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Today is another healthy day… At least it started sort of healthy…
今天應該是健康的一天的… 至少… 本來是…

Before we get any further… Today, I’m writing this in both English and Chinese… But! The Chinese part is not an exact translation to the English part. Because…  I don’t want people to use this to learn English, hahahaha!
So if you want to learn English…. PAY ME!!!
今天咧.. 你會發現我是用雙語來發表… 不過咧… 中文的部份, 不是完全是英文的翻譯版, 因為… 我不想有人拿這個來學英文… 所以, 如果你想學英文的話… 付錢來啦~~~~

Woke up real early today to go to the Flight Safety Meeting, and also the Fleet Meeting that followed…
Then in the afternoon, Alan, Annie, David, Angela and I went to San-Zhi to umm… have a refreshing beverage…
Actually… it’s not our main purpose there… we had BIGGER goals…
今天起了一個大早去參加飛安會還有機隊的技研會… 下午咧, 就跟艾倫, 安妮, 大衛, 安琪拉一起去了三芝那邊吹吹風喝咖啡~   不過嚴格上來說… 我們只是順便來看看海吹吹風…. 我們有更偉大的目的…

This is the place we went, didn’t remember the name…
We each ordered a drink and Mr. & Mrs. Lin brought cherries~
這家店咧… 我也不記得叫什麼名字.. 也不重要… 反正這個只是順便來的… 哈哈哈哈~
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This is not Annie’s girly drink… It’s mine… and there’re the cherries they brought~
這是我的娘們飲料…不是林太太的喔!! 還有林氏夫婦帶來的櫻桃~
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There was this… swing… 鞦韆啦~~
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As the sun sets… We wrapped up and continued to our next destination…
The REAL reason why we are out in the boonies…
隨著太陽慢慢的掉到海裡面…. 我們也結束這邊的”小菜”繼續前往我們今天真正來這個鳥不生蛋荒郊野外的目的…
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This is it… Frank’s BBQ – 邊界驛站…
It’s suppose to be a Texan styled BBQ/Steakhouse… the outer decor sort of looks like it… but what’s with the wooden sign?!  It’s like something you’d expect from a tea house in San-Yi! Seriously, what the hell is it doing on top of a STEAKHOUSE??!!!   This makes me strongly believe… that… Frank… is TAIWANESE!!! Hahahaha~
(San-Yi a town near TaiChung famous for Hakka ppl and wooden sculptures)
我覺得.. 這個… 算是個美式的德州牛排館… 不過… 他的設計師把他的外表台化了….
那個木頭招牌… 根本是三義那邊的什麼客家餐廳還是茶藝館的東西吧?!!! 要不要再台一點啊??
所以我強烈懷疑… 法蘭克是個台灣人… 哈哈哈哈哈哈~~~

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See~~~ I told you this is in the middle of no where!!! it’s 6:30, and no cars at all~~~ Good place to do a little speeding if it wasn’t for the stupid cameras every 500 feet….
看吧… 鳥不生蛋雞不拉屎的荒郊野外… 真的是邊界…. 六點半路上就空空的… 是要清場辦賽車喔?
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This is actually the hallway that leads to the restroom…
You wonder… why are all these people on the wall?? 40oz…
這個是去廁所的走廊… 牆上的照片… 是因為兩個神奇的數字… 32 和 40…
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Our table… and I think the whoever decorated this place… tried…
我們的桌子~ 夠7-8個人坐了吧… 然後… 我只能說… 設計師應該是有努力過…
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Salad… Typical Taiwanese styled salad… nothing special… The second plate has fries, mashed potatoes, corn, chili, and was it potato salad? It’s actually a pretty big plate… I only had the fries on that plate, I liked it~ The soup is umm… Oyster Mushroom Chowder… One word… Sweet…. Not as in, oh, that’s a sweet car… It’s more like… someone confused salt with sugar sweet… It’s a bit too sweet for my taste… But I guess nothing a little salt n’ pepper can’t fix… if still no.. Tabasco…
沙拉… 就是沙拉… 有千島醬還有鄉村醬… 第二個盤子呢, 有薯條, 玉米, 馬鈴薯泥, 墨西哥辣豆肉醬, 還有… 我不是很記得… 我沒有怎麼碰那盤東西… 我只知道, 薯條還不錯… 其他的都沒有吃… 那個湯… ㄟ.. 什麼杏鮑菇濃湯… 如果用一個字形容… 甜… 兩個字的話就是.. 甜甜… 哈哈哈哈哈哈~~~~
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OK, this is it…. This is why we drover all the way from Taipei City to Taipei County for!!! The Gigantic 40oz Sirlion Steak!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So, how big is 40 oz… it’s 1.25 kilos… OK, maybe not THAT BIG!! But this is the largest steak in TW for sure… OK… pretty sure… maybe….
這個就是我們千里迢迢從台北市來到台北縣的原因…. 超級無敵大40盎斯特級沙朗大牛排~~~ OK, 菜單上好像只是特級沙朗牛排…
40oz 多大? 有1.25公斤… 普通台灣的牛排大部分都在8-12oz左右… 所以這個在台灣來說… 應該是所有餐廳裡面最大最大最大的牛排了吧~~~ 應該是啦… 不然至少也有最大最大…. 再不然.. 最大…. 應該啦….

