Saturday, December 19, 2009

Sportsday at Mingdao (Future Heir) Bilingual School - Taichung, Dec 2009

What will surely end up being the coldest of 2009 was the day selected for Ailey's shool sportsday. Really not all that cold with the temp in the low 50s but unusual and unexpected for Taiwan. The humidity, still coming in around 60-80%, is the real issue - the damp cold just seeps through everything, which is easy since there is no heating.

Teacher Amy gives the kids a pep talk.






The "Hawai'ian" Team


The "Korean" Team


Team "Chinese Dragon"


The "Spanish" Team. Fantastic stereotyping today with this team dressed at matadors. I've spared you the image of Team "Africa" with blackface...




The "Scuba" Team



















The "Rocker" team


Santa presided over the festivities.


Bullhorns and Leis


Some of Ailey's classmates


The "Spanish" team


The "Korea" team


Ailey's English class teachers, Jenny and Scott (with kids from her English class)




Team "Surfs Up" enters the stadium.






The glorious banner of Team "Surfs Up"




Team photos










The Big Race. Ailey got a bit of a lurchy start (everyone else false started according to her) but she caught up with 'em in the end.

Friday, December 18, 2009

A Holiday Card Retrospective...

2009























2008

2007

2006

2005

2004























2003

If anyone has the two missing cards, please scan and email them to me so I can include...

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Miscellaneous activities - Taichung, November/December 2009

Homemade Spa Treatment


























Docter Johnson - a sign of what lies ahead? Maybe not, her handwriting is too legible.

















JinJu NaiCai or "pearl milk tea" but more affectionately titled "pollywog tea" due to the color and texture of the pearls. This stuff rocks regardless of what you call it!























Ailey's new bike, perhaps purchased more on color than anything else. Still a little big for her, we're borrowing a neighbors smaller bike while she gets her cycle legs back (its been perhaps a year since she last rode).


Ailey practicing her Chinese. A subtle little subliminal message is included...can you find it?









We recently hosted a housewarming party that quickly spiraled into the depths of debauchery...yes, whipping cream straight from the can. The horror, the horror...













Spent a day at the Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village with Ailey and her friend Portia. Prety cool place where you can explore the history and culture of Taiwan's indigenous tribes (polynesian) and enjoy some crazy rides at the amusement park.


Ailey and Portia in the gondola.

Ailey misbehaved while we were there and got a 5 minute time out.


Mihwa's was 20 minutes as she clearly needed an "attitude adjustment".




Interesting wood carvings from some old support beams.