Sunday, May 13, 2007

Scooter Justice

Rich is back in town, and he has not ridden a scooter since December. It is such a fantastic reminder of just how much fun piloting these things is - especially when the daily routine of getting to work in the rain takes its toll.

A great weekend was certainly had by all - road trip, big night out and long exhaustive conversations well into the night with earth-shakingly important conclusions - if you could just rememember what the question was.

Steve at speed

Top Gun

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Friday, May 11, 2007

Rich - The Return

It's old news, but the flip side to this international lifestyle or galavanting off to Korea and Japan for the weekend is that friends tend to do the same and galavant off for good. I have had several close friends do this, but when Rich left at Christmas it really left rather a big hole.

It was with this in mind that I was particularly looking forward to him coming back to wrap up his life before heading off for pastures bright and shiny. I took the day off on Friday and we planned (well, I say, plan - it mostly involved just waking up) and rode off around the north of the island and chilling at the beach, shooting several months of breeze that had been lacking.

At the peak of Yangming Shan

Camera around my neck... and on timer for some fun results

Sign of the times

An amazing hour spent on the beach trapped between the mountains, the Pacific Ocean and a sunset to melt any ice cap

The boys are back in town

Speed demon

Helmet cam

Look ma' no hands! - riding into the sunset

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Saturday, April 21, 2007

Wulai Road Trip

Grabbed a few guys for my birthday, and we blasted out of Taipei to enjoy the waterfall in Wulai...

The don

Chaney gives turns on the charm

Reflecting upon things.

Like a bat out of hell

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Sunday, April 08, 2007


Other countries in Asia - Japan, Hong Kong and China - I had already developed a relatively strong impression for well before I moved out East. Korea, on the other hand, was a place for which my perception has definitely been influenced by my Taiwanese compatriots. That is certainly not to say it is a well-formed and balanced opinion, since it is mainly based on A. the spicy food in the restaurants here B. the Korean soap operas that are all the rage here, and C. gossip from Taiwanese girls that all Korean girls have had plastic surgery.

Thankfully, except for the spicy food, all my perceptions were readily challenged by what I experienced!

One of the main reasons I wanted to head out here was that Daniel Fertig, one of neighbours while growing up, had moved here with his wife Michelle and kids Anna and Sumi. I had not really ever had a chance to chat properly to Michelle and Dan and I have plotted pretty divergent courses up to this point that we ended up on the same side of the world together. It sounds strange, but it is nice to know that someone else is going through some of the same things that I am, and that my parents and his parents can talk about our strange stories.

The writing is on the wall - Korean grafitti

Jade leaves behind the spiciest meal of the holiday


Admiring the roof

One thing I liked about Korean buildings is they seemed to use much more colour than in Taiwan or certainly Japan; though I suspect it might be because they repaint regularly.

Jade enjoys one of my jokes


High contrast

Not at all Korean, but I thought it looked cool in the clear sunshine - shame it did not have Korean writing on it!

Shiny door nobs

Jade smiles for the camera

The middle aged men of Korea were super cool. Aleays kind of hanging around, and often dressed in the most wicked suits you could imagine.

I want to be him!

Building bridges

Hanging out in the markets

Obligatory motorbike pics - this guy really went to town

Similarly mental mods as the Taiwanese

Jade looks radiant

More shoes

Korean Ginseng

Sliding doors

One of the pleasures of the trip was hanging out with super cute Anna and Sumi ... we went up the cable car to check out the view and it was a grand day out!


Anna - just slightly bolder

And Sumi - very shy, but adorable! ( I hope I got them the right way round..)

Are we going up there?

Dad Dan looks pleased

Ridin' the cable car

Cheap kicks had by all

Now what?!


Sipin' on the Sunup

Jade and I on top of the world

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Sunday, September 10, 2006

Duck : Be Pure

I haven't put a post up in a little while, so i think it is worth getting it running again with a classic 'Scooter English' post. I should also point out that there is a large collection of other ones at the link here.

Duck - Be Pure - 125 SP - To resist drugs and violence

And while I am at it - it is essential to show this image from a recent trip to a waterfall in Wulai with Rich. In(s)ane.

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Monday, July 17, 2006

Tokyo Drift

Some bikes ... just for you.

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