Happy Taiwanese New Year!

Year of the Dragon diorama, Playland-Not-at-the-Beach, El Cerrito | Olympus PEN E-P2, 25mm, 1/200, f1.4, ISO 1250

I may look Asian, speak a bit of Taiwanese/Mandarin, and know my way around a dim sum cart, but don’t be fooled—there are countless aspects of Taiwanese/Chinese culture that my parents never explained to me. Still, the lunar new year (which I don’t “celebrate” in any traditional sense) is as good a time as any to share some shots I took on New Year’s eve 2011 and New Year’s day 2012. (Yes, I’m still digging my Olympus PEN EP-2 and CCTV lens combination.)

C and I spent New Year’s eve day at Playland-Not-at-the-Beach, marveling at its multitude of detailed dioramas, elbowing past toddlers at the carnival games and sideshow displays, and then flipping out (hee hee) over their slew of pinball machines both old and new. (If you’re a pinball fiend visiting the Bay Area, Playland and Pacific Pinball Museum should be at the top of your to-do list.) We then rang in the new year with a rock’n’roll dance party at T’s house.

San Francisco pier, Playland-Not-at-the-Beach, El Cerrito | Olympus PEN E-P2, 25mm, 1/200, f1.4, ISO 1250

Chinatown, Playland-Not-at-the-Beach, El Cerrito | Olympus PEN E-P2, 25mm, 1/125, f1.4, ISO 1250

Polar bear wash, Playland-Not-at-the-Beach, El Cerrito | Olympus PEN E-P2, 25mm, 1/100, f1.4, ISO 1250

Madam Ashbury’s House of Wax, Playland-Not-at-the-Beach, El Cerrito | Olympus PEN E-P2, 25mm, 1/50, f1.4, ISO 1250

Slayland-at-the-Beach, Playland-Not-at-the-Beach, El Cerrito | Olympus PEN E-P2, 25mm, 1/50, f1.4, ISO 1250

Frankenstein & his bride, Playland-Not-at-the-Beach, El Cerrito | Olympus PEN E-P2, 25mm, 1/50, f1.4, ISO 1250

Sarcophagus, Playland-Not-at-the-Beach, El Cerrito | Olympus PEN E-P2, 25mm, 1/50, f1.4, ISO 1250

8-tracks | Olympus PEN E-P2, 25mm, 1/30, f1.4, ISO 1250

New Year’s eve dance party | Olympus PEN E-P2, 25mm, 1/125, f1.4, ISO 1250

On New Year’s day, we got a late start heading to A’s cookout in San Francisco and were delayed further when we stopped off at the Embarcadero to capture the sun setting over the city. We never made it to A’s, which was a shame. I suppose I should’ve resolved to finish what I start in 2012. Perhaps I’ll do so for the lunar new year. That, and play less online Scrabble. Here’s to more productivity in the Year of the Water Dragon!

Happy new year | Olympus PEN E-P2, 25mm, 1/40, f1.4, ISO 1250

Port of San Francisco | Olympus PEN E-P2, 25mm, 1/200, f1.4, ISO 640

Bay Bridge | Olympus PEN E-P2, 25mm, 1/30, f1.4, ISO 1250

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