Lakeshore Series 2: Bates Motel Or Kindgom Hospital, You Decide!

New shot of the Lakeshore Hotel’s main building. I tried not to shoot the streetlight in the far left corner.


All photos taken with a Nikon D200 and a 18-35mm Nikkor lens on the 18th of December 2006 in Hsinchu Taiwan. Settings: Shooting Mode P, ISO 1600, Long Exp NR On, High ISO NR On. All the photos are part of the Lakeshore Series 2.

See this post for the photos of the Lakeshore Series 1.


Like a photographer on assignment, I took my task seriously. Even if I was dead tired and I had just finished my day and it was 9:15 PM, I took my camera out to shoot some photos. I took a total of 200 shots last night, quickly too, because I was home by 9:37. I’ll explore the garden of the Lakeshore once more tonight. I am not near at off of having taken 2000 shots during the weekend. I might be close to 1000, but still you have to take a lot of pictures to take 2000 in 2 days.

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Christmas Craziness

My second shot after the rain stopped in Taipei on December 16th 2006. This building is right next to the National Taiwan Normal University library, it’s a bit blurry but I still like it. Taken with a Nikon D200 and a Nikkor 18-35mm lens. This shot is part of the MRT NTNU Chute. 

The whole school is going nutty for Christmas. Even if they do not really celebrate it in their homes or even if we do not get any days off for Christmas, there is this giant affair scheduled for next Friday. All the Chinese homeroom teachers are going totally nutty preparing their numbers for the show.

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Manic Mondays

A cool view of the Sogo building taken on our way back home on the 16th of December in Hsinchu Taiwan, taken with a Nikon D200 and a 18-35mm Nikkor lens. Part of the Sogo Chute Series 1.

Mondays are my easiest day. I teach 1h30 minutes of Kindergarten and 2 x 40 minutes of 402 Language Arts. Internet was on the fritz because of a faulty router, but was restored as the staff contemplated a mindnumbingly boring day this morning.

I am working on a photo post of my daily routine, that will have no words, simply pictures. I might also just post a pic that I took every day in a seperate post.

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The Toilet Post

A shot taken from a MRT metro train speeding away on the 16th of December 2006, taken in Taipei with a Nikon D200 and a Nikkor 18-35mm lens. Part of the MRT NTNU Chute.

Anyone who has been to Asia knows that the toilet situation can be problematic at best.

Why you might ask?



Yes, squatting. Most toilets in Asia are squatting toilets.

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Taipei And Back Again Or The MRT NTNU Chute

One of the few interesting shots I took yesterday. I think there were about 7 good shots in about 220 pictures. This photo is the main entrance to the National Taiwan Normal University on HePing Rd.


All photos in the MRT NTNU Chute were taken with a Nikon D200 and a Nikkor 18-35mm lens on the 16th of December 2006. All of them were taken in Taipei, at Taipei Main Station and Guting Station. The name of the series comes from MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) and NTNU (National Taiwan Normal University). Settings: ISO 500, Shooting Mode P, Optimize colors normal.


We made our way in the rain to Taipei. Being on the rain on a scooter or just walking around in the rain totally sucks. You get all wet, sometimes you bet a bit sweaty and it sucks. So we made it with a few minutes to spare to the Hsinchu Train Station in the rain. For some reason, the cabby took his time and made us a few minutes late, a few minutes that we could barely spare.

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The Finer Points Of Diplomacy And Negotiation In Taiwan

A shot from the top of one of the Lakeshore Hotel buildings onto Minghu Rd. This shot is in the Lakeshore Series 1. Taken in Hsinchu Taiwan on the 13th of December 2006. For some reason, this parking lot is always empty, except on a few days. Taken with a Nikon D200 and a 18-35mm Nikkor lens. Settings: ISO 500, Long exp NR on, Shooting mode P,all other default settings.

All my life, I have tried to be diplomatic with everyone. This culminated as my job as a manager of a staff of 6 people in a little investment agency. I have learned good human interaction skills to push my own agenda forward.

Remembering The Art Of War is always important. Everything is war, you just not might notice it yourself, but to others it is.

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The Sogo Chute Series 1

The main roundabout in downtown Hsinchu at the Eastern Gate of the city.


All photos in the Sogo Chute were taken with a Nikon D200 with a Nikkor 18-35mm lens on the 14th of December 2006. Settings: High ISO NR on, Low Exp NR on, Optimize Colors more vivid, ISO 800.


The photos that I took yesterday looked shitty while I was taking them, but turned out not too bad the day after I uploaded them onto my zooomr account.

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The Day Just Goes On

The front building of the Lakeshore Hotel. A good angle, but some parts need a bit more focus, still the sky has an eerie quality to it that I captured well. Taken in Hsinchu Taiwan, on the 13th of December 2006 with a Nikon D200 and a Nikkor 18-35mm lens. This photo is part of the Lakeshore Series 1.

After being quite exhausted most of the morning, until I drank my first and only cup of coffee, excitement built up in me when I started looking at my photos of last night with a fresh eye. There are quite a few good ones, and I still have so much more to learn about the camera I bought. Contrary to Ken Rockwell, I believe that Amateur/Pro photographers can use bodies longer than he does. Then again, I am not a pro photographer.

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The Lakeshore Series 1

A shot of one of the interior courtyards of the Lakeshore Hotel, I really enjoyed this picture because of the green light in one of the sole top windows. It took me a few shots to get it right though. I enjoy how many atmospheric lights are present in this shot.


All photos in this Lakeshore series were taken by me with a Nikon D200 and a Nikkor 18-35mm lens on the 13th of December 2006.


It was hard.

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New Channel On The Memoirs

I’ve just added a new channel in The Memoirs. It will regroup all my posts and thoughts on education.

I have also added a new section in the Articles part of this blog. This section will regroup all of my ideas on Teaching In Taiwan.

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