Photos by MJ Klein – Hangover by Sang Som Royal Thai Rum
I had a fabulous weekend. I met lots of new friends and hung out with them and old friends too. I stuffed my face, drank a lot of booze, sang and played guitar. No, where else could that happen except at a grill party in Hukou at Shao-hui’s? Oh, yeah, we did that in Miaoli too! Seems like we’ve been partying a lot lately. Why not? We’re lucky enough to be living in Taiwan!
This bowl of meat is what all the fuss was about. Tons of ginger, garlic, lemongrass, a couple of bay leaves and some other stuff. Yeah, it doesn’t look like much now, but when you put it on the grill….
In the afternoon, David Reid (L) and Todd Alperovitz came over right around 15:00. David watched as Todd and I broke out the rum and started talking Nikon tech gear. Just about when I had these 2 gentlemen throughly bored….
Michael Turton (L) and Mark Foreman showed up. Mark (not your best photo, sorry man) was great company, talking about guitar and studio stuff like I haven’t been able to for years. Cool hang. We drank until darkness approached. It’s what men do.
But then, (L to R seated at the table) David Edwards, John and Carrie, (Michael and Todd already in attendance), and Catherine showed up! I had never met these people before, although from reading their blogs I certainly knew who they were. Here we see Michael and Carrie talking for the first time.
“So, who do you think has the best blog, Michael?” The conversation was lively with lots of interesting topics being discussed in English and Chinese.
By now the food was coming along well on the grill. I blogged on the food here.
Michael is in every shot of every table because (like me) he likes to mingle with everyone. Now by this point, blogger Andres (seated on the green stool, center) had arrived with his wife Karen, cousin Becky and friend Jerry (back to camera). You no doubt recall them from my post on the fun weekend we had in Miaoli.
While Andres stepped into the store beside Shao-hui’s, this Thai monk walked by, adding to the surreal atmosphere. I had never seen a Thai monk in Taiwan before, and certainly never in Hukou. So, we got, what? 15 bloggers and a Thai monk on this block?
I think Andres likes the Thai rum.
By the time we all felt like Andres, we decided to head back to our house and up to the roof. I played some drunken 12-string renditions of Led Zeppelin songs, and hence this was the only shot that I took up on the roof.
Finally, it was time for everyone to go. People were milling about in the road in front of our home, not really wanting to leave. Finally though, my wife called a taxi and they somehow crammed 5 people in it, in addition to the driver. John, I don’t know how you did it man….
For those of you who didn’t stay over (David Reid did) we showed him around Hukou the next day.
Hui-chen was showing us how to use some of the appointments of the temple. There was a large garden next to this temple and we walked around there for awhile and then headed over to the Hukou Old Street area.
Not quite as large or interesting as Dasi, but fun for an hour. Hui-chen and David are standing near what was once and old railroad stop. The tracks embedded in the road represent where the rails used to be. It’s all reproduction stuff, but at least the locals made an attempt and preserving some kind of history.
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