Thursday, March 23, 2006
Monday, March 20, 2006
Yesterday, on my way home from riding around the neighborhood BMX track, I found myself in the middle of the biggest Taiwanese religios parade I have ever experienced. There were hundreds of people following these strange characters around the streets, clashing cymbals and lighting a ridiculous amount of fireworks. Here are some scary vampires.
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
With the infux of foreigners to Taiwan, and particularly Taichung, foreign restaurants are becoming more and more common. To draw in the customers, many have foreign sports channels playing inside. Unbelievably, there is even a pub in Taichung that has South Africa's own sports channels, Supersport. Here is one of the most historic moments in cricket history - the winning shot SA played to win what many have called 'the greatest one day international match in cricket history'. I was lucky enough to watch this live. It was one of the most exciting sporting moments I have ever experienced.
The most dangerous fruit in the world? Probably! These are durians, a type of fruit which I'm told actually comes from Thailand. You need gloves to handle them and a chainsaw (jokes, just a massive heavy knife) to open them and at then end of all that, they don't taste particularly amazing. They are also quite stinky, in a weird fresh fruit kind of way. Strange, some of the things that are popular in Taiwan!
I must appologise for the poor quality of this photo, it's really not a very good picture. Anyway, what is it? This is a scooter with 'training wheels' for disabled people or those who have to use crutches. It lets them be just as mobile as anyone. Actually, the work ethic in Taiwan can be summarised by taking a look at how many 'disabled' people have jobs and are prepared to work and how few beggers you generally see. Another lesson my home country of South Africa could learn from Taiwan...