September 17th, 2016 | Soldier On

Taiwanese soldiers chop up and cart away downed trees in a local park.

My niece Angel growing bit by bit.
Alexander  wants Angels smartphone – now!
Me, newborn Oscar and Angel. 

Scattered Clouds, 28°C

No. 100, Sanduo 4th Road, Lingya District


9:30 a.m. Went for a walk to breakfast shop with Alex and Chia. On the way we saw a large number of Taiwanese soldiers out helping to chop up and cart away the sea of fallen trees. Poor guys, not only do they remain on duty throughout the mid autumn festival holiday they need to work in the hot sun removing a nightmarish mess. Good job guys!

12:30 p.m. Met up with some old friends from Taipei who have come to Kaohsiung for the mid Autumn festival weekend. I have known Eva and her family since 2011 when we worked together at a Sesame Street English language school in Taipei. They haven’t changed one bit, except Angel their daughter who is now 5 years old. It’s interesting to see children grow up and change, yet one thing that never changes are their eyes. It’s amazing what eyes do for your identity. Unless a persons eyes have been changed via an injury or cosmetically you can usually identify someone during their lifetime from those windows to the soul.

6:00 p.m. Alex has been chattering a lot of baby talk today. And his motor skills I have noticed are getting more refined. For example he is able to identity shapes and place them fairly accurately in their corresponding holes in a toy he has.

830 p.m. Dropped by the hotel where Eva and family are staying. The 85 skytower. I forgot to give them a gift for their new baby son Oscar today at lunch time. So I dropped around their hotel room. And it’s quite a spacious room they got too. They invited us to the beach with them tomorrow. I will go, but not sure if Chia will. I guess I will see tomorrow.

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