Best posts on from Jan 2009

Here’s a quick digest of the top posts that you may want to check out:
  • Chinese New Year in Kaohsiung
    Posted on Wednesday, January 28th, 2009 in Blog – Comments: (10)
    Photo by MJ KleinWe’re in Kaohsiung, and without an internet connection (believe it or not!).  We’ve been taking plenty of photos for you so just as soon as we can upload them, you’ll be seeing them.  In the meantime, enjoy your time off (if you have it).
  • How To Improve Your Photography In 5 Minutes
    Posted on Thursday, January 8th, 2009 in Photography – Comments: (19)
    Photos by MJ KleinOriginally published on My Several Worlds as a guest article.Readers of our blog sometimes complain to us privately that when they travel, they are disappointed with their photographs. Then, they usually ask me for some advice on which camera they should buy so they can take better photographs. I tell them that they can take better photographs right now, with what they are currently using.
  • Hukou Old Street, Revisited
    Posted on Wednesday, January 14th, 2009 in leisure – Comments: (16)
    Photos by MJ KleinBlogger Andres and his lovely wife Karen visited us recently, bringing along superbaby Olivia of course.  Since they had never been to the Hukou Old Street area before, we decided to show them around.This is the main drag, and believe it or not, this crowd is light compared to most weekends.We’re walking past a temple at the far end of the Old Street.
  • Interview with MJ Klein
    Posted on Monday, January 5th, 2009 in Blog – Comments: (3)
    David Reid interviewed me as the Year 2008 Taiwan Blog Awards Winner.  It’s being offered as a podcast on Taiwanwanderful.Here is the link to the interview.If you’ve always wondered what I sound like, here’s your chance!
  • Stories From My Past: The Studio Session
    Posted on Monday, January 19th, 2009 in Humor – Comments: (2)
    Many of my friends know that I’ve spent years in the recording studio as an engineer, producer, recording artist and backup musician.  I was often called in to do some support work, such as background vocals, handclaps and so forth, on visiting artist’s recordings.  This story is about one of those times….At Crosstown Recording Studio in Boston, a prominent recording artist wanted to do some personal recording for the purpose of presenting songs to the publisher for a new album.
  • This Week In Food, Part Four
    Posted on Monday, January 5th, 2009 in family – Comments: (3)
    Food and other photos by MJ KleinAfter the wedding, we went down to Kaohsiung to visit the family.  Ping-chen suggested that we check out a Korean style restaurant for lunch.  It was a great suggestion!The sisters check out the menuThis is a shot of the grilling device, my plate and 3 very interesting sauces.  I’ve never experienced those particular sauces before and I found one of them to be very good on the grilled food.
  • This Week in Food, Part Three
    Posted on Sunday, January 4th, 2009 in Food – Comments: (6)
    Food and other photos by MJ KleinThe Daily Bubble Tea – For Two!We had the pleasure of attending the wedding of Cathy and Todd, of The Daily Bubble Tea fame, on Saturday, in quaint Nantou.  It was like a blogger meetup!  I didn’t take so many photos of the events as I chose to sit back and enjoy them.
  • This Week in Food, Part Two
    Posted on Saturday, January 3rd, 2009 in family – Comments: (3)
    Food and other photos by MJ KleinWe’ve been experiencing connectivity problems with our blog server, so please forgive the posting infrequency of late.We decided to head over to Hsinchu City to a place we’d heard about in the Sogo Department Store. It turned out to be a good decision. First course out of the kitchen was these bao-zhe.  A bit different and very tasty.
  • Voucher Fever
    Posted on Thursday, January 22nd, 2009 in Humor – Comments: (10)
    Photo by MJ KleinRecently, the Taiwanese government gave NT$3,600 worth of shopping vouchers to citizens and qualified residents. While my own personal experience with receiving the vouchers was rather unremarkable (with only 2 people saying anything to me while I was in line, and both times in “English”), there have been several noteworthy events in the news concerning the vouchers. Here is a list of them: Women fainted after receiving their vouchers.
  • Weather Has Finally Broken A Bit….
    Posted on Saturday, January 17th, 2009 in Uncategorized – Comments: (2)
    Hui-chen and I have been under the weather lately but now that it’s considerably warmer, we’re going to try to get out and do some interesting things for you to read about!
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