Thursday, December 20, 2012

Hello Kitty: Eva Air & Taoyuan International Airport


Who doesn't know about Hello Kitty? Hello Kitty is a very popular cartoon character among children and young female adults in the world. It's not surprising that there is a high demand to offer variety of Hello Kitty products which can generate a lot of business revenue from the locals and tourists. I heard a lot and have seen many pictures of Hello Kitty products and displays from Taoyuan International Airport in Taipei, Taiwan. 

However, I didn't have the opportunity to see for myself until recently, when I boarded the Eva Air and walked around Taoyuan International Airport to judge for myself on how huge and popular is the Hello Kitty for the airline and the airport businesses in Taiwan.


Eva Air Brochure for November & December 2012
Eva Air Brochure for November & December 2012


Various Hello Kitty merchandise products are sold on board with Eva Air
Various Hello Kitty merchandise products are sold on board with Eva Air


Hello Kitty Breastfeeding Room at Taoyuan International Airport, Taipei, Taiwan
Hello Kitty Breastfeeding Room at Taoyuan International Airport, Taipei, Taiwan


Hello Kitty breastfeeding room in Taoyuan International Airport, Taipei, Taiwan
Hello Kitty breastfeeding room in Taoyuan International Airport, Taipei, Taiwan

Hello Kitty breastfeeding area in Taoyuan International Airport, Taipei, Taiwan
Hello Kitty breastfeeding area in Taoyuan International Airport, Taipei, Taiwan


Another Hello Kitty Breastfeeding room in Taoyuan International Airport, Taipei, Taiwan
Another Hello Kitty Breastfeeding room in Taoyuan International Airport, Taipei, Taiwan


Hello Kitty status in Taoyuan International Airport,
Hello Kitty status in Taoyuan International Airport,


Hello Kitty store in Taoyuan International Airport, Taipei, Taiwan
Hello Kitty store in Taoyuan International Airport, Taipei, Taiwan


Hello Kitty Telephone Booth and Time Zone at Taoyuan International Airport, Taipei, Taiwan
Hello Kitty Telephone Booth and Time Zone at Taoyuan International Airport, Taipei, Taiwan


Hello Kitty Public Telephone Booth in Taoyuan International Airport, Taipei, Taiwan
Hello Kitty Public Telephone Booth in Taoyuan International Airport, Taipei, Taiwan


Hello Kitty Terminal at Taoyuan International Airport, Taipei, Taiwan
Hello Kitty Terminal at Taoyuan International Airport, Taipei, Taiwan


Hello Kitty Playground in Hello Kitty Terminal at Taoyuan International Airport, Taipei, Taiwan
Hello Kitty Playground in Hello Kitty Terminal at Taoyuan International Airport, Taipei, Taiwan


Hello Kitty boarding area in Taoyuan International Airport, Taipei, Taiwan
Hello Kitty boarding area in Taoyuan International Airport, Taipei, Taiwan

Thursday, November 15, 2012

A Day Life at USS Midway Museum, San Diego, California, USA


Have you ever imagined how the crews and pilots experience their daily lives on the aircraft carriers ship while working on the sea for months? It's a good opportunity to experience and understand their duties and lifestyle by touring the USS Midway Museum, which is situated along San Diego bay in California.

USS Midway Museum is a floating city on the sea which provides all kinds of facilities such as clinics, surgery rooms, dental visit, post office, chapel and laundry services for the crews while staying on the carrier ship.

USS Midway aircraft carrier ship can accommodate about 4,500 crew members which include the men in engineering department, cooks, pilots, corpsmen, physicians and dentists. 

The USS Midway Museum opens every day from 10am to 5pm except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. It's advisable to visit the USS Midway Museum either early in the morning or during lunch hours to avoid the huge crowds. The whole self guided tour takes at least 5 hours thus, you must put on comfortable pants and flat shoes to ease your movement through steep and narrow steps, especially,  the guided tours to the captain's bridge and control tower.

The USS Midway Museum is always crowded with visitors with the long queue at the ticket counters throughout the year. It's advisable to purchase the entrance tickets online from the official website here.


