Monday, July 13, 2009

October 21, 2008 - Taipei, Taiwan, Shilin District up Mt. Yangming, the highest peak in the greater Taipei area. I forget the altitude, but I think it's up there. The climb is comparable to Bay Area peaks and I think the highest point on the climb tops 3,600 feet. This point is more like around 2,000 feet. The Chinese Cultural University is up here, and they boast that they're the highest university in Taiwan.

After climbing up Yangmingshan or the surrounding mountain ranges, it's possible to take various routes down to Taiwan's northeast coast. On this day, I rode down to Jinshan and made way back to Taipei along the coast to Keelung, and then cutting back inland.

I'm back in Taiwan, back to work. Insomnia is back after 3 weeks of no sleeping problems in the U.S. I had absolutely no jetlag flying to the U.S., and surprisingly, I had no jetlag coming back here! Confounding really. Maybe it's the wonders of insomnia.

My Sony Ericsson phone broke a couple days after I got back. I got a Samsung F258 Musicall cellphone to replace the Sony W395 only because the Samsung has a 3.5mm headphone jack, whereas with the Sony you have to use the supplied Sony adaptor.

I can't tell you how much I hate the Samsung. When is the last time I hated something? I can't get rid of this phone fast enough, I'll probably give it to one of my cousins to give to their kids when they are of cellphone age. I want nothing to do with it, and I'll replace the W395 with another W395. I loved that phone.

I guess I bought the Samsung partly because I'm getting a little too caught up in all things Korean:

Girls Generation - Gee


joyce said...

lol koji...that video was a little too weird!

hope your phone situation is getting better. i liked my old samsung phone, but it was a huge step up from my crappy LG phone that i had prior to that. i'll never buy another LG phone. they're crap. but now i have a crackberry and i love it. :)

koji said...

haha, that song is a guilty pleasure, but that performance is a little over the top - crowd going nuts. I can't get enough of the original video XD.

Like a child, I've learned to accept the Samsung. It's doing most of the stuff that the Sony did on a basic level, and I'm sure the reason why I bought it - the 3.5mm jack - will come in handy in a way the Sony couldn't.

Kidding about the child thing. :)