on saturday peter and i got up early and drove to taichung. the first place we hit was the flea market. as always it was a joy to look at other people’s junk. the person who wasn’t too happy about me for taking pictures of his wares last time was not there this time. i took a few shots, but not like i may have in the past. surprisingly i found this lomo knockoff called the “action 4”. archee mcphees sells a version of this camera as well. the woman wanted 200 nt(around 6 u.s.) for it, but i talked her down to 150nt, i probably should have tried to talk her down lower but bargaining isn’t really my forte. also at the flea market i saw an old polaroid land camera in pristine shape. i thought it might be a 4X5 camera when i first saw it. the seller wanted 2000 nt(about 60 u.s.) for it, but sanity prevailed and i didn’t buy it.

after the flea market peter and i hit la gare a diy market they have in taichung. it’s a bit smaller than the diy market in tainan and of course quite a few of the vendors seem to be regulars at the tainan markets. as usual i came away with postcards for postcrossing activities:

clicking on the pictures will enlarge them. oldnew lady (door frame) recognized us from the tainan diy market which was nice. i was happy to see her again as i really like her cards. the other vendors i didn’t recognize but i like the cards i bought from them. i really like how the card from bulikon looks like they are playing on a giant board of life(speaking of which, it looks like you can download demos of various computer version of old board games here. hmm).

after the flea market we explored some of taichung i’d not seen before(i’d pass on tunghai art street – doesn’t live up to its name at all). then we drove down to sun moon lake a popular vacation spot in taiwan. i’d been wanting to go there for years. it was nice, but next time we’ll have to take a boat out onto the water. the stereo in peter’s car has no cd player, so we were subjected to what the radio had to offer. man, do taiwanese djs just talk and talk and talk…sometimes we were just scanning and scanning to find any music at all. some of the most interesting stuff was on the karaoke station(where people call in and sing along to old songs), moreso when they just played the song as an instrumental.

today was worldwide pinhole photography day. i’d hoped to take shots while on this little trip. but when i went to reload/rebuild the camera i had some problems that couldn’t be fixed until we got home. so much for grand plans of shooting interesting things in different locations. instead i took shots around the house. maybe not mindblowing, but that’s the way it goes.