Christmas Stories Or Stories From When You Were Six Years Old And The Lakeshore Series 3 Dusk Photos

An interesting view onto the site of the Lakeshore hotel in Hsinchu Taiwan from Minghu Rd. 


These photos were all taken on the 19th of December 2006 with a Nikon D200 and a Nikkor 18-35mm lens in Hsinchu Taiwan. They are part of the Lakeshore Series 3 are were taken minutes before these photos during dusk.


When my wife saw pictures of Santa in her family album at age 6, she figured out that her father was taking on the disguise as Santa. She was devastated for a few years. She told me that her father never wore the Santa suit for the kids, but for his wife.

The entrance to the Lakeshore hotel in Hsinchu Taiwan from Minghu Rd. 

Chris figured it out at age 6 also, when Santa Claus kept showing up year after year in a dune buggy and not a sled. He noticed one year that Santa put a glass behind his chair. Hours later, when the presents were distributed, a man came up and found the glass very easily. That is when Chris figured out that Santa wasn’t real; he was a family friend that didn’t have any kids. The kids were smart, they tried to see if one of their parents was disguised as Santa, but it was always someone they didn’t know so the illusion was kept.

Doesn’t look too much like a Bates motel now, does it? 

Once when I was 6, I discovered a magic penny, or so I was informed by my best friend Jamila. She told me that I should berry it in the sandbox and it would magically multiply. I did as I was told and spent 10 minutes away from the sandbox only to discover that it had in fact multiplied. I believed in magic.

A nice Christmassy view of the Lakeshore Hotel. 

In a child’s mind, a lot of things seem certainty, things that adults no longer believe in like Santa Claus. When I dressed up as Santa Claus in our school, some kids actually believed I was him for a few moments, but after a few minutes, they saw through my disguise.

The hidden building of the Lakeshore Hotel. 

Being away from family during christmas time is quite hard. We make it by with friends.

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On Friday, the kids didn’t want to be taught. Today, it was the teachers who didn’t want to.

Heard in the staff room.

The trees right outside the building where we live. Taken in Hsinchu Taiwan on the 19th of December 2006 with a Nikon D200 and a Nikkor 18-35mm lens. Part of the Lakeshore Series 3.

The hidden building of the Lakeshore hotel.

Trees outside the Lakeshore.

If  you think these decorations are only for Christmas, you are wrong. They are up all year.

My favorite building minutes before nightfall.

More globes in the air and the spa building in sight.

Another view of the main building.

Getting near the spa building from a different path.

The hidden buildling and its lights.

More of the same in a different angle.

Today, the foreign staff of our school decided to take a break. We didn’t teach and watched movies with the kids. I took the opportunity to catch up on some marking I hadn’t done last week. I have marked everything. This week, we have to prepare the end of semester scopes for the last exams for the parents. They are due on Friday. Two weeks later, we have to hand in our exams as well. New year will come by with a rush.

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I got 200 MB left on my monthly transfer limit on my zooomr account. Sounds like a lot, but it isn’t, trust me. Because I don’t spend any time resizing my images, I just let zooomr do it for me. So it is possible that the photos from Friday and Sunday will have to wait until next week when the new month begins anew.

One thing that I am not running out of is HD space. I still got an unused HD, about 400 GB and 300 GB on my data drive. My main drive where my programs and windows folders are has still some slack in it too. It’s not like I haven’t been trying to fill it up, it’s just hard.

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np: Communication – The Cardigans – Long Gone Before Daylight

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