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A grey Mid-Autumn Moon Festival @ Keelung!

A grey grey day in Keelung, on Taiwan’s NE coast, as always!  Grey city, grey weather.  But particularly so today as the country surfaces after yesterday’s Typhoon Meranti, and prepares for tomorrow’s Typhoon Malakas.  We’re in a kind of typhoon-sandwich….

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Today is Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, the first day of a 4-day holiday weekend, when the moon is supposedly at its best and brightest all year ha ha ~ no sign of any moon round here!  It’s grey grey grey with rain rain rain and more rain!

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In Keelung today, my arrival coincided with the arrival of the huge Golden Princess Cruise Ship returning from a 5-day cruise to Japan….

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In fact the only major colour in Keelung was all the balloons on sale outside the famous temple!

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Keelung outdoes itself for signs and billboards saying ‘Keelung’ or ‘I love Keelung’, including on the roadside electricity substations….

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Hopefully the locals do love Keelung ~ even if they don’t love the Keelung weather!

Typhoon Dujuan 杜鵑颱風‬

Typhoons come, typhoons go, trees crash down, but thank God for His great mercy!

And yet another major typhoon has delighted us with its presence ~ this one, Typhoon Dujuan, was combined with the super moon and the high tides of the lunar eclipse, to make it potentially more dangerous….

Taiwan’s Mid-Autumn Moon Festival was celebrated this weekend, with a 3-day holiday. When we packed up on Friday, we knew there was a tropical storm out there in the Pacific Ocean – but it was heading north to Japan.  By Friday evening, it had changed direction more towards Taiwan, grown into a medium-sized typhoon, and flooding and major damage became a big possibility.

By yesterday, the medium-sized typhoon had become much bigger, and was forecast to be a direct hit, passing right over the island.  And as yesterday was the 3rd day of the moon festival, also a typhoon day (official closures of school and work), so all roads and public transport were packed with people trying to get home. In the event, hundreds of flights, trains and buses were cancelled or delayed, but fortunately late last night, the local governments declared today to be a typhoon day too for northern and central Taiwan.

Typhoon Dujuan made landfall early evening yesterday on the east coast at Ilan, and left Taiwan from the central west coast, Changhua, at 1:00am this morning.

And we survived to tell the tale.

So here we are. Tuesday morning.  Clearing up.  Again!

Actually as typhoons go, this was not as bad as Typhoon Soudelor last month.  Nowhere near as bad.  More rain, but less wind.  Don’t get me wrong, there was a huge amount of wind.  But less than Typhoon Soudelor.  My tin roof did not blow off.  My bathroom ceiling did not blow in.  My windows did rattle.  But hey, I slept all night!

So early today at St. John’s University, there I was.  Being blown in all directions by huge gusts of wind.  But wearing my motorcycle helmet just in case.  Camera at the ready.

Rescued a poor and very pathetic small dog who had fallen into the pool outside Advent Church and couldn’t get out and was wailing and whimpering.  Actually that’s a lie – I tried to rescue it but it nearly bit my hand off, so the guard from the school gate came in his wellies and with his golf club….

A few large trees down, including a huge one outside Advent Church, which fortunately fell in the other direction onto the basketball court, taking the metal fence with it.  Many small trees, motorcycles, signboards, ceiling boards and chairs down all over. But much less than the last time when I wandered round the campus after the last typhoon.  This time, I even got into the campus of the junior-high school next door, which after the last typhoon was totally inaccessible due to fallen trees. Now the trees are completely cleared away, they have a beautiful new red roof to replace the one that blew off, and apart from a few small trees down, their school is looking good.

Typhoon Dujuan kills two in Taiwan – BBC News

So a few photos from St. John’s University this morning.  Very much the morning after the night before…..

And just to update you a little, the damage to St. John’s University caused by the last typhoon, Typhoon Soudelor, on August 8, is now estimated to cost about NT$ 3 million (US$ 100,000 or £66,000). Turned out that many of the higher-level classrooms on the 7th floor and above were flooded out and rooftop water tanks and other equipment all destroyed.  This time, it’ll be less, but of course we’ll only know tomorrow when everyone gets back to work and classes resume….

Thank God for His great mercy once again upon us and upon Taiwan.

wpid-img_20150929_055958.jpgAnd guess what? This morning at 6:00am, there was a rainbow outside my house.

Unbelievable!

North Coast Kite Festival 2015 @ Baishawan 白沙灣 !

It’s Mid-Autumn Moon Festival today, one of the most important festivals of the year, celebrated with barbecues and moon-gazing, visits home and moon cakes.  We even have a day off on Monday to make the most of it all.   Yippee!

IMG_6015It’s also the weekend of Taiwan’s annual North Coast Kite Festival at Baishawan Beach 白沙灣 just a mile or so up the road from here.  Must-go!

Ah yes, and to top it all, we have a typhoon on the way! Hopefully the last of the season. Typhoons mean rain and wind, and certainly no moon-gazing, but the wind is of course ideal for kites and the grey skies mean it’s a very pleasant temperature…

So this was the scene yesterday afternoon at Baishawan – millions of people and zillions of kites.  You can just spot the lighthouse at the northern tip of Taiwan in the far distance….

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A great atmosphere!  The beach was cordoned off, and the whole area dedicated to kite flying and kite-surfing displays.  Beautiful!  The photos are, well, a bit grey, but hey those kites were huge and pretty amazing!

I just love kites!

Advent Church Community Concert 社區音樂會 2014….

And packed out the church was!  Kids and parents, church members, local people, university staff and students, visitors, and members of the nearby Bunun Indigenous Church ~ all here at Advent Church last night for our annual community concert, always held around the time of the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival…

Dancing, singing, performances on trumpet, violin, piano, guitar and xylophone ~ a great atmosphere, and many new friends made ~ all part of our community outreach programme…

Only one big splash during the concert when a lady in the dancing group so busy taking photos didn’t see the baptismal pool ankle-deep in water in front of her…..aaaahhhhhh! But she danced right on through her performance, soaking wet feet ‘n all!

Happy Moon Festival!

And St. James’ Church, Taichung annual Moon Festival BBQ was another great success!

Officially called the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, but autumn feels a zillion years away ~ it was sooooooo hot and humid ha ha!

And of course the moon is supposed to be full, and at its best and most beautiful for the whole year, as but the actual full moon and the Moon Festival is not until Monday we have a few days to go yet.  Not that it stopped us enjoying ourselves…. smiles all round!

So Happy Moon Festival everyone!