Friday, July 30, 2010

Wake Up Call

Our first morning back in Taiwan I woke up and heard lots of loud music outside. Music that can only be associated with Asian cultures. Then I started to hear lots of drumming. In typical fashion, it took me a while to realize I was missing something. So finally I grabbed my camera, keys, and went downstairs to check it out.

The entrance to the apartment building is at the top of a T intersection. Half way down the first block of the leg of the T is where the music was. There was a large tent set up almost entirely blocking an alley. I thought this might be a wedding celebration. Later Hui-Ling found out it was to celebrate the birthday of a local God.

There were carts with sound systems. I saw drummers, martial arts, and lion dancing. Across the street from the alley entrance was a stage, but nothing was happening there.

Last Morning in Shanghai

Here are some mua ji we bought. They are made with sticky rice flour and have different fillings. Soft and yummy! We got one of each flavor at this particular stand. I got scolded for taking photos inside of the shopping mall. This shot is in the dining area of the Shanghai apartment.

On the couch.

Last violin practice in Shanghai.

The mag lev train approaches.

301 km/h. That's 187 miles per hour for us non-metric people.

The landscape zooms by as we head toward the airport.


We ended this particular evening with a massage. All 5 or 6 of us were in the same room, on separate tables. No one took their clothes off.

Thursday, July 8, 2010


Joy had fun in a science museum. This is inside a submarine.

She made some friends outside of the museum.

We took the subway to see this building.

In the subway on the way home, this girl got her parents to stop us. She wanted to give the picture to Joy.