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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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Some New Phoenix Photos

March 12, 2014 By: thenhbushman Category: family, Phoenix, Photography

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Photos by MJ Klein

Sorry for the light posting of late.  There is a lot going on that I can’t tell you about just yet, but there are some good things in the works that will be coming up soon.  In the meantime, I’d like to share some recent photos of Phoenix, who is growing up so fast!  Enjoy!

Some New Phoenix Photos

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Craig Ferguson’s Travel Photography Essentials

February 14, 2014 By: thenhbushman Category: Guest Article

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Our friend Craig Ferguson has released a new eBook.  From his website:

Travel Photography Essentials is an eBook designed to get you up and running with travel photography. From beginner level right through to enthusiast this 98 page book was created in response to many requests for such a resource. Within the pages are sections covering basic settings, composition and techniques as well as advice regarding pre-departure preparations. The bulk of the eBook though is taken up with subject oriented advice. Covering a range of common travel photography scenarios including people, landscapes and nature, festivals, city life and more. Rounding things out is a look at image management including basic workflow, monitor calibration and what to do if you think your photographs are good enough to sell.

Travel Photography Essentials eBook is priced at only $15.

As a launch special, from now until February 28 2014, if you use the code travel33 you can get $5 off the purchase price of Travel Photography Essentials.

Here is the link to his site where you can order the eBook: Travel Photography Essentials

 

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My Friend Mr. Sun

January 17, 2014 By: thenhbushman Category: News, Personal

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Long-time readers of this blog know that I occasionally go to Taoyuan to hang out with my friends Mr. Lee and Mr. Sun, aka Lee and Paul.  Unfortunately, Mr. Lee passed away several years ago.  Wednesday night I got a call from Paul’s wife, which has never happened before.  My worst fears were realized: Mr. Sun passed away a few days ago, from liver failure.  We had a lot of good times in the past, and like Mr. Lee, he will be missed.  Goodbye my friend.

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Camping in Nantou, Part Two

January 15, 2014 By: thenhbushman Category: camping, Dutch oven, family, Food, Lifestyle, Taiwan

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Geotagged Photos by MJ Klein, including DUTCH OVEN COOKING PHOTOS!

Camping in Guoxing

I left you in the last installment with a shot of this fire pit, and after talking with the campground owner I decided to build a fire in this pit and cook here.  When I rolled down the window as the owner approached our van, he froze and gave me the “foreigner stare” until I spoke Chinese to him.  He said that no Westerner has ever been to this campsite before.  Can’t say that anymore!

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Camping in Nantou, Part One

December 14, 2013 By: thenhbushman Category: camping, Dutch oven, Food, Lifestyle

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Geotagged photos by MJ Klein

Camping in Nantou

Recently, my wife has developed an interest in camping.  I try to encourage her to experience new things and cultivate new interests, so, we took our camping gear that we’ve acquired over time (at my suggestion) and went camping with her sister (shown here holding Phoenix), Hui-lien.  This is a shot of our tent setup, and our VW van next to it.  Notice the gravel surface.

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Phoenix Tries Ice Cream

December 03, 2013 By: thenhbushman Category: Humor, Phoenix

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Video by MJ Klein

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