Sunday, October 23, 2005
Jen-Ai hospital had told us that the severity of reflux on one side was level 4-5 which usually means surgery, but the Chung Shan doctor assured us that it's 'only' 3-4 which has a much lower chance of requiring surgery.
I am amazed that this shot actually came out. This is what you get with 3x optical zoom and a very steady hand ! The miniscule 'bite' is at the lower right part of the moon in case you were wondering.
Sunday, October 16, 2005
This is where we rented our bikes from. Very cheap. Mine and Jason's bikes came to NT$150. Next up we have a girl on a unicycle who whizzed by at great speed. Then we have a chicken and a lovely red flower - it's that kind of trail. Lastly, a typical road crossing where scooters and cars do not slow down for bikes and bikes only slow down when it's almost too late in many cases. Jocelyn was nearly clobbered by a truck which thankfully stopped in time.
Saturday, October 15, 2005
We made it to about the 3km mark and the others got as far as 6km I think. This gave me chance to 'stop and smell the flowers' as it were, and there really were many kinds of flowers along the trail. I spent as much time kneeling next to flowers trying to capture a nice macro shot as I did pedalling along the trail.
Wednesday, October 12, 2005
Monday, October 10, 2005
Came across this site by accident. Here is an interesting factoid for you that I gleaned from a China Post feature of all places: Taiwan has the second highest number of bird species per square km in the world (Madagascar is number one). Taiwan gets a lot of migratory birds (from Siberia stopping over before heading on down to the Phillipines) but it also has a very high number of endemic species.
Kelly and I always said that when Jason was bigger we'd head out into the hills with the birdwatching group that we joined before he was born. Now we have Lucas so we'll have to push that back a bit. I'll have to make do with the birds in the back garden for the time being. We do get some interesting visitors sometimes. We had a black bulbul once and occasionally we get Himalayan tree pies. From the roof I often see drongos, black-crowned night herons and storks but these are fairly common. Most of the time in the back garden we just get Chinese bulbuls, Japanese wagtails and Japanese white eyes. I can't be 100% sure but I think we may have had a white-browed bush robin one time.
Sunday, October 09, 2005
Last week we went to the Splendor Hotel to have 'afternoon tea.' My favourite section was the pasta bar. You point out what kind of pasta you want, what bits and pieces you want to go in it, and the sauce, then they cook it up for you right there. Highly recommended.
Jason camped out next to the chocolate fountain. Perhaps I should have told him what happened to Augustus Gloop in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
There are many, many cats in my neighbourhood. Most of them seem to congregate in my back garden at night to defecate, fornicate and screech at one another. And they seem so placid in the daytime - probably worn out.
This kitten isn't going to catch anything unfortunately because just under this particular grate is a wire mesh covering which prevents roaches and rodents from going in and out.
Black kitten waits patiently for its prey to emerge
Sunday, October 02, 2005
Jason loves to do crazy 'smiles' for photos but I asked for 'a nice, normal smile' in this shot. Hmmm, I think I'll stick with crazy next time!
Jason then explained that he had in fact whacked a small gecko thinking that it would dash off in time. Well it did indeed dash off but the poor thing left his twitching tail behind. No more tormenting geckos, Jason!
People just dry stuff anywhere they can find a space without fear of it being pilfered or interfered with. My neighbour regularly puts various leaves and grasses out to dry on his car bonnet. I have another pic somewhere in the archives of large black beetles being dried out on a car windscreen.
Out in the countryside you often see edible products being dried right by the roadside. Ugh! Imagining all that dust and pollution it must be exposed to makes me think twice about eating dried local produce. I still eat it anyway half the time. Must be turning Taiwanese.
As an amusing aside, someone in my neighbourhood hangs their embarrassingly large underpants on the metal gate shown here (you can see the edge of it in this picture). I'd take a picture of them but if I were to be spotted taking photos of someone's underpants....no, better not go there.
...at Chung Hsing uni campus. There are four in all (you can see the other two in the background). I'm sure they mean something, or perhaps they are simply aesthetic statements - of what no one is quite sure. Most people are in agreement about one thing though - they look like turds.
You know, even if they looked great, the lake and its surroundings just don't need any sculptures. It's already quite attractive enough. It reminds me of those cakes you see in bakeries here which are overloaded with fruits and decorations that don't belong together. Perhaps the university has too much money and doesn't really know what to do with it.
It seems Tesco only just arrived in Taichung and now they're sodding off. Bastards. Carrefour and Tesco are doing some kind of weird swap deal in which the Carrefour gets Tesco's Taiwan stores and Tesco gets Carrefour's stores in Czech and Slovakia. Kelly is devastated. Jason just hopes they keep the car-trolleys.