Bike Trip Around Taiwan: Sketchbook

Starting on the last day of August, Peter and I hopped on our rented bicycles from Mathew’s Rental and started our 14-day journey. I have tons of video footage from the bike ride, but I haven’t completed the video yet. (Honestly, it’s a very daunting process so it may be a while before that video …

Cycling around taiwan: Film

Praktica BCA Electornica. Kodak 400 film. Hsinchu Miaoli Valley Alishan Chiayi Checheng Taipei

Taipei days

Pentax K1000. Porta 400 These shots were taken during my final weeks living in Taipei. Locations include: Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Fulong Beach, Dadaocheng Wharf, and near my apartment in Dapinglin Station.

Retired Foreign English Teacher

It’s still a bit hard to believe, but I am *officially* a retired teacher.  A year ago I wanted to regularly update my blog about work and life in Taiwan. Those dreams quickly evaporated as I learned how draining teaching is. Now that I have a lot of time in my unemployed hands, I thought …

Shen’ao Elephant Trunk Rock

Praktica BCA – Fujifilm S uperia X-TRA 400 Our visit to Elephant Trunk Rock marked the beginning of summer. Google Maps predicted a one-hour ride on the local train to Keelung, followed by a two-hour bus ride to this scenic location. In a bit of a hurry, we decided to take the train to Keelung …

small Holiday in Kaohsiung

This year Peter and I spent the 4-day holiday of Tomb Sweeping and Children’s Day by venturing to the most southern city we’ve been to so far: Kaohsiung. The $55 USD /person Taiwan High Speed Rail tickets are the most expensive tickets we’ve bought for in-country traveling. It’s totally worth it. The ride is only …

Mazu Homecoming Festival

On Sunday, May 20th,  Peter, Taylor, Peter’s co-worker, and I were invited to participate in the 210th Anniversary of the Mazu Homecoming Parade in the Jinshan District. Peter and Taylor’s bosses, Amy and Ryan, drove us to the festival in Jinshan and explained the importance of Mazu in Taiwanese culture. In life, Mazu was a …

Hong Kong

Film: Ektar 100. Camera: Pentax ME F Film: Porta 400. Camera: Pentax ME F.

hiiibirdie

Another lazy Sunday afternoon at home and sunlight is filtering through a crinkled-glass window creating a soft, hazy, yellow glow that’s perfect for a nap. Though tempting, I knew I needed to plan my lessons and opted to leave the too comfortable apartment. So Pete and I decided to stretch our legs and brains and …