The entrance of the USS Midway Museum in San Diego, California, USA
The entrance of the USS Midway Museum in San Diego, California, USA


The model of USS Midway Aircraft Carrier ship and the engines at USS Midway Museum in San Diego, California, USA
The model of USS Midway Aircraft Carrier ship and the engines at USS Midway Museum in San Diego, California, USA


Inside the USS Midway Museum in San Diego, California, USA
Inside the USS Midway Museum in San Diego, California, USA


The accessories display in the USS Midway Museum in San Diego, California, USA
The accessories display in the USS Midway Museum in San Diego, California, USA


Bunk Beds for crews at USS Midway Museum in San Diego, California, USA
Bunk Beds for crews at USS Midway Museum in San Diego, California, USA


Spacious bunk beds with cabinets for high rank officers in the USS Midway Museum in San Diego, California, USA
Spacious bunk beds with cabinets for high rank officers in the USS Midway Museum in San Diego, California, USA


The meeting room and administration department in the USS Midway Museum in San Diego, California, USA
The meeting room and administration department in the USS Midway Museum in San Diego, California, USA


Engine Room  and Liquid Oxygen Plant in the USS Midway Museum in San Diego, California, USA
Engine Room  and Liquid Oxygen Plant in the USS Midway Museum in San Diego, California, USA


Brig in the USS Midway Museum in San Diego,  California, USA
Brig in the USS Midway Museum in San Diego,  California, USA


More Engine Room in the USS Midway Museum in San Diego, California, USA
More Engine Room in the USS Midway Museum in San Diego, California, USA


The view at Hangar Deck of the USS Midway Museum in San Diego, California, USA
The view at Hangar Deck of the USS Midway Museum in San Diego, California, USA


More spacious bedrooms for senior high ranking officers in the USS Midway Museum in San Diego, California, USA
More spacious bedrooms for senior high ranking officers in the USS Midway Museum in San Diego, California, USA


Testing on the strong glass of the Bulk Stores Access Hatch in USS Midway Museum in San Diego, California, USA
Testing on the strong glass of the Bulk Stores Access Hatch in USS Midway Museum in San Diego, California, USA


25-Man Life Raft at the USS Midway Museum in San Diego, California, USA
25-Man Life Raft at the USS Midway Museum in San Diego, California, USA


Flight Deck on the roof of the USS Midway Museum in San Diego, California, USA
Flight Deck on the roof of the USS Midway Museum in San Diego, California, USA


Various aircraft carrier models at the flight deck on the roof of the USS Midway Museum in  San Diego, California, USA
Various aircraft carrier models at the flight deck on the roof of the USS Midway Museum in  San Diego, California, USA


More aircraft carriers can be found on the roof of the flight deck at the USS Midway Museum in San Diego, California, USA
More aircraft carriers can be found on the roof of the flight deck at the USS Midway Museum in San Diego, California, USA


Inside view of a rescue carrier at the flight deck on the roof of the USS Midway Museum in San Diego, California, USA
Inside view of a rescue carrier at the flight deck on the roof of the USS Midway Museum in San Diego, California, USA


More rescue helicopters can be seen at the flight deck at the USS Midway Museum in San Diego, California, USA
More rescue helicopters can be seen at the flight deck at the USS Midway Museum in San Diego, California, USA


Flight Deck Control at the Flight Deck on the roof of the USS Midway Museum in San Diego, California, USA
Flight Deck Control at the Flight Deck on the roof of the USS Midway Museum in San Diego, California, USA


The rear view of the Flight Deck Control at USS Midway Museum in San Diego, California, USA
The rear view of the Flight Deck Control at USS Midway Museum in San Diego, California, USA


Panorama view from the flight deck on the roof of the USS Midway Museum in San Diego, California, USA
Panorama view from the flight deck on the roof of the USS Midway Museum in San Diego, California, USA


Planning and Executing Operations in the USS Midway Museum in San Diego, California, USA
Planning and Executing Operations in the USS Midway Museum in San Diego, California, USA


