Monthly Archives: July 2017

Ride the Duck Bus

Taiwan’s second largest city, Kaohsiung, is often called the “Ocean Capital”, because of its large port and proximity to the sea. Besides the ocean it also boasts a large lake and a river that flows right through downtown. As a … Continue reading

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Taiwan’s Techno Gods

Nobody quite knows how it started, and there are several competing stories. But somebody or somebodies in Taiwan got the idea to combine traditional religious temple parades and its deities with techno and pop music, and at the same time … Continue reading

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50 Shades of Doors

If you search online you will notice that there are a number of photographers who are fascinated by doors and capture them in every shape, size and color. There is something intriguing about doors and the mood and attitude they … Continue reading

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The Heron’s Breakfast

I was taking a morning walk in the large park that surrounds the Kaohsiung Fine Arts Museum when I spied a great white heron parading gracefully through the shallow waters. At first I thought he was on a morning walk … Continue reading

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Bamboo Madness

It’s a highly sought after and tasty vegetable in Asian cooking. Its tensile strength is comparable to steel and it’s a great material for building houses and furniture. It holds the world record for the fastest growing plant on earth. … Continue reading

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Bridges By Night

A man ducked into a city church one late afternoon taking a brief look at the architecture and stained glass windows. As he turned to go the usher told him, “Wait till the lights go on.” His curiosity aroused the … Continue reading

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At the Ends of the Rope

A motivational speaker who wanted to warn about how bad habits or vices start out small told the following illustration. In the old days of bridge building they would first tie a thin thread to a kite and then fly … Continue reading

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A Wisp of Fog

This fall image reminds me how transitory things are. Some leaves are still green, some are turning yellow, others already brown. But all of them are fallen and will eventually return to the earth. Like the scripture says,”You don’t know … Continue reading

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Dancing for the Gods

Masked dancers who carry large super life-sized masks and decorations are standard feature in many temple ceremonies in Taiwan.

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