Taiwan Wedding Photography: What You Must Know

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Script to the video:

Congratulations!

First, the proposal.
Then, meet the parents.
Now, the photo-shooting.

Well, you only shoot wedding photos once in your entire lifetime.
So you want to make sure that everything is perfect.

Hmmmm...taking wedding photos locally? Nah! Too many people taking it at the same place.
See, same pier, same pier, same pier. Just different people, different pose.
Just not special enough for me.

What can I do differently?
Hahhhhh....take wedding photos abroad.
Taiwan sounds good. Plenty of wedding packages at the travel fair. I can Shoot while I Play. Perfect!

It is a Good choice too!

Here are some good things that you must know:
a) The scenery was really nice. Totally amazing and special when compared to my friend's wedding photos taken locally.
b) The hospitality when you first arrived was terrific.
c) The bridal company arranged all the accommodations.
d) Took care of our meals. Bought us lunch and dinner.
e) This one is the one I liked best. Bridal company allowed us to take photos when trying out dresses (which most local bridal companies don't)
f) Bridal company gave us a complimentary stay at Sun Moon Lake. The room was large with private jacuzzi pool.


Now you are ready to sign for a package!
Here are some of the things you must know when you plan for wedding photography in Taiwan.

1) Have an idea of what you want kind of scene, background you would want for your wedding photography. My advise: If you want to take studio photos, take it locally. What for traveling all the way for studio photos?  Some wanted sakura. Some wanted the scenic spots in Taiwan. Some wanted the Taipei 101. Decide ahead. For me, I wanted a background of lavender field.

2) Knowing what type of background helps you to decide the bridal company. Ask for the location of their bridal company back in Taiwan. Why? Because if you want Taipei 101, no point choosing a bridal company from Tainan (Southern Taiwan). Take another examples, if you want to take scenic views such as lavendar farms (in June/July), and Sakura (in March), choose a bridal company around Taichung. For my case, I selected Hsinchu, near to Taichung.

3) Ask for the price. Make sure you understand what is provided/ what is not.
Here is something that you must know:
a) How many dress for the lady? How many white? How many colored? What about the guy?
b) How many poses can you select?
c) What is the size of album and photo frame (example photo frame for the bedroom photo)?

Here are some that are usually not included.

d) How much is transportation during photo shoot?
e) How much is entrance fees to scenic spots?
f) How much is it to bring the stylist for outdoor photo shooting?
g) Is the air ticket included in the package?

Here is something that you wished had known earlier that could save you money.

a) Bring along white underpants so you don`t have to buy one there. White outfits are definite. You don't want your photos to see an imprint of your black underpants.
b) Bring along a pair of nude bras. Bridal might sell you at a higher price if you dont have one.
c) This is the most important part. Honest and open discussion with your husband/wife about budget for extra photos. You will have a few hundreds photos taken, and you will be persuaded to take up extra. This may cost you dearly.
I give you an example: We took more than a hundred shots. Package we initially signed up was only 30. Then, they told me that 30 photos wont be enough to make a decent album, and asked me to add photos. Believe me, the price was crazy. Initial package cost NTD 35000, adding photos to make a decent one will need to top up another NTD 42000. Of course, I refused. On the spot, their look changed and gave me the ungrateful look.

Now you know what you must know.
Have fun and wishes you and your wife happiness forever!
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Ryokou: Japanese Words You Must Know About Travelling

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How to say travel in Japanese? Everything you need to know about traveling in japanese.

Picture: gdefon.com

旅行 ryokou traveling


Before you go traveling, you would want to check out on some of the packages that is offered by the  旅行会社 ryokou  gaisha traveling agency. In Japan, the top traveling agency that I have tried using was JTB and H.I.S. Of course there are some other agencies that you might want to research too. You can get information from the pamphlets outside the agencies and in most of the train stations.
Once you have decided on your trip, you can 旅行を予約する ryokou wo yoyaku suru book a trip, or 旅行を延ばす ryokou wo nobasu extend your trip. If you made a booking and regretted it, you can 旅行をやめる ryokou wo yameru give up on the trip or 旅行をキャンセルする ryokou wo kyanseru suru cancel the trip. It`s your money, decide what is best for your and most importantly is to 旅行を楽しむ ryokou wo tanoshimu enjoy your trip.

Before embarking on a trip, you will need to 旅行の準備をする ryokou no junbi wo suru make some preparations for the trip. That can be 旅行の荷物を詰める ryokou no nimotsu wo tsumeru packing up for the trip, 旅行の間犬を近所に預けてもらう ryokou no aida inu wo kinjo ni azukete morau entrusting your dogs to the neighbors during the trip, etc.

