Tag Archives: Taiwan

The Short Life of Longevity Noodles

In China and Japan noodles are traditionally associated with long life and served at birthdays and for the New Year. I have often wondered how this analogy came about, because if you have ever witnessed some hungry Chinese sitting down … Continue reading

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Taiwan’s Farmland Patchwork Quilt

Arable land is at a premium in Taiwan. Close to 70% of the island consists of rugged mountains and forests, with several hundred peaks reaching 3000m (9800 feet) or more. Taiwan’s farmers have a reputation for being thrifty, hard-working and … Continue reading

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Bridges By Night

A man ducked into a city church one late afternoon taking a brief look at the architecture and stained glass windows. As he turned to go the usher told him, “Wait till the lights go on.” His curiosity aroused the … Continue reading

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At the Ends of the Rope

A motivational speaker who wanted to warn about how bad habits or vices start out small told the following illustration. In the old days of bridge building they would first tie a thin thread to a kite and then fly … Continue reading

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2017 Lantern Festival

According to the Chinese zodiac this year’s Chinese New Year rang in the Year of the Rooster, year of the chicken in Chinese, but rooster sounds better in English. Here are some photos from the Lantern Festival in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, … Continue reading

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Another Brick in the Wall!

This week’s photo challenge is “Earth”. It is hard to know where to start and where to end. Earth surrounds our life in so many ways. Most of us live in houses made from bricks, cement and stone. In hot … Continue reading

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The Indomitable Spirit of Banyan

The banyan is an amazing tree. It often starts out as a tiny fruit seed dropped by bird onto another tree. There, in a crack it germinates and lets down a weak thin root till it reaches the ground, then … Continue reading

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A Retro Dinner Table

Some sixty years ago Taiwan was struggling to make the transition from a predominantly agrarian society to establishing viable industries, commerce and trade. People worked very hard starting small manufacturing and assembly businesses, often times in their living room with … Continue reading

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Hakka Cuisine

The Hakka are Chinese people whose come from the Hakka dialect speaking areas of southern China. There are more than four million Hakka in Taiwan and they form the second-largest ethnic group on the island. They have their own characteristic … Continue reading

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The Long and Winding Road

The long and winding road. Northward view after sunset from Zhongliao Mtn in southern Taiwan with busy traffic on highway No.3 below.

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