Sunday, August 30, 2009

New Surgical Artistry Ad


This one is to go into the Gallo Center for the Arts program. Designed by Becky Li and Calvin Lee


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California Fires 2009 (August - September 2009)

Info from AP Saturday, August 29, 2009.
Wildifre in the mountains above Los Angeles
Threat and danger to 10,000 homes
tripled in size on Saturday
So far 3 people burned, and at least three homes destroyed
Evacuation of 1000 homes
Evacuations in effect in Altadena, Glendale, Pasadena, La Crescenta and Big Tujunga Canyon
There are several other smaller fires burning in California. Including in Yosemite National park. This one is the largest.
















About the fire: videos below


AP press August 30, 2009, Wildfires rip through southern California



AP press August 28, 2009, Los Angeles Wildfires



California Wildfires Burn LA Suburb: (no voice/commentary)


Fire in the La Canada Flintridge area:





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Southern California Wildfire

Seems like fires happen every year in California.

Info from AP Saturday, August 29, 2009.

  • Wildifre in the mountains above Los Angeles
  • Threat and danger to 10,000 homes
  • tripled in size on Saturday
  • So far 3 people burned, and at least three homes destroyed
  • Evacuation of 1000 homes
  • Evacuations in effect in Altadena, Glendale, Pasadena, La Crescenta and Big Tujunga Canyon
  • There are several other smaller fires burning in California. Including in Yosemite National park. This one is the largest.

http://news.yahoo.com/nphotos/DC-10-jet-dumps-chemical-fire-retardant-order-slow-advance-Station/photo//090830/480/6a4277bf66ec418da31fb28b973a5887//s:/ap/20090830/ap_on_re_us/us_california_wildfires

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Random emails that I get

I just wanted to write a quick something to say that I made it back from Hong Kong and Macau - playing violin soloes in those cities....

Randomly, I got an email suggesting that I should rank higher in the category of " Modesto Doctors " - they would try to help me get there. I'm thinking that it's a good idea. but I'm not sure what site to rank higher with Modesto Doctors.

Well that's the random thought for now. I'm doing well. Got a small little get together concert outdoors tomorrow morning.

Stay tuned :)
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Sunday, August 16, 2009

Credit Alerts from Chase ID Protection ID fraud

I had called chase ID protection about 1.5 weeks ago to see what I could do because I saw a bunch of credit checks that appeared on my account from Children's Place and Radio Shack and another unidentified location/service. Children's Place and Radioshack both seem to be from Sioux Falls in SD. Chase ID protection told me not to worry about it because it's probably a different "Cavin Lee" that they were checking on. They said that if I was worried about it, I could google their telephone numbers and call them to explain the situation to them.

I was hoping for more help from Chase ID protection. But because I was busy, I didn't do much.

Then I got a flurry of more credit alerts to look at..

the last three were actually new accounts that were open.

because I am in Taipei, the time zone difference is a problem for me to call right now because Chase Id protection is closed. I did check a recent credit report and it does appear that "children's place" has an account open with a credit limit of $1500, and it had been charged to it's limit already.

I'll call Chase ID protection tonight to see what they recommend. They have limited hours which are even shorter than what they list on their website right now. I think the shortened hours are due to the "bad economy" - and their attempts to tighted their belts - which is understandable.

stay tuned for ID fraud updates.


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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Funny Yoga Video Skit


I saw this over 1 year ago, and have been looking for this on YouTube ever since. And somehow, today I found it. I don't want to lose sight of it so, I'm embedding it here.

There's a funny reference to acupuncture here.

Enjoy.

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Video Games - improve dexterity and surgical skills?

Believe it or not. I wrote a webpage about Video Games for Surgeons.

I basically wrote the page so that I had easy access to video games (ie Pac man, simon) that I played with a lot when I was a child growing up in the United States.

I'm currently visiting Taipei, Taiwan, and I was having this discussion about video games with other surgeons here. Consensus - is that video games aren't bad at all unless they take up all your time and you're left addicted to the game. So once in a while, one might say that video games are good for developing dexterity / surgical skills. See the webpage for more information about video games for surgeons. Yep, it's an article written by surgeons.

There are other articles about this topic.

Here's one from USA Today

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Fire in East Bay, California - Summer 2009

Fire in California (again).

