Lunar New Year Photos

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Photos by MJ Klein & Hui-chen

Hello everyone!  We’re back from the Lunar New Year in Kaohsiung.  We apologize for being away for so long.  What began as a simple 6 day visit ended up being more than 3 weeks long!  In addition to the visit with the family, Hui-chen and I decided to go car shopping (never actually intending to buy anything, but just looking).  After that I got sick for 5 days with an awful stomach flu.  After I recovered from that, we decided to buy the car we had been looking at, and that process took several days!  So, we’re back now and soon I’ll have an article about the new car, but now without any further delay are some photos from the Lunar New Year (but not necessarily about the Lunar New Year).

Let’s start this one off with one of my favorite photos of Phoenix:

Lunar New Year Photos

As you can see, Phoenix can now lay on her stomach and hold her head up quite well.  She was perfectly happy to lay on the bed and pose for photos!

Lunar New Year Photos

Lunar New Year Photos

Lunar New Year Photos

Lunar New Year Photos

Lunar New Year Photos

Lunar New Year Photos

Speaking of Phoenix, as you can imagine, she was quite a hit with the family, and I can tell you, she cleaned up with the red envelopes!

Lunar New Year Photos

This is Hui-chen’s aunt holding Phoenix.

Lunar New Year Photos

Auntie gives Phoenix her first-ever red envelope.  Phoenix found it fascinating!

Lunar New Year Photos

Lunar New Year Photos

Lunar New Year Photos

Lunar New Year Photos

Of course, Phoenix was a big hit with all the aunts:

Lunar New Year Photos

Lunar New Year Photos

Lunar New Year Photos

Lunar New Year Photos

Lunar New Year Photos

Lunar New Year Photos

Auntie takes a turn at feeding Phoenix.

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Then Hui-chen’s mother takes a turn.  Seems like everyone enjoys feeding a baby.

Lunar New Year Photos

I managed to get a nice shot of Mother/Daughter.

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In some photos, Phoenix looks remarkably like Hui-chen when she was a baby.

I did take some shots of the neighborhood (with the GPS attached) from the roof:

Lunar New Year Photos

This is a very interesting structure, suspended from towers.

Lunar New Year Photos

Hui-chen’s parents live near a canal that leads into the harbor.

Lunar New Year Photos

Lunar New Year Photos

See the ship in the distance?

Lunar New Year Photos

Lunar New Year Photos

The famous “85” building.

Lunar New Year Photos

Closeup of the top of the 85 building.

Lunar New Year Photos

Hui-chen took a couple of cute photos using her mobile phone:

Lunar New Year Photos

Here I’m wearing a harness carrying Phoenix around in the Dream Mall.

Lunar New Year Photos

Sometimes Phoenix wants to sleep in the big bed with Mommy or Daddy.  Hui-chen snapped this photo of us, sound asleep.

We hope you enjoyed these photos from the Lunar New Year!  Be sure to leave us your comments below!

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    1. hey Michael, nice to see you in our comments section again! thanks very much. we got the VW Caddy Maxi TDI, the 1.6L turbo diesel. fantastic car and it suits us perfectly. i’ll do some photos of it soon. thanks for dropping by. take care.

  1. Glad you are back with pictures. Was afraid someone had gotten sick. Glad you are well. I love the picture of you and Phoenix asleep too. Thank you for sharing your pictures.

    1. hi Carolyn. thanks for dropping by. all is well, now that we’re back from Kaohsiung. hope everything is going well with you. take care.

    1. hi MKL, and congratulations! it’s going to be awhile before she smiles and looks like those babies you see in the magazines. she’ll start smiling around 3 months, and by the 4th month she will be a little ball of sweetness! sleeping and drinking milk are good activities for a 2 week old! our Phoenix is 4 months now. she’s growing up fast though. my advice is to take lots of photos! take care.

  2. Awwwww… MJ got all tired out and had to sleep just like Phoenix… what a baby he is 🙂

    I went into Chinatown to take some pics of the Chinese New Year events there on Feb 17th. Unlike last year when it was around 40F (4c) and sunny… this year it was 20F (-6c) with a windchill of about 5F (-15c) and snowing.

