Thursday, June 25, 2009

Memoirs of Jioufen

Arts 2009 is now in the Surrey Art Gallery.

We went for the Opening Reception on Thursday night of June 25th.

Many people in the gallery that night.

The announcement went pretty long as usual.

54 artists' work are in the show this year.

Fiona is exploring Art...

By the way, Taddy's illustration is in the show again.

It's his second participation for the show.

Also his illustration was chosen for the 3rd place of Category 3 (2D mixed Media, Drawing, Printmaking).

Receiving the award.

His last name was terribly pronounced...

"Jioufen, Love" - Mixed Media 43" x 21.5"

The illustration depicts Taddy's favorite mountain town, Jioufen, in Taiwan.

Intending to express his identity, imagination and memories along with the nostalgic scenery of Jioufen.

Some elements are very familiar to something you have seen. right?

:::The Exhibition runs until August 30th:::

So Taddy really loves Jioufen. Last November, we went to Jioufen with Taddy's parents and Chi-Ching.

The view from A-Mei Teahouse.

Inside A-Mei Teahouse.

Amazing decorations.

Taddy was so impressed by these items.

The art of Taiwanese mask.

Having afternoon tea break.

A lot of tourists visit Jioufen every day.

The famous stairs.

When we were in Taiwan this past June, we went to Jioufen again.

And we took Taddy's brother, Mutsumi and cousin, Yu this time.

Went to our favorite store which is famous for Fishball soup.

So good!!

In front of the restaurant that was used for one scene in Taiwanese movie, "A City of Sadness".

Yu (left) and Mutsumi (right).

A lot of gift shops and stairs along the narrow street.

Mutsumi bought handmade sandals for his children.

The same old stuff. The only difference was the very hot weather this time.

Don't forget to take a picture at the famous stair if you ever visit Jioufen.

Mutsumi is a quiet guy. But Yu is very goofy just like Taddy as you see.

Nice sunset scene...

After visiting Jioufen, we usually go to Keelung for good night market food.

Jioufen is a very peaceful and nostalgic place, hope you will visit there someday.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

The Hottest Show in Taipei

We came to Nangang, Taipei.

This is Taipei World Trade Center Nangang Exhibition Hall.

Fiona's Company participated in Computex Taipei from June 2nd to June 6th. And here is the exhibition venue.

By the way, when we were at the Vancouver airport, we bumped into the Tu family.

Took a picture at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. But we could not see them while we were staying in Taiwan.

And the day before the tradeshow started, we had lunch with Chi Ching.

After that, went to the exhibition hall to set up the booth.

It is a huge hall.

The first day of the show, we came to Nangang around 9 AM. Had breakfast at Mos Burger inside the exhibition hall.

These sandwiches are quite tasty.

2009 Computex Taipei started!!

This is the 4th floor.

Microsoft's booth is huge, and there were always a lot of people.

Those big companies had their booths on the 4th floor.

Some booths were designed and set up nicely.

By the way, this is Fiona's booth.


And there were two food stands on the same floor.

But we didn't want to eat lunch here.

So we went outside.

Oh, almost forgot to mention this... the temperature in Taiwan was always around 30-34°C (86-93°F) while we stayed there.

We ended up eating lunch at Mos Burger. There were so many people inside the store.

Fiona is eating her favorite chicken.

Mos rice burger is pretty good.

Yakiniku burger and shrimp burger, yummy!!

Another day, we had these lunch sets from another eatery inside the building, but taste was so so...

There are so many people in this store too.

Took pictures in front of some sculptures.

After lunch, Taddy went to the 1st floor of the exhibition hall.

There are also interesting booths here too.

In a small section, there was Good Design = Good Business exhibition.

PEGA's booth was pretty cool.

Their portfolio were quite creative and stylish.

Computex Taipei Exhibition was throughout several halls.

One day, Taddy went to another hall, Taipei World Trade Center.

Inside TWTC Hall 3.

Taddy liked the look of the food stand.

Outside look of TWTC. Interesting architecture.

Taipei 101 is right across the street. The picture on the right is the passage to go to Hall 1.

Inside Hall 1.

So many people were there too.

*But what Taddy was most interested in seeing in Computex Taipei is...

Promotional models (in Taiwan they are called "Show Girls")!!

More girls!!

And more!!!

And more!!!!!

It's Show time!!

And "Real" show time!!


This kind of IT exhibition in Taiwan is heaven for guys like Taddy!!