Sunday, July 13, 2008

Stormy Weather

At least in Northeastern Taiwan, most mornings are hot, sweaty and sticky by 8am, and run so until just after lunch, where a breeze tends to kick in and the static in the air feels like storm. If it doesn't rain for a few hours (or at all that evening), there tend to at least be heavy clouds, and hopefully an accompanied cool-down.

Here are two shots of some weather.
****Taipei Gongguan MRT stop, 3pm 下午三點台北捷運公館站****
****View of Turtle Island and Yilan while getting on Provincial Highway 9, the mountain road to Taipei 從往台北九號省道看龜山島****

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Ain't Shy

These first graders from Dong-Ao Elementary are all about the camera. That's Ricky flexing up front; he was toothless little monster who did a great "H-huh-Horse" impression, jumping up for a full-fledged "neeeeeeeigh"

That's Brian, my wonderful co-teacher from the two aboriginal schools (Dong-Ao and Ao-Hua). He really knew how to get these active kids to at least direct some attention; everything was done in sing-song, with chanting and rhythmic sentence patterns, and there were frequent breaks for chasing kids around the room, eventually corralling them into a London Bridge's circle, collapse, and "5,4,3,2,1 back to your seats!" Needless to say, it was tiring. Brian's energy: endless.