Saturday, September 30, 2006

Traditional Dances of Taiwan Aboriginal Group

I recently spent the weekend visiting the south of Taiwan where I had the pleasure of watching a group of kids perform some traditional Bainan (an aboriginal group in Taiwan) dances. Here is a link to the photos I took on the trip:

Pictures of my recent trip to Taidong.

Here is a video of the kids getting ready for their performance in the hall:

Here is a video of the kids on the way through the museum to the performance area:

Here is the first of the actual dances:

This is another dance:

And here is yet another dance in which some audience members participated, including my girlfriend (I respectfully declined):

There is a lot of information about the dances and tribe that I have not included. This is mostly due to the fact that at this time I don't know anything about it. I'm going to do some research and find out and add it to this post when I get the chance.

In the meantime, you can get a pretty good overview at good old Wikipedia.

Friday, September 29, 2006

My Dramatic Comeback

I've been really busy lately, what with school starting and all that goes along with it. I've got some good news, however: I've started boxing again! That's right, once again the world trembles at the mere mention of my name as I don the gloves.

What happened was that my boxing coach agreed to give lessons early in the morning, so now I can suffer miserably before kindergarten, as well as during kindergarten.

That's not the only item of interest in my life, though, and I'll be getting to the rest over the next few days. Stay tuned!

Thursday, September 14, 2006


All good things must come to an end, and so it is with my boxing career. It is with great sadness that I announce that I’m hanging up the gloves and turning my back on the ring. My record? No fights, no wins, no losses, no knock-outs.

Why? Well, I started grad school this week and all of my classes are night classes. Since my boxing coach has a day job, he can’t give classes when I have free time. This left me with a difficult decision: quit boxing or quit grad school (before even starting). Since I figure I have a better chance for success in school than I do in the ring, I chose to quit boxing.

Hopefully one day I’ll have a triumphant return.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Ring ring goes the bell....

Today is my first day of grad school. I feel it is fitting that it falls on September 11. It is also fitting that one of my neighbors decided to throw a drunken fit last night (actually it started at about 4 this morning) and rage up and down the street screaming at the top of his lungs, "ζˆ‘δΈι«˜θˆˆ!" or "Wo bu gaoxing! Wo bu gaoxing!" (that means, "I'm not happy").

Really? Well now I'm not happy either.

In the states someone would have called the cops right away, but Taiwanese people tend to put up with a lot before dialling 911 (actually here it is 119). Maybe this is because the police here are exceptionally useless.

By the way, I can't call the cops because they don't understand a word I say. I tried it once when a different berserk neighbor hit me. I finally got to speak to someone who understood English, and he promised to send someone right over. No one ever came.

Maybe that is another reason people don't tend to call the cops here--they don't come anyway.

Well, the cops finally showed up about 5:30, and parked their car directly beneath my window where they proceeded to "interview" witnesses, all of which were speaking at the same time.

The police were there for about a half an hour, during which time the noisy neighbor retreated into his apartment and turned off the lights. What a genius! This strategy completely baffled the police, who were apparently unable to figure out where he had gone despite his lurking in the shadows of his second floor balcony. Once the cops drove away, he was back in the street shouting again.

I was finally able to doze off right before I needed to get up and get ready for my first day at school.