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The Bird’s Nest, 798 Art Zone, and Opera House

The Bird’s Nest

798 Art Zone

The Opera House


High Speed Rail to HsinChu

HsinChu High Speed Rail Station

HsinChu HSR platform with the front of train

A traditional TRA train

The TRA station in HsinChu

Last Friday I had to travel to HsinChu from Taipei for a meeting and had a very small time frame. I left the city at 1pm and was back by 5pm. Under normal circumstances this situation would have been impossible but thanks to Taiwan High Speed Rail I was able to ge to HsinChu from Taipei in 3o minutes!

The traditional Taiwan Railway Administration trains in Taiwan have not served me well. They can be unreliable, late, and sometimes confusing as to which train you should board. Moreover, the TRA trains are much slower than HSR. My journey would have been almost three times as long had I used the ‘fast’ version of the TRA trains. In addition, HSR is state of the art and the train stations are brand new with gorgeous architecture. Using HSR was a fantastic experience and I’m hoping Carrie and I can make it over to Koahsiung with HSR this fall.


It’s getting hotter here in Taiwan…

The temperature seems to rise slightly everyday. Yesterday it was T-shirt weather. Now it seems to be light T-shirt weather. Soon it is supposed to get so hot you’ll carry a second T-shirt with you to freshen up. People in Taipei keep commenting..”Oh you haven’t gone through the summer yet!” It’s with the same tone of voice I’ve heard Canadians use to speak about the winter. We’ll I’ve survived eleven Canadian winters so I’m sure a few Taiwan summers will be no sweat.

Actually, I did experience a bit of the Taiwan summer, but it was only for a few days as we arrived in HsinChu on September 8th. I remember sweating and wanting to change T-shirts after only walking three blocks. I remember sweating through the air conditioning in my classroom and thinking how we all were sweating and that well… It was o.k. to sweat! Your sweating, I’m sweating, its all good, its cool… No pun intended.

Today while teaching my younger students I also noticed how much the children adore Christmas, even in May. Their favorite stamp is of a snowman and a few times they have even spontaneously broken out into Christmas carols in the middle of class. It doesn’t really bother me. Conversely, my Taiwanese friends have told me that in North America, Chinese society is always represented through Chinese New Years regardless of the season, so I guess the cultural amalgamation swings both ways…


The Hong Kong Photos: Part 4 Billboards, Madonna, and the HRT


Photos from the new Suvarnabhumi Bangkok Airport


Thailand Photo series 9: Phuket in Black and White


Thailand Photo series 8: Phuket Nightmarket

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    The marketing software company HubSpot sponsored an event at Irving Plaza in New York, NY on Thursday February 18th to provide an overview of their services to potential clients and marketers. HubSpot markets through Web 2.0, social media, email marketing, CRM, and blogs. The event began at 2pm and began with a session on how […]
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  • TCS NYC Marathon Long Training Run #1: Race review July 26th, 2014 August 14, 2014
    Pacers from the New York Flyers running club 20.9 miles 8’37” pace/mile time This was a very meaningful race that I’d trained hard for. I knew that running 20 miles along the rolling hills of Central Park was going to be a challenge. I wanted to finish and finish strong. The race began at 7am and […]
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  • Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon Race Review: 1:49:40, June 22nd 2014 August 14, 2014
    This was a special race as it took place in my hometown of Vancouver, BC. I had wanted to run a Vancouver race for a while and it was an absolute pleasure to run through UBC, West Van, and Stanley Park for 13.10 miles. The course began at UBC’s Thunderbird Arena and ran along SW […]
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  • Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon: Race Review 3:58:18 August 14, 2014
    It was a great experience to run my first marathon at home in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois on April 26th. I decided to run with the 3:50 pace group and met a lot of interesting people on the course. Our pacer Steve had run 13 marathons in one year and I connected with others who traveled across […]
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  • February 2014 April 12, 2014
    Here are some images from New York and Urbana, Il from February 2014 Filed under: General
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  • PicFrame Collages March 17, 2014
    Here are photographs from our trip to Washington DC last weekend that are framed using the PicFrame app. Filed under: General
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  • Photographs from January 2014 February 10, 2014
    Here are some images from Urbana, IL and New York, NY from January 2014 Filed under: General
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  • Photographs from December 2013 February 9, 2014
    Images from the holidays in Urbana, IL and New York, NY   Filed under: General
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  • Photographs from November 2013 February 9, 2014
    Here are some images from last November in Urbana, IL and New York, NY Filed under: General
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  • Photographs from October 2013 February 9, 2014
    Here are some images from Urbana, IL from last October and early November Filed under: General
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