Posts Tagged ‘family’

Blending the Eras

October 2nd, 2020

This was my first time exploring in a couple areas of Taipei that I've had an interest in for a while: DaDaoCheng and CaoBu Market in Songshan District near the airport runway.. I got there just after 7:00 AM and enjoyed wandering about DaDaoCheng, XiMenDing, WanHua and SongShan districts. Many people were out and about on that early Fall Taipei day. The weather was really nice there (hint: in Taipei nice weather means it didn't rain) but still typically humid due to Taipei's 2 rivers (Keelong and Damshui) snaking through the Taipei basin geography. It was a great day to take some photos and meet up with son and daughter-in-law later on for lunch and afternoon coffee in MinSheng district.

All in all, it was a good day trip for me to accomplish photography, explore and see family...oh and eat some really good food in Taiwan's premier food city.

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Covid 19 or a Rose by any Other Name

March 18th, 2020

So what the heck has been going on in my life you ask? I think I heard someone ask? Is it me for a moment-name that tune! 😀 Well recently went back to the US to visit Dear old Mom. This was in mid-February after Wuhan Covid 19 virus was already ramping up here in East Asia (I'm in Taiwan). Taiwan was extremely vigilant in promoting wearing of surgical grade masks, redundant hand washing and what the US is calling 'Social Distancing." To their credit the incidence of the virus has been relatively low when compared to China, Korea, Italy and now the US.

It was a nerve racking time getting ready for US trip-got a cold before going. My wife was a little nervous about whether there would be any issue getting through Taiwan immigration or US immigration...my philosophy is play that all by ear. Truthfully, that kind of stuff you never know until you do! When From the train to get to the HSR (High Speed Rail-the bullet train system imported from Japan), then to the MRT to get me to the airport everyone was wearing a mask. In Taiwan this is common during cold season and all the time since there are air pollution issues and people with related allergies. So nobody bats an eye when they encounter this.  Also Taiwan endured and was impacted by SARS back in the early 2000's so they are especially sensitive and proactive about taking measures to mitigate any virus threats.

It was nice seeing my family and being back in my home country for a minute. It was just kind of disturbing a little bit to be reminded of the 'cowboy ethic" roots of US history and culture. It's truly a blessing and a curse. It inspires rugged individualism and the moxie to go for it...venture out and try to stake your claim. Unfortunately it also enables the attitude of being tougher than leather.  In this case it fostered a lot of "virus-I don't need no stinking virus" attitude to the then new and unrecorded Covid 19 virus on American shores. Kind of that's some distant Asian thing but we're here in America and that virus doesn't dare come near us. Sad to say it has. Not quite sure how this will all shake out.

Maybe this will be the undoing of Pres. Trump? It certainly brought on the recession and unraveling of the global marketplace as we knew it to be. How this will all change and who will remain standing is hard to say at this point. It seems the drunken orgy of doing limitless profitable business in China is over. Sobering I know...maybe now people will notice the real issues. Not all people become more democratic or reasonable while profiting. Some just use profits to ramp up control over others. This applies equally to everywhere. I don't think good and evil are as binary as we made them. I think the hero often has some dirt on his hands and maybe the villain not a completely black hat. Sometimes I think they're distorted mirror images of each other. Some food for thought.

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Re-make Re-model

December 25th, 2017

It's been ages since I did a podcast. As some of you know I did many back in the early days of podcasting post Y2K days... Been listening to a number of podcasts lately. Thought I'd dust off the voice box and give it a whirl. 😀 Minor glitch for about 20 seconds a minute in...oh well. It will get better moving forward. Happy Holidays.

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Holiday in the Sun

November 27th, 2017

Just got through first big holiday of the double whammy holiday season that has been my life for the last 30 years. Today is actually my 30th year anniversary of living in Taiwan. Not a big holiday fan do to the synthetic nature of holidays topped off by their usually being co-opted by commerce to pressure you into buying a lot of junk you don't need but are brainwashed into believing you must have. Like Mick Jagger sang in Satisfaction,"When I'm watchin' my tv and a man comes on and tells me how white my shirts can be." Actually this one wasn't so bad and even though traders have managed to hitch a big Black Friday wagon to the holiday the holiday itself is kind of nice-eat a nice meal with friends and family and think about reasons to be thankful for your existence on Planet Earth. I was actually invited by some Taiwanese friends to come and share a meal with them that had turkey but also Szchuan Dan Dan noodles. I served as the Thanksgiving expert due to my US citizenship and life there.

So I told the basic tale of the Pilgrims and Puritans and the friendly Indians that taught hem how to survive.Didn't want to throw a wet blanket on dinner and mention how the Europeans probably infected them with some nasty germs they had no antibodies for and probably killed off many of them until the rest did develop antibodies. Here's another song lyric from the Handsome Family that had some short-lived success doing the theme song for True Detective season 1; from Weightless Again,"Those poor lost Indians when the white man found them most died of TB, the rest went insane". Thanksgiving's vibe is very similar to the Chinese New Year's eve or圍爐 which literally means gathering oven-side to enjoy a meal together. Now to deal with Christmas, New Years and Chinese New year late this year due to the Lunar Calendar they follow which had 2 Lunar July's this year...I know it hurts your brain to think about it...

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Of Wetlands…

July 31st, 2014

We got the crazy idea for a family 1/2 day trip out to the Gao Mei Wetlands on a hot July Sunday afternoon. Why crazy-well it was a hot July afternoon and Taiwan places of interest are always super-crowded on holidays and weekends. I thought the sticky July heat would probably help thin the numbers down some, so why not!

Gao Mei always appealed to me because of the neighboring windmill farm at Taichung Harbor and just the location of wetlands next to the sea. The light at the shore, the varying depth of water and resulting reflections and textures that appear in the pictures,etc. Ohh, and did I mention the light? 😀 Now to there is the added shape and texture of a boardwalk into the wetlands that has been recently completed.

The family had a good time. we got some exercise and some nice sights in our eyes, I got some nice photos several would have to rank as all time favorites-this is one of them. Can you feel the July at the shore vibe?

Otis Redding-Sitting on the Dock of the Bay

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