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All photos captured in jpeg with a Canon Powershot G7 point and shoot at 10 mega pix and processed in Photoshop for upload.

日月潭 SUN MOON LAKE, NANTOU COUNTY, TAIWAN ROC

I do hope you enjoy the photos below. The weather was horrendous short of a disaster. It was a mix of cloudy, light to medium rain showers and heavy fog to rub it in. The sky was a total white out and had to make the best of it-photographically.

The cable car system became fully operation only 2 months ago. It was an easy ride to the entrance of the Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village, which I opted to pass on. By the way, in the cable car system’s short life span it has already serviced 1 million visitors.

Just to keep things short, lets take from the ever convenient Wikipedia for a little background on Sun Moon Lake.

…the largest natural lake in Taiwan as well as a tourist attraction. Situated in Yuchih, Nantou, the area around the Sun Moon Lake is home to the Thao tribe, one of aboriginal tribes in Taiwan. Sun Moon Lake surrounds a tiny island called Lalu. The east side of the lake looks like a sun and the west side looks like a moon, hence the name.

Sun Moon Lake is located 748 metres (2,454 ft) above sea level. It is 27 metres (89 ft) deep and has a surface area of approximately 7.93 square kilometres (3.06 sq mi).Wikipedia

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THE TREK TO CRATER LAKE

Mt. Pinatubo: Part 1 just in case you missed it.

After the lengthy comfort room brake our guide signals us for the start of the trek. As the sign states, 20 minutes for senior citizens but it took our group of 10 around 40 minutes to get to the crater lake (aged 30-37). The time frame just isn’t so accurate unless you’ve got a military grade hummer to use. Or the senior citizen they used to time the trek was Richard Simmons on LSD.

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Beautiful and scenic, the trek up was full of lush foliage with streams of cold fresh water albeit form the crater lake. Need to be careful navigating the trek through streams and rocks. A twisted ankle will not help anyone. The most important gear to have here are good comfortable shoes and does not have to be waterproof as wading through the streams were a very refreshing break.

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Upon reaching the crater lake, the blue water that sits stagnant (only to be replenished by rain water with a man made hole on the side of the volcano wall draining excessive water) will take your breath away.

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We had clear blue skies before starting the climb down to the lake itself-Helped of course, by man made rock stair way about 3 or 4 stories high.

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Once the clouds pretty much covered the sun, the water turned a greenish tint instead of the beautiful light blue. (Left photo-cloud covered. Right photo-arriving clouds)

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Do bring a change of clothes to comfortably experience a swim in a sulfur enriched lake. Just don’t dunk your head in the water as sulfur makes disaster on the hair. Those boats on the foreground are for rent to get you to the other side of the lake. I will get into that in Part 3.

Next up in the Mt. Pinatubo series PART 3-photographs from the crater lake-where I unpacked the rest of the gear and went to work.

CHIANG KAI-SHEK MEMORIAL HALL

The National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall (traditional Chinese: 國立中正紀念堂; simplified Chinese: 国立中正纪念堂; ) is a famous monument erected in memory of Chiang Kai-shek, former President of the Republic of China. It is located in Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China. The monument, surrounded by a park, stands at the east end of the Gate of Great Centrality and Perfect Uprightness. The structure is framed on the north and south by the National Theater and National Concert Hall.- Wikipedia

All photos captured with the Canon G7 (circa 2007) on highest JPEG size in 2009. Post processed in Photoshop CS2 on a Mac-iBook G4 (circa 2006) yesterday.

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CANON G7 & JOHNNY ROCKETS MANILA

The Canon G7 hadn’t been used for some serious photography in months. Until, I heard about Johnny Rockets had opened up in Manila. JR is an American themed franchise burger restaurant. Since it’s only been a few months after it opened the place will still be clean and great for a casual shooting experience.

Always try to bring a stealthy camera to shoot at restaurants.

The whole hamburger/milk shake experience was okay. Do a Google and judge for yourself. It’s just too bad the pricing does not match the recent economic situation. Had the price points been lower, probably, Johnny Rockets wouldn’t be a flavor of the month or more likely a flavor of the-every-few-months.

Very pop culture ala American 60's diner style

American 60's style diner complete with service uniforms of that era.

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Open kitchen is good but when it gets busy the exhaust aren't good enough to get rid of the oily buttery stench of beef getting cooked

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The eye-popping-wallet-draining prices tucked away in a very neat no bs menu

The double burger for sharing and a sexy glass of Coke, yes, regular.

The Smoke House Double burger for sharing and a sexy glass of Coke, yes, regular but refillable

I had the Patty Melt, 1/3 pound patty with carmalized onions and 2 kinds of cheese all sandwiched between toasted rye bread

The Patty Melt, beef patty with carmalized onions and 2 kinds of cheese all sandwiched between toasted rye bread and of course, fries with chilli

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Thick and creamy strawberry shake that could not pass through the vacuum of the straw provided no matter how hard you sucked

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While chowing down the staff dances to the tune of Fame blaring from the digital juke box, yes, really-the dancing is even choreographed

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You pay for the smiley ketchup container so might as well enjoy it

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