Monday, January 31, 2005
This was taken on Thursday last week before the previous 4 photos (sorry about the chronology here). To celebrate the impending Chinese new year, one of the school branches I teach at had a 'hot pot' for lunch which all the foreign teachers were invited to. In the foreground are 2 Tawainese foods, the very non-Kosher pigsblood and rice (which I don't like), and a type of spinich, found in many dishes (which I do like). In the background are Irene and Amy, two of the friendly Taiwanese ladies who work with us foreigners.
I was messing around with the menu when I discovered that this set-up is quite an interesting composition. My friend, Dave S is illuminated by my camerea's powerful flash, bursting through my misplaced finger (hence the red color)! It was lucky that the pictures in the glossy menu were arranged so nicely.
Speaking of tea-houses/restaurants, I just came back from a tasty meal of stirr fried beef had to celebrate a friend's birthday. Here's a picture of one of my friends in attendance there, DA (because I honestly cant spell her name!). Nothing remarkable here, but I thought the light looked good.
Come get some tasty sanks from this great teahouse. It's weird how a restaurant will spend literally millions of dollars on decor and architecture, but when it comes to written English in the menus, on the walls etc, no-one seems to give a rip whether or not it's even remotely correct! My sense of humour for these kind of mistakes is waning... I'm starting to get the impression that English isn't very highly regarded in Taiwan. That's a shame when you're an English teacher :(
I was thinking of doing a 'colourful Taiwan' theme series. Not sure If I will, but anyway here's colourful Taiwan #1. This was a patchwork of fabric covers over some empty ground. Presumably this ground will be the site of ANOTHER apartment building in the future, but the reason for the covers escapes me! Please cpmment if you think you can enlighten me! This pic was auto corrected in the new Picassa 2, which, by the way is an incredible piece of software, probably the best there is for organising digital photos. Get it free from www.picasa.com