This time (August 14, 2009):

Vegetation Fire buring along the Alameda - San Joaquin county line.

As of now the fire is about 3000 acres and 10 % of it is contained according to an Alameda county fire spokes-person.


Article on the Fire

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Asian pop stars coming to America

I read this article in April 2009 in People Magazine. (I get this Magazine in our Modesto Plastic Surgery Office for free). I thought it was interesting, so I'll repeat some of the key points here:

4 leading Asian pops stars ready to come to the US.

UTADA
  • Female Pop Star
  • Born in NY
  • Japanese
  • Released "This is the One", her second US album
  • She is 26 years old. Her first album First Love in Japan is ranked as the best selling album of all time in Japan.

Se7en

  • Male Pop Star
  • 24 year old
  • Released his first U.S. single "Girls" featuring Lil' Kim
  • Sounds like: Asian answer to Justin Timberlake
  • From South Korea

BOA

  • 12 #1 albums in Asia
  • 22 year old, female
  • South Korean
  • Has an album named "Boa" in the US
  • Called the "Britney Spears of Asia"

Wonder Girls

  • southern Korean quintet
  • "Nobody" will be their first U.S. Album.
  • Sounds like a younger versino of the Spice Girls
  • They are all under 21 years old.
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Internet Speed Test - how fast is my internet connection?

Copying the info below from a informal speed test that I performed from my previous post: Why does facebook run so slow?

As for internet speed.Using http://www.Speedtest.net, the global broadband speed test,My server for the test is hosted by Tunghai University www.thu.edu.tw My ISP is CHTD - Chunghwa Telecom. My distance to server performing this test is about 100 miles.The results are 9.48MB/s download and 1.88 MB/s upload. Ping is 33ms (I'm not sure what that means)

On my second test: I got 9.43 MBPS for download and 1.88 MBPS for upload.If I shift my server that tests the speed to Hong Kong, I get 9.44 MBPS for download and 1.66 MBPS for upload.This is just to show the speed at which that I'm connected.

Now for a really cool test, I'm going to test the connection with San Francisco (Near Modesto, CA where I live in the USA - I'm currently in Taipei, Taiwan)I get a download speed of 7.71 MBPS and an upload speed of 1.74 MBPS. Not too shabby!

Using: http://us.mcafee.com/root/speedometer/test_1500.asp

I get a result of over 2 MBPS. I guess this wasn't configured to run any faster than that.


Then I tried http://www.bandwidthplace.com/ - it just froze with my vista computer system and I tried it again, and couldn't get it to work.

Next test: http://www.speakeasy.net/speedtest/
It was nice, it told me that my IP address was: 114.45.184.149

I picked San Francisco as a server to perform the test from: it gave me these results:
7311 kbps download / 1831 kbps upload - a little slower than the similar setup from speedtest.net, but for all purposes the same results.

For even more fun, I decided to remote desktop into my server in Modesto, CA and test out the speed there.

Using http://www.Speedtest.net:

It identified my server as coming from the California area, because on this website it automatically shifts a map to where you are located. They recommended trying San Jose as the testing server site. I'm not entirely sure what happens if I used remote desktop and then perform the test. This might skew the speed results somehow. But maybe not if the speed test report right back to the actual computer that I was controlling. As I'm doing the test from Taipei, Taiwan, it was a bit painfully slow to watch - I even thought "great, I crashed my computer." But it's actually wiggling a bit on the graphics right now as I type this... So I take this to be a good sign. Well, the results aren't that good:

I got Download internet speed of 0.30 mbps
and Upload internet speed of 0.09 mbps
Ping of 42 ms.

I think the results are skewed by the remote desktop connection.

It was worth a try anyway - for fun. Things to do while avoiding the typhoon in Taiwan.

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Why does facebook run so slow?

I sometimes act as tech support for some of my friends. I get this question a lot:
How come my facebook runs so slow?

I've had the luxury of having tried many different computers and found that there are two things that make facebook slow. Any of these things can be the "bottleneck" that causes slowness for facebook.

1. Amount of memory in your computer
2. Speed of internet connection.

And of course it would also matter what speed processor you have.

I've had great luck running FaceBook from Taiwan - but I have 4 gigs of memory and a fast internet connection which happens to be wired.

When I open up task manager to see how much memory each item takes up. I'm using internet explorer (iexplore.exe).

