Meet the Mushiking

Our Pet Beetle
Our Rhino Beetle rides a Tyrannosaurus

The morning after moving to our new home I noticed a visitor crawling outside on the screen of our living room window. Upon closer examination I noticed it was a beetle. I brought it in to show the kids and put it back outside on the screen once they lost interest. It remained there for a few days so I talked my wife into allowing us to keep it as a pet as it obviously likes our house and there wasn’t much for it to eat on the screen. It seems happy in its terrarium and spends most of the day under the soil I added. It often comes out at night to eat a special jelly for beetles sold in pet stores all over Taiwan. It’s a Japanese Rhinoceros Beetle [Allomyrina dichotoma] and later I found out it probably escaped from the neighbor’s house. It looks like the children of the house have a small area dedicated to breeding beetles outside their home. I hope they don’t think I maliciously stole one of their beetles.

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May Instagrams

Good Morning. #taiwan #nantou #snapseed
Here are a handful of images posted to Instagram during May. This installment’s images were taken in my usual stomping grounds – Jhongsing Village and Caotun Township.

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April Instagrams

Grabbing a Light. #caotun #nantou #taiwan
Grabbing a Light

Here are a handful of images posted to Instagram during April. This installment’s exotic locales include Jhongsing Village and Caotun Township.

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A Trio of Photos from the Ten Drum Culture Village

Walkway
Footpath

Pottery X
X Marks the Spot

Ants
Ants

For information about the Ten Drum Culture Village [十鼓文化村] – Check out their official website.

March Instagrams

Cave Paintings. #taiwan #nantou #caotunCave Paintings

I wasn’t very active on Instagram or this blog during the month of March and I won’t bore you with the details. Here is a small collection of pictures from Caotun Township, Nantou City, and Jhongsing Village.

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2014 Nantou Sand Sculpture Festival

2014 Sand Sculpture Festival

A couple months ago our family visited the 2014 Nantou Sand Sculpture Festival [南投市貓羅溪畔沙雕藝術節]. One thing that separated this year’s festival with previous years was an emphasis on health and environmental issues. A few prominent sculptures warned on the dangers of nuclear power, deforestation, marine pollution and food safety.

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Not Our Usual Playground – Night and Day

Lantern Festival

Despite our complaining about how unsuitable our town was to hold the 2014 Taiwan Lantern Festival, that didn’t stop us from visiting several times. This post is a compilation of photographs taken at the Jhongsing Village Children’s Park during our visit with our son one evening and a visit with both of our children a few days later.

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