John and I have barely been back for a week since our trip to Japan. Despite spending a rather hectic week re-adjusting to work again, we couldn’t wait to be out the door on Saturday night, this time on our way to Hukou in Hsinchu County for a meet-up with some fellow bloggers.
John and I met fellow co-worker and blogger, David Edwards and his
girlfriend wife, Catherine at the Banciao Train Station late yesterday afternoon. We traveled to Hukou to meet up with MJ Klein aka The New Hampshire Bushman and his wife, Hui-Chen, to enjoy one their special grill parties at Shao hui’s. We arrived just as the food was being started. Andres Yu and his wife, Karen, arrived shortly after us with Andres’ cousin, Becky and their friend, Jerry. Dinner was served and what a meal! We enjoyed bbq’ed pork and vegetables, and several Thai dishes, all washed down with Thai Rum and cold Asahi beer.
This was my first blogger meet-up. John and I always enjoy meeting anyone new and I thought it was really nice to meet the people whose thoughts and commentary I’ve been reading for the last year and a half in Taiwan. Each person’s blog has its own special niche in the Taiwan blogging community and have been an invaluable source of information for John and I since our arrival in Taiwan.
Michael Turton, David Reid, and Todd Alperovitz, MJ Klein and Andres Yu are all well-known bloggers in the Taiwan blogophere. All five men are photography aficionados. There was an impressive range of cameras at the party. You can check any of their blogs for photos from last night.
I also met author of Getting A Leg Up Podcast, Mark Forman. I wasn’t familiar with his blog until last night.
We spent most of the evening sitting outside the restaurant and enjoying some great food. Later in the evening we moved indoors for some karaoke. When the restaurant closed, we went back to MJ and Hui-Chen’s place and had a few drinks on the rooftop. MJ brought his guitar out and treated us to some music. I’m hoping he might consider coming into Taipei some night for an acoustic set at Citizen Cain.
John and I had a terrific time and we want to take this opportunity to say we are really happy to have met all of you. Thanks to MJ and Hui-Chen for providing an excellent evening. It was a terrific way to get together and a nice way to spend the evening. Let’s do it again sometime!