Sunday, August 26, 2012

Pingtung Train Station

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Spirit Money?

This isn't your typical spirit money, you can actually buy objects that look like ipads, razors, sports things, to burn to your ancestors or gods. No, they aren't real they are just paper or cardboard objects. If you want to worship your idol to the fullest forget burning your $400 iPad when you can just burn something that looks like it for $3.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Idol's on the Drive

Sometimes the idols just get a little too dusty in those old creepy temples. The best way to fix this is to put that idol on the back of your car and drive until its looking spic and span again. In Taiwan as part of their worship to their gods they drive them around on tours through the city.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Taiwan Construction

 If you are into construction, the following images might be to graphic for your viewing.

Taiwan doesn't have many rules when it comes to construction. Though they do have standards that are barely followed.

I will see a group of men starting work on something, and maybe a 2 weeks later they will have finished laying sidewalk brick in a 10ft section without taking much thought into even leveling the ground.

 Wires hang across the side walk then stream up the side of the building.
 Not only are the wires everywhere they are missing a lot that goes with this door.

Everyday I walk by this on the way home from work. I've always hated the ugly wire hanging on the trees, wondering why they didn't just bury it. Well they finally tore down the ugly wall and trees to rebuild it. They put in nice new trees and instead of burying the wire, they tied it back to the trees. The photos show the new wall put in place with the new trees. Taken right after typhoon.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

The City of Idols: Chia Yi, Taiwan (嘉義)

Walking through the town of Chia Yi (嘉義), the crowds began to gather and bang drums, carrying their idols on their shoulders with faces painted like monsters.

As if a bomb was dropped in the middle of town, the city fills with smoke and loud bangs. They lay out the firecrackers on the pavement to walk through them while going off, carrying their gods.

After all the excitement the streets and cars are covered in the ashes from the fireworks.
A bus used for carrying idols

Fire Prevention

SYME Alumni Reunion Posters

 Here is a couple posters I made for SYME Alumni get together event in English and Chinese. Students from 2009-2012 will come and visit SYME once again. We will have fun events planned for all the students and a time to talk about more serious things.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Chia Yi Skatetrip (嘉義)

 We decided to take a trip to Jia Yi (嘉義), with a bunch of local Taichung Skaters. The first place we showed up to was the skate park which wasn't much.

There was a big idol parade going on right by the skate park. The firecrackers left smoke that looked like someone dropped a bomb.

 We then skated this plaza which was full of ledges. No one cared if you skated there. A bunch of the locals have repaired the ledges and have rails and boxes to skate also.

 I'm pretty sure we were the first to skate this in the park. Isun was trying to get a 50-50 but didn't land it before we had to leave. (left photo: Strectching?)

Isun got tired and decided to put his face on the ground.

Family Fun Day

For the first time we tried to run what we call a “Family Fun Day” with our students. We wanted to reach out to the community in which the SYME location is located. We had games, a bouncy house, English stories, information on SYME, and also Bible stories, that were made fun for the children.  The goal of the day was to just do something special and fun for the community and teach those who came about Christ. We played more games then talked but one person accepted Christ that day.

We had a bunch of game tables with different challenges and activities for the children. (A lot of the parents enjoyed the time as we baby sat for them.)

We read Cat in the Hat, having the kids interact with the story and also had Bible stories for the children to learn in a fun way.

No, we didn't provide medical treatment, this is Amy giving the children face paintings. 

For some reason Taiwanese men think doing this hand motion on your face for a picture makes you look more handsome, I just think it makes you look like you have a hand on your face.

All photos taken by other SYME students and Staff.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Typhoon Saola Damage

Typhoon Taiwan

We have a Typhoon today. That means the rest of Taiwan is shut down except for SYME. I arrived to work this morning soaked. I live in the mid-west coast. We mostly have high winds and lots of lots of rain. There hasn't been much damage besides a couple of flower pots knocked over and one tree that smashed a car.

At SYME - On a Typhoon Day

Rainy day, brings piles of umbrellas.