Friday, April 29, 2011

Another Series of Sunset

I teach at night, so I seldom to see the sunset from my window...

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

O is for Orchids

These post is for Orchids Lovers!

Ordinary and Extra-ordinary Orchids I captured at Future Pavilion in Taipei International Fora Expo.

Some of these, I just saw them for the first time. My favorite is the white and blue orchids.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Future Kitchen

Welcome to the Future Kitchen

Everything is lighted with Solar Energy

The refrigerator with all the fresh vegetables ready for pick

Another way to plant vegetables in pipes

The spring table top :)

Happy Easter to All!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter to All

Flowers are blooming,
Butterflies are flying.
Birds are chirping,
A brand new day is waiting!

HaPpY EaStEr!

Taipei International Airport

Just a glimpse how it looks like from the outside

It is also known as Songshan Airport

MRT (Metro) Songshan Airport Station

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Chinese Characters Shadows

I was in a free bus on my way to Flora Expo,
and I spotted these Chinese Characters.

The characters whow where the bus stops.

Shadow Shot Sunday


Playing with Camera

Friday, April 22, 2011

A Glimpse Over the Dark Sky

His life long Christ was the light of the world, but the very noontide hour of His glory was that hour when the shadow of eclipse lay over all the land, and He hung on the Cross dying in the dark.

At His eventide "it was light," and, "He Endured the Cross, despising the shame" and, lo! the shame flashed up into the very brightness of glory, and the very ignominy and the suffering were "the jewels of His crown.
- Unattributed Author, Anglican and American Pulpit Library

Sky Watch Friday

Thursday, April 21, 2011

More Love on Maundy Thursday

Gethsemane Night
Gnarled olive branches
frame a face streaked with tears,
the agony of human fear.

Fragrant orchard blossoms
shadow a trio of sleeping men,
no watch kept by trusted friends.

The moonlit garden hillside
erupts with clamor, disciples’ dismay,
planted the kiss of death betrays.

The photo reminds me of how God's Love the World.
(The Agony in the Garden)

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Danshui in Ordinary Day

Overlooking Bali (pronounce as Pali)
This is how Danshui looks like in an ordinary day specially during winter.
The place is gloomy! Usually, we come here to see the sunset and spend time
walking around the night market while munching.

Even this boat is just waiting here for passengers to go to Bali.
On weekends, the boat leaves every now and then,
 but for this day not much wants to ride.

Finally, after 30 minutes, the boat is off to the opposite shore.

The favorite corner of people strolling around here,
 now it looks like we can play bowling.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Buying Ticket @ Metro Taipei

Since I have my Metro Card in one
(bus, metro, train, other stores, and public fees),
I never have the chance to buy tiket/token from this machine.

For curiosity, I took some photos... very simple instructions

Luckily, everything now is bilingual,
foreigners would not have difficulty using the machine.

Let's now get in..

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Pedestrian Bridge @ Taipei Expo

A connecting bridge from Yuanshan Park to Fine Arts Park
(Two of the four venues of Flora Expo)

Here's the view from Fine Arts Park

View from far behind...

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Two Sides of Mind Reflection

Clear Mind Reflection
This is how I picture my mind if I'm happy, very peaceful!

Out of Mind Reflection
If I'm in trouble, here's how it looks like.

Right now, my mind is the second photo...
 I have 3 hours Chinese Exam on Monday :)

Happy Weekend!

Friday, April 15, 2011

A Cable Journey to the Sky

 Eyes of Maokong Gondola
One of the tourist destinations in Southern Tip of Taipei is Maokong. It became more famous after constructing the Maokong Gondola in 2005 and operated by 2007. The first and highest- altitude Gondola with the elevation from 24.1m to 299.3m, and makes a circuit of four stations.

Taipei Zoo Station
First Station is the Taipei Zoo Station. The most accessible to come here is to take the MRT (Metro) from Taipei, visit Taipei Zoo, or take a bus to a nearest place like Pingxi (Sky Lantern) or Shenkeng (Tofu Street).

Second Station is the Taipei Zoo South Station. I still don't know what to see, maybe for hikers.

The third station is the Zhinan Temple Station. I've been to Zhinan Temple several times, but never been to the other side to some palace.

The last station is the Maokong Station. Maokong has a very nice scenery, lots of tea houses, and trails.

That's me! Enjoying the Eyes of Maokong from the glass floor of Gondola. It's a bit scary to look down. There are two kinds of Gondola, the ordinary one with 8 seats and the glass floor for only 4 persons. It runs in a counterclockwise direction. The cable diameter is 52mm and the pitch of cable is 6.1m. One way ticket to final destination is NT$50 (about US$2).

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Heart as Hard as Stone

Not me! But this stone heart shape I found at Yangmingshan Park :)

Happy Thursday to All!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

M is for Maokong in Muzha

Maokong Gondola Station

When taking Maokong Gondola (Cable), the last stop is Maokong Station. Maokong is located in the Southeast corner of Taipei City. Literally, Maokong means "Cat's Hollows". But it has nothing to do with cats. The place is a mountain ranges with its beautiful scenery, and its tea plantation.

What to do in Maokong?

Tea Drinking in Maokong
There are about 70 Tea Houses in 3 zones (yellow, blue, red) in Maokong.

Visiting Temples in Maokong
There are several temples in the area, the photo above is the Zhinan Temple in Red Zone.

Appreciating Tea in Maokong
Maokong has also several Tea Promotion Centers teaching the tourists the differences, the process, and benefits of tea drinking. They also offer free taste of their tea specialization.

Hiking in Maokong
Aside from taking the Maokong Gondola, some people come here for hiking. The whole family can also spend  all day walking in Taipei Zoo.

These are some of the activities in Maokong. I'll come back again and visit the other zones (blue and yellow).

ABC Wednesday - Maokong
Wordless Wednesday  - sorry, it it's not Wordless ~ just a summary :)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Visiting Zhinan Temple Station

This is one of the stations worth to see when taking Maokong Gondola (Cable). I've been here several times, but my focus this time is the garden.

From the Temple, this is the way to the garden

Here's a glimpse of the garden, and the station at the back

In another angle, the background is the Temple

This is a trail for hikers, on the right side is another Chinese Gazebo

From the Gazebo, here's the overlooking part of Muzha District, far behind is the Taipei 101.

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