I get:

Google (Taiwan): 45,180K
Blogger (Chinese): 48,040K (without logging in)
Facebook (after logging into my account): 68,576K

Facebook on internet explorer is now on the top of my list as a memory "hog" - it's not the worst memory hog that I've seen. But it shows that having enough memory is one of the reasons for keeping Facebook running at an efficient speed. Efficiency is important in being able to spend time talking to our friends on Facebook.

As for internet speed.
Using Speedtest.net, the global broadband speed test,
My server for the test is hosted by Tunghai University www.thu.edu.tw My ISP is CHTD - Chunghwa Telecom. My distance to server performing this test is about 100 miles.

The results are 9.48MB/s download and 1.88 MB/s upload. Ping is 33ms (I'm not sure what that means)

On my second test: I got 9.43 MBPS for download and 1.88 MBPS for upload.

If I shift my server that tests the speed to Hong Kong, I get 9.44 MBPS for download and 1.66 MBPS for upload.

This is just to show the speed at which that I'm connected.

Now for a really cool test, I'm going to test the connection with San Francisco (Near Modesto, CA where I live in the USA - I'm currently in Taipei, Taiwan)

I get a download speed of 7.71 MBPS and an upload speed of 1.74 MBPS. Not too shabby!

Overall, I'm happy with facebook speed. I think of course it could be faster, but many of the other limiting factors for speed are due to things out of our control such as the server that Facebook uses.

Just writing what is on my mind.




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Monday, August 10, 2009

How does one become a plastic surgeon?


How does one become a Plastic Surgeon? Here's a plastic surgeon's (Dr. Tammy Wu) story of her childhood and growing up in a medical family. Her essay is entitled - Medicine is the language we speak at home. Part of a series of essays aimed at the topic "So, you want to be a doctor?" All the links above point to the same essay by Dr. Tammy Wu.

This was what I was working on all day.

I even have pictures of Dr. Wu placed on this web page when she was a child. And I have listed many of her relatives (with website links!) who are currently practicing medicine in Taiwan or in the United States.

The website also has pictures of Dr. Tammy Wu's father operating in the 1970's.
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Sunday, August 9, 2009

Started a new blog: for Violin!!

http://surgeonviolinist.blogspot.com/

Because of the Typhoon and raining weather. We postponed our trip to southern Taiwan. Instead, I practiced some violin and started a new blog: a Violin Blog ! Just started it today.

Typhoon Videos from YouTube Morakot

Typhoon videos from YouTube regarding Typhoon Morakot. Placed here on early August 10, 2009

For the video of the collapsing hotel due to Typhoon Morakot, click the link.

Dam problems:





Video Typhoon Morakot batters Taiwan

From Al Jazeera English on Saturday Aug 7, 2009 regarding Typhoon Morakot and Taiwan:




This was reported on Saturday Aug 7, 2009. The typhoon took about 2 days to get across Taiwan. My map of Typhoon Morakot as it swept through Taipei. I labeled Taipei with "Calvin". Map.

Al Jazeera English is the same TV Channel that had interviewed me while I was playing violin in the YouTube Symphony at Carnegie Hall - interviewing me as the only surgeon in the YouTube Symphony April 2009. click this link for that video which has nothing to do with the Typhoon.

Our prayers and sympathy to those who have been devastated by this storm. We hope for a quick recovery.

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Video: Typhoon collapses Hotel in Taiwan

We were planning on taking a trip to southern Taiwan, but at the last minute decided not to. We remained in Taipei instead. Good thing because there has been quite a lot of chaos going on in Southern Taiwan due to the Typhoon Morakot.

The video above is what we saw on the news today in Taiwan TV. We watched from the safety of the house we were staying in in Taipei. The only problem we had was a broken/fallen out window from this Typhoon. All things considered, we were pretty safe.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to those who have suffered from the Typhoon.

More about the video above:

The Hotel Chin Shuai lay collapsed in floodwater during typhoon Morakot in Chihpen, southeastern Taiwan, on Sunday.

In southeastern Taiwain’s Taitung County, a six-story hotel collapsed into a neighboring river after torrential rains eroded its foundation, but officials said all 300 guests had been safely evacuated.

Authorities said the Taiwan flooding was the worst in a half-century. More than 170,000 persons remained without power on Monday the government said.