While packing up, you must never forget these 2 things.
Passport: License to 旅行に行く ryokou ni iku go traveling.
Money: You can forget to bring anything, but not your money. You forget your shirt, you buy. You forget your shoes, you buy. Perhaps most of the 旅行代 ryokou dai traveling cost is already paid up when you signed up for your trip, but things like souvenirs are not included.

When you 旅行に出かける ryokou ni dekakeru leave for a trip, inform your neighbors so that they can watch over your house for you. When you 旅行から帰る ryokou kara kaeru come back from a trip, remember to buy them souvenirs as a token of appreciation. Otherwise, they won`t be watching over your house for you anymore when you are away. :)

Remember, no matter where you go, there are 旅行制限 ryokou seigen travel restrictions, and be a good 旅行者 ryokou sha tourist. Enjoy your next trip and remember  旅行中にたくさんの写真を撮って ryokou chuu ni takusan no shashin wo totte to take a lot of pictures and 旅行中に体験を話してあげる ryokou chuu no taiken wo hanashite ageru share the stories of your journey.

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Beautiful Beaches: Redondo Beach Pier

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Redondo Beach Pier has been one of the 最も奇麗なところ mottomo kirei na tokoro most beautiful places I have visited.
The breeze and ocean view was very welcoming.


It says, "Please keep your beach clean". I think it is already very きれい kirei clean.


食事、買い物、遊び shokuji kaimono asobi Food, shops and fun.


A nice place for relaxing and 散歩する sanpo suru taking a walk.


Lots of greats restaurants and shops. The restaurant sits on the pier that extend out into the sea. It feels as though you are 海の真ん中に食事を楽しんでいる umi no mannaka ni shokuji  wo tanoshindeiru enjoying your meal in  the middle of the sea. 

Boats on the other side of the pier.

こんにちは、私はロボットです!konnichiha watashi ga robotto desu. Hello! I am a robot.
It is a tower viewer or sometimes called binoculars.


おい、空間をくれよ、俺の足指を踏んでいるぞ!
oi, kuukan wo kure yo, ore no ashiyubi wo fundeiru zo.
Hey there, give me some space, you are stepping on my toes! 
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Bernardo Winery: Day Tour in Rancho Bernardo

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Great wine and great great wine.
味わう ajiwau taste it all at Bernardo Winery.

Bernardo Winery is said to be the oldest Winery in Southern California.
Well, the 環境 kankyo environment feels as though in the renaissance with the vintage structures.


It is not really about wines and お酒 osake alcohols only.
In fact, I find it more like a relaxing family recreational area for the family.

While お父さん otousan father can go for wine tasting at the tasting room.
$10 for 5 tastings.
I think the Burgundy and the Merlot are quite nice.

お母さん okaasan mum can go for shopping at the flea market.
There are various handmade items sold there.
Some are quite interesting and creative.

子供たち kodomotachi children can go play at the vast green area and enjoy themselves at the chocolate port.

The Bernardo Winery Museum tells the story of how the town and winery`s 由来 yurai origins.
Parents and children can discuss over history of the town. An interesting way to exchange thoughts.

A walk around the vicinity, you will find many interesting things to see.
Let`s see if you see anything interesting as what I saw.






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San Diego GasLamp Quarters

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History of Gaslamp Quarters

It started in 1850, Mr William located this piece of land at the waterfront for development.
Due to the Great Depression, it failed.
This is when Gaslamp Quarters` location was decided.

Gaslamp Quarters Theatre
Until 17 years later, another guy name Mr Horton came to build the city.
This is when the buildings like theatres and residential blocks are built in Gaslamp Quarters.

Various entertainments in Gaslamp Quarters
10 year later, Mr Wyatt brought in gamblers and prostitutes.
This is when the entertainment was brought into Gaslamp Quarters.

Gaslamp Quarters Archway behind the Ammo
Gaslamp Quarters continued to develop gradually over the years.
In 1991, Gaslamp Quarters Archway was completed.

Now, Gaslamp Quarters is a premier shopping, dining and entertainment district with more than 200

レストラン resutoran restaurants
Fine dining in Gaslamp Quarters

バー ba- bars
Claimed to be the oldest bar in Gaslamp Quarters

ナイトクラブ naitokurabu nightclubs
Strip Club or Steak house?

ラウンジ raunji lounges
Food and beers in Gaslamp Quarters

ブティック butikku boutiques
Various boutiques for apparel and accessories

美術館 bijutsukan art galleries
The buildings itselt is an art

mise shops
Advertisements on the buildings

and alot of 美人 bijin pretty girls..:)
Pretty ladies

p/s: Hi folks in San Diego, feel free to leave a comment to share your experience in Gaslamp Quarters with us.
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