Sunday, April 29, 2012

Balcony - Night Time Photograph

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I was planning on going skateboarding, when I got off the elevator and it started to rain heavily and thunder. I went back into my apartment, grabbed my tripod and camera, went out on the balcony and began trying to shoot the lightening. After hundreds of failed attempts, I waited a little bit for the storm to begin to clear and took a few more pictures to end up with this photograph.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Evangelism Day

Photos by Pheobe
We took out all the students to share the gospel of Jesus Christ on the streets of Taichung. Many of our students did street evangelism for the first time. The gospel was shared many times. The Taiwanese are very open to talking about it unlike the struggles of street evangelism in NYC.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Riding the Walls

Michael - Wall riding

Michael is about a 3 hour bus or train ride away from my home. Whenever I go to his house he takes me to new and interesting spots. But for some reason this weekend (and most of the time) Michael is really into doing wall rides. So we hit so many different wall ride spot which I find them to be really fun anyway.

Me - Wall Riding around the corner

Me - Carving the full-pipe

Me - doing the full loop...with some help

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Taiwan at Night: Goat Carcass

Walking around at night in Taiwan you run into some creepy things like, goat carcasses and trucks haling pigs on hooks that were cut in half the long way.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Weekend Skate (Science Park)

Ollie the Bush

I've been trying to meet up with Taiwanese to skate more and more. It has been difficult with the language barrier and schedules, but I manage to skate with these guys the most. (Photo: Heel Flip)

Me - FS Flip

Me - Nose Manuel


Ninja Heel Flip Attempt

Up the Bench and over the gap - me - kickflip

Thanks to one of the guys for taking all the pictures with my camera (I did the processing)

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Lugang Temple Tour

 Lugang is a port city in Taichung County, Taiwan. It is famous for some of its foods, its Dragon Boat Races and also its old temples. Marc took Jake, Brittany and I on a little tour here.

Many people come to the very old temples to worship. The town is full of gods. The men used to go out sailing and trading for goods while many of the wives stayed home to pray to the gods for their safety.

It almost brings me to tears watching as this father leaned over his son, holding his hands together, teaching him the proper form to worship the gods of Taiwan.

Many of their gods are surprisingly demonic like. The idols they worship or beautiful creatures but dark evil looking monsters, which they fear.
Similar to the Catholic church you can buy little spaces of lights for you dead ancestor. I'm not sure if this is to help them have a better after life or better chances of a good reincarnation.

Lugang is a very old town but over the years it has been expanding. The white part is where the land use to end but it has risen to the colored sections of the map on the left. I think it was like 5 meters every so many years.

Lugang is famous for its old brick streets, many pink hatted, Taiwanese and Chinese tourist visit. You will also see the tour guide carrying a flag to help keep anyone from getting lost. Funny thing is the Americans use tour guides less in foreign countries then Chinese use for a country that speaks the same language.

Giant Buddha statue sits over looking Lugang. You can actually walk right into the belly of Buddha (not as exciting as it sounds). On each floor is a different stage of Buddha's life.

There are 12 men sitting around Buddha

Pokemon Tower?

Lady selling giant Ostrich eggs on the way up to the giant Buddha.
Marc was kinda enough to get us some of this very gooey gel food stuff, which I have had many times and still am not use to the texture, before the ride home.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

1st Bible Club Spring Term

The Students dressing up to see who looks like the best disciple during our first Bible Club for the Term