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Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Got up early, went to the gym and then ate my way through the rest of the day! Then, poured (pored?) over the ads and made a game plan for combat shopping tomorrow. Can you say perfect day?

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!

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GEEMAWEST 11/26/2010 8:18PM

    Can't wait to hear how the shopping went.

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DUTCHIEKIWI 11/26/2010 6:17PM

    You made sure you really enjoyed yourself!!
Go Girl!!

xoxox

Dutchie

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BKNOCK 11/26/2010 5:41PM

    We stayed out all night! We started at Walmart at 11:30 pm and had breakfast at 6 am!

How did you do?

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NEWNAC304 11/26/2010 11:29AM

    Have fun fighting the crowds today!

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KENDRACARROLL 11/26/2010 9:46AM

    Happy shopping!
I did the Black Friday thing once in my life a couple of years ago. That was the first time and probably the last. You'll find me a work today instead.
Hope you have a wonderful day!

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SONNYG1 11/25/2010 10:41PM

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Taipei 101 plus Nay-one (probably spelled that wrong)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Taipei 101 is (or at least once was) the tallest building in the world.

View from a block away:


View from the base (can't see the top because of the clouds):


View from the top (clouds coming in!):


The next four days were filled with work. The last day, we went to Nay-one and toured the street market, had lunch and went to a coffee shop at the top of a mountain. The ride up was harrowing! Narrow road, washouts, switchbacks and very steep. It was worth it though!

Street Market:


Coffee shop (this is actually a picture of the picture they had in the lobby):


View from the balcony of the coffee shop - yes those are clouds below us:


And then I went home!

This concludes the Trip To Taiwan Tales. Hope you enjoyed the pictures and thank you for letting me ramble on. emoticon

  
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MYOWNHERO 11/25/2010 7:58AM

    Love that last one especially. What a thrill!

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STEVENGO2 11/25/2010 6:34AM

    Barbara,

Thanks for the pictures. You are really above the clouds in my book!

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Steven

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NEWNAC304 11/24/2010 10:15AM

    Thanks for sharing your trip with us.

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JUNEBUG150 11/24/2010 12:16AM

    Gorgeous pics! Thank you for sharing your trip! emoticon emoticon

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DEUSMACHINA 11/23/2010 11:40PM

    Awesome pix!!

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AUNTIEANNE22 11/23/2010 10:02PM

  Man, if the clouds were below you, you were high up in the mountains. Great pictures.

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GEEMAWEST 11/23/2010 9:50PM

    Loved the Tales of Taiwan! Thanks so much for sharing your trip with us.

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BKNOCK 11/23/2010 9:44PM

    Awesome pictures, thanks for sharing them with us!

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ELYMWX 11/23/2010 9:39PM

    Enjoyed the pictures, Barb!

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After the National Museum

Monday, November 22, 2010

After the National Museum, our little party went to the Chang Kai Shek Memorial (cks from here out). There were folks outside practicing dance routines and a flea market in the mall.

One of the performing arts buildings:


Along the wall, they had dragons jutting out every five feet or so. Pretty cool looking.


Long distance pic of the building that holds the statue of cks:


Closer up:


The statue!


The Guard (there is one on each side and they stand like this - without moving - for an hour at a time):


Changing of the guards: We got there just in time to see this. They march in time, spin their guns and put on a show. Pretty cool.


Then on to Lungshan Temple. This is where my background pic was taken. Every column was ornately carved.


They even have a dragon in the pond:


Next stop, Din Tai Fung for lunch. Excellent Chinese food and my first attempt at eating with chopsticks. After that, Taipei 101. Pictures on that tomorrow!

  
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GEEMAWEST 11/23/2010 9:51PM

    Very cool. Is your hair darker?

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BKNOCK 11/23/2010 8:24PM

    Wow, pictures of you! I am impressed, and I love the photos. Thanks for sharing your experiences with us!

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NEWNAC304 11/23/2010 3:47PM

    Thanks for sharing your experience with us.

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CARLANNIE 11/23/2010 8:31AM

    Such a neat place to visit - aren't you glad you went? Did your family miss you? Too bad you have to come home to a blizzard. I have to venture out to the grocery store today, but other than that, I'm staying put. We have deep snow and wind - usually don't have the wind with our snow. Brrrrr.

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TXNANA_4 11/23/2010 8:22AM

    Thanks for sharing the pictures!

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AUNTIEANNE22 11/23/2010 8:20AM

  Loved the pictures and you are looking great!

