6-09-2013- Hanging around Taichung City Album Summary

Reading at the library.

Reading at the library.

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Playing in the puddles at the art museum.

Playing in the puddles at the art museum.

Singing in the science museum.

Singing in the science museum.

I like waterfalls!

I like waterfalls!

Time keeps on slippin', slippin' slippin'....

Time keeps on slippin’, slippin’ slippin’….

Cleaning up mom.

Cleaning up mom.

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Tunnel warp2

Tunnel warp2

Dad ready to lend a hand over the treacherous bridge.

Dad ready to lend a hand over the treacherous bridge.

Tunnel warp.

Tunnel warp.

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Beating the summer heat with mom and dad.

Beating the summer heat with mom and dad.

Playing with a new friend.

Playing with a new friend.

Why are you always pointing that box with an eye at me?

Why are you always pointing that box with an eye at me?

Sitting seems like a good idea, in my white dress.

Sitting seems like a good idea, in my white dress.

What should we do in the puddles?

What should we do in the puddles?

I call it the Gillette Building- it isnt actually anything to do with shavers unfortunately.

I call it the Gillette Building- it isnt actually anything to do with shavers unfortunately.

Happy B-Day to Father in Law.

Happy B-Day to Father in Law.

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Optical Illusion at the Science Museum.

Optical Illusion at the Science Museum.

I get to feed daddy!

I get to feed daddy!

Splashing with some 3 minute friends.

Splashing with some 3 minute friends.

Surprise in front of the Mitsukoshi dept store.

Surprise in front of the Mitsukoshi dept store.

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I wanted diamonds, not quartz!!

I wanted diamonds, not quartz!!

Silly dad, I don't know how to tell the difference between diamonds and quartz!

Silly dad, I don’t know how to tell the difference between diamonds and quartz!

Yes! It is quartz!

Yes! It is quartz!

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We are working on training her back-rub skills.

We are working on training her back-rub skills.

Instant celebrity at the art museum. Cheap thrills for us, I guess.

Instant celebrity at the art museum. Cheap thrills for us, I guess.3

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April 26th update

In career news, I am in negotiations with a potential employer at the moment. Hopefully it all comes through… I have a pretty good feeling (90%) it will work out and I will have a daytime job starting in July. That’s great, but I have to stay alive in the meantime, so part time hours from them and hopefully an evening job teaching adults will be handy. I have applied at a couple adult specialization schools and I have heard some interest from some of them… but no hours offered yet… cross my fingers on that.

In home news, I am still waiting for the use of a friends borrowed car to dump the last 6 or 7 bags of recycling at a depot nearby. We have all the rooms we use cleared, our bedroom, Ariel’s bedroom, the living room, and the majority of the kitchen are clear of junk. Right now we have a storage room which will be my office once it is clear, and part of the kitchen is still filled with an overabundance of recycle items from clearing up all the stuff our friend’s mom left behind.

We hosted our friend’s family and her sister’s family last weekend to get final instructions on what they wanted done with their mom’s items that we thought might be of interest, and got permission for about a 75% dispose and 25% keep in storage in a closet. (as it worked out.) Basically keep the valuable stuff, and toss the excess everyday stuff that she had piled up. Generally all of it being potentially useful old things but her mother had already replaced them all with newer better quality things but were still moldering in various corners of the house. (She could have saved us a ton of trouble by having a couple garage sales a few years ago!)

Ariel is finally sleeping in her own completely childproof room. That is the best thing about being out here- we control our own area again! It isn’t swank or luxury, but it is safe.

Ariel is the coolest baby, she has adapted well to riding on the scooter with us. I recently picked up a new, light folding stroller that fits well in front of me and it even folds down so she can lie inside the stroller (when we are walking around pushing her.) We strap Ariel on to our body when riding the scooter, and she has a helmet (a bit over-sized, but nobody seems to carry 16 month old sized helmets for some reason.)  She is as safe as I can get her until I can afford to finance an actual car. A parking spot isn’t a problem for us- its just getting the coinage to maintain a car and a job to get financing approved for a car. After a couple months into my next job I will likely start financing a car that ironically will mostly get driven by my wife to bring Ariel around… sigh. At least that makes my daughter safer. I do the best I can with what I have. Don’t kill me Grandma! I know its bad, but we need transport and quite frankly things are different now than even 10 years ago.

All in all, it has been 12 days and we almost have things back to semi-normal. The next couple steps will be harder. I think I will be back up to snuff by November, after I have a couple pay-cheques under my belt to have paid off everything…

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Just a daily update.

Our friend's scooter we were borrowing. Its pretty swank, actually.

Our friend’s scooter we were borrowing. Its pretty swank, actually.

Last weekend we had 5 people staying over with us, it was a bit crowded but due to extreme hard work and cleaning on both my wife’s and myself’s part it was a success.

We can basically say that all the initial hoop jumping and set up stuff has been done now. I am currently in discussions with several schools regarding employment. I won’t jinx anything by talking too much about that. The downside of it is that most of the full time positions won’t start until August… so hopefully I can score some subbing and summer camp hours at one of these places.

I just got myself a shiny new scooter delivered. I will get some photos posted of us.

We visited a new downtown park nearby the Tiger City area of Taichung (just off HeNan road.) It is actually quite a pretty set up and is a pleasant escape from the house that is a short distance away. It reminds me of a mountain walk, but inside the city. Running streams and small ponds with catwalks and soaring bridges abound.

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View of the display building in Maple Park.

View of the display building in Maple Park.

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Welcome to my Blog.

The goal of this blog is to record my impressions of returning to Canada from being overseas for over a decade, hopefully more positive than negative.

Its good to be back in effect on WordPress. I am going to attempt to be better about blogging at this location.  This basically will be a personal journal/photo posting/ vid linking location this year in relation to living and working now that I have returned to Canada.

Big changes in my life since my last updates on this location. Back 1 year ago I became a dad while living and working in TW. Now I have crossed the ocean back to Canada and brought my family back with me. Currently we are working on rebooting my life and getting my feet back into Canadian society. Not the easiest of tasks, by any account.

I used to use WordPress before I got lazy while working as a textbook editor in Taiwan. I am switching back to here as it is a cleaner interface for me and it is easiest to control the content for me of what I want to see. Future pics from Canada and where ever fate sees fit to guide me will be posted here.

The pics below were taken today while trying out a new use for my boogieboard. It works surprisingly well for pulling my daughter around outside on the snow and ice. She seemed very happy about the whole thing. I am glad I can still use my boogieboard.

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We walked around in a woody area behind the Regency Estates area. There is a small playground there and a big field that has some paths that may be plowed every once in a while. Not a bad deal for being nearby my parents home! Worth a look if you live in the area, probably not worth a look if you are a traveler looking for interesting things to do. I will post some of those on this site later as I begin exploring around the Edmonton/ Alberta/ Western Canadian area.