So, after weeks of looking around and comparing prices, I finally broke down and bought a brand new high grade digital camera! Since I’ve been so tardy in updating this site with words, I thought I’d try to make up for it with pictures! I’d been borrowing Connie’s brother’s camera when I knew I’d need one, but it’s just not the same as having your own! I am still learning how to use it, and my first pictures didn’t turn out as well as I might have hoped, but I am slowly getting the hang of using it. It’s a very simple but powerful camera, so it will take me a while to master it.
In the meantime, please enjoy the pictures I take as I learn my way with this new toy!
Tonight at the Sherwood Hotel, in Downtown Taipei, I had dinner with my Uncle, Don Lorento, who was in China on business and stopped by to see me on his way back to Canada. He’s the head of the Canadian division of a company that makes industrial molds and was in China visiting some of their factories near NanJing. We had a wonderful talk, and it was very good to see a face from home!
Another shot of me and my Uncle, Don Lorento.
Look, up in the sky! That yellow appartment at the very top? It’s mine! That brown strip to the right is my very very long cement staircase, because buildings under 6 storeys don’t have elevators! I am the stairmaster!
My street, light industrial places on the street levels (machine shops, autobody shops, large scale laundries, etc) and four levels of appartments on top. This is actually a very typical Taipei “residential” street.
A typical old-style Taiwanese appartment building. The truth is, Taipei is one of the most densely populated areas in the world, and most people live in appartments, not houses. In fact, your average building in this city is 4 or 5 storeys tall! Living in a house isn’t even a consideration, or a dream here!
Chiang Kai Shek/Zhang Jie Shi, the “founder” of Taiwan whose statue is found in the middle of every schoolyard admonishing the kids to study hard and get a good education! (Of course, another set of history books reads that he was a rebel army leader and dictator who ruled Taiwan with an iron fist and suppressed the people for a very long time along with his party, the KMT.)
What is this, you ask? Why, a TV remote, my alarm clock and a bag of tissue paper. Why did I take this? To test the highest resolution of my camera to see what results I got. And why did I post it? Why not!
Playing with my new camera, I decided to take a reflection shot off the window of the inside of a subway car to see how well it would work. Well, I’d have to say the results weren’t half bad considering it’s a reflection shot.
Ever wonder what the Taipei City MRT (Subway) system looks like? Well, now you know! They currently have six lines, 4 major, 2 minor, but in the next few years this map will change a lot as new major lines go into operation. I just wish Toronto would learn from Taipei and modernize and expand their own system.