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As you can see in the picture… I used a fork to show you how big it is… but then… It doesn’t really show… So you see a coin on the last two pics? Yes, that’s a 10 NT coin… about the size of a quarter…  and it’s about a bit over an inch thick…
所以到底有多大… 那個叉子那來做比例尺看得出來吧? 再不然, 你有看到那個10塊銅板嗎? 對.. 就是那麼大~~~~ 大概有2.5公分厚….

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This is the much smaller 20 oz Rib eye we also ordered…. Along with fried chicken wings and chili cheese fries~ The chicken wings were pretty good~ not very greasy despite the fact that it was fried, and the chili cheese fries, it’s actually not bad~ even thought they probably used the cheap Velveeta nacho cheese instead of freshly grated cheddar~ but hey, it’s Taiwan, better than calling Doritos sprinkled with a bit of unknown cheese and call it Nacho Grande…
對, 你沒有看錯.. 我們還點了一客20oz的肋眼牛排, 一份辣雞翅, 還有墨西哥辣豆肉醬起司薯條… 辣雞翅我覺得還不錯ㄟ~ 不過不辣… 那個薯條咧, 也不錯~ 雖然是假的cheese… 但是還是不錯啦~ 在台灣就不要太挑了… 比某家的墨西哥拿邱好多了….
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Oh, yeah… the steak… It’s grilled, over what? I have no idea… probably not charcoal… But, it’s smelled pretty good when the waitress brought it over, fresh meat seared with big fire!! Me like!! And it is actually very well prepared, as the meat did not overcook, smells great, and nice and juicy inside~~ However, the sirloin, is a bit on the tough side… as in tough to chew… you may need to bring you GOOD set of teeth… hahahaha~ Actually, it’s not that bad, it’s probably not aged, but hey! 40 oz for 1490? That’s a pretty good deal~
As for the Rib eye, it’s a rib eye, meat is more tender and more fat~ Overall, I thought both steaks were pretty good~ and the sides were also not bad, the soup was a bit disappointing, but other than that, I’d go again~
對了, 都沒有說牛排好不好吃… 其實咧, 以他的價位來說, 他算很不錯了ㄟ~ 那麼大一塊牛排才1490的樣子, 如果胃口小的, 因為可以餵飽4-5個人~ 而且啊, 他是火烤的, 所以他的外面那個火烤的肉香, 然後裡面咧是多汁的喔~ 不過…. 沙朗因為它是沙朗.. 所以… 他算是比較有”嚼勁”的… 記得帶你比較好的那幅假牙來… 哈哈哈哈~ 其實沒有啦, 其實我覺得滿好吃的, 喜歡吃瘦肉的應該是會喜歡的~ 至於那個肋眼咧, 當然比較嫩啦~ 不過肥肉也比較多所以切掉的也比較多一點點… 反正… 我自己是還蠻喜歡的啦, 火烤的牛排誰會不喜歡阿~~~~~ 今天唯一一個比較失望的東西就是那個有點甜的湯… 不過搞不好你會喜歡… 所以, 我是應該還會再回去一次的~~~

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Lastly, remember the wall of photos? It’s actually the people who finished the 32oz sirloin steak, or the 40oz sirloin steak by themselves. Actually.. not just the steak.. in order to get on the wall, you need to finish:
1. that plate of salad
2. that plate of mashed potato with fries, chili and stuff
3. a dinner roll
4. the steak itself (you can trim the fat off…)
5. a can of soda or a glass of juice or ice tea or coffee…
6. a slice of cheesecake…
Yes, it’s actually a set… and since we shared…. no pictures for us today~ We’ll have to wait till our next journey to the countryside to follow our bravest warrior to take on the challenge….. JAY!!!!!!! You are our only hope lah~~~

