-can-eat black cattle spicy hotpot restaurant in downtown taipei a few weeks ago.....

lunch at black cattle spicy hotpot

lunch at black cattle spicy hotpot
that's the spicy soup base on the left and the mogolian herbs soup base on the right.

lunch at black cattle spicy hotpot
different fresh cuts of meats to go in the hotpot.

lunch at black cattle spicy hotpot
i know, doesn't look too good but believe me, it was.

lunch at black cattle spicy hotpot

lunch at black cattle spicy hotpot

lunch at black cattle spicy hotpot

lunch at black cattle spicy hotpot

the soup base was really good, especially the mogolian hotpot soup base. the food was fresh plus it had all-you-can-eat haagen-dazs ice cream. that in itself was great considering how expensive haagen-dazs is here. also, the bosslady was very nice and attentive which made for a pleasant meal.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

bbq at sinfong beach in hsinchu county


*** be sure to check the recaps by hc & mj: http://www.thenhbushman.com/2009/09/21/bushmans-blogger-beach-bbq

and becky: http://yumafia.pixnet.net/blog/post/28117082 ***



bbq at sinfong beach in hsinchu county this past saturday.....

bbq at sinfong beach
this is the shelter where we set up camp. unfortunately, we arrived later than expected so hc & mj did all the setting up and getting everything in order. hc & mj, we truly highly appreciate all the efforts, thoughts and time that you guys put into planning and organizing these events! THANK YOU!

bbq at sinfong beach
soon after arrival, some of the people went to walk and play down by the beach.

bbq at sinfong beach
the pier on the opposite direction.

bbq at sinfong beach
olivia patiently waiting for the food.

bbq at sinfong beach
bbq!

bbq at sinfong beach
here's my cousin jeff getting the other grill started.

bbq at sinfong beach
we had quite a good spread; even a few different choices of beer.

bbq at sinfong beach
becky & brian on the left, vanessa & alex from germany on the right. all good people.

bbq at sinfong beach
the weather was just perfect.

bbq at sinfong beach
here's a tarp we put up to block the sun.

bbq at sinfong beach
jeff & olivia go for a walk.

bbq at sinfong beach
tc joined in on the fun.

bbq at sinfong beach
mj & hc.

bbq at sinfong beach
mj with yours truly.

bbq at sinfong beach
just a great relaxing day eating, drinking beer and chatting it up with friends.

bbq at sinfong beach

bbq at sinfong beach
olivia eating a grape.

bbq at sinfong beach

bbq at sinfong beach

bbq at sinfong beach
beautiful sunset.

bbq at sinfong beach
a visitor.

bbq at sinfong beach

bbq at sinfong beach
olivia really enjoyed herself. so much so she didn't even want to take her daily nap.

bbq at sinfong beach
sun almost set.

bbq at sinfong beach
with some sunlight still available, it was time to pack it up and go.



again, special thanks to hc & mj. you guys think of everything for everyone!

great weather, great food, great company. just a perfect day at the beach!

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Saturday, September 19, 2009

bushman's beach bbq


an update from the bushman.....

This past weekend, Andres and I checked out the site for the Beach BBQ. We agreed that we should use the other shelter instead of the original one. The reasons for this are twofold:

There are less people at the other end of the beach,
There are no signs prohibting using grills and cooking food at the other site.
So, I want to give you the coordinates for the second shelter. Plug these into Google Maps: 24 55.207 120 58.205

You do not have to grill if you don’t want to. You’re welcome to bring some prepared food picnic style. The idea is to hang out and relax.

It’s also not required but it would be nice if everyone were to register for the event so we know who’ll be there.

Thanks!

i've updated the gps coordinates in the original post below to reflect the location of the new shelter we'll be having the bbq. again, hope to see everyone there.


from the bushman.....
It’s time for another blogger party folks! This time, it’s going to be a grill party on the beach!

I’d been searching for a new place to do something different, and in my travels I found a cool place by the beach that would make for an excellent blogger party. I’ll show you some photos in a minute, but first, let me announce the date (and why).

September 19th, 2009
In case of a typhoon, the backup date is September 26, 2009.

Where: Sinfong, Taiwan. Coordinates: 24 55.207 120 58.205 (plug this into Google Maps). It’s just off Route 15 along the coast. Very easy accessible from anywhere in Taiwan.

The place is very easy to find and the coastline here is incredible. Like many beaches in Taiwan you cannot swim here, but the view is nice and there is always a cool breeze. What’s more important is there is a place where we can set up some grills and have a party and no one will bother us.

Why This Date?
September is much cooler than July and August, yet warmer than October. The weekend before is still part of Ghost Month, and many people don’t go out during that time. The weekend after is fine too, but then there isn’t any backup date in case of a typhoon. This date is still plenty of time before the Lunar Festival so it won’t interfere with that holiday. So, September 19th seems to be the perfect date.

Here are some details about the place:


There is a sizeable parking lot.


Just around the corner is the first of two shelters. You can also park on the right side across from the shelter.


We’ll have to bring some tables to make things easier. I have a small portable table and a few chairs that I’m going to bring. We could use a few tarps and some rope to extend the top for better sun shielding.


Next to the shelter is a “boardwalk” where lots of people walk on the weekends.


The view on the Taiwan Straight is very nice.


This area also has some great bicycle trails so bring your bike! You can ride all the way up into Yong An if you like! There is also a place to rent one of those 4-wheel bicycles.

I’m going to arrive early in the morning to set up in the shelter. Like Yong An, you can’t “reserve” the shelter so it’s first come-first served. The good news is that there is another shelter down the road from this one. There is nothing stopping us from setting up on the sand or on the boardwalk either. So no matter what happens, we can have a good time and enjoy the outdoors!

What To Bring?
  • Whatever you want to eat, and drink.

  • Portable grill

  • Charcoal

  • Small table (and chairs if you like)

  • Bicycle(s)


  • We Could Use:
  • Tarp to extend the roof

  • Rope to tie the tarp

  • Hope to see you all there!

  • that's right. hope to see you all there!

    don't forget to register at: http://www.thenhbushman.com/events

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    Wednesday, September 16, 2009

    an afternoon in bali


    been neglecting the blog lately due to both busyness and laziness. got a few back posts that i would like to put up but again, just haven't had the time nor the desire. well, to get things somewhat back on track, here's one of photos taken at the bali coast during a sunday afternoon last month.

    an afternoon in bali
    view of danshui township across the river from bali. btw, the weather was great.

    an afternoon in bali
    some kind of traditional arts & cultural event / show was taking place with a bunch of dancing and singing performances.

    an afternoon in bali
    a lookout tower in military camouflage.

    an afternoon in bali
    as expected with the current bike craze, there were lots of bikers.

    an afternoon in bali
    low tide.....

    an afternoon in baliwhich made for a giant sand box for the kids. lots of little ones playing on the sandy shores.

    an afternoon in bali
    the low tide also meant the boats were stranded on shore.

    an afternoon in bali
    at least the river crossing boats to danshui were operating despite the low tide. we wanted to take it but once we saw the line-up..... forget about it!

    an afternoon in bali
    the shop strips were packed!

    an afternoon in bali


    an afternoon in bali
    taking a break from the heat and all that crowd. we were all feeling kinda tired at this point.

    an afternoon in bali
    with the sun set and gone, it was time to go home.

    google maps location.....

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