Saoba Stones

Saoba Stones

Saoba StonesSaoba Stones

After visiting Rareseed Pasture we drove up to the Wuhe terrace.  Located in the rift valley Wuhe terrace is a popular place for growing both coffee and tea. I passed over the terrace on my Chinese New Years Bike trip in 2017.  One of the most interesting parts of the terrace is the Saoba Stones.

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Rareseed Pasture

Rareseed Pasture

Rareseed Pasture

Some coworkers and I headed down to Ruisui to see some of the tourist sites there. Ruisui is located in the southern part of Hualien County and has some interesting places to visit. First, we stopped at Rareseed Pasture. I mentioned passing this dairy farm during my Chinese New Year bike ride. Dairy Farms are often open to the public for free, with some exceptions. Like others, Rareseed Pasture combines dairy farm with tourist attraction. Later we would visit the Saoba Stones historical site and the Tropic of Cancer. The pasture is located at No.6-157 Wuhe Village, Ruisui Town in Hualien County. 

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New Years Ceremony for M House

New Years Ceremony for M House

New Years Ceremony for M House

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Wandering Around Hong Kong

Wandering Around Hong Kong

Hong Kong

I got to bookend my 2017 trip to the USA with two short trips to Hong Kong. These two stopovers gave me plenty of time to wander around the city. The first time I stayed at Ashoka Hostel and went to the Maritime Museum. The second time I stayed at Ah Shan Hostel and went to the Hong Kong History Museum. I also just spent some time wandering around the city.

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The Triggering 2017 NSFW

The Triggering 2017 NSFW

The Triggering 2017

George Takei now living as a straight manHere is a toast, to all the people that disagree with me and are still my friends, to the people I have offended and laughed it off, you’re the real MVP. For everyone else, there are pampers. Let us recap some of my best moments in Triggering 2017.

I have managed to trigger people vie memes, blog posts and opening my own mouth. Now I really don’t wish death on anyone but it’s my way of dealing with things by making jokes about them. I also feel that people are more sensitive and more ridiculous lately. For example this year I was told that phycology is a made up Nazi science and that posting from the following sources are indicative of a fascist belief system;  Vice, The Onion, Reason, Telegraph, Generation Liberty, Gallup, Monocular, Orwell, DailyMail, A and E, Daily Mail, Telegraph, Reason, The Wild East, Change.org.

Someone should make an app that showed you what posts made people block and unfriended you. I can only do so much detective work on my own. I am also on a watchlist now. So it has been a big year.

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Expat Investing

Expat Investing

Expat Investing

The difference between gambling and investing is having a good plan. Even then it has its risks that make good financial planning necessary. Being an expat adds an additional layer of complexity to our financial planning. So how should an expat look to invest? In the end, expat investing is not that different then if you were back home in the states minus many tax-advantaged retirement accounts. These tips are drawn from my own experiences so take them with a grain of salt, you don’t know me from Jack (see disclosure at the bottom). Just remember the PG version of the golden rule: Don’t Be Stupid

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Taipei December 2017

Taipei December 2017

Flowers in Taipei Taipei December 2017

My last trip up to Taipei for 2017. I definitely visited Taipei a lot more this year than last year. Maybe the most I ever had in a year. I will probably keep visiting Taipei in 2018. I am also looking forward to visiting new places and new countries in 2018.

Saturday I wandered around Yuanshan Park, and the Fine Arts Park on Saturday. On Sunday I checked out Christmasland in Banqiao. It was a little colder than normal but I still found it very comfortable.

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Hong Kong Museum of History

Hong Kong Museum of History

Hong Kong Museum of History

It was my second time in Hong Kong and I decided to just leave my hotel and walk around the city. I saw the sign for the Hong Kong Museum of History when walking and decided that that sounded interesting to me. Yes, museums may kind of be my thing. So off I wandered until I found the Museum. Located in Tsim Sha Tsui the “Hong Kong Story” exhibit is free to enter.

Bell set at Hong Kong Museum of History Boat at Hong Kong Museum of History Seven Sisters Festival Hong Kong Museum of History

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Danial Shays’ Rebellion

Danial Shays’ Rebellion

Danial Shays’ Rebellion

 

I had forgotten I had filmed this. I took this video during my September visit to the USA. Danial Shays’ Rebellion was an early challenge to the pre-constitution USA government. In fact, the final showdown took place in Petersham Massachusetts where my father had grown up.

Hong Kong Maritime Museum

Hong Kong Maritime Museum

Hong Kong Maritime Museum model JunkCentral Pier 8

Hong Kong is one of the busiest ports in the world and has been a historically important port. Naturally, this makes the Hong Kong Maritime Museum and a great place to check out. The museum is located at Central Pier 8 and only costs 30 HKD to enter. This makes it easy to take the Star Ferry from Kowloon where I was staying to the Museum.

Despite being the type to get sea sick I actually kind of like boats. Well, maybe I like the idea of being on a boat out on the ocean better than the actual reality. Maybe a canoe or a kayak on a lake is more my speed but so his reading about history.

 

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