"Morakot", means emerald in Thai

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Saturday, August 8, 2009

Taiwan cockroach - picture


I managed to take a picture of a Cockroach here in Taiwan. I left it alone, although I was tempted to squish it. I'm suprised that it didn't move through two flashes (two pictures). I thought they were supposed to be afraid of light. The autofocus light went at it twice also - but it didn't budge at all.


I have heard that some folks can get asthma / allergic reactions from a cockroach.
And I've also heard that the feces of a cockroach has the pheromones that attracts the opposite sex (go figure!)
You can click on the picture above for a larger version. In the larger version, you'll see more of the "fuzzy" legs on the critter.
Enjoy.
蟑螂

Before and After Plastic Surgery Pictures

Plastic Surgery Before and After pictures - Breast Augmentation, Tummy Tuck, etc.

Do Plastic Surgery consumers actually look at the before and after pictures or is it other plastic surgeons that look at other plastic surgeon's before and after pictures (photo gallery).

I was wondering this question myself. I work in a plastic surgery environment, and am very interested in websites.

I have seen some marketing websites say that before and after plastic surgery pictures are one of the most important things in a plastic surgeon's website.

At this point, our plastic surgery website doesn't have before and after pictures because we are protecting the privacy of our patients. However, our patients have indicated that it's ok to show before and after pictures. We have before and after pictures in our office in specially bound books for breast augmentation, breast reduction, tummy tuck, liposuction, etc.

I thought I would include here links to before and after pictures of some of our very respected colleagues in Plastic Surgery. (They went to the same educational process / schools as Dr. Tammy Wu, Modesto Plastic Surgeon)

Disclaimer: These are not our pictures. They belong to other Plastic Surgeons who worked with Dr. Tammy Wu in the past. This is a very informal collection of links - just wanted to ask the question whether people are looking at these pictures or colleagues of plastic surgeons. We respect our colleagues a huge amount, and that is why we have chosen to put links their before and after pictures. There are many other plastic surgery colleagues whom we have left out - not intentionally - this was just due to lack of time and the vastness of the web (ie. we didn't stumble upon your before and after pictures). We are also linking to our colleagues because we know that it will elevate their page ranking in search engines because of external links which are very important in this world of Search Engine Optimization. Some pictures may contain nudity which is not appropriate for all viewers.

Collection of Plastic Surgery Before and After Pictures

Dr. Parungao Breast Augmentation Before and After (112 photos)
Dr. Parungao Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) Before and After (10 photos)
Dr. Parungao Mommy Makeover Before and After Photos (8 photos)

Dr. Haws and Gingrass Botox Before and After
Dr. Haws and Gingrass Breast Augmentation Before and After Photos
Dr. Haws and Gingrass Breast Lift Before and After Photos
Dr. Haws and Gingrass Tummy Tuck Before and After
Dr. Haws and Gingrass Breast Reduction Before and After Photos





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Friday, August 7, 2009

What is a Typhoon

A tropical cyclone occurring in the western Pacific or Indian oceans (East Asia).

The word typhoon comes from the Chinese term tai-fung, meaning great wind.

Typhoons feature heavy rains and winds that maintain speeds equal to or greater than 74 miles (119 kilometers) per hour. Similar storms that occur in other parts of the world are called tropical cyclones or hurricanes.

Cyclones are huge revolving storms caused by winds blowing around a central area of low atmospheric pressure. In the northern hemisphere, cyclones are called hurricanes or typhoons and their winds blow in an anti-clockwise circle. In the southern hemisphere, these tropical storms are known as cyclones, whose winds blow in a clockwise circle.

Typhoon Morakot is going through Taipei, Taiwan at the moment.

Typhoon Morakot

The path that Typhoon Morakot will take in the next 24 hours.

"For Friday August 7th & Saturday August 8th (Father's Day 8/8 - Ba, Ba) all of Taiwan will be under a Torrential Rainfall Warning: 200mm - 349mm+ of rainfall within 24 hours.
By the afternoon of Sunday August 9th as the storm moves across to China rains for Central & Southern Taiwan may actually increase over current levels.
Localized flooding is possible. If your car or scooter is in a basement you may want to get it to street level or higher for the weekend."
Above excerted from:
We had a window fall out of the property that we're staying in. But that got promptly replaced (glass, frame and labor) for $40 - all done on the spot within a few hours of asking for it to be done.
The label "Calvin" was used above to locate Taipei, Taiwan.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Twitter for Plastic Surgery Modesto - Surgical Artistry, Inc

T. Tammy Wu, MD and Calvin Lee, MD have announced today their twitter account for their plastic surgery modesto practice:

http://twitter.com/wplasticsurgery

We're still new to Twitter and social media so bear with us.

