Posts Tagged ‘taiwan’

520

May 20th, 2020

520 is the heading for Taiwan President Tsai YingWen's 2nd inauguration. 520 sounds like the Chinese 我愛你 which means,"I Love You." Yeah original, I know. While a little smarmy not totally inappropriate I guess. Also in times of Covid some positive hyperbole is not so bad. Tsai is riding high on her government's "successful" handling of the Covid-19 Pandemic here in Taiwan and also in ramping up production of surgical masks and gifting them to many different places and governments around the world.

Those things are all relatively positive even though the early gifting of the masks diminished the supply locally causing Taiwanese residents to stand in long lines to get only a few masks per couple of weeks.That aside the government was very proactive and shifted into high gear from the get go, no doubt motivated by their experience with the first round of SARS back in the early "oughts." I think the 2 main factors in the successful "curve flattening" here in Taiwan are 1) Former Vice President(as of today),  Dr. Chen Chien-jen and the peopel of Taiwan choosing to cooperate with government requests to wear masks, submit to temperature taking, increased hand washing and isolation wherever possible. Former VP Chen is an epidemiologist and former head of the Dept. of Health in Taiwan.

My warm and hopeful wishes that President Tsai, new VP Dr. William Lai and the rest of the gov't will make some more powerful strides for local matters as well as international diplomatic ones.

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New…

January 1st, 2020

New year/decade-new image. Same me and you...a little older-a little wiser. Enjoy-be in touch soon.

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STAR(ting) Over

September 10th, 2019

Haven't gone out with DSLR camera in a while specifically to catch some street shots. Have thought about it-this years extremely rainy summer probably also a factor. I recently visited the eastern coast of Taiwan-Hualien. Didn't do much shooting to speak of and whatever I did do was with IPhone camera. Nothing wrong with that just not the same. The market in this series was a regular stop for me at least a few times a month when I was shooting several mornings a week. Hadn't been there in over a year and the crowded streets and alleys reminded me of that. Still made several trips back and forth up and down. This time was right before the big holiday later this week-Mid-Autumn Festival. Many vendors had moon cakes for sale, most people were buying meat and other goodies to barbecue with families and friends under the full Autumn moon.

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The Weight

June 17th, 2019

I've been on a long lifestyle change regime. It probably started about 15 years ago. At that time I was still smoking but also taking supplements like vitamins and anti-oxidants. It dawned on me one day that the cigarettes and anti-oxidants were in direct conflict with each other. They both need to be bought with money so I opted to quit smoking and keep taking the vitamins and anti-oxidants. Kudos to me, right?

Well of course it was a sensible health driven decision. However quitting smoking for many has one bad side effect-you eat more! That was true for me and I bulked up over an already bulky physique. So not long after I decided to go walking as often as possible in the early AM. Good idea-every little bit counts. I also was getting into photography around this time so I brought the camera with me. Kill 2 birds with one stone, right? Get some needed healthy exercise and use the time to take some photos as well.

This was my norm for a couple of years. I noticed some gradual slight weight loss but many friends didn't so much. I thought about this and realized that it was best to use the time for more brisk walking, uninterrupted by looking for and taking photos. While this decreased my photo taking it certainly enhanced the benefit of the walking to me and my enhanced focus on taking better care of my body.

So let's update to present times. I've lost a little over 100 lbs and around 9" off of my waistline. I was just at a wedding (wife's family) and many that hadn't seen me in a few years were all surprised and very encouraging about my obvious weight loss. So you might be asking yourself why am I writing this? Is this just another narcissistic, self congratulatory social media post? Maybe but I hope to encourage anyone reading this that has a challenge that you can make progress and probably be successful if you are patient and practical. Many will offer that the weight didn't go on over night so it won't come off over night either. Yes, everyone prefers speed loss over slow and steady but slow and steady is the healthier sustainable choice in terms of limiting stress to your body but still achieving good results.

The net result is I'll still continue to walk for an hour and 1/2, 4 or 5 times a week at 4 something o'clock each morning. I'll also continue to eat sensibly-which to me means less carbs but not no carbs. Definitely less processed sugar-and less food simply because my appetite has decreased. Let me know how your lifestyle goals are going and I'll send you some love and encouragement!

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Porcine but Not Ham Fisted…

February 7th, 2019

Happy Lunar(Chinese) New Year to all. It is the Year of the Pig according to the Chinese zodiac system. It also happens to be my year for whatever that is worth. The Lunar New year holiday vibe is similar to but also very different from Christmas/New Year holidays in the west. Similarities: big holiday, family time, a lot of eating, gift giving( Chinese custom mostly giving red packets: 紅包 of cash), etc. The Lunar New Year holiday can be as much as a week or more at times (at times because the dates change each year as opposed to the Gregorian calendar which is pretty fixed). Due to the longer duration and the crowding in Taiwan (here for me), most places are jammed and not very much fun unless you like crowds and moving at a glacial pace. So what most people do is practice the art of chillaxing during this time. Hanging out at home, sleeping late and taking naps, hitting Netflix.  Those that like to gamble play mahjong with family and friends often through the night.

 

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