Unique & Different: Art at CMP Block, Taichung

I have never really considered myself an artsy person.  I have absolutely no drawing skills.  However, I have attempted abstract painting on a few occasions and the end result was an unexpected success. I proudly display both paintings in my home which make for great conversation pieces.  With that being said, I have to admit that … More Unique & Different: Art at CMP Block, Taichung

Ghost Month in Keelung : Parades, Lanterns, and Rituals

When I lived in Taipei, I had the opportunity to travel to Keelung during Ghost Month.  My trip to Keelung was perfectly timed to coincide with the middle of Ghost Month which was the climax of the celebrations in the Northern Taiwan port city.       My husband and I left Taipei rather early that … More Ghost Month in Keelung : Parades, Lanterns, and Rituals

Ghost Month: Watch Your P’s and Q’s

My last blog entry described the offerings made during Ghost Month. This post focuses on the precautions taken during Ghost Month. People usually go to temples to worship and the pictures included in this blog are of people worshipping and incense drying. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ “No way!  You can’t move now.  It is Ghost Month.  Moving is … More Ghost Month: Watch Your P’s and Q’s

Ghost Month: Rooted in Beliefs and Traditions

Crowded markets and supermarkets, food offerings being made everywhere, the lingering scent of incense in the air, and the smoke from burning ghost money rising from large metal containers.  Yes, it is the 7th month of the lunar calendar and ‘Ghost Month’ (鬼月) has begun in Taiwan!!  And that means the performance of several customs and … More Ghost Month: Rooted in Beliefs and Traditions

Take a Walk on the ‘Gorge’ Side: An Up, Close, and Personal Look At Taroko Gorge

I have always wanted to do it: to pound every inch of the pavement, to see every detail, to slowly immerse myself between the marble rock faces, to hear the rushing sound of the water between the steep cliffs.  I had attempted it once before but the winter weather didn’t co-operate and it rained my … More Take a Walk on the ‘Gorge’ Side: An Up, Close, and Personal Look At Taroko Gorge

Celebrating Chinese Valentine’s Day, Taiwanese Style!

For those of you who are familiar with places to dine in Taiwan, I’m sure you are aware that many (young) Taiwanese are absolutely crazy about theme restaurants with a unique and special twist.  And usually the cuter and ‘more out there,’ the better.  To me, it seems to be all about the overall dining … More Celebrating Chinese Valentine’s Day, Taiwanese Style!

Marching to the Beat: 3 Spots to See the Changing of the Guards in Taipei

Visualize this: The top of the hour is fast approaching.  Several people have crowded around the area to witness the spectacle which is about to take place.  Cameras in-hand, video recorders on stand-by, everyone is congregating around, waiting patiently.  The clock ticks to the top of the hour.  Silence falls over the entire area and … More Marching to the Beat: 3 Spots to See the Changing of the Guards in Taipei

8/8 – Ba Ba – Father’s Day in Taiwan

A wave of silence followed by looks of confusion washed over my students’ faces on that Monday in  June.  Their questionable stares first focused on me and then they shared several puzzled glances amongst themselves. One student finally broke the silence and bravely spoke up. He confidently informed me that my Father’s Day wishes to … More 8/8 – Ba Ba – Father’s Day in Taiwan