Taiwan Escape Episode 3

December 29, 2010 § Leave a comment

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Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2010 § Leave a comment

As I learned from this video, nothing says Merry Christmas like DOGS. So here are some pictures and videos I’ve taken of dogs on my trip:

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Many thanks to JK for the new URL!

Not a Taiwan Escape, there’s no escaping this

December 24, 2010 § Leave a comment

TW: Taiwan Escape Ep. 2

December 21, 2010 § 1 Comment

For episode 1, click here.

For the 2009 Great Escape trip, click here.

TW: Taiwan Escape Ep. 1

December 19, 2010 § 1 Comment

TW: I do the same things here that I do in the US

December 18, 2010 § Leave a comment

Like take pictures of cars! Here are some white ones.

JDM-style MINI CooperS spotted near the Shi-Lin MRT station. I actually imagined building a MINI exactly like this one (all-white, bronze Volk TE-37’s) before I bought my grey one. I even Google’d “JDM Mini Cooper” and I couldn’t find anyone that had done it. I’m glad someone actually built this car, but I’m not glad they decided to also put pink rhinestones all over their MINI badges (sorry no pics).

GCB-chasis WRX spotted near my mom’s apartment. It was very, very clean with shaved badges and 18’s. Made me nostalgic for my old WRX. I soon learned who owned it…

My sister and I spent much of the day wandering around the area, and when we got back we stumbled upon a guy adjusting the coil-overs on his Miata.

Me: Hey! That guy is working on his car. I want to go talk to him.
Mei: Well…do you speak Chinese?
Me: [pause] [keeps walking]
Mei: That’s what I thought.

I was discouraged, but when I stepped back into my mom’s apartment, I thought, “How cool would it be to meet a car enthusiast from a different country?” I swallowed my pride and headed back out there to chat with him, ready to be rebuffed.

I spent the first five minutes staring at him as he worked on his car, and he spent those five minutes pretending to ignore me. But I knew that he was wondering why the hell this random dude was looking over his shoulder, and eventually he said, “can I help you?” In Chinese. I told him that I was on vacation from America and that I’m a big car enthusiast, and we ended up chatting about cars for over an hour. His name is Steven and he’s an interior designer. He was really friendly – he bought this NA Miata you see here as a fun car, but his main car is the black STi-swapped, Öhlins equipped Impreza wagon you see in the back. The white GCB WRX is his brother Kevin’s.

I’m looking forward to hanging out with Steven more over the next two weeks. Birds of a feather!

TW: Arrival

December 17, 2010 § 2 Comments

I just touched down in Taiwan about two hours ago. The flight was long, but with a little help from my friend Tylenol PM, I was able to take full-advantage of the red-eye and sleep for about ten of the fifteen hours. With the rest of the time I watched Ip Man 2 and finished editing some audio.

Ip Man 2 is well worth your time if you enjoy martial arts movies of any kind. Donnie Yen plays Ip Man, the founder of Wing Chun and master of Bruce Lee. His performance and martial arts prowess are flawless, and the choreography is top shelf. You might be a little bored with the predictable, martial arts movie format (the story is basically identical to Jet Li’s Fearless), but the story does a passable job of tying the fight scenes together. Contrast it to Ong-Bak 2 which, despite having gratuitous amounts of excellent martial arts, was completely nonsensical and unwatchable.

My only goal for today is staying awake, but if anything interesting happens I’ll be sure to post about it.

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