Saturday, September 19, 2009

Stormtrooper on a Bicycle

Like I said. Stormtrooper on a bicycle. Yes, it's the Deaflympics closing ceremony.

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Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Shanghai Tools

The right tools for the right job (notice the saw, for cutting that huge diameter of pipe). Of course, four people need to watch at all times, in China.

It shouldn't, but I found myself exceedingly amused by seeing a scooter on fire while on the way to a factory visit.

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Monday, June 22, 2009

Travelling Dick

A rather unfortunate choice of font ...

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Saturday, May 16, 2009

Deaflympics Parade

Beijing gets the Olympics. Taipei gets the Deaflympics. Or is that being unfair?

Anyway, some sort of opening ceremony was passing by at the end of my street, so I grabbed my camera and was met with a Batman-esque (Tim Burton vintage) floating barrage balloon parade. Sports shoes, frogs, sea horses ... and all guarded by a team of Star Wars' Storm Troopers. It just makes so much sense.

Frog (the mascot) I understand (although why choose a frog? What do they have to do with hearing impairment?) Training shoe; I understand. Sea horse? ...

Storm Troopers. Yup.

Storm Troopers avec floating training shoe. Use the force!

These are not the droids you are looking for.

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Sunday, April 19, 2009


While I recover from another weekend, I thought I would post the most appropriate photo taken by Michael while waiting at traffic lights, that sums up the weekend ... like he says, in Taipei, you don't need to go looking for crazy things, the crazy things come to you.

More photos on the way soon.

Doggles. My new word. And happy birthday to me!

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Saturday, March 07, 2009

Goodbye Year of the Pig

It's a little bit late to celebrate Chinese New Year, but these pictures have been sitting on my hard drive yearning to be posted. After living in Taipei for so long, it's rare these days that I get a 'holy shit!' moment. But happen they do, and in this case, we had three of us with our jaws on the floor screaming a mixture of expletives, 'gnarrrly duuude' (Moshe), 'crazy scheisse eh! (Georg) and 'goodness gracious me!' (yours truly).

It seems at one of the temples we ride past on our 'Gas Plant' ride to the south of the city bids farewell to the year of the Pig with a rather special ... what's the word ... not quite sure what it is. It's one of the craziest things that I have ever seen anyway, and I'll let the pictures do the talking.

Sorry for the crap quality - cam phone.


Completely spherical!

Check out the Mohalk hairdo ... I still can't believe they managed to stretch the skin out like that. And I don't want to ask how they keep it so perfectly spherical.

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Sunday, November 02, 2008

Not Made in China

There is quite a backlash against Chinese produce at the moment, and it is affecting the well-known scare stories like eggs and milk, but also spilling over into other products that I suppose the marketers believe can get some traction with. Hence, batteries; the sticker says "Not Made in China" (非中國: fei zhong guo).

Made in Singapore, none the less - I didn't even know they had any factories there.

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Beer Flavour Green Tea

While eating dinner at the local street-side live shrimp vendor next to the brothel and gangster hang out, we went to grab some drinks at the local 7-11 ... all I can say, kids, is don't try this at home. Sweet beer-flavoured tea is positively disgusting.

Beer Flavor Green Tea - Avoid!

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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Boring Pie

It has been a little while I posted anything outside of the Taipei Times, so that must mean that it must be time for ... Gratuitous funny packaging shot!

This is for Taiwanese brand 'Boring Pie' spicy rice crackers, which was hilariously funny, right up until someone pointed out the Chinese name '無聊派' means the same thing! Hilarity ensued.

"Digging into boring pie
Getting out of boring time"

The Taiwanese do see eating more as entertainment, and with packaging like this, who can blame them?!

Boring Pie

Please whoever checks English - never ever check this packaging.

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Thursday, May 29, 2008

The End of the World

Oh my god. Is this the future? This makes me feel sad.

Soon, everyone will have an MBA

Time to take some pictures of reflections to cheer myself up!

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Sunday, May 11, 2008

TiT Taipei

I love Taipei.

All the building developments in the city have an enormous amount of money thrown at marketing and branding, usually ending up gleefully making impossible promises about the life-changing factors that come along with purchase of your, as an example, 'Noble City Castle'.

However, there are times when the English checking team clearly left early for the day, and you end up with such incredible names as this - opposite the Siemens / Nokia building on MinSheng and Fuxing - it must have made their day.

Town in Town = TiT

And seen in context ... of one of the busiest intersections of the city.

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Wednesday, April 09, 2008

HK Work Mode

I need to do some catching up on the old blog, but I always seem to
find a few minutes to e-mail in a post while I am in HK airport
(blessed by thy free wifi).

This time I am sadly working through the wait do the plane, and
arrival in "Asia's World City" seems pretty pedestrian this time round.

Yes, I finally get to ride the infamous Hello Kitty Eva Air Jet. Awesome.

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Monday, August 27, 2007

Joke Time

"Why are people from Taiwan so uptight?

