My Photo Faves from Taiwan

I’ve wanted a digital camera forever, and Santa came knocking early and surprised me with one before my Taiwan trip.  I was so excited to snap away left and right and document my trip.  It rained most of the days we were there with clouds casting a grey glow over everything, but even in this, I tried to capture the beauty.  Here are my faves from the trip.

sun moon lake

By far, the best pix of the trip….mid-morning at Sun Moon Lake as the sun is trying to break through the clouds. So peaceful and calm.

taiwan night market

The entrance to the Raohe St Night Market bursting with Las Vegas style lights & energy.

taiwan soldiers

Taiwanese soldiers doing their hourly march at the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall.

fire lantern

Mom snapped a pix of me as I’m letting my fire lantern go in the middle of a street.  So safe!

taroko's gorge

Another one from Taroko…

buddhist temple

Buddha in a temple buried deep in Taroko’s Gorge.  Mosquito infested hike to get there.

jeremy lin

Of course they love Jeremy Lin…he’s Taiwanese!

taiwanese dessert

One of the most interesting things I dared to try…rice flour wrapper with peanut shavings, cilantro, and ice cream.  Surprisingly delish!

monarch butterfly

Close-up of a monarch butterfly.

taiwan flag

The Taiwanese flag blowing in the wind.

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Walking by Art

The other day, I’m walking down a busy street near Civic Center in SF and randomly stumble upon this Randy Colosky exhibit at the Air & Space Museum.  It’s random in the sense that I’m surrounded by offices, tall buildings, restaurants…and in the middle of this, I peer into a window expecting to find more of the same.  Instead, I see a foil air duct type of contraption with lights shining down on a bed of greens.  Strange, but awesome at the same time.  I snapped a pix and had fun playing around with them.  See below.

SF air and space museum

air and space museum

SF air and space museum

Birthday Bowling

I went to a birthday party this past weekend at Lucky Strike Bowling and it was so much fun! It took me back to my days as a kid where sleepovers, getting my ears pierced, and boy crushes consumed my life. I’ve recently noticed a trend in birthday parties. I think you hit your late 20’s, early 30’s and you start to yearn for a simpler time…so thus, birthday parties themed around activities of your past time….kickball, piñatas in the park, go-kart racing. All taken up a notch or 2 with adult beverages, of course. 🙂

X marks the spot

Hipster night out

I’m not a hipster, but I do have hipster tendencies.  Like the other night, we decided to hit up a local bar called Phone Booth, a total hipster bar.  Think red lights, smoke filled room, Barbie chandelier hanging from the ceiling (see eery red pix below), and a jukebox jiving in the corner.  The happy ending?  A late night burrito filled with guacamole and carnitas. 🙂

 

San Francisco, Where art thou summer?

Anybody that’s spent time in San Francisco knows that summer is not summer. Summer feels like fall with its 60 degree weather….and fall feels a bit like summer (at least the months of September and October).  Even Mark Twain was once quoted saying: “The coldest winter I spent was a summer in San Francisco.”  If you’re thinking I’m kidding, I’m not.  Evidence?  I snapped this picture of palm trees in my neighborhood blowing in the wind.  It captures the perfect essence of an SF summer.  Still waiting for the warm temps to kick in….