Monday, February 28, 2011

Taipei Main Station

This is my favorite place in town because of its convenient. The place that connects in every part of Taiwan. The building upstairs has a lot of International Cuisine, lobby has its own post office, store, and so on. My entry post for City Daily Photo Theme for March - Favorite Place in Town.

 

Blue and White at CKS Memorial Hall


The Blue and White represents the Sun and Sky at Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall.


The Wall Fence and MRT Station

Here's what you see in that building (left), the statue of CKS (right)

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Yang Ming Shan Flower Festival

I went to Yang Ming Shan (Mountain) Park, Taipei's backyard garden on its Annual Festival that started last February 18 until March 20. Although the Cherry Blossoms aren't in full bloom yet. I just grabbed the opportunity to visit since the weather is nice. There were lots of tourists today, and I had a hard time taking photos without any single person.


The posters and their shadows highlighting the most popular flowers in Yangmingshan, I didn't bother to look. It's my long weekend, I don't want to have headache reading those Chinese characters :)

The famous Clock Garden on its white and purple this year, surrounded with cherry blossoms. The clock has music every 30 minutes. I would say the place is surrounded with pink and purple.

The fountain, most of the cherry blossom trees aren't really in bloom. If given the chance, I'll visit the place again next week. This is the place I took my previous post ~ Flowers and Fountain.

I met an old man (photographer), and told me take photo of this wall. Actually, I was standing right in the middle and I guess it would be better if I'm not in there :)

Just few close up, the weather forecast said it's about 17-21 *C. I was sweating when I looked at the temperature it was 27*C  seems like summer in spring.

I had difficulty shooting this small cross bridge, people kept on passing by and mostly, they would stand right in the middle to take their picture.

Happy Weekend!

Guest Heart Thursday
Saturday Sightings

Why are Flamingos Pink?

I received a forwarded e-mail about eating too much carrots will turn your skin orange. That reminds me of why flamingos have their pinkish or redish in color. Just because of what they eat, the beta-carotene that is also available in carrots. Now, I remember the French phrase:

"You are What You Eat"
"Dis-moi ce que tu manges, je te dirai ce que tu es."
[Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are].


Thursday, February 24, 2011

Peace and Smile for the Weekend

I'm having coffee with full of cream (I regret) earlier. I visited The Red House (A Western-style red brick structure in Taipei's Ximinting built in 1908) after my Mandarin class. Yes, I just had breakfast at 12 noon :)


I'm feeling, well excited! It's long weekend for us. February 28, Monday is holiday commemorating the heroes of 228 Peace history of Taiwan.

On my mind are places to visit, my plans are to go to Yang Ming Mountain for Spring Flower Festival, watch film~The Black Swan, and foot massage. We deserve to be pampered once in a while :)

A Smile is the beginning of Peace.

- Mother Teresa

Come Tea with Us

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Fresh Flowers and Flowing Foutain

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Fresh flowers... Longing to see...

Spring2
Oh! how lovely...


Spring
Water oveflowing... Endless splashing...

Spring3
Ready to smile... Spring is here!

Outdoor Wednesday
Wordless Wednesday

Note:
The photos above were taken 2 years ago, I'll be visiting the Flower Season this weekend. Yangming Mountain Flower Season is on going  from February 18 - March 20, 2011.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Bunnies Lantern Festival (Day Time)

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I've been posting the  Taipei's Lantern Festival for the past few days, how a glimpse of how they look like at day time. I look at them closely, I found out that they're made of colorful velvet cloth materials. Although they look beautiful, still I preferred to look at them at night.


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Amazing how they presented all of these, day and night, rain or shine!


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Here's the Elementary and Middle School section,
some are made of recycled materials.

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I hope you enjoy this little tour in my other side of the world!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Blossoms + Lanterns = Spring

A Glimpse of Spring is here...

@ Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall

& Lanterns inside CKS Memorial Hall

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Silhoutte/Shadow Around

"Around" is one of the Public Arts in Taipei Metro in the glass windows of concourse level in Kunyang Station, MRT Blue Line (Nangang~Banqiao~Tucheng Line). I don't know why the title is "Around", I guess because all the walls are surrounded with these shadows.
I'll be back one day to shoot the windows at night :)

Shadow Shot Sunday

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Last Glimpse of Winter


Trees Reflection in Water

 For the coming days, these trees will be blooming again
 and I'm looking forward to Spring, my favorite time of the year.

If there is magic on the planet,
it is contained in the water.
- Loren Eisley

Friday, February 18, 2011

PingXi Sky Lantern Festival

Sky Lantern Festival is held every year at Ping Xi (平溪) Taipei County. I'm so happy to revisit the place for the 3rd time, even though the weather was so cold and rainy that night. We're the last one to fly the sky lantern and I guess we're lucky enough to join without lining up :) Below are two ten seconds video clips. Enjoy.


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Ping xi Sky Lantern Festival 2011


video
平溪天燈

The photo above is the preparation, if you're not lucky enough, the lantern might not be flying or just burned like the last photo.

February 17  is the last day celebration of Chinese New Year, and its celebrated of lighting/flying of lanterns. Eating Tang Yuan or Glutinous Rice Ball Soup.

~ Happy Lantern Festival!~


Here's my previous visit in 2009


Thursday, February 17, 2011

Come Eat with Me

元宵節快樂!


Happy Lantern Festival!
I'ts not a tea or coffee  that we're having for today. In those paper cups are called Tang Yuan 湯 圓 or Round Glutinous Rice Soup with Black/Red Beans. The roundness of the glutinous rice symbolize the 15th day of Lunar New Year , the first full moon, and the family wholeness.


I'm feeling bloated after eating those heavy balls, the taste is not much sweet. Today ends the celebration of Chinese New Year, and I'm sharing with you our activities in school. Aside from Glutinous Ball Soup, another tradition is the Lantern Festival. Here in Taipei, lots of lanterns are displayed throughout the city featuring whatever Zodiac Sign for the year. There's one place place here called Ping Xi, famous in
Flying Paper Sky Lantern into the night sky. In school, we made lantern craft that, see what I did below:)

I choose pink, symbolizing LOVE

On my mind, since it's officially Spring in here, I'm planning to visit places with lots of Cherry Blossoms. Not only appreciating the blooms but also time to stretch my legs for a bit walking, smell the freshness of air.

Come Tea with Me
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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

E is for Extension of Taipei's Lantern Festival

Lantern 17
To continue to brighten your Eyes from yesterday's Lantern Festival, this time I'm taking you to Explore the Exhibits of Elementary students  Emphasizing the Bunnies. I Edited some of my favorites that had been Evaluated and given awards. Here are some Examples:

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Lantern 16Lantern 15
Lantern 19Lantern 18
Lantern 21Lantern 20
Lantern 23Lantern 22
Lantern 25Lantern 24
Lantern 28lantern 26
Lantern 27Lantern 29
It was an Exhausted but Enjoyable Evening! I hope you're Excited to see the Exclusive  Exposition. Now, it's time to Express your opinion. :)

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