... it's because they have a Taipei personality"

Thanks to Heljen for that one!

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Saturday, June 02, 2007

KMT Tablets

What better for your Taiwanese political stomach problems?!

"If you have troubles stomaching Taiwanese politics, perhaps you should try KMT tablets!"

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Monday, May 07, 2007

Taiwanese Health & Safety

Coming home from a blast on the bikes, I needed to pop into Sean's bike shop after shredding another rear tyre. I am, indeed, that extreme.

Sean's, apparently, does the best business in Taipei. As such, he is having a nice refit with a shiny new frontage. Many of the workers in Taiwan don't stop for Sunday, so it was no surprise to see them hard at work. What was surprising was to see them drilling through a water pipe several times, and then leave the drill perilously close to the stream of water.

A danger to passers by and to any potential user of the drill, all anyone could do was laugh an embarrassed guffaw when i started snapping away with my camera-phone.

You are now entering a work area

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Sunday, April 29, 2007

Medicine No Fakes

Medicine No Fakes - a funny sign in Macao

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Friday, April 13, 2007


Eat delicious Guts!

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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Get on the Bus

Uh Oh, 100 buses in Taipei...

Know that I got some very strange looks when I was taking these photos!

Advertising in Banciao - BIG (see me below) - I had to talk my way into the top floor. The security guard said 'no' but then I showed him a poster of me behind him and he had to say yes! Authority?

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Saturday, February 10, 2007

German Cars

The Taiwanese do love their German cars - never have I seen so many BMW 7-Series in one location. Indeed, before I came here I saw the 7-Series as a bloated, ugly barge; it was only when I arrived here and realised that presence and status were the commodities sought that I understood the Bavarians' vision. The 7 was not for Europe, but for Asia.

And what can be better than a BMW? A BMW with a German number plate still intact!

We believe you - it is a German product

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Sunday, December 03, 2006

Lonely God

Some rather intreresting packaging:

Lonely God - Potato Twists

And while we are at it, a new shop has opened downstairs from us ... simply, 'LED'.


LED - Light Emitting Diode - It must be a trend

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Monday, November 27, 2006

Voting Time in Taipei

For all the problems with Taiwanese democracy, it is quite the most vibrant and passionate group of voters I have ever encountered. Perhaps we just need to give them time to adjust and develop a healthy dollop of voter apathy, but for the moment they are resplendant in their suits communally shouting 'down with this sort of thing!' or 'don't stop doing this sort of thing!' at the top of their lungs.

As horrified as I am at seeing a small truck dressed up as a tank - or rather, horrified that someone would deem this appropriate for a political campaign - it is pretty cool. I even saw one of the candidate's posters the other day where the guy was holding a baseball bat, ready to strike. Amazing.


I forgot to post much about the huge political protests aimed at Chen ShuiBien (the President) over the past few months, but this was perhaps the most impressive image of all that I saw. The people have spoken.

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Sunday, November 26, 2006

Bali Escape

Feeling the need to escape the bullshit of Taipei for at least a few hours, Nick, Grace and I took up the MRT as far north as it goes and hopped over to Bali on the boat. A feast of sights, sounds and smells it was more than worth it (and we caught James Bond in the evening which we all agreed was rather good).

Mesmerised by a calligrapher selling is wares

... but he's not tracing, honest.

Nick and Grace on the ferry

"Cool Smoke"

Get them young

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Saturday, October 28, 2006

God Squad

Tonight is the night of several large Halloween parties in Taipei. I put some thought and consideration into my costume and I have decided to go as a Mormon missionary - a plague of religious righteousness that has hit Taipei straight out of Salt Lake City. As if lifted from a David Lynch movie, they appear from the middle of nowhere, squeaky clean and cookie cuttered out, passing out leaflets to unsuspecting locals. I find the whole activity sick.

Hence, I am dressing up as a blood-sucking Mormon missionary tonight! - the basis of my little anecdote;

I went shopping today for vampire teeth and blood to have pouring from my mouth. Sadly, none of the costume stores had anything suitable, so I went to the local pharmacy chain, Watsons. I announced to the cosmetics girl that I was looking for 'blood red lip stick', at which she relayed my request to the entire shop - "THERE IS A TALL MALE FOREIGNER LOOKING FOR BRIGHT RED LIP STICK." I walked out with some deep rouge lippy and bright, shiny lip gloss (and even redder cheeks). I'll see what the results are like soon when I get ready!

This is what I am after tonight - wholesome, blood sucking goodness (image courtesy of Flickr)

I easily looked scary enough without the blood ... and we managed to create less of a costume and more of a disguise.

The God squad

Ludvig the Bible Basher

I had been looking for him all night

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Sunday, September 24, 2006

Taking the Dog for a Walk

No comment needed. Just a couple of inane photos from Taipei this weekend.

"Rock is never die" - Paul's awesome t-shirt

Spotted near ShiDa University - taking the dog for a walk

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