Saturday, May 30, 2009

xinzhuang temple parade 2009


last sunday was the xinzhuang temple parade, which is an annual event dedicated to the dizang nunnery (地藏庵). fortunately the parade goes through right outside my house so i don't need to go too far to watch it since it's pretty interesting. however, unfortunately they paraded through just as olivia and i were trying to take an afternoon nap. even though we have soundproof windows, the fireworks, firecrackers, music and horns were too much.

with my nap ruined and since it was just outside my house, might as well go take a look and take some photos.....

xinzhuang temple parade 2009
the alley to my house was packed and blocked with people and scooters. good thing we didn't have to go anywhere. would have been impossible to drive the car out.

xinzhuang temple parade 2009
the intersection outside my house is one of the biggest in town and the biggest in the parade route, so it was like the center stage of the event. a lot happens right here.

xinzhuang temple parade 2009

xinzhuang temple parade 2009
"people mountain, people sea". just a lot of people all over the place.

xinzhuang temple parade 2009

xinzhuang temple parade 2009

xinzhuang temple parade 2009
notice the driver. he's just some kid! almost ran over a couple of people in the crowd.

xinzhuang temple parade 2009

xinzhuang temple parade 2009

xinzhuang temple parade 2009

xinzhuang temple parade 2009

xinzhuang temple parade 2009

xinzhuang temple parade 2009
you know some people call taiwan "the land of million scooters". well, it definitely has some merits to it since even the gods ride them!

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Friday, May 29, 2009

love story building


on the way to hukou to have dinner with our good friends hui-chen and mj last weekend, we stopped by the love story building in dashi.....

love story building
as the name implies, the theme of this park is love. here's a couple cardboard cutouts representing "love bus".

love story building
i have no idea what these guards to do with love.

love story building
here's a temple where you can pray for eternal love with your significant other, or for a significant other if you ain't got one.

love story building

love story building
the "love boat" in the background.

love story building
a couple guys goofing around depicting the famous scene from the movie titanic.

love story building

love story building
an outdoor prop church. wonder if they do weddings?

love story building
tried to get both our heads in the cutout.

love story building
olivia going solo. yes honey, you will never have a husband and will stay with daddy forever and ever!!! muahahahaha!!!!!

love story building
the gift shop packed with people. for real tho', this place was kinda boring. there's really not much to see and way too packed for my liking. the traffic getting there wasn't great either. if you happen to be in dashi, go check it out but don't go to dashi especially to visit this place. just not worth it. another typical taiwanese tourist trap.

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

tomsweeping holiday trip 2009




well, its taken a while but i was finally able to get all the posts up about our trip during the tombsweeping holiday last month.

here they are:

part 1 - "tombsweeping in hengchun".

part 2 - "taiwan national museum of marine biology & aquarium".

part 3 - "fort provintia (chih-kan lou) in tainan".

part 4 - "fort zeelandia (fort anping) in tainan".

part 5 - "puli, nantou county".

part 6 - "the puli brewery & distillery".

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

the puli brewery & distillery


puli brewery & distillery
during our trip to puli, we visited the puli brewery & distillery.

puli brewery & distillery
the factory actually had to be rebuilt as it was severely destroyed during the 921 earthquake. this is part of the original factory that was damaged during the earthquake.

puli brewery & distillery
the puli brewery is best known as "home of shaohsing wine", which are famous for being packaged in these ceramic urns.

puli brewery & distillery
as you can see, shaohsing is big here and it's the main theme. even the skywalk is shaped like the shaohsing urn.

puli brewery & distillery
display showing all the different limited edition bottles and different types of alcohol that have been produced.

puli brewery & distillery
the shaohsing does also come in glass bottles, which are shown in this display.

puli brewery & distillery
a gift shop selling some aboriginal clothes.

puli brewery & distillery
a shaohsing urn tunnel.

puli brewery & distillery
dad goofing around.

puli brewery & distillery
everytime i see photos with olivia's face burnt, it makes me really sad and just makes make wanna cry.

puli brewery & distillery

puli brewery & distillery
signed by discovery channel's thirsty traveler.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

puli, nantou county


from tainan in southern taiwan, we made our way to puli, nantou county in central taiwan.....

puli, nantou county
we stayed at the moon river villa, which is a really nice b&b with hot spring spa.

puli, nantou county
a beatiful garden located at the back of the villa.

puli, nantou county
our room and bed. notice olivia sleeping. it had been a long trip up to this point.

puli, nantou county
our bath with a view.

puli, nantou county
our room came with a nice little relaxing balcony.

puli, nantou county
nice view from the room balcony.

puli, nantou county
olivia playing with the birdie on a fishing pole. yup, that's a paper birdie (kinda like a kite) tied to the end of a fishing pole. swing the pole around and the birdie flies through the air. easy and simple but actually a lot of fun for the kids.

puli, nantou county
visited the famous paper dome.

puli, nantou county

puli, nantou county

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

fort zeelandia (fort anping) in tainan


continuing on with our tour of tainan during the tomb sweeping holidays, we visited fort zeelandia (fort anping).....

fort zeelandia (fort anping) in tainan

fort zeelandia (fort anping) in tainan

fort zeelandia (fort anping) in tainan

fort zeelandia (fort anping) in tainan
koxinga (zheng chenggong)

fort zeelandia (fort anping) in tainan

fort zeelandia (fort anping) in tainan

fort zeelandia (fort anping) in tainan
model of the original fort.

fort zeelandia (fort anping) in tainan
another model of the original fort and its surroundings.

fort zeelandia (fort anping) in tainan
a display showing the weapons used by the chinese against the dutch.

fort zeelandia (fort anping) in tainan

fort zeelandia (fort anping) in tainan
i think this wall was part of the original fort foundation.

fort zeelandia (fort anping) in tainan
temple outside the fort.

fort zeelandia (fort anping) in tainan

fort zeelandia (fort anping) in tainan
oyster cleaning operation on the sidewalk. we had some oysters at lunch just around the corner from here and they were really fresh.

from here, we made our way to puli in nantou.

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