Tuesday, October 5, 2010


We had a company trip to Malaysia-- Kuala Lumpur and Pangkor Island. It was a great trip! Now, we start another 10 week term followed by Christmas vacation!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

North Gate

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The restored Qing Dynasty city gate, now on a tiny island in a traffic circle and under and overpass near the busy Taipei Main Station.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Ghost Month

It is now officially Ghost Month! I really enjoy talking with my students about Taiwanese traditions and this time is particularly interesting. Right now, the gates of hell have opened and the ghosts are out and about. Paper money and other paper effigies are burned and food is offered to appease and honor them. While they're out though, you want to be careful not to attract their attention or they will stay with you instead of going back when the gates close and they will haunt you. For this reason, don't move your house, don't get married, or buy any big, important things, don't wander around at night or go swimming. If you hear your name, don't turn around, just in case.

Here's a little video about it.



Thursday, July 22, 2010


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Our friend Kay visited from Korea!!!


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Geological Park

Sunday, July 4, 2010


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Taroko National Park, Taiwan


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Al and I, Taroko National Park

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Yay vacations!

The Dragon Boat Festival is coming soon and at the end of the month we will have a little two week vacation. Looking forward to it!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

The National Palace Museum, Taipei.

Hawaii 2010 Our Wedding! Part 2

We were in Oahu for a week and had a wonderful time!

The highlight of the trip was definitely our wild dolphin swim and snorkeling tour with Ko'Olina Adventures. We snorkeled at three spots, one a reef with a lot of cool fish, next an open water spot where we were dropped off in front of a pod of wild dolphins who swam around and under us (amazing), and finally another reef with sea turtles. It was such a fantastic day.

Here are some pics from the rest of our trip. All underwater shots were taken by Dustin Hay, the staff photographer from the snorkeling tour.

Hawaii 2010 Our Wedding! Part 1

Wow, did we get married? It was such a whirlwind, it almost doesn't seem real. I feel like the fact that it was in Hawaii, so different from where we are now, combined with the troubles we had when we got back from the trip (Al's school closed, he almost lost his visa, I had to work more hours...) it all makes that week seem rather surreal.

Here are some of our favorite pics from our wedding day.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Wedding Time!

I know, I know, I haven't updated this blog in ages.... extra hours at work, Western New Year, Chinese New Year and wedding planning have been a lot to keep up with.

We're very excited about taking off on Saturday for Hawaii and getting married! Thanks everyone for the well wishes!

Friday, January 1, 2010


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Happy New Year!