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Photos by MJ Klein – with FOOD PHOTOS!
This was my last full day in Thailand on this trip. I did not want to ride the motorcycle down to Phon, rent a car or take the bus. So I decided to ride the train.
This week we have a couple of near-misses shot with our dashcam. This clip consists of 2 sections I’ll explain the sections below:
In section one, you see us driving along and then encountering a truck doing something on the side of the road. The driver is stopping and apparently pulling over. I signalled and changed lanes to the left to avoid the obstacle. A car coming up behind me very fast (speeding) apparently did not like my changing lanes in front of him, and he showed his disapproval by honking his horn. Then, a little further down the road, he decided to “teach me a lesson” by passing me very close and driving recklessly. The clip continues and shows him trying to wreck his car further down the road by speeding and quickly jerking the wheel while changing lanes. I did learn a lesson: “You’re a moron.”
Photos by MJ Klein
It seems like it was just yesterday that we took our little bundle-of-joy home, but she is now over six months old! That means it’s time for an update!
Photos by MJ Klein
I thought it was time to show our readers the new car. But, the weather has been awful (hard to take photos in the rain) and our entire family has been sick with the flu for almost 2 weeks. So I’ve decided to do a short series on the new car to give me time to do more photography.
The new car is a Volkswagen Caddy Maxi. I’ve heard that this model is not available in the USA. I’m hoping our readers will let us know. The models are a bit confusing, but ours is a 7 seat 1.6 liter turbo diesel, with a 7 speed automatic transmission. For now I’m going to show you what it looks like in this installment, and later I’ll get into the technical details.
Like most cars in Taiwan, we have dark windows.
As some of you may might remember, Hui-chen and I bought a new car recently. We’ll be doing a story on that soon enough but one thing the new car came with is a dashcam. While driving, it silently records everything that happens in front of us. As sort of an experiment I thought I would highlight one of the idiotic things that happen to me while daily driving. If the response is good, this will become a regular feature as there certainly is enough material for a completely new blog on this topic alone! So, it is with great pleasure that we bring you this first dashcam video:The red car cruises into the left lane just prior to reaching the intersection (0:08), where it proceeds to take a right turn and encroach right into my lane forcing me to slow and wait (0:14) (and honk my horn). At that intersection, there are double right-turn lanes and most of the drivers do not do what this guy did. The wide-angle lens takes away some of the drama but nevertheless I was not able to continue in my own lane without hitting this driver.
Be sure and let us know what you think of this new feature in the comments section.
Photos by MJ Klein & Hui-chen
Hello everyone! We’re back from the Lunar New Year in Kaohsiung. We apologize for being away for so long. What began as a simple 6 day visit ended up being more than 3 weeks long! In addition to the visit with the family, Hui-chen and I decided to go car shopping (never actually intending to buy anything, but just looking). After that I got sick for 5 days with an awful stomach flu. After I recovered from that, we decided to buy the car we had been looking at, and that process took several days! So, we’re back now and soon I’ll have an article about the new car, but now without any further delay are some photos from the Lunar New Year (but not necessarily about the Lunar New Year).
Let’s start this one off with one of my favorite photos of Phoenix:
As you can see, Phoenix can now lay on her stomach and hold her head up quite well. She was perfectly happy to lay on the bed and pose for photos!
Tonight (2/1) on our way home from Costco, we were delayed on Freeway #1 by a bad accident.
Video by MJ Klein
In this video we see Phoenix playing with her baby gym. She is so small that I have to lay her on a firm pillow (buckwheat husks, actually) so she can reach the paddles. Every time she hits a paddle, the machine plays another excerpt of the song. She has to keep hitting one of the paddles to keep the song going. Phoenix is 12 weeks and 5 days old at the time of this video. What do you think of her ability?