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Help ID'ing this tropical fruit

The fruit that I'm trying to get the English name/equivalent is the fruit on the lower left hand corner of this photo next to the dragon fruit (other side of bananas).

picture of yellow dragon fruit


I came across a picture of dragon fruit that is yellow on the outside.
My previuos picture dragon fruit cut open (red on outside)


This is the webpage link:


cut open picture of Dragon Fruit





Apparently the Dragon fruit comes in a variety where it is red on the inside!! I've only had the one that is white on the inside. It is quite a refreshing fruit to eat - with a texture and consistency of a kiwi but without the sourness. A bit more on the bland taste palette.
Pitaya Fruit, Pitahaya Fruit are other names for the dragon fruit.

Dragon Fruit = strawberry pear

Dragon Fruit / Strawberry Pear
I had this fruit in Taiwan, just a few weeks ago, for the first time.


When you cut it open, it looks like a the inside of a "white" kiwi - it has lots of edible little seeds.

It also has the texture of the kiwi, but doesn't taste as acid.
I'm searching for this very very sweet fruit that I just had which is green on the outside with lots of irregular bumps on it and white on the inside with the taste of a super super sweet ripe banana with a hint of cantalope - it has septations which are easily separated with a dark black inedible seed in the middle of each section.
I'll keep searching, maybe I'll find this fruit online. Meanwhile, I was happy to come across this dragon fruit which comes from a cactus. So it's a cactus fruit! They now grow these in Taiwan - before it used to be imported only.

My facebook badge, not working - fixed!

I found a way to fix our facebook badges:

For a few months now, my facebook badge on my webpage:

Calvin Lee

wasn't working. But now I got it to work by changing the image source from:

http://badge.facebook.com/badge/547494649.1007.1136334917.png

to:

http://www.facebook.com/badge/547494649.1007.1136334917.png


Calvin Lee's Profile
Create Your Badge

Calvin Lee's Facebook profile



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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Swine Flu H1N1 still a problem

I first about Swine Flu around March-April 2009. Here in Taipei, I personally have met doctors who still treat swine flu (H1N1) and see it routinely now (it is now 8/6/09). I guess it's also prevalent in Hong Kong which is where I am to travel next. About 1-2 months ago, I wrote a "How to prevent swine flu" website - at least it is about how to decrease transmission of flu bugs. I was hoping that this was a problem that would somehow disappear.

Apparently it's still marching on.

England's Swine flu page
USA Swine flu page (CDC)

Our attempt at reducing the spread of swine flu:

How to prevent Swine Flu



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Wood for eyeglasses! (eyeglass frames)




what a great idea!

to have wood be a material used on the sides of eyeglasses. I worry about adjustability or warping from moisture; however, the look is great. I saw some of these today while eyeglass frame shopping for Tammy (Dr. T. Tammy Wu, Plastic surgeon - Modesto Plastic surgeon) - we are still looking she hasn't found her next pair of eyeglass frames yet.

The frames were made by Iyoko Inyake - Belgian Eyewear design


From their website:

"Many years ago, Eye Specials Worldwide acquired the world wide license to design, manufacture en distribute eyewear under the name of Iyoko Inyaké.
Since then, Henricus Dujardin, with 20 years of experience, designed more than 800 models that have been sold all over the world.Together with his team of professionals he always comes up with the most creative frames in the industry. "

I took some pictures of a display that I found in Taipei Taiwan, near the Sogo Area, near the Fuxing MRT subway station. We were told that these were designed in Belgium and manufactured in Japan.


Escalator orderliness in the Subway system Taipei


I noticed that the right side of the escalator is for standing, and the left side if for those in a rush and in need of passing. The rule is followed very very often - almost all the time.


It's refreshing to see such orderliness.


I thought I'd capture it here in a picture taken at the subway station MRT at the crossing of the blue (bannon) and brown lines. You can double click on this escalator picture to see a larger version of it.