Visiting Captain's room, meeting room and his personal desk at the USS Midway Museum in San Diego, California, USA
Visiting Captain's room, meeting room and his personal desk at the USS Midway Museum in San Diego, California, USA


Captain's cabin and Control Tower at the USS Midway Museum in San Diego, California, USA
Captain's cabin and Control Tower at the USS Midway Museum in San Diego, California, USA


Big bedrooms for higer ranking officers in the USS Midway Museum in San Diego, California, USA
Big bedrooms for higer ranking officers in the USS Midway Museum in San Diego, California, USA


Chapel, Laundry and Iron facilities are provided for the crews onboard at the USS Midway Museum in San Diego, California, USA
Chapel, Laundry and Iron facilities are provided for the crews onboard at the USS Midway Museum in San Diego, California, USA


Dinning Halls for high ranking officers and guests at the USS Midway Museum in San Diego, California, USA
Dinning Halls for high ranking officers and guests at the USS Midway Museum in San Diego, California, USA


Other facilities like Clinic, Hospital, Dental, Post Office, Tailoring and Barber shop are also available at the floating aircraft carrier of USS Midway Museum in San Diego, California, USA
Other facilities like Clinic, Hospital, Dental, Post Office, Tailoring and Barber shop are also available at the floating aircraft carrier of USS Midway Museum in San Diego, California, USA


Cafeteria for the crews with the giant mixer and dishwasher can be seen at the USS Midway Museum in San Diego, California, USA
Cafeteria for the crews with the giant mixer and dishwasher can be seen at the USS Midway Museum in San Diego, California, USA


Machine and Metal Shops can be seen at the USS Midway Museum in San Diego, California, USA
Machine and Metal Shops can be seen at the USS Midway Museum in San Diego, California, USA

Friday, November 9, 2012

U.S. Art of Sand Sculpting Challenge, San Diego, California


Three months ago, we took the road trip to visit the Battleship USS IOWA Museum, Soviet Scorpion Submarine B-427 and USS Midway Navy Aircraft carrier in Los Angeles and San Diego, California.

It was our fortunate day as we were able to visit the Art of Sand Sculpting Challenge 2012 by famous sculptors from all around the world who were participated for this competition. I hadn't seen before but I heard a lot of positive reviews from my friends about the Art of Sand Sculpture. 

No doubt it's really an eye opening to me to appreciate the Art of Sand Sculpting which requires high imaginative and endure with strong patience in order to produce a beautiful sculpture in 3D in a long period of time.


Sand Sculpting Challenge 2012 in San Diego, California, USA
Sand Sculpting Challenge 2012 in San Diego, California, USA


Sand Sculpture Display at the entrance of the U.S Sand Sculpting Challenge 2012 in San Diego, California, USA
Sand Sculpture Display at the entrance of the U.S Sand Sculpting Challenge 2012 in San Diego, California, USA


Team Archisand designed a modern Downtown Structure at Sand Sculpting Challenge 2012 in San Diego, California, USA
Team Archisand designed a modern Downtown Structure at Sand Sculpting Challenge 2012 in San Diego, California, USA


IB Posse designed sinking ship with a giant sea snake at Sand Sculpting Challenge 2012 in San Diego, California, USA
IB Posse designed sinking ship with a giant sea snake at Sand Sculpting Challenge 2012 in San Diego, California, USA


Fergus Mulvany's sculpture of different angle from the front view at the U.S Sand Sculpting Challenge 2012 in San Diego, California, USA
Fergus Mulvany's sculpture of different angle from the front view at the U.S Sand Sculpting Challenge 2012 in San Diego, California, USA


Fergus Mulvany's latest creation at Sand Sculpting Challenge 2012 in San Diego, California, USA
Fergus Mulvany's latest creation at Sand Sculpting Challenge 2012 in San Diego, California, USA


Wow, doesn't she look so real and creepy to you for display at Sand Sculpting Challenge 2012 in San Diego, California, USA
Wow, doesn't she look so real and creepy to you for display at Sand Sculpting Challenge 2012 in San Diego, California, USA


