Monday, December 31, 2012

Ending 2012 in Taipei

We spent our days in Taipei visiting family and roaming the streets for food. My favorite? the warm sugar cane juice at the Shihlin night market and grilled squid at Keelung Miaokou.Taipei was definitely a food paradise. If only we have the same 7-Elevens in America...they have fresh food, dumplings and even ramen!

Despite having a giant camera on our back, we did not take too many photos. With so much food around us,  I decided to use the camera for video instead. Perhaps we should've carried two cameras instead of just one.

bamboo was everywhere!

oyster and egg

vegetable soup

fried food in Taipei was exceptional--perfectly crispy tofu and basil w/ chips

egg and bitter melon

We're thankful to have Danny's family as our hosts, especially Aunt May who arrange for our hotels, her husband who drove us everywhere. I'm thankful to have met so many of Danny's relatives and see his old home. 

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Good Eats in Taiwan

Din Tai Fung 
 Sogo Mall

vegetarian dumpling

taro buns

Tip: go there before 11 AM to avoid the rush Miao

My husband's aunt and her family took us to Miaokou and we wish we had four stomachs each to eat the food. We were surround with so much variety!

fried within fried food :)

1. Try their peanut ice cream, grilled squid
2. Go on an empty stomach...there's a lot of food to try!

Friday, December 28, 2012

December 2012, Hualien, Taiwan

Hualien was completely different from Taipei. There were fewer people and more natural sceneries. We took a day tour with a friendly English speaking guide to Toroko National Park.  He told us about the history of Hualien and Taiwan. His stories were quite interesting, especially that of the headhunters who inhabited this island (see photo below).
this sign is for the men's restroom. I mistakenly went into it :(

signs for restrooms in Taiwan are different than the States. They are more creative!

inside one of the many tunnels built by Chiang Kai-Shek's veterans. The writing is of the names of hundreds of veterens who died from the construction of these tunnels

aboriginal statue

eternal shrine


eternal shrine

one of the many bridges

view from our hotel  room

the gorge

lots of tunnels

tour bus!

Cimu Bridge(Motherly Devotion Bridge), built by  President Chiang Jing-guo, in memory of his mother

head hunters in 1904


climbing the tower

we traveled to Hualien via train

view as we headed back to Taipei

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Feel by the moon, Santa Cruz, CA

newlyweds singing on the sidewalk

The night scene on the streets of Santa Cruz, CA provides variety in entertainment.

Lately I've been inspired by blog posts such as these from Christine Chang.  Her photos are beautiful, but more importantly, she has such a positive attitude toward life and art. 

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Live, A Trip to Oregon

This scene tugged at my heartstrings a bit. There's something innately beautiful and sad in growing old. Perhaps it's the wisdom to live life as is, something with an expiration date. Perhaps it is the love of family during the time when your body reverts to its infantile stage. It was a gentle reminder for us to live life in the moment and to appreciate what we have today