Monday, June 20, 2005

117, 36, 3

P6200011, originally uploaded by jdgemm.

Second time playing and shot a 117. The course is in Long Tan Taiwan and actually quite challenging. More difficult than the course we shot at last month in Tanshui.

I also shot 3 on a hole which was good for par :).

Driving to the course in the afternoon the outside temperature was hovering around mid 30's. Contrary to what I was expecting, there was a strong wind and actually it was quite comfortable on the course. Not nearly as hot as I was anticipating.

I've observed that my energy level drops significantly hitting the final few holes and is heavily reflected in my score.

Now I've got two goals whenever I play.

1. Beat my previous score.

2. Shoot par on at least one hole.

Oh, also won a couple prizes, one for nearest to pin 1st shot and the other nearest to pin 2nd shot.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Taipei Home 2005.06.14

P6120017, originally uploaded by jdgemm.

Heavy rain so spent the weekend at home.

Had fun clowning around on the bed with the kids. Here's Griffon teaching us yoga.

This set also includes a couple pictures by Griffon. I don't understand how they turned out so well considering his hands are so small. When he pushes the button to take the picture the whole camera moves a couple of inches before there is enough pressure and the actual picture is taken.

Saturday, June 11, 2005

Qu Yuan Rememberance Day (aka Dragon boat festival)

Every year on 5th day of the 5th month of the lunar calender Chinese people eat rice dumplings to remember a poet that died over 2000 years ago.

Today is Dragon Boat Festival. However, the original reason for the festival has nothing to do with dragons or boats. Rather in memorial of the poet Qu Yuan (343-290 B.C.).

Qu Yuan was a highly-respected, trusted advisor to the king until the king became corrupt and banished Qu Yuan. Qu Yuan was so distraught he started writing poems about the corruption of the government. Finally he could no longer take it and threw himself into the Milo River in protest.

Local people had come to love Qu Yuan, and unsuccessfully searched the river for his body. Desperate to prevent the fish from chomping his body, the villages threw in lumps of rice wrapped in bamboo leaves.

Over time these rice dumplings (zhong zi) have evolved and become many different sizes and shapes. Also, now there are a wide range of fillings. One thing that hasn't changed is that they are still wrapped with bamboo leaves.