Taken recently at a friend’s wedding reception:
Our long time friend, Mr. Chris Case (shown on the left, above) lost his battle with leukemia this morning. Chris hosted our blog since it’s inception in 2005 , and our commercial site since the beginning in 2003. Chris was a longtime supporter of our blog, music and our commercial enterprises. He will be missed very much.
I spoke with Chris on the phone a few days ago. Typical of him, he played down his situation and told me that he was going to make it – he had the spirit to fight the disease that was trying to kill him. Chris wasn’t the kind of man who would complain or whine about his situation; no he would just get on with life and look forward. I must say that he certainly faced his adversary like a man.
Goodbye Chris. Thanks for always being there for us.
I’ve removed all the stuff from the right sidebar, and moved it to the left side, so I can insert photos on a larger size. Please let me know how you like the larger size photos. If the right sidebar remains clear, I can keep all photos large, like this one below:
The Nissan GT-R is my favorite car, and there is one in Hsinchu city that is sometimes parked near the Big City mall. I took a few photos with my mobile phone.
Photos by MJ Klein (many of them are geotagged)
Hui-chen and I took Phoenix in tow with us to the new Global Mall and what we have come to call, “the big ball.” This big ball, made in Taiwan, is a round display that was all the rage way back when it went on display in Shanghai where it caused quite a stir. No one had seen anything like it. Now, years later, this round display is in a purpose-built building that is part of the Global Mall complex.
We began our visit with lunch on the second-floor food court. Phoenix loves the camera and I couldn’t resist snapping some photos of her being cute.
Geotagged photos by MJ Klein
The afternoon after we saw the pandas, we went to this place, which they have translated “Sky of star moon.” Not exactly how I would have translated it, this place is for kids to enjoy some animals and a safe area in which to run around.
Photos my MJ Klein
This is the biggest quad they have. We rented it for the rest of the day and headed out to the road along the beach where I’ve ridden my trike before.
Geotagged photos by MJ Klein
By now, everyone has heard of the gas explosions in the southern Taiwan city of Kaohsiung. We live far away from there, but my wife’s parents live close enough to have felt the explosions in their apartment. Recently, I went walking down what is left of a road where a section of the explosions happened.
This scene is just one of many places where the road is blocked off to traffic. It’s because there is no road to travel on ahead.
Photos by MJ Klein – most photos are geotagged
July 20th found us in Nantou again (for a followup dentist appointment for my TMD problem). The paper-mache pandas were nearby so we decided to brave the crowds and take a look.
As you can see, literally thousands of people had the same idea.