TAIWANESE GIRL – AUSTRALIA

December 19, 2009 § Leave a comment

Sydney Harbour and Miss Tsai

Sydney Harbour and Miss Tsai

Admission is overpriced

Admission is overpriced

Miss Tsai at Uluru - the center of Australia.

Miss Tsai at Uluru – the center of Australia.

Climb

The Sydney Opera House gets all the publicity but I have always admired The Harbour Bridge. It's a magnificent structure and quite beautiful.  Australia could easily have ended up with an ugly and simple design.  It was opened about 1935 and built with money borrowed from England.  The British were doing well for decades earning huge sums for interest payments.  Finally, an Australian Labor Government said "enough is enough, no more payments".   Today there is a second harbour crossing via a dual underwater tunnel nearby.

The Sydney Opera House gets all the publicity but I have always admired The Harbour Bridge. It’s a magnificent structure and quite beautiful. Australia could easily have ended up with an ugly and simple design. It opened about 1935 and built with money borrowed from England. The British were doing well for decades earning huge sums for interest payments. Finally, an Australian Labor Government said “enough is enough, no more payments”. Today there is a second harbour crossing via a dual underwater tunnel nearby.

 

Sandon River is probably the most isolated community on the New South Wales coast.

Sandon River is the most isolated community on the New South Wales north coast.

Christina, baby Jeanda (born in Australia) and Theresa, my Taiwanese friends

T.St (right) married a famous Australian entertainer.  They met while he was touring Taiwan under  amazing and tragic circumstances.  I introduced myself to them at one of his stage performances and we talked of aspects of film production and especially distribution of film which was my specialty.  A couple of years later T.St’s good friend C.T. (left) from her university days was visiting Australia.  And so began my friendship with Taiwan.  I invited C.T. to join me on a road trip around half of Australia for three months from October 2001.  To my surprise she accepted and returned to join me at Cairns in North Queensland.  We drove down the east coast then into Central Australia.   Finally C.T. returned home by flying out of Melbourne. It was not an easy journey for any Taiwanese.  Road trips in a non air conditioned vehicle – in 38 degree or higher heat during the final weeks was a test she passed without verbal complaint.  Climbing Ayres Rock (Uluru) also proved to be the ultimate test.

A hungary dingo (wild dog) ate one of Miss Tsai's leather shoes, left outside her tent overnight on Fraser Island.

A hungry dingo (wild native dog) chewed one of Miss Tsai’s leather sandals left outside her tent on Fraser Island.

 

A friend in Melbourne has several horses, Miss Tsai went for some rides when we stayed at their property.

A friend in Melbourne has several horses, Miss Tsai went for some rides when we stayed at their property.

C-9

My Toyota does not have AC - and it was summer in the desert.

My Toyota does not have AC – and it was summer in the desert.

Some say these formations, called The Olgas are more interesting that Uluru which is about 50 km away.

Some say these formations, called The Olgas are more interesting that Uluru which is about 50 km away.

 

Dry lake in South Australia is all salt about 10cm thick on the edge.

Dry lake in South Australia is all salt about 10cm thick on the edge.

 

South Australia -border with the Northern Territory.  There's nothing else to see.

South Australia -border with the Northern Territory. There’s nothing else to see.

 

Miss Tsai - The Flinders Rangers, South Australia

Miss Tsai – The Flinders Rangers, South Australia

The following year Miss Tsai invited me to Taipei and so began many memorable visits.  (Miss Tsai has since moved to USA).

The following year Miss Tsai invited me to Taipei and so began many memorable visits. (Miss Tsai has since moved to USA).

 

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