最後, 還記得那牆上的照片嗎? 那些其實就是一個人單獨吃完一份32或者40oz的沙朗牛排的人~ 不過你以為那麼簡單喔! 你總共需要吃掉的東西有:
1. 那盤沙拉
2. 那盤馬鈴薯泥,玉米,薯條,辣豆肉醬…
3. 一個餐包… 就.. 普通大小…
4. 牛排…
5. 飲料, 有汽水,紅茶,奶茶,果汁,咖啡可以選…
6. 一塊起士蛋糕….
對!! 沒錯!! 各位觀眾, 那是套餐… 這樣一整套吃完才能照像拉~~~ 我們是5個人一起分的, 所以… 就… 沒有上榜啦~~ 不過… 別擔心, 在不久的未來我們將會追隨著我們最強的戰士到這裡來挑戰… 他… 就… 是… JAY啦!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

PS: The steak is only flavored with salt and pepper, so if you don’t like it that way, they do have ketchup, mustard and Tabasco… if not, feel free to bring your own BBQ sauce, steak sauce, or Worcestershire sauce… Whatever that can help you chow down the big slab of meat~~~
PS: 那個牛排只有灑上鹽還有胡椒, 所以如果你不喜歡這種美式的原味的話, 他們還有番茄醬, 芥末跟那個托巴斯克~ 不然… 你可以自己帶烤肉醬, 沙茶醬, 牛排醬, 五味醬, 瓦撒比… 幫助你登上他們的榮譽榜~~

My aunt from San Diego was in town. So was I…

So today we took her out to roam around the countryside… hehehe
First stop was Ying-Ge, famous for pottery. Haven’t been there for a while, and it looked totally different!
We walked around and I’m not sure if my aunt or my mom bought anything…
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Had a bowl of tofu flower before we head to lunch in Da-Xi
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We arrived at Chuan-Xiang 傳香, which Angela and I’ve been last month. The difference this time was we got to have the corn-fed chicken~ and it was yum~~
Then we walked around the main street in Da-Xi, but didn’t take any photos since I was here not too long ago, and things are still the same… Did went to the Peanut Candy place again though~
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Our thrid stop was to Ci-Hu, where Chiang Kai Shek rests his soul… Haven’t been here for a long time too! There’s a new tourist center, with gift shop and a restaurant! and yeah, I bought something and ordered something that was out of stock… So I’ll post it after I get everything~

Inside the tourist center, there’re some interesting stuff, such as the wedding gawn and the tux worn by CKS and his wife. There’s also a video thing showing some of his life stories I think… Didn’t really take a look cuz I was eager to head to the giftshop…
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There’s also a park, which all the statues of CKS that were taken down during the reign of A-Bian from schools and government offices. It’s kinda interesting I think…
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This is the lake, where Ci-Hu gets its name.  And this is the entrance to where you can pay your respect to his… coffin… I’m not sure why, but… how come I remember the coffin being a clear glass coffin instead of the black marble one now?
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Then we headed to San-Xia, famous for… I’m not sure… There is this 89 dollar ice cream thing… Bugle shaped bread cone instead of the waffle cone or wafer cones… It was just OK… Oh yeah, they are famous for the “Taiwanese Croissant”… It’s… different… and my mom likes it…
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For dinner, we went to the “Chicken Nest” 雞窩.  It’s 驥園 Ji-Yuan’s little sister… Same yummy chicken soup, but can be ordered in much smaller sizes, so it’s better when you only have 3 or 4 people for dinner. So are the other dishes too, much smaller sizes, and in turn will make you feel it’s cheaper? All these, plus a bottle of soda, for 2200 NTD, not bad lah~
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For the rest of the exciting pictures, please visit the full album~

