Taiwan AID 2011 - Part 2

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Finally. A blog post in Taiwan! Just thought I'd put up photos of where I'd been my first week around here. It has been pretty eventful, I'd say, going out to at least one place everyday, even if it's very boring.

I don't know what this place is called in English, but it's basically a memorial for the fallen soldiers.

Changing of the guards (like what they do at the Arlington National Cemetery in Washington DC).

One of the countless flower stands at the Jianguo Holiday Flower Market

Inside the Jianguo Holiday Jade Market

A pretty bracelet I got there. It matches my skin tone, haha. It was the only bracelet I saw that was suited for me; everything else looked suited for adults and people my grandma's age...

I spent two days in Taichung with my grandma, two of her friends, and the baby grandson of one of the friends.

Isn't he so adorable? :) He's such a good kid and quiet, except when he doesn't want to eat. Then it gets ugly...

Old railroad station in the mountains that doesn't run anymore. There was a photoshoot going on there and near the restaurant we ate at for lunch. ahhhh, makes me want to do a photoshoot :( I want to branch out and shoot portraits of others rather than just macro, scenery, and self-portraits.

Outside of the pretty restaurant

Wheat fields are common in Taichung

The next day we went to eat lunch at a nice buffet

There were a few bunnies, a white hen, and a three-legged dog around the courtyard of the buffet. The place is huge, since, it also had a roofed outdoor area to eat.

Later we drove up another mountain and stopped at a mushroom farm along the way for a quick snack. You could pick your own mushrooms there, but it was raining that day so I don't think anyone wanted to do that.

On the way down the mountain, we stopped at a small tea cafe place to rest. One of my absolute favorite part of the trip was visiting this large Japanese style house right next to it. The owners of the tea place rents it out for $40 a night, which I think is really cheap considering how spacious and gorgeous it is inside.

I forgot to take pictures of upstairs :( It's lovely though, like the rest of the house.

One of the bedrooms. You sleep on tatamis, of course :)

I'd love to live there, except I'd rather the location be on a mountain the in US than in Taiwan.

I've been having a great time with my relatives. They're all so chill and we always laugh at each others stupid mistakes, like when my aunt drove 5 of us to see the changing of the guards at 5 PM because she thought it started at that time, but in fact it ENDS at 5 PM. Yes, we were all pissed off at her, but we had a good laugh about it. And like how today when I saw a picture of a windmill, I automatically called it, "龍捲風". I thought I was right, until my cousins corrected me. Turns out I called it "tornado" in Chinese! Everyone laughed so hard. It had totally made sense in my head beforehand because it had the words "twist" and "wind", which describes a windmill!!

Besides taking pics here, I've had a grand time shopping! Everything is so cheap! For example, nice iPhone cases are only around $12, whereas iPhone cases in the US are over $20. Food is cheap too, as are clothes and electronics :)

Anyways, it's getting late. I'll try to post at least once a week!

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