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The Taiwan Pavilion

November 11, 2014 By: thenhbushman Category: Taiwan, Technology

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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.

The Taiwan Pavilion

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.

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Sky of Star Moon

September 09, 2014 By: thenhbushman Category: family, Taiwan

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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.

Sky of Star Moon

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Sunday At Yong-an

August 31, 2014 By: thenhbushman Category: Uncategorized

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Photos my MJ Klein

We’ve been to Yong-an before, quite a few times.  On this particular occasion, we specifically wanted to check out one of those quads (4-wheeled cycle) and take the whole family for a ride.

Sunday At Yong An

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.

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Kaohsiung Gas Explosion Damage

August 21, 2014 By: thenhbushman Category: News, Taiwan

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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.

Kaohsiung Gas Explosion Damage

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.

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Attack Of The Pandas!

August 14, 2014 By: thenhbushman Category: Taiwan

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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.

Attack Of The Pandas!

As you can see, literally thousands of people had the same idea.

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Our Visit to Nantou, Part Two

August 04, 2014 By: thenhbushman Category: leisure, Lifestyle, Taiwan

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Photos by MJ Klein  Most photos are geotagged

Our Visit to Nantou, Part Two

Picking up where we left off on our last installment, we went to this place to spend the night.  We’ll show you the room we stayed in, and then you’ll understand why we ended up staying here for 2 nights, instead of one!  The English name is “The Solas.”

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Flying Cow Ranch

July 25, 2014 By: thenhbushman Category: family, leisure, Lifestyle, Taiwan

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Photos by MJ Klein (photos are geotagged)

Recently, my wife and I took Phoenix to the famous Flying Cow Ranch.  Even though it was a weekend and crammed with people, we had a good time, and Phoenix got to interact with some animals.

Flying Cow Ranch

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Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

July 18, 2014 By: thenhbushman Category: family, leisure, Lifestyle, Taiwan

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Photos by MJ Klein

Let me tell you how this happened.  My wife asked me to drive her to Nantou, to a famous temple, which of course, I did.  While we were there, we visited her cousin, who owns a dental clinic there.  Since I have been suffering from a new medical problem that has cropped up, my wife’s cousin was very interested in examining me.  This visit has turned into several visits for followups.  So, without any previous planning, we found ourselves in Nantou on several occasions, and here is what we did on those occasions, broken into segments.  We’d never been to Puli before, so that’s where we decided to go.

Before I forget, clicking on any photo will take you to the Flickr page where you may view or d/l larger sizes.  The vast majority of these photographs are geotagged, as is the article itself.

 

Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

This is our room on the first night of our stay.  Phoenix just loves traveling (like her parents) and she was very excited to look around the room.

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I Can’t Believe It’s June!

June 15, 2014 By: thenhbushman Category: Personal, Taiwan

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Photo by MJ Klein

It’s June!  I haven’t even posted anything for May.  That doesn’t mean that nothing has been happening of course. But things are rather routine, which is probably a good thing.  My Sigma lens has stopped working and I need to send it back to the factory for rebuilding.  My 6 year old computer finally got so slow that I broke down and got a new one.  We’re planning a trip back to the USA, and of course we’ll be writing all about that.  Phoenix is growing up so fast.  She is learning new words every day and she’s getting so tall.  That’s about all that’s going on at the moment.  Here’s what the new computer looks like:

New 27" MSi Touchscreen AIO Computer

This is a 27″ AIO (All In One), running Windows 8.1, Core i7, 16g RAM, 128G SSD, 1TB HDD, Nvidia GEFORCE graphics, Blu-Ray optical drive, USB 3.0, 10 point touchscreen and MSi Military Class II components. This machine boots in 8 seconds and is so fast that I can accidentally delete something before I even realize it’s gone! Built-in SD card reader makes it especially convenient for editing photos in Adobe Lightroom (shown on the screen). This is a special version made for Taiwan with a digital TV tuner and THX audio. Oh, I forgot to add that the screen is non-glare.

This machine has exceeded my expectations and I highly recommend this model and company.

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Phoenix Goes to the Beach

April 17, 2014 By: thenhbushman Category: family, leisure, Lifestyle, Phoenix, Taiwan

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Photos by MJ Klein

We took Phoenix to the beach here in Taiwan, for the first time.

Phoenix Goes to the Beach

We had bought her some new toys for playing with sand, and we wanted to show her how to use them.  Once we filled up the wheelbarrow and showed her how to dig in the sand, she started enjoying herself.

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