New Year’s Eve 2007 in Hsinchu, Taiwan

The Sogo building in Hsinchu Taiwan, taken on the 30th of December 2006, with a Nikon D200 and a 18-35mm Nikkor lens. Part of the VT Art Salon Bonanza Series. I took this picture through the reflexion on the driver’s side of a car window. In Taiwan, there are no apparent laws on tinting your windows and some people have them tinted completely. This one had a gold relfective material.

After having gotten a lot of sleep and spent the day relaxing, we met our friend Liezel and Iutian at the Spice Shop for dinner. But right before, we went into town and I took a few pictures while experimenting with the shutter speeds.

I only took about 50 pictures in a very short time, but I managed to find the optimal setting for moving objects without using a tripod. It is about 2 seconds exposure. Anything more, and the shots get overexposed. We then made our way to the Spice Shop, a local Indian restaurant.

We had a good meal, it was somewhat less good than the 1st time we ate there. It was quite inexpensive. We had a total of 5 dishes between 4 people, from palak paneer, raita, butter chicken, shrimp in a dahl sauce and tandoori chicken. I was surprised to find out that the restaurant didn’t have any spicy pickles, because the food definitely lacked a bit of punch, not that we ordered any vindaloo.

After enjoying the sugar covered anis seeds, we made our way back to Liezel and Iutian’s place for a movie. We all drank tea and had some munchies before watching Click with Adam Sandler. I just love Adam Sandler, ever since I first saw Happy Gilmore, I find him totally hilarious. His best movie is still Punch Drunk Love, but his comedies are always funny. I was surprised to see that this was actually a comedic drama. It was an OK movie.

Later, we drank some more tea and talked about friendship. I remember quoting Star Wars Jedi Master Qui Gon Jin’s comment on Anakin Skywalker as a child.

He gives of himself without expecting any return.

To me, this relates of friendship. Friendships aren’t an investment, they are strong relationships between people who share some interests.

We then made our way to the roof t watch the fireworks. For half an hour, we clicked away at parts of the city and the fireworks. Later, Liezel made the bold move to climb the little staircase shaft by way of a ladder and I followed suit. The view was amazing and I played with my camera, varying shutter speeds and normal shooting modes of my Nikon D200.

After everybody said happy New Year, we went back down and made our way home. The revelers were already on the streets and they were starting to get packed. We made our way home without any incidents.

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I'm mathematician/IT strategist/blogger from Canada living in Taipei.

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