Zooomr Needs Unlimited Uploads Or A Van Beek Christmas

We had to make a stop before going to our dinner to pick up presents for our Secret Santa exchange at work. I took the opportunity to take some photos of FE21. This is the building right next to FE21. It is a parking garage.


All of these pictures were taken on the 24 th of December 2006 at Iutian and Liezel’s place in Hsinchu Taiwan. They were our marvelous hosts during a Christmas eve dinner we had, with Christo, Gitte and Farina joining in as well. The night ended well past midnight after we finished watching You, Me And Dupree. All photos taken with a Nikon D200 with a Nikkor 18-35mm lens. Settings: ISO 1600, Long exp NR on, High ISO NR on. Part of the Van Beek Christmas series.


Well, the impossible has happened. I know it would, but I never thought it was likely. I knew that as soon as I would have a DSLR, I would hit the 4GB transfer limit on my Zooomr account, and I did last night. I was able to upload some pictures from Christmas eve, not all of them, even after having trimmed down the numbers. I have also trimmed down the number of photos from the Christmas concert to about 225 from the initial 965.

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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.

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Christmas Day Or How Teachers Work In Taiwan

A long view from the hidden building of the Lakeshore Hotel in Hsinchu Taiwan. Taken with a Nikon D200 and a 18-35mm Nikkor lens on the 19th of December 2006. Part of the Lakeshore Series 3.

Right now I’m listening to a mix from Dj Preach, one of the local DJs from Montreal Canada who is doing quite well in the international scene. He has done recordings a lot of illustrious lables, including Pornographic from Marco Bailey. The last I heard from him, he was moving to Prague.

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James Bond Echoes


Another shot of the Ambassador five star hotel building that dominates part of downtown Hsinchu, Taiwan. Taken on the 20th of December 2006 with a Nikon D200 and a Nikkor 18-35mm. Part of the Ambassador Series 1. 

I have been watching some old James Bond movies. Currently, I am watching Goldfinger (1964). This was caused by the release of a new James Bond movie last month. I had forgotten, but Goldfinger contains some interesting factoids.

For example, I realized when I was listening to the movie that the Sneaker Pimps had sampled the cord refrain of the OST of the movie in their hit song 6 underground. Also, the way that Goldfinger describes getting into the vault of Fort Knox has been copied by David Singer in the Usual Suspects when the lawyer Kobayashi explains to the crew how they have wronged Kaiser Souze.

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Hella-Day Or How Friday Was A Very Long Day


Another shot of St-Ambroise street during the night in Montreal, Canada. Taken on the 17th of June 2006 with a Sony Cybershot DSC-93 5.1 MP camera. Part of the Nightshoot series.

I spent most of the day yesterdays watching the kids or watching the kids rehearse their numbers for the Christmas concert. I spent the morning watching the Kindergarten kids dance their numbers. During the afternoon, the 4th graders only had partial periods with me, so I decided to give them some time off, since they were all going a bit nutty.

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Freeways Aren’t For Scooters

A tree I found nearby one of my tutoring gigs. It doesn’t look anything like this in real life. Taken in Hsinchu Taiwan. Taken with a Nikon D200 and a 18-35mm Nikkor lens. Part of the Ambassador Series 1.

So on our way back from our exhausting day, I had decided to go to the RT Mart and pick up some essentials, like meat and fish. I almost didn’t go because we were too tired. But then, I knew we were going to go to the Family Mart and spend 300 NTD on food we didn’t really like. So I forced myself to check out the map to see how we could go from Beida Rd. to Shippin Rd. to go to the RT Mart (it’s a grocery store).

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Grouchiness Incorporated

This isn’t the Ambassador hotel in Hsinchu Taiwan, but the new tower of Sauron! Look at how evil it looks! Taken with a Nikon D200 and a 18-35mm Nikkor lens. Part of the Ambassador Series 1.

I don’t know why, but I have been especially tired over the last 2 weeks. Maybe it’s because I’ve gone out and taken photos every night after tutoring and that has tired me out. Maybe it’s all the christmas craziness going on at the school. I find that I have to keep my iPod on during their rehearsals, otherwise I’d be going bonkers.

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