    Its very hard to use a camera when you have a winter glove on. So in order to work my camera… I had to take my right glove off (I had a couple of those hand warmer packets in my right coat pocket to put my hand in to try and keep it warm).

    By the time I left Chinatown… my hand was so cold. I had very little feeling in my hand. I think I also got some very minor frostbite… as the very tip of all of my fingertips still feel a bit “strange”… like there isn’t much feeling in them (I could bite them and barely feel it).
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    1. hi Mike. yup, i was tired out and so was the baby.

      yes it’s very hard to work a camera with a glove on. but i’ve never known you to wear gloves though, so that must have been a new experience with the camera. hope you didn’t get frostbite! that would be bad! how does your hand feel now?

      1. My hand feels fine… its just the very very tip of my fingertips hat feel as if they have very little feeling in them (and its been almost a month).

        I didn’t have gloves on during New Years Eve when I was taking pictures of the ice sculptures (and I think it was about 30F or -1c that night). I guess the low temps… the windchills… AND the snow hitting my hand… was probably more than my hand could handle.

        Of course… diabetics are more susceptible to frostbite than others.
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        1. Mike, true about diabetics. that’s going to make a difference in your recovery. the tips of the fingers of my left hand have little feeling in them too, but that’s from 40+ years of guitar playing, lol. hope you recover fully, Mike. take care.

  3. Hey MJ – good to see you back. Sorry to hear you were sick though. Beautiful picture of you and Phoenix – she really is a cute baby – you should be so proud. I actually had wondered what had happened to you. It is very unlike you not to post anything for so long.

    Anyway, glad you are back blogging – hope you enjoyed the New Year. I just got back myself from traveling abroad so resting up and looking for a new job – ha ha. Also getting back on the exercise wagon..

    As always take care and look forward to your next post.

    Cheers
    Paul
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    1. hi Paul. always a pleasure to have you join us in our comments section. yes, HC and i are blessed with Phoenix. i mean, who knew that i would have such a cute baby? lol just goes to show you that you never know what might happen! where did you just come back from? i’m ready to read all about it on your blog 🙂 we hope you find just the kind of job you’re looking for. thanks for your kind comments Paul and take care.

      1. Cheers – Phoenix is cute – just got back from South Africa – visiting friends and family….was fun good to be back in Taiwan – but back for one week and already have itchy feet again – ha ha.

        Take care MJ.
        Paul

  4. I like the picture where you carry your daughter in the harness. I used one of those, too. It’s nice having her so close and very interesting for the baby – she feels very safe and can see a lot, as well.

    I always sang the Kangaroo Tango for my daughter when I put her in the harness:

    Kangaroo, I don’t know what to do,
    Oh why must you roam from our little home for two?
    Languorous Kangaroo, Please say it isn’t true,
    You’re leaving all this, and joining a distant zoo.
    I’d perish if you do. Kangaroo.

    I must have sung this 100s of times – recently I asked her if she remembered. Nope, nothing.

    Oh well. 😀

    1. hi Stefan. that harness works better than i thought it would. i’ve had the baby in it for more than 3 hours at a time and both of us were comfortable. we only took her out to feed and change her. i agree that the baby feels safe but still can see a lot going on around her. i’m going to have to look up the Kangaroo Tango. too bad she doesn’t remember it! thanks and take care, Stefan.

  5. Congratulations again to you both! She is simply amazing 🙂 She is growing so fast, enjoy each and every little moment you have with her..before you know it she will be too big to carry like that and will be off wanting to do her own thing. You have a beautiful family..live, love, laugh!
    Big hugs from NH
    Danielle

    1. hi Danielle – it’s always a pleasure to see your comments in our blog! yes, you are absolutely right: before we know it she will be off doing her own thing. i treasure each day with her, and before retiring i thank God for her, and i pray for wisdom and strength to be a good father to her. i hope i can live up to the demand. take care Danielle, and hope to see your comments again soon! thanks!

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