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No, this is totally not one of those posts where I weigh the pros and cons of childhood vaccinations. Because really, if you don’t know by now, I’m very squarely in the “yay, science and medicine!” camp. No question about it. Rather, this is the post where I share what I’ve learned about the differences in vaccination schedules between what my kids will be getting in Finland versus what they would have gotten if they were born in the US. Also, how that differs from what I got as a kid born in Taiwan. And then I show you guys …

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In late August of 2012, I had to return to Taiwan due to familial obligations. Afterwards, we spent a bit of time exploring some local attractions that I didn’t get a chance to see last time we were there. This included sampling some of the more unique food offerings at a night market. Hence the snake. Amongst other things.

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Back in July 2012, the hubby and I (and both sets of parents, plus his sister) spent most of our July in Taiwan, hitting up a handful of the more popular touristy spots. I shared some of these photos on Facebook when we got back, but haven’t had time to actually post in more detail, thanks to the craziness that started right after we got back. Here’s my chance to finally do so!

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A continuation of the gallery from yesterday, in a way. This is all the stuff that I could carry in my checked-in luggage from that same trip back in 2011. Besides being deterred by my gaudily bright-pink-patterned suitcase set, I’m pretty sure that any would-be thief who peeked inside said suitcases and saw the cumbersome pile of cheap foreign food items would just give up the situation as Totally Not Worth It. Except that it was totally worth it to me, given the difficulty in obtaining some of said items in our little corner of the country. Asian cooking ingredients! The …

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Wow, look what I found lurking in my old to-post folder! The last batch of photos from my London work trip back in spring of 2011. Yeah, the one where it became my mission in life to order steamed dumplings from every place within delivery range that made them. Seriously, I've got the pictures to prove it. It was an obsession. Just thinking about the woeful lack of delivery dumplings here makes me sad. It's almost criminal. Why do you hate me so, Finland?

Stopped by a nice little Thai restaurant after work my first night and… guess what I ordered.
Dumplings in soup AND steamed dumplings.
Shumai from another place on another evening.

Shrimp hargao from the same place as the shumai.
Bonus shrimp crispies! I think this place was my favorite. I have their menu still somewhere.
And one night, I gave in and just got fried seafood noodles. Because they used actual large prawns and not tiny baby shrimps like in Finland.

This is what I get for not making notes — the closest sushi place to where my hostesses lived was also pretty good. I miss ikura :-(
The Warrington, when it was still owned by Gordon Ramsay. Who sold it later that year. Hey, we were curious. It was pretty inside.
The food was… okay. Not memorable, but better than the questionable meat pie from lunch. Which I actually remember better. I guess that says something.

The girls took me to this adorable little fusion dimsum place one evening. I think these are sweet buns?
Fruity drinks. The one on the right even has basil seeds. I can barely find lemonade in restaurants out here.
These might be the duck ones.

Classic charsui bun with barbecue pork.
The squid ink dumplings! So cool. They stopped making these, it seems :-(
Random squid, I think?

Fancy shumai. There were twists on all these dumplings, I wish I remembered :-I
Pretty little desserts. Mine is the mango pudding, of course.
Ping Pong Dimsum! That was the name. That’s why I took a picture of the menu :-)

Thought I’d try some fast food sushi as well, since I’ve never done the conveyor belt thing before. There was a Yo!Sushi at the mall, so I went.
This stuff was actually a half step better than Sushi Boy, the fast food sushi place we went to in Cali. Well, maybe the plates helped.
That, and they did hand rolls on demand. I miss having a sushi place.

Sweet shrimp :-D One of my all-time faves and hard to come by in non-shrimp producing places.
The conveyor belt! All the plates had time stamps on the lids, which probably helped with the freshness thing a lot.

Trinkets.

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I didn’t have a lot of time to browse for fashion-related stuff this trip, owing to our tight shooting schedule. However, I did stop by the mall next-door on my penultimate day and browsed haphazardly through several stores. Had to be careful with my purchases because I was getting close to the weight limit for my luggage. Luckily, jewelry is light and could be stuffed in my hand luggage.

