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Former Waiakea X-C runner, Now the Black Swan of Taipei

Taiwan’s Black Swan

Former Waiakea cross country runner, from 1996 to 2000, Jaclynn Joseph, is now an international model in Asia and recently appeared in Taipei for Halloween dressed as the ‘Black Swan’ 

Ballet Dancers are athletes too 🙂

visit her site at: http://www.jaclynnjoseph.com/

Happy Halloween 2011

High School cross country runners can be anything they want to be.

Happy Halloweed to all! 

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October 31, 2011 Posted by | Events | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Walking the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Park

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This was our final day in Taipei…

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…and what a why to spend it by visiting this fantastic park dedicated to the late Chiang Kai-shek.

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The park is complete with gardens, fish ponds and theater hall.

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The walk around the memorial and the entire park took us more than three hours…

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…and is a must see if you’re visiting Taiwan.

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Next up, Naha, Okinawa.

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July 1, 2009 Posted by | Editorial, Health and Fitness | , , | 1 Comment

Running/Walking Through Taipei

From Danshui, Taiwan     My first visit to Taiwan and what a surprise to discover that something that I love to do is almost impossible to do here in the city – RUN.

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I’ve run through the streets and smoggy pollution of Beijing, down the main streets of Lisbon and through the alley ways of Porto, but there is no place safe to run in the city of Taipei.  Well, at least I haven’t discovered one yet.

Unless you’re suicidal I’d suggest you never run through the streets in Taipei or you’ll be placing your life at risk.      The sidewalks are crowded, there are nonexistent shoulders and you’ll be dodging cars, bikes and scooters as well as pedestrians giving you nasty looks or dogs trying to run you down.

Like many other urban areas in Asia the air quality is poor, but Taipei does have a lot of charm and some interesting places to see.    Fortunately our hotel is the Grandee Taipei located in the Shihlin District and right outside is the famous Shihlin Night Market, the largest of its kind in Taiwan.  Walking the market place from one end to the other takes hours and is well worth the adventure as everything and almost anything is for sale.

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A short 40 minute bus ride away is Yangmingshan National Park which is the perfect venue for someone looking to log in a few miles of exercise without worrying about being run over by a car or bitten by one of the hundreds of loose dogs in the city.    We took the bus right outside of our hotel for a visit to Yangmingshan with a roundtrip cost of 30 NTD, or less than one US dollar.

The bus ride is gorgeous, beautiful views and winding roads through the forests.  There is no fee to get into the park which is opened all day, each and every day.  Be sure to catch the return trip bus by 6:30 pm as this is the last one that leaves the park for the day.

If you love trail running, Yangmingshan, is the perfect venue.  There are many well marked trails that wind throughout the park.  Just don’t be too surprised if you see a snake or two and take a look at the many varieties of bugs; just don’t stray too far from the trails.     The park is also noted for their red bellied squirrels and there are wild monkeys throughout the forest.

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Few people would consider Taiwan a place for runners.   Most portions of the island are not runner-friendly and the people are not used to seeing strangers jogging in the heat of summer.     No need to play Russian roulette with buses so for Randee and the Big Dog its exercise by walking through the Night Market in the evening and heading to the park early in the morning for a 60 to 90 minute jog before discovering the many sites and flavors of Taiwan.     Besides you never know who you might run into while traveling abroad.

We ran into Michelle Camero while on our adventure through the night market.  Camero has been living in Taiwan since 2005 where she is a full-time English teacher.     Originally from San Antonio, Texas, and a huge Spurs fan, Camero came to Taiwan after graduating from Chico State in California where she majored in Linguistics.    I don’t know how I bump into these runners, but Camero is a former high school cross-country runner who ran just to stay in shape.     “I have no hand-eye coordination, due to my genetics,” she said with a grin.  “I joined cross-country because I always liked to run and I was fast.”

At age eleven Camero was diagnosed with scoliosis, curvature of the spine, and it was so bad that she had to have surgery.  “Without the surgery my ribs, in time, would be pushed against one another and they would collapse,” Camero said.    After her surgery she was laid up for six months and was tutored from home.  “My inactivity caused me to gain a lot of weight and I stopped growing due to the two metal rods that had been fused to my spine,” she said.

It was during her sophomore year in high school that she began to exercise again.  “I began by following a regimen that I found in a teen magazine.  Once school started back, I would come home and exercise everyday and wouldn’t allow myself to do anything before hand,” she said.   Camero began reading fitness magazines and educating herself.  “I also started to buy videos to help keep me in shape and I started lifting weights instead of calisthenics,” she said.

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In college Camero signed up for cardio and weight lifting classes and eventually switched her majors to exercise physiology and nutrition.  “I switched back to English because I wasn’t motivated to tackle the science classes that were required to get the exercise physiology and nutrition degrees,” she said.     Camero is just one of the many friendly and polite people that we have met while walking through the city.

And all is not lost for the future of running in Taiwan as President Ma Ying-jeou, a Harvard law graduate, is an avid jogger that also loves swimming and cycling.    In a press release recently Ma supported the opening of swimming pools at all Junior High Schools throughout his country so that young people can get the much needed exercise required for a healthy body.

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Taiwan, the traffic is nuts, but if you take a deep breath and open yourself to its people you can discover how charming the locals can be.  English is clearly a second language and directions can get muddled, but it is all worth the patient effort.

June 29, 2009 Posted by | Health and Fitness | , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Walking Shihlin Night Market

Shihlin Night Market in Taipei, Taiwan

Shihlin Night Market in Taipei, Taiwan

Looking to stay fit and healthy while on vacation, then find the closest shopping area and walk, walk, walk.

Randee and I discovered the largest shopping area in all of Taiwan, the Shihlin Night Market.

Walking from one end to the other and back can take several hours and makes for a wonderful cultural experience.

Most people speak some English and everyone barters.

Food is great and people are charming.

More will follow on Taiwan in Mondays, Running with the Big Dog.  Now to look at trying something new for dinner.

June 26, 2009 Posted by | Health and Fitness | , , , | 4 Comments

Model is former Waiakea cross-country runner

Former cross-country runner, now professional model

Former cross-country runner, now professional model

Not to be outdone by Tiffany Edwads Hunt at http://www.bigislandchronicle.com  and Damon Tucker at http://damontucker.wordpress.com/ who both have really cute kids I wanted to post a couple of photo’s of my own cute kid, Jaclynn Joseph, who is a model in Taipei, Taiwan.

Jaclynn ran cross-country at Waiakea High School, (Class of 2000) which may account for her slim, athletic body, but her beauty can only be credited to her dad!

See more Jaclynn photo’s by going to:   http://www.modelmayhem.com/Jaclynn

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jackie007/sets/72157603855457804/

Jaclynn Joseph modeling in Taipei

Jaclynn Joseph modeling in Taipei

June 3, 2009 Posted by | Profiles | , , , , , , , | 5 Comments