Monday, January 31, 2011

Fountain Competition at Flora Expo

These are my three favorite garden with fountains in

I love the sound of water in this second photo

Very simple but looks refreshing

My entry to City Daily Photo Theme for February 2011 - Fountains

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Greetings from Mr. Fortune

Well, I just invented that name because this guy is wishing everyone
Gōngxǐ fācái
"Congratulations and be Prosperous"

 While the first two words of this phrase (Gōngxǐ)
had a much longer historical significance,
 in practical terms involve surviving
the harsh winter conditions.

While the last two words (Fācái) just simply
be prosperous especially
in terms of wealth.

2011 Lunar Year Di Hua Street Food Bazaar

Yesterday, I had the chance to visit Dihua Street (迪化街) for their annual food bazaar. A narrow street  where you can buy food prepared for Chinese New Year.

Dihua Street or known as Dihua Jie represents the old China with Colonial Taiwan architecture.

Here are some photos taken:

Dihua Street (迪化街)
These are some dried meat, cuttle, fish, fish egg, etc...

Dihua Street (迪化街)
What about precooked and/or ready to eat...

Dihua Street (迪化街)
Some kind of nuts - chestnuts, peanuts, pistachio, and more...

Dihua Street (迪化街)
Dried fruits and other dried food...

Dihua Street (迪化街)
Spring candies from nougats, with sweet peanuts, sugarcane....

Dihua Street (迪化街)
Sweets like bean cake and cookies...

Yam Glutinous Cake
Yam Glutinous Cake, I always look for this everyone I visit the place

Here's a video clip I made in 2009.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Walking Down to Wholesale Goods Street

Taipei Wholesale Street, 2011
I took this photo from walk bridge at the back of Taipei Train Station on my way to Dihua Street  (迪化街) for the 2011 Lunar Year Food Bazaar (I will be posted soon!). Underground of this street is Taipei City Mall (地下街).

This is just an ordinary scene here in Taipei, it's not traffic yet :)
Sample of wholesale store in  wholesale goods street (台北火站批發市場)

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Enjoy Your Time

 "The future depends on what we do in the present."
- Mahatma Gandhi

I'm  having hot chocolate in this paper cup, this time with its Chinese New Year printed. I think, they choose flowers as the motif since International Flower Expo is in Taipei. I also adapted the title "Enjoy Your Time".

I'm feeling excited!  I will definitely enjoy my time on our Chinese New year break for 12 days. Although, I will be just staying in town. By not waking up and worrying school works will definitely a good break.

On my mind, well, nothing much. I stop worrying things and just be happy one day at a time. I'm thinking of more cooking and capturing next week.

To all celebrating the Lunar Year, Happy Year of the Rabbit!

Come Tea with Me

Monday, January 24, 2011

Flower Fairy Mascots

This is just one of the five Flower Expo Mascots

Here are the others...

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Nine Curve Bridge at Dahu Park

Nine Curved Bridge
This is the 3rd Bridge featured from Dahu Park

Just to make sure, no one will jump :)

Another entry for:

Shadow on Pathway

Nobody is afraid of a shadow,
for a shadow cannot block a man's pathway
for even a moment.
-Charles Spurgeon

MRT - Dahu Park Station
Shadow Shot Sunday

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Reflection of Good Fortune

福 (fu) = Good Fortune
That's right! They symbol "福 (fu)" is hang upside down,
symbolizing the luck has finally arrived.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Moving Forward to One Hundred Years

I'm having hot chocolate in this paper cup, the very famous commercial about this guy. I'll tell a bit of the story:
There's a young lady just moved in and this guy is passing by. The lady asked him to help carry her things. The guy removed his cap, and the lady was surprised (she knows that this guy is a famous actor). When they're having coffee break, the guy asked her, "Do you know me?". The lady replied, "I don't know you." The guy was so happy, for the first time no one knows him and he could express himself freely. (I don't know if I translated it correctly, it's in Mandarin :)

I'm feeling good! At least now, I don't have much stress in studying and teaching (not yet) + a little bit of capturing and cooking if ever I have the chance.

 On my mind, I started making collage about everyday life in Taipei. By the way, Taiwan is now 100 years and it would be nice to see and witness some of the activities this upcoming Chinese New Year. Hoping to visit hundred places in Taipei this year :)
"If you are patient in one moment of anger,
you will escape a hundred days of sorrow."
~Author Unknown

The highlights of Taipei 101 fireworks, courtesy of friends.
"A hundred hearts would be too few.
To carry all my love for you."
~Author Unknown

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

I Love(Ai 愛) Apples

My  little hand with three little apples

Ai (愛) + Apple  = Ai Love Apples

"Apple = Peace"
(one of the fruits served during Chinese New Year)

Photo Courtesy of Google

"Stay me with flagons,

comfort me with apples:

for I am sick of love(Ai愛)."

 [The Song Of Solomon 2:5]

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Featuring Taiwan Lottery

As Chinese New Year is fast approaching, official bet store lottery in Taipei (Taiwan) are already decorated with lots of red signifying "fortune".

In my place, every corner has official bet store, every now and then I can hear firecrackers specially when there's large amount money for grand prize.

Ruby Tuesday
My World Tuesday

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Big Shadow Shot

"Worry gives a small thing a big shadow!"
-Swedish Proverb

Shadow Shot Sunday
- Praying for the people affected with flood in Queensland, Australia.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Almost Chinese New Year

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First week of February is the Chinese New Year for this year.
Last Friday, our school had activities for students like introduction
of food  and their meaning, some sayings, and even paper cutting.

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I'll introduce more about Chinese New Year in my coming blogs.

Monday, January 10, 2011

A Glimpse of Pool in Dahu Park

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The indoor and outdoor pool,
no one dare to swim outside :)

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Another Bridge in Dahu Park

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Several small white bridges can be seen in Dahu Park
A kind of bridge that I will catch you when you jump :), kidding!

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low tide
It's just another bridge to cross, there's no other way :)

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Overlooking Train Station

A City in a County
Cold and Rainy, taken from my window
My first photo shot using DSLR, without reading any instructions :)

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Last Glimpse of White Christmas

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In our school, students had their exhibits about Christmas.
I found this really artistic!

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And here's my heart share for Guest Heart Thursday!

Afternoon Green Tea

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I'm having hot jasmine tea and with my freshly baked brownies in one afternoon. I'm back in drinking tea.

I'm feeling happy! After two years of thinking if I'll buy DSLR... finally, I found a good deal and bought it.
On my mind, I have to find time to operate it and take the best photos :)

“Another fresh new year is here . . .
Another year to live! ...

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

The Red Gazebo in Dahu Park

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Another interesting in this park there are lots of benches to sit and relax, or stay in the gazebo if it rains. But before you reach the place, you have to walk down the stone way :), no just kidding!
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Actually, these stones are for foot massage. You have to walk here barefooted to activate the pressure points, as sort of refexology.
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I tried walking on these barefooted, in the beginning my solefeet hurt then when I used to it, then it really feels good.

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Now it's time to rest in this gazebo while peaking in an arc bridge or just listen to the birds or even the sound of water. How relaxing!

By the way, many thanks to Travel Blogroll for featuring Taipei Daily Photo last month.

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