Friday, September 17, 2004

Invisible photos

Just to let you know that (where most of the photos of this blog are stored) is experiencing a technical problem but as explained, it will be back in full operation soon.
Sorry for the trouble!

Here is their explanation:

Due to the disk crash last night, the rebuild is currently taking place and causing some albums (about 5%) to load slow. Hopefully it will finish the rebuild by this evening. Rebuilding a disk of this size takes longer than I'd like... As always, we are looking for solutions to prevent this in the future.
Thanks for your patience.

a buddhist belief

"A person who pursues his/her own goals without disturbing others is a moral being."

Drowning Formosa

This summer has been particularly wet in Taiwan.
Formosa Island has been stricken by typhoons and heavy rain storms.
I am starting to wonder what happened to the beautiful sunny weather reputation of southern Taiwan.
If it doesn’t stop soon, we will be moving around by boat, only!

Photo: Sean Chao, Taipei Times
Three cars immersed in water next to the No. 5 Floodgate on Taipei's Fuyuan Street beside the Keelung River are barely visible after a night of torrential rain. The sign on the left of the picture reads ``No swimming.''

Photo: Taipei Times
Scene from Keelung, following flooding from the weekend's heavy rains.

Photo: Taipei Times
Scene from Keelung yesterday.

Photo: Taipei Times
A road in Taoyuan County that had already been damaged by Typhoon Aere was washed away by heavy rains in the last two days, along with a vehicle marooned on it.

Photo: Liberty Times
The Keelung River rises above the warning level, almost overflowing the Chang-An Bridge in Hsihchih.

Photo: Liberty Times
A boy stands on the only dry section of the grounds of Cheng-yi Elementary School in Sanchung City.

Photo: Sean Chao, Taipei Times
TV crew films water spewing out from the MRT construction site in Neihu.

Photo: Sean Chao, Taipei Times
A car is lifted by a crane at the No. 5 evacuating gate in Taipei. Car owners had hired the crane to remove their vehicles from the site.

Monday, September 13, 2004

Natural and Wild Hong Kong

I have this fascination for the Hong Kong’s urban tissue, which I consider an impressive display of what human kind has produced and excelled in terms of modern architecture and civil engineering.
My focus on the Hong Kong urban tissue has mislead some of my friend readers of this blog that Hong Kong is a concrete and asphalt forest. Although you might have this feeling when standing in most of the business districts and even residential areas of Hong Kong, it’s rather unfair to limit ourselves to “this” Hong Kong.
Today, to correct the Hong Kong image that I have posted in this blog, I leave you with the other side of Hong Kong – the wild and natural Hong Kong.
In Hong Kong territory, composed with 300 + islands and a peninsula, you can find your own paradise either if you like deserted beaches, breath taking mountains, water falls, monasteries, fishermen’s villages, rural countryside or stick to high tech cyber metropolis

From left to right :
A view from the peak of Lantau Island
Silver Mine water fall in Mui Wo
A deserted beach in Sai Kung
Ma On Shan – New Territories

PS. Este post e’ para ti miuda, para te mostrar o outro lado de Hong Kong!