Joris Kivits's unique sculpture at U.S Sand Sculpting Challenge 2012 in San Diego, California, USA
Joris Kivits's unique sculpture at U.S Sand Sculpting Challenge 2012 in San Diego, California, USA


This sculpture looks real with some emotional display - A loving parents with unborn infant at Sand Sculpture Challege 2012 in San Diego, California, USA
This sculpture looks real with some emotional display - A loving parents with unborn infant at Sand Sculpture Challege 2012 in San Diego, California, USA


Another unfinished Sand Sculpture at Sand Sculpting Challenge 2012 in San Diego, California, USA
Another unfinished Sand Sculpture at Sand Sculpting Challenge 2012 in San Diego, California, USA


Sue McGrew's sculpture of a loving couple at the U.S Sand Sculpting Challenge 2012 in San Diego, California, USA
Sue McGrew's sculpture of a loving couple at the U.S Sand Sculpting Challenge 2012 in San Diego, California, USA


Michela Clappini's sculpture at the U.S Sand Sculpting Challenge 2012 in San Diego, California, USA
Michela Clappini's sculpture at the U.S Sand Sculpting Challenge 2012 in San Diego, California, USA


Kirk Rademaker's creation at Sand Sculpting Challenge 2012 in San Diego, California, USA
Kirk Rademaker's creation at Sand Sculpting Challenge 2012 in San Diego, California, USA


John Gowdy's sculpture at the U.S Sand Sculpting Challenge 2012 in San Diego, California, USA
John Gowdy's sculpture at the U.S Sand Sculpting Challenge 2012 in San Diego, California, USA


Rusty Croft's sculpture which features Home Sweet Home at the U.S Sand Sculpting Challenge 2012 in San Diego, California, USA
Rusty Croft's sculpture which features Home Sweet Home at the U.S Sand Sculpting Challenge 2012 in San Diego, California, USA


Amateur Sculptors are working hard to produce their model at the U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge 2012 in San Diego, California, USA
Amateur Sculptors are working hard to produce their model at the U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge 2012 in San Diego, California, USA


Another amateur is working on his sculpture at the U.S Sand Sculpting Challenge 2012 in San Diego, California, USA
Another amateur is working on his sculpture at the U.S Sand Sculpting Challenge 2012 in San Diego, California, USA


The sculpture looks like mountain and valley in the desert at the U.S Sand Sculpting Challenge 2012 in San Diego, California, USA
The sculpture looks like mountain and valley in the desert at the U.S Sand Sculpting Challenge 2012 in San Diego, California, USA


Is that a dinasour sculpture at the U.S Sand Sculpting Challenge 2012 in San Diego, California, USA
Is that a dinasour sculpture at the U.S Sand Sculpting Challenge 2012 in San Diego, California, USA


Sculptors are working on their Heart sculpture at the U.S Sand Sculpting Challenge 2012 in San Diego, California, USA
Sculptors are working on their Heart sculpture at the U.S Sand Sculpting Challenge 2012 in San Diego, California, USA


The rear view of the Heart Sculpture in the U.S Sand Sculpting Challenge 2012 in San Diego, California, USA
The rear view of the Heart Sculpture in the U.S Sand Sculpting Challenge 2012 in San Diego, California, USA


Sand Squirrels Rescue Team Sculpture at the U.S Sand Sculpting Challenge 2012 in San Diego, California, USA
Sand Squirrels Rescue Team Sculpture at the U.S Sand Sculpting Challenge 2012 in San Diego, California, USA


The side view of Sand Squirrels Rescue Team sculpture at the U.S Sand Sculpting Challenge 2012 in San Diego, California, USA
The side view of Sand Squirrels Rescue Team sculpture at the U.S Sand Sculpting Challenge 2012 in San Diego, California, USA


The close up view of the Sand Squirrels Rescue Team Sculpture at the U.S Sand Sculpting Challenge 2012 in San Diego, California, USA
The close up view of the Sand Squirrels Rescue Team Sculpture at the U.S Sand Sculpting Challenge 2012 in San Diego, California, USA