Monday, January 05, 2009

West Lafayette is the 6th Most Educated Small Town in the U.S.

In Depth: America's Most Educated Small Towns -

Can you believe it? follow the link to That's why we have a really low crime rate.

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial House 國父史蹟紀念館

There is always some place that really close to where you live but you have never been to as New Yorkers never bother go to the top of the Empire State Building. Just like this one - Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial House (國父史蹟紀念館) in Taipei City, Taiwan.

Located one block away from Taipei Railroad Station, the Memorial House is actually hidden in a small but beautiful Yat-Sen Park (逸仙公園). It consists a Japanese house where Dr. Sun Yat-Sen stayed during his visit to Taipei, a Japanese garden, a small pond, and a pavilion.

It's a nice place to go but there was NO PEOPLE around. It's kind of a deserted place. But if you'd like to enjoy the slow part of Taipei, go try to find this attraction in the heart of the city.

Friday, January 02, 2009

Yinghe Cave Trail 銀河洞越嶺步道

I tried to be a more outdoor person during my stay in Taipei, so I did a somewhat easy trail with my former colleagues. We started from HsinTien and ended at National ChengChi University (NCCU), Mu-Zha.
The trail is getting more popular because of the newly-built MaoKong Gondola, which is not in operation right now due to a serious erosion of pillar foundation.

The best part of the trail is the waterfall in the photo. In addition, you can go underneath the waterfall and pay a visit to a secret god statue. After that, enjoying a pot of wonderful tea in MaoKong and walking around NCCU campus add frills to the city retreat.

Click here for more photos about Yinghe Cave Trail and MaoKong, Taipei.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

台灣小吃探索(續) Taiwan Snacks Are the Best !(Cont.)

Taihodien Spicy Hot Pot 太和殿麻辣鍋Taihodien Spicy Hot Pot 太和殿麻辣鍋 - Spicy Hot Pot is really popular in Taiwan. Some places offer all-you-can-eat buffet around US$10-15 dollars per person, but the ones who don't are usually better. My favorite is Taihodien (太和殿), located on Sinyi Rd.

Go to YongKang Street in Taipei and you will find following delicacies.

Braised Beef Noodles @ YongKang Beef Noodles 永康牛肉麵(紅燒) Braised Beef Noodles 牛肉麵

Steamed Spareribs with Rice Flour @ YongKang Beef Noodles 永康牛肉麵的粉蒸排骨 Steamed Spareribs with Rice Flour 粉蒸排骨 - Goes extremely well with beef noodles

Fresh Strawberry Sorbet @ Ice Monster 冰館的新鮮草莓牛奶雪酪 Strawberry Sorbet 草莓牛奶雪酪 - Don't forget to enjoy a dessert at Ice Monster.

Monday, December 29, 2008

台灣小吃探索 Taiwan Snacks Are the Best!

Last year I actually made myself back to Taiwan for Christmas Day although most of Taiwanese are not Christians. During my one week stay I tried to catch up my favorite Taiwan snacks. Here are some:

Stinky Tofu (臭豆腐) - They are not rather stinky or smelly but crispy outside, juicy and tasty inside. You gotta try this if had chance. Available in most of the night markets in Taiwan. Never seen one in the U.S.

Bubble Tea or Boba Tea (珍珠奶茶) - One of the most famous Taiwan drinks. In US it usually costs three dollars but in Taiwan it's less than one dollar. There are several tea shop chains in Taiwan serve Bubble Tea, but I personally love "Chun Shui Tang" (春水堂) the best.

Tofu Pudding (豆花) - The pudding is made from soybean as how tofu is made, and it goes well with Boba. The Three Brothers (三兄弟) do a good job at putting red bean to each of the Boba to bring the mouthfeel to the next level.

To be continued....

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Purdue Memorial Union covered in snow

Purdue Memorial Union, originally uploaded by thoth188.

Isn't this beautiful? I know everything looks better in snow, but sometimes it's a pain in the ass to slip on streets.

Click here to see more photos of Purdue University.

Friday, December 26, 2008

You cannot spell stupid without IU

IU touchdown, originally uploaded by thoth188.

Okay, here comes my first away football game to one of the Boilermakers' rivals - Indiana University. Both teams were striving to win the Old Oaken Bucket, which is the trophy that is annually awarded to the winner of the football game between IU and Purdue, back to school and win the pride.

Unfortunately, Boilermakers lost the 2007 game. But it's a good and interesting game to be part of it, especially when only 5% of the attendees are on your side. I have to say Purdue fans showed great school spirit and I am very proud of my alma mater.

There was a huge traffic to get to the stadium and that caused us to miss the opportunity of tailgating with IU students. Obviously they need the expertise of logistics management from Krannert School :)

Thursday, December 18, 2008

World's Largest Drum

HCG_12 World's Largest Drum, originally uploaded by thoth188.

I am not quite sure if this is true or not, but it seems like we have the largest drum in the world.

This photo was taken when I was in the homecoming game on October 28th, 2007. And my favorite part of the game is seeing Neil Armstrong, the first person who steps on earth, cheering up the football team and crowd during the half-time break.

It's my second football game and now I can have my opinion about American football. My general impression is football game is quite intense and quick. A lot things could happen in ten seconds, and a quarterback is the key player in the offensive team just like a pitcher in a baseball team. There are some rules that I still don't understand, but overall I enjoy football games better than other sports games.

Click here for the photo set on Flickr!

Go Boilers!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Why History Can't Wait - Person of the Year 2008 - TIME

Why History Can't Wait - Person of the Year 2008 - TIME



歐巴馬競選時期,最讓大家佩服的是他運用媒體的能力。從初選一開始他的競選團隊就大量使用各種二十一世紀才出現的新媒體-Youtube。宣布副手的時候也是第一優先讓主動提供e-mail或手機號碼的一般民眾知道。他甚至還有flickr pro帳號(昨天整理照片的時候突然發現的)。重點是他不但可以透過這些媒體跟民眾互動,還可以跟這些人小額募款。



Monday, September 24, 2007

Management Volunteer Program - Highway Cleanup

Highway Cleanup, originally uploaded by thoth188.

I used to be an active volunteer in Taiwan. When I come to US, I wonder is there also a way to contribute to local community? The answer is the management volunteer program.

This is the first activity of the program, which is a not attractive one - highway cleanup on Sept. 22. There were only a few members coming to clean the road. But it was fun. What we picked up most are bottles, cans, and cups. Not many trash as we expected, since this is not an interstate. Someone even found a flat tire, a metal plate, a pack of cigarette, and a long board of wood. You may click on the photo and get the location where this photo was taken.

I heard that next time we will hold a trick-or-treat activity on Halloween! I've never had Halloween before and I look forward to joining again.