Wednesday, December 22, 2004

I didn't know there were this many woman's shoes in the whole world. Amazing. No wonder many women love to shop- with a selection like this, you're bound to find at least 10 pairs that are absolutely perfect! Posted by Hello
Thought you might be interested to see a shot of the church I attend. Bad photograph, I know! Sorry, but it gives you an idea at least. Posted by Hello
A stalled windows 2000 startup screen on a telephone. You'll either get the humor in this one or not (if you don't, don't worry. It's a geek thing). Posted by Hello
One of the tastiest meals I've had in Taiwan. I popped into this restaurant just as an experiment, and got this. You cook the stuff on the left in the soup pot on the right. You've got to try this. Yummy. Posted by Hello

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Gmail invitations

I've got 10 for anyone who wants... If you do, leave a comment and an email address :)

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Another angle of the Chapel. Sorry, forgot this one. Posted by Hello
Traditional Chinese coins. These all look like modern replicas to me, although I do have what I think is a genuine old 1 dollar, or Yuen coin on my keyring. I couldn't help noticing the irony of paying 10NT (Yuen) for it! Posted by Hello

These beads mimic the art of acid etching, apparently popular over 1500 years ago in China. This style is currently enjoying a revival in popularity, I was told by a super friendly guy at the market. The technique is to take the rock (whatever it is) and etch it with acid before baking it in a kiln. The white acid marks then permeate throughout the entire stone making a permanent mark. These were just cheap rip-offs of the real thing at a stand. The real beads, done in the traditional style can be quite expensive. I saw one bracelet that was over 8000NT! Anyway, prices aside, each bead design has some meaning, honouring a specific god of prosperity, war, fertility etc. Wearing the beads is meant to bring the attributes that that god possesses into your life. Posted by Hello

Teapots at the jade market. There are countless stores with dozens of what look like identical little teapots. They are for the 'ritual' drinking of fine tea. The older generation Taiwanese take their tea very seriously, with special rules and etiquette regarding how to brew it, pour it, taste it drink it, store it, etc. Generally one teapot will be used for one type and brand of tea ONLY. Otherwise, I am told, the flavour of the old tea will influence the new one. I guess tea drinking in Taiwan is like wine drinking in some places in the world - a very serious and academic affair! Posted by Hello
Pretty campus, I'm sure you'll agree. Posted by Hello
Rock. Autumn leaves. (Do I need to put these kinds of captions on?) Posted by Hello
This is the famous (if you live in Taichung) 'praying hands' chapel on the University campus. It's a great piece of architecture. Posted by Hello
Another old, rotting door. Posted by Hello
An old door, on the ground. Posted by Hello
Fibreglass with dead leaves in the background. I liked the colours. Posted by Hello
Hat on chair, of course. Just the way the occupants left it. Posted by Hello

New Photos

I did some driving around on Sunday and took a whole bunch of photos. The first lot are from a series of abandoned houses that are going to be demolishes soon. After that I headed over to perhaps Taichung's nicest scenic spot, Tong Hai University. It really is a beautiful campus, and I was thoroughly impressed. I honestly didn't expect to find a place as architecturally nice as that in Taichung. Following my little campus tour, I went for a visit to Taichung's jade market. Some great stuff there, if you're a girl...

Oh yes. I bought a CD called 'Chinese Classic Orchestra' which doesn't have much orchestra in it at all, but is definitely Chinese, and sounds pretty classical to me. It's very beautiful music played primarily on a kind of traditional dulcimer thing. I should know the name, but don't, so feel free to comment if you can help me.

****Update: Just did a Google for 'Chinese Musical Instruments' and discovered that this beaustiful instrument is called the 'Guzheng'****

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Taipei 101, the worlds tallest building. I actually didn't realise just how tall it was until I watched a program featuring it on Discovery Channel the other day. It was then that I discovered (lame pun not intended) that it stands over 500 metres high. That is over half a kilometer of vertical distance! Unbelievable! It does look quite strange sticking out from the relative flatness of surrounding Taipei! Posted by Hello
'Danger, high voltage' ... I presume. Posted by Hello
Not sure if I posted a photo of the carting evening we had a month or two back... Well at any rate, here is another photo. We had an excellent time. In increasing distance from the camera are Rob Sparrow, myself and Jo and Craig Hatting. Posted by Hello
Another close up. Again the contrast was doctored by Picassa. Posted by Hello
A friend of mine got married a few months ago. This is from their Taiwanese wedding ceremony (they also had one in South Africa, where they officially tied the knot). Posted by Hello
Hi There. This photo is from the same decrepid theme park gardens as the photo of the ostrich which I posted a few months ago.  Posted by Hello
This is kind of a strange one, I know, but it makes a great desktop background. It was taken at a small coastal town called Da An, about 30 minutes from Taichung. Posted by Hello
Worshipers at an elaborate temple near Sun Moon Lake. Posted by Hello
This is a stiched photo of the CKS memorial square and a crazy mate of mine, Emile. Emile and his 4 identical twins follow him around the world causing pandemonium and insanity. Posted by Hello
This is a photo of my fellow teachers, fresh in Taiwan. It was taken on the last day of our company training in Taipei. I'm at the back in the middle somewhere! Posted by Hello