Dangly robots! Chunky roses! And a charm necklace that just screams “wear me to work”! Ah, Topshop — Forever 21′s older sibling with a better PR rep, but the same instantly-gratifying-yet-ultimately-disposable standards of young fashion. Basically, the foundation of any cash-strapped stylist’s collection. :-D

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Continued from my last set of food diary pictures, a week ago.  

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No, really — unless you are my parents, you probably won’t be interested in these pictures. Just stuff that I snapped here and there in my wanderings, of dubious interest and usually bad resolution.

Motorbike protest outside of Piccadilly station. Very loud, so you might want to turn down the speakers if they’re on.

Pretty view above Fort Horsted of the surrounded Kent countryside and beyond.

Drive-by scenery of Kent.

More drive-by scenery.

 

 

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No, really — unless you are my parents, you probably won’t be interested in these pictures. Just stuff that I snapped here and there in my wanderings, of dubious interest and usually bad resolution.

Motorbike protest outside of Piccadilly station. Very loud, so you might want to turn down the speakers if they’re on.

Pretty view above Fort Horsted of the surrounded Kent countryside and beyond.

Drive-by scenery of Kent.

More drive-by scenery.

 

 

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So labeled because some of our locations were much lusher in foliage than one would expect to find in the middle of a huge metropolis. Sadly, I did not get a snapshot of the fox that apparently crossed the path of one of the groups headed home after our twilight/night shoot day.

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Is it weird that I like taking random pictures of food? Because I totally do. Partly to share with T but also so I can remember whether nor not I should get something again at a later date. And sometimes just because it’s an item that makes me happy… or sad… or scared.  

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Is it weird that I like taking random pictures of food? Because I totally do. Partly to share with T but also so I can remember whether nor not I should get something again at a later date. And sometimes just because it’s an item that makes me happy… or sad… or scared.

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Yep, this would be the post where I put up completely random photos of stuff I’ve seen around town. I did the double decker bus tour last time around and took pictures of all the typical monuments, so those are NOT here. If, for some strange reason (hi, mom and dad!) you want to see those old touristy photos, I suggest you head over to my Facebook photo albums. Otherwise, brace yourselves for nonsensical picspam!

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Yep, this would be the post where I put up completely random photos of stuff I’ve seen around town. I did the double decker bus tour last time around and took pictures of all the typical monuments, so those are NOT here. If, for some strange reason (hi, mom and dad!) you want to see those old touristy photos, I suggest you head over to my Facebook photo albums. Otherwise, brace yourselves for nonsensical picspam!

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Yep, if you guessed more driving-around-town videos, you’re right! These ones show the harbors, mostly the smaller ones near the giant seawater swimming pool and recreational boat docks. The commercial docks are not nearly as pretty :-P

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Yep, if you guessed more driving-around-town videos, you’re right! These ones show the harbors, mostly the smaller ones near the giant seawater swimming pool and recreational boat docks. The commercial docks are not nearly as pretty :-P

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Once again, stuff that I meant to send to my parents earlier and never got around to. This time, a driving tour we did of Rauma in early June of last year. This mostly shows the Old Town area, which is an UNESCO world heritage site comprised of 17th century wooden buildings.

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Once again, stuff that I meant to send to my parents earlier and never got around to. This time, a driving tour we did of Rauma in early June of last year. This mostly shows the Old Town area, which is an UNESCO world heritage site comprised of 17th century wooden buildings.

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Can you tell I’m going through my old photos folders? Yeah :-) Some pictures of a particularly lovely rainbow on the last day of August 2010, right outside our kitchen window.

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It will have been one full year since we moved to Finland this May! However, I will be away on a business trip when that anniversary date comes, so I’m posting and scheduling a bunch of stuff early to make up for it. Here is a random hodgepodge of pictures I took while wandering around our little corner of the country in June and July of last year. Yes, this is mostly for you, Mom and Dad :-)

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