Christmas decorations on the plane, kid-sized headphones, and a coloring book with two-sided colored pencils and a built-in tray to keep them from rolling away? Major points to you Singapore Airlines. Oh, and I haven't even mentioned the decent gluten free meals on board. (Something other than a hunk of chicken and a pile of rice. A little flavor even. Amazing.) Not bad at all.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Due to the long commute our kids have to school here and the fact that they are still young enough to need a lot of sleep, we have to keep them on a pretty rigid schedule at home here in Taiwan during the school year. At home in Utah during the summer? Not so much. What would the point be really? We'd get them on a schedule just to turn around and readjust to Taiwan time again. So, we just lived it up and enjoyed every minute we had with family and friends. It was nice to be able to let time be dictated more by who we were with than by where we needed to be and when we needed to get everyone in bed.
We're home now, back in school and back to normal life (sort of). So maybe the blogging will be back a bit too. We'll see.
A fun patio I saw the other day:
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Monday, June 17, 2013
Space is at a premium here. I love how even the space under overpasses get used for good purposes. I have seen several of these community centers nestled underneath overpasses. I've also seen a gas station, an art gallery, a jade market, a flower market, many parking lots, and several restaurants under overpasses.
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
One of the fun things about Chinese New Year is how these little shops pop up selling all kinds of Chinese New Year stuff. They are packed to the gills with stuff. It's a fun trip just to check out all the stuff. My lens was dirty apparently but you can kind of get the idea. They have all different kinds of red envelopes. I thought about going for the Angry Birds ones but went with some cute snake envelopes since it is Year of the Snake. The kids loved 'em.
Monday, June 10, 2013
|Lynne at Like Nomads, but With More Stuff sent us a fun swap box as part of the FS swap. We really enjoyed it because she did such a great job explaining stuff that we learned some stuff about Russia. It was fun. And we also learned that they have scented kleenex there, much to the delight of my little girls. Thanks Lynne!|
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
We've been to the Taipei Zoo twice now. It is relatively inexpensive and really a pretty good zoo overall. The kids liked the penguins and koalas and panda bears. And the red pandas. And the spider monkey that for some reason shares an enclosure with guinea pigs. I even saw a snake that I had seen out hiking one day. Turns out it's pretty venomous. Good thing I don't like picking up snakes. (Wouldn't dare here. Too many scary ones.)
The zoo is actually pretty big. They have a train that runs through it and you can also ride the gondola I talked about back here to the top of the zoo and walk your way down. It is one of the better zoos I have ever been to.
|Lots of snake stuff since it is the year of the snake.|
|Bad picture of a really cool snake display that they had for this year because it is the year of the snake.|
Monday, June 3, 2013
Taipei Eye is a performing arts troupe here in Taipei. I was feeling bad that my kids hadn't really gotten to see anything like Peking Opera or traditional Chinese music or dance. But then the CLO organized a trip to Taipei Eye. We weren't sure what to expect but it ended up being just what I was hoping for the kids. They had dancing and acrobatics, a lion dance, drumming, Opera singing, music, etc. It was fantastic. And on the intermissions the kids got to pet the lion and try on costumes. So glad we went. The shows change often so you can see different things all the time. It's really cool. And the kids all blew their allowance on awesome lion and dragon puppets. A good night for sure.