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Taiwan Trip - Part One

Sunday, November 21, 2010

As you know (or you SHOULD know, LOL!), I was in Taiwan last week. I'm going to give a summary and hopefully post some pics in this blog and probably at least one more. It was a week long trip and if I told you about all of it in one blog, you would probably get tired of reading and I would definitely get tired of typing! emoticon

I left Friday, November 12th, at 9:30 in the morning. I listened to the advice of lots of people and decided to use what I thought would work best for me. I took carry-ons only (worked out well), drank a lot of water and walked around on the 10+ hour plane ride from Seattle to Tokyo Japan. I also stayed awake for most of the trip. Read one full book on the way over and started a second. Unfortunately, the second book was a book I had already read! emoticon Good thing we were on one of the new planes that had individual screens. So, I watched "Knight and Day" and "Despicable Me" before we landed.

The trip from Tokyo to Taipei was about three hours and I slept through the whole thing. I just couldn't stay awake any more. emoticon One of my co-workers was supposed to be on the same flight to Taipei from Tokyo, but I didn't see him. In Taipei, I did see two other co-workers who had traveled on a different airline and were heading to a different subcon. Turns out that the guy I was supposed to meet had his flight to Tokyo cancelled and he didn't get into Taiwan until Sunday night (I got there Saturday night). emoticon Thank goodness I was on a different flight!

That first night was not a good one. I had a headache and both the mattress and the pillows were HARD! I slept poorly and felt nauseous. Luckily, the next morning, the subcon rep (SR) was there to take me sightseeing. He had a full day planned. The National Museum, Lungshan Temple, Chang Kai Shek memorial, Taipei 101 and a night market were all on the itinerary...plus lunch at Din Tai Fung. We met another co-worker of mine at the National Museum, so there were four of us total doing all of the touring. One guy told me that I had seen everything he had seen and he's been to Taiwan between 8 and 10 times! Pictures from my hotel room in Taipei.

Night:


Day:


The National Museum hosts a large number of China's national treasures. Chang Kia Shek apparently brought them all with him when he left China. Good for me...not so good for China! LOL! My favorite exhibit was a single piece of jade that had been carved to look like a head of cabbage with tow insects sitting on top of it. Picture below (I hope).


Here are some pics of the National Museum as well. I wasn't allowed to take photos inside, so the outside is all you get. emoticon






More tomorrow!

  
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CALIMAN1 11/22/2010 10:24PM

    Wow, Barb, that is awesome! Thanks for sharing and looking forward to more pics.

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MOM2ACAT 11/22/2010 5:47PM

    I love seeing the pictures!

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NEWNAC304 11/22/2010 6:22AM

    Thanks for sharing!

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AUNTIEANNE22 11/21/2010 10:32PM

  It was much prettier outside your window at night. Thanks for the pictures, because I would never survive a ten hour plane ride.

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SUZYMOBILE 11/21/2010 9:32PM

    Thanks for sharing! That plan ride can be rough, and so can the adjustment at the other end. Sounds like you settled in well, though.

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GEEMAWEST 11/21/2010 9:13PM

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful trip with us. Never been (like the guy that has "seen it all before") so have to live vicariously through you.

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I'm sorry, did you say twelve courses?

Sunday, November 21, 2010

For one meal? Really? My first night in Hsinchu, the company I was there to audit took us out to dinner. There were 17 of us sitting around a huge round table with an almost as large lazy susan in the middle of it. There were three menus on the lazy susan with a list of the twelve different courses that we would be served that night. I did not see any of those menus until around course #6. emoticon

After the sixth course, I started taking a bite of each course and putting down the chopsticks (yes...every meal was eaten with chopsticks. I got pretty okay with them!). I had squid for the first time. Not bad, but had trouble getting past the fact that it was squid. One of the courses was frog fat soup. Really, it was milk based with tapioca. I was expecting it to be warm, but it was cold. A lot of that...expecting warm and getting cold. Weird.

Unfortunately, I liked everything I tried at that dinner. I was so full and it was so late and we had worked so long that I was almost falling asleep in my soup. Three hour dinners are not my thing.

More about the sights I saw tomorrow.

Good to be home!

  
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GEEMAWEST 11/21/2010 1:44PM

    12 courses?! That's insane!

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LMB-ESQ 11/21/2010 10:19AM

    Welcome home!

Oh, yeah... gotta love that Asian cuisine!! emoticon

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NEWNAC304 11/21/2010 10:13AM

    Welcome back!

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BKNOCK 11/21/2010 9:32AM

    Glad you are home safe and sound!

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CARLANNIE 11/21/2010 9:25AM

    I feel full just thinking about 12 courses! But then, that's kinda like our Thanksgiving meals - too much. Sounds like a good experience. Did you get the recipe for that frog fat soup???

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PLAYBLUES22 11/21/2010 3:42AM

    Sweetie, sounds like you had a wonderful dinner

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DEUSMACHINA 11/21/2010 3:15AM

    Oh yum! I love squid! It's a very big favourite here in Oz.

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ELYMWX 11/21/2010 3:03AM

    I've been to a couple of the 12 course meals; they really are more about the social aspects more than the food, but the food's delicious!

Good job on the chopsticks and the squid. Did you have a chance to try the shark gin soup or the jellyfish?

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