I Just Can’t Get Enough… – [Photographing 2015] My Second Week of 2015 in Photos!

Dragons with an Attitude
Dragons with an Attitude

…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
The Setting Sun and a Bird Soaring High Above

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
Red Lanterns against an Old Temple Ceiling Backdrop

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 Statment
A Dragon Standing Tall and Making a Statment

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
A Pirate and a Girl Wearing a Qipao

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
Dragons with an Attitude

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

Just cooked - Buffalo Wings Cooked in a Rice Cooker!
Just cooked – Buffalo Wings Cooked in a Rice Cooker!
Ready to Eat - Buffalo Wings Cooked in a Rice Cooker!
Ready to Eat – Buffalo Wings Cooked in a Rice Cooker!

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

Construction Site in Taiwan 1
Everything Exposed! – Construction Site in Taiwan
All Covered Up - Construction Site in Taiwan
All Covered Up – Construction Site in Taiwan

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

Seaweed, Tofu, and a Stewed Egg for just NT$30 (US$1)
Seaweed, Tofu, and a Stewed Egg for just NT$30 (US$1)
Close-Up of the Tofu!
Close-Up of the Tofu!

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.

Taiwanese Beef Noodles
Taiwanese Beef Noodles

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!!
The ‘Multi-Purpose’ Scooter – Not Driving! Then, Drying!!

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! 🙂

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39 thoughts on “I Just Can’t Get Enough… – [Photographing 2015] My Second Week of 2015 in Photos!

  1. I always love your photos of temple dragons, but this time the lanterns caught my eye the longest. As you mentioned, the color contrast is quite striking. 🙂
    Love the radish-drying too, neat! ^^

  2. I’m going with pirate and qipao 😀

    It’s really terrible to know your nice view will be blocked. That’s a very common problem here. Every time a new apartment block is released for sale, the developer would market it with words like “ultimate view”. You buy it, lives there for 2 years, and suddenly Phase 2 is launched, right in front of your block. You basically paid a premium for something that will be taken away in a few years.

    1. The pirate is your choice again? Do you have some hidden fantasy to be a pirate? haha

      For us, it wasn’t a question of would it be block, it was more of a question of when. The man who owned the land refused to sell it but his children had no problem selling it and sold it immediately after he passed away (from my understanding anyway).

      1. I am a person who just really really hates seafood. I can eat occasionally some nice fish but that’s it…
        Seaweed just happened somehow, I think they didn’t even tell me what it was because I bet I wouldn’t even had tried it otherwise :p

  3. That dragon with a ‘tude is such a striking image Constance! He’s so colorful and has incredible contrasting shades. He reminds me of the many dragons I snapped at temples in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Everywhere you look it seems you’ll find scores of menacing looking dragons as guardians of these amazing wats.

    Thanks for sharing AND for having such a wonderful eye!

    Ryan

  4. I love the unusual, complicated sunset and the red temple lanterns contrasting with the dull, worn temple ceiling.

    I’m very fond of seaweed. I’m glad you’ve given it a try.

    1. I love the red lantern photo as well – there is something special about the red against the rustic. And I am glad I tried seaweed too. Sometimes I think I should be more open to stepping out of my comfort zone and trying to new things as I don’t know what I am missing.

  5. Beautiful dragons and lanterns! It must be impossible to get anywhere with so many things to capture! Glad your sun room isn’t affected. In my old apartment, we got both the morning and afternoon sun. Here just the morning and I miss the afternoon sun. Didn’t think I would, but I do!

      1. I stop a lot too. A lot! Last week I was cutting it fine cycling to the hairdressers. I had green lights all the way until my short cut when the sunlight was streaming through the trees. I stopped for less than a minute to snap it, caught red lights the rest of the way and 10 minutes late!

  6. I live the dragon with an attitude, I love bright colors! That is great you are getting out of your comfort zone and expanding your tastes! When P and I first started dating, he wasn’t a picky eater per say, but he had things he said he didn’t like, now he orders them himself (beets being one of those).

    1. Thanks for dropping by! I love that dragon as well.

      I think I have been stepping out of my comfort zone with food, especially fruit and veggies, since I first arrived in Asia. There are just some things harder to try than others. Glad your husband is also expanding his horizons in terms of food as well.

      1. I hope, I hope, I hope, too! I might have already said this but this reminds me of when I was living downtown on the 6th floor of an old apartment building. My view wasn’t stellar but I could see for several blocks out my windows, which was lovely. Then a new building went up and blocked every single view including the sun. I also had to keep my curtains closed as both my neighbors and I had full view into each other’s space. It was a shame. And then I got silverfish and moved. 😀

        1. I am not really concern about anywhere else but the sunroom. Our house is located on the corner so we get natural light streaming in from both the front and the side as well as the back. Plus, every room has at least two or three fairly large windows – sometimes it feels like you are actually outside because it is that bright.

          If it does, I guess we can always look up! 🙂 I am trying to find comfort in that.

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