My pee is florescent yellow

This is suppose to be Manhattan… around 19,000 feet…
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So, I come to New York again… This time, Mr. and Mrs Du is here also, so I managed to find my way to 6th Ave and 32nd St. for some Korean food with them~ I was right on time, 12:30 at Harold Square~
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Harold Square, 34th and 6th and Broadway. The big Macy’s at Harold Square.
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Lots of ppl choose to ride bikes around town, so therefore, traffic lights for bicycles~
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This is the restaurant we went, no idea what the name is…
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Kimchee, free of course. Blood sausage~ or Korean sausage, whatever you want to call it~ Yum yum good~
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This is what this restaurant is famous for, umm… Ox Tail soup~ Milky white soup, with slices of beef and rice and noodles~
It’s actually quite light but rich with cow flavor~ you know what I mean… hehe…
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Then, after lunch we went to Serendipity, I been here before, but didn’t go in cuz it was packed… This time, since it’s a Wednesday afternoon, there are still tables available~ First picture, you can see half of Mr. Du, and Mrs. Du with her 5 month big tummy~
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According to them, their desserts are good, but food is OK. Since we already had lunch, we’ll just have something sweet.
As you can see on the menu, there’s a Guinness World Record “Golden Opulence Sundae” for 1,000.00 USD…
Yes, that’s right, ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS!!!!!! And you have to made a reservation 48 hours in advance… If I save a buck a day…
I’ll be able to have it in 1000 days… Their banana split is 22 dollars, people next table ordered one, it’s pretty big…
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We ordered a Frozen Hot Chocolate. Pretty much every table has at least one, if not one per person.
It’s actually kinda like the frappaccinos at Starbucks, but some how, it tastes better… I’m gonna go home and try to make it…
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That’s it for this trip. Next time, I’m gonna try to have a meal at either Peter Luger or Wolfgang!!!

It was Jet and Nicole’s wedding yesterday, also my 3rd time as the groomsman…

Anyway… The wedding was held at Grace Hill… It’s not on a hill… it’s actually next to Costco and TK3C…
But it does have a piece of grass area on the room… which is kinda nice~

When we arrived, Stanley and Jeff from LA Boyz or… Machi if you don’t remember LA Boyz… was there too, for their relative’s wedding… Here are just some of the pictures from the wedding, there wasn’t any ceremony since they registered and did all that a year ago, so it was just a banquet~

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We got there at 4, and hung out on the roof, which is where the Bride’s prep room is located, we sat around and smoked while the bride gets ready, and then took group pictures~
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Angela, Ariel, and Ann all dressed up~ Angela was the bridesmaid, and Ariel was the MC. David was the other groomsman…
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I brought a bottle of Belvinie 12yrs for the thing, it was a 1 litre bottle, and we finished the whole thing plus the many glasses of the sparkling wine… Jay and Pony was there too, actually, so was JJ, Victor, Betty, Henry, and many others, I guess I’ll post the other pictures in the albumn area…
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3/24 My Two Cents

Posted: March 23, 2009 in Just Another Day

After a late night conversation with a friend…

Things don’t always happen for the best, but that doesn’t mean it’ll always happen for the worst
Look on the brighter side beats standing in the dark
Give yourself a little hope, a little less doubt
Focus on actions that’ll count, and forget the ones that won’t help
It’ll come around, for better or for worse, no regrets

Does that worth 2 cents? or a penny will do, for my thought

3/23 Sakurajima

Posted: March 22, 2009 in Just Another Day

This was on route back from LA…

Actually, from SFO… It was a cargo flight from LA-SFO-TPE… Another long ass day…
This is near Fukoka I think… Not really sure… Didn’t pay attention to what’s next to it…
It’s Sakurajima, of if you prefer, Mount Sakura…
It erupted today… or… yesterday… or… whatever…  Didn’t see lava pouring out of it, and not volcanic dust in the air, so I guess can’t really say it erupted… more like… bubbling… yeah…. bubbling… hehehe…

Anyway, here are some aerial photos from FL400… that’s 40,000 feet in the air… And my little LX3 did not disappoint~ Got some pretty good shots of it, with only 3X optical zoom, I’m happy with it~
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I also found this "aerial shot" which is a preset mode under the SCN mode…
Can you tell the difference??
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1/26 CNY Fireworks

Posted: January 26, 2009 in Just Another Day

Chinese New Years means… You can sort of kind of legally set the city on fire…

Here are just some shots from the shitty camera of my phone…
I bought this QuadCamera app from the app store on Apple Store, kinda cool, like the Lomo QuadCamera that I never bought~
These are just some highlights of the 3000NT we paid for the fireworks… Some.. never left ground, when it was meant to be high up in the air… haha~
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