…of temples, that is! I just can’t get enough of temples and my excursions during my free time these past few weeks seemed to have been gravitating towards those dragons. The weather has been really co-operating as well with bright blue skies most days, creating ideal conditions and lighting to get those perfect photos (well, not today, which was actually yesterday when this was written.)
This week’s journey of photos presents a mish-mash of pictures, a collection of photos without any rhyme or reason, but are totally representative of expat life in Taiwan and of me. And like I said last week, my ineffective decision-making shines through as some dates will have more than one photo – one actual photo and one ‘runner-up’ sometimes (and this week even a third)!
Now, that’s enough talk. Let’s get to those photos!
Thursday, January 8th, 2015
The Setting Sun and a Bird Soaring High Above
A zoomed view from our living room window. I noticed the glow of the sun seeping through the window while I typed the next pages of my book. As I pressed the button to take the shot, a bird flew in and made its appearance. Oh, and by the way, I will share the first excerpt from my book on my blog next Friday, January 23rd, 2014.
Friday, January 9th, 2015
Red Lanterns against an Old Temple Ceiling Backdrop
I just love how the red lanterns pop and stand out against the old rustic wood of the temple. It took many attempts to get those lanterns to look just right.
A Dragon Standing Tall and Making a Statement
Perfect lighting in the late afternoon and a great zoom lens made the perfect combination to capture this picture. The setting sun definitely created the perfect light to bring this roof to life. And as you probably noticed, the dragon is indeed the star of the show.
Saturday, January 10th, 2015
A Pirate and a Girl Wearing a Qipao
I found these cute creations while roaming a busy shopping street that sells basically everything. Unfortunately, these little cuties seemed to have been on display for a while as the metal holding them to the string had rusted with time.
Dragons with an Attitude
I stumbled upon this temple while roaming around last Saturday. It is clearly a quite new and colorful temple, but what actually attracted me to it was the dragons with their tongues sticking out.
Sunday, January 11th, 2015
Say what? Buffalo Wings Cooked in a Rice Cooker! No, way? Yes, way!
I used to always bake our buffalo wings in the oven but my husband discovered the best way to cook them – using a rice cooker!! They are so delicious, cooks in a fraction of the time, and they are just so ooey gooey good! The best buffalo wings EVER!!
Monday, January 12th, 2015
Good-Bye Sunset View – The Harsh Reality of the Land Behind Us Being Sold
The first picture was actually taken on Friday and the latter picture was taken on Monday. It was a bittersweet day when I realized that our picture perfect view of the sunsets in summer will be gone, replaced by a three-story building. But, as always, there is a silver-lining as they are only building up to the third floor which will not affect our sunroom views. There is always a positive to a negative, I guess. And as a side note, it took 4 months just to lay the foundation!! – Yes, welcome to a place where houses have to have a strong enough structure to withstand earthquakes.
Tuesday, January 13th, 2015
Feeling Like a Rebel – Today I tried Seaweed for the First Time!
I publicly declared that this is going to be my year and I am open to trying everything new in 2015. My husband has been using this to his advantage and been getting me to try new things. I ate tofu (like the stuff pictured on the plate above) for the first time on January 2nd and I absolutely loved it. And today, I once again stepped out of my ‘picky’ comfort zone and tried seaweed for the first time. As for the verdict – it didn’t really taste like anything and I would indeed eat it again.
This Place Knows How to Make a Good Bowl of Taiwanese Beef Noodles!
There is a general rule for finding the best local eats – follow the crowds. If the place is crowded, then it must be good and they must be doing something right. And the beef noodles at this place seriously rock!!
Wednesday, January 14th, 2014
The ‘Multi-Purpose’ Scooter – Not Driving? Then, Drying!!
As I roamed around the alleys, I found this parked scooter with white radish laid on top to dry in the basking sun.
Which one is your favorite picture? Your comments and opinions are welcome, as always!! Feel free to leave me a reply in the comment box below! 🙂