My clarisonic - we only brought one


Well, so much for my thinking in advance; we only brought one of these and two brushes. We've been sharing it. It saves space this way. The only problem is that ok.. right now we are both in Taipei, but I have to make a separate trip (subcursive?) to Hong Kong and Macau - I'll be gone and separated from my wife for a week. So that means - we have to fight over the clarisonic. This just hit me.


Clarisonic brush is a mechanized facial cleansing brush - waterproof, fun, efficient, and produces results. I feel lost without it. It's one of my favorite products which we carry in our office. It even showed an increase in my Visia score. I scored very low on the Visia to begin with, so that might not be saying much (I got 2%).

Clarisonic Modesto - this link has a list of our products in our office. Too bad I can't just run across to the globe to get another one.


Anyway... enough blabbing.. I'll figure out how to revert to the old way of washing my face. Can't take the Clarisonic away from the plastic surgeon wife: [T. Tammy Wu, MD]


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Hello from Taipei to Modesto, CA, USA

Greetings. While we're having fun in Taipei, Taiwan, we miss our work (yes, believe it or not), and our friends in Modesto, CA.

Here's a video of myself and Dr. Tammy Wu saying hello from Taiwan - just a little update to say that we are doing well.






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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Bellavita Taipei, Taiwan


Picture of me taken 8/4/09 on our way to Taipei 101 Mall, we passed by a construction project with signs all around it saying "Bellavita - coming soon."


This will be a luxury shopping mall - the idea is to elevate shopping and dining experience in Taipei Taiwan. It contains classic Italian inspired architecture. It's not ready for the public to walk through it, unfortunately. This located in the heart of the Xinyi Shopping District.


Strings Magazine article with Calvin Lee

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I've always wanted to be in Strings Magazine. This is the inside back cover.


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This is / will be from the September 2009 issue of Strings Magazine. Mark O'Connor is on the cover of the magazine.

Calvin Lee, violin website (just getting started on this)

Monday, August 3, 2009

Alain Mikli glasses - my new glasses

Ultimate nerd test: if you write a blog about your nerd glasses... yup that's me.

My new glasses are Alain Mikli glasses. I got them at Taipei 101, shopping malls, in Taipei, Taiwan where they had a Alain Mikli Boutique - tel 886-2-2748-6108. Their email is shop.taipei@mikliasia.com.hk. I got the alain mikli A0642-23 frame. Titanium frames. This is my first pair of Titanium eyeglass - it's just for the front of the eyeglasses - the sides are plastic. My previous glasses were also Alain Mikli glasses - I was happy with them. It was time for a new pair since my vision shifted and I had dropped the old glasses a few times. Plus it had some wear and tear from placing laser goggles on top of them. I suspect it will continue to be a similar problem this time with the new frames. These frames have an even wider lens than the old ones. These lens measure "55" across. I'm not sure what the units are, but I suspect it would be in mm. I picked these up on 8/1/09. My blog on my previous pair of eyeglasses, Modesto.

My prescription is now:

PD 69.5 (pupillary distance)

R: -6.00, -1.50, 88
L: -7.00, -0.75, 142

The lens that I got was Hoya 1.7 Nulux-ep MC which cost 4550.00 NT each (includes VP coating on the lens, VP coating is supposed to make the lens easier to clean).

The pricing came out to 36820.00 NT

Previously about 1.3 years ago:

My prescription was (1.3 years ago) - so my prescription is now changing in the other direction.

R: -650 - 125 x 088
L: -725 -075 x 148

The picture above is from the web, but it is of the actual Alain Mikli glasses that I had purchased, and am wearing while typing up this blog!


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Trying to make a living in Taiwan by playing the violin


What if I were to stay in Taiwan even longer. I might have to find a way to make a living. I could either teach English or play some violin.



I guess my medical license from the USA wouldn't be much good here in Taipei Taiwan.
I was playing in a Restaurant (translated roughly as Lotus Garden) - it was a vegetarian restaurant. It was pretty empty, but at this get together arranged by my mother in law - her singing group and singing teacher had an opportunity to eat lunch together, and I had an opportunity to play the violin in front of an audience.
These pictures also gave me an opportunity to show off my new haircut and new glasses.
Pictures taken by Tammy Wu, MD - Plastic Surgery Modesto