The End is in Sight & Celebrations – [Photographing 2015] The Seventh Week

[Photographing 2015] The Seventh Week
[Photographing 2015] The Seventh Week

Book Update

This week I have been rather quiet. It is not that I slacked off – actually it is quite the opposite. I have been focusing on writing my book and the end is in sight. I have given myself until March 31st to finish the first draft which I believe is more than enough time to write [or I should say, type] those finishing pages. Thus, all my time and energy has gone into making sure that I can meet my deadline.

I have many blog posts prepared but I think they will be on the back-burner until the end of March. My main priority is to get my book finish so I can move to the next stage of the process. It is exciting time for me – to see my thoughts, feelings, and experiences about my first year in Taiwan all in one place. I am at the point now that I wake up every morning and I am eager to review my notes, to write and find the right words, to see my adventures unfold on paper.

And one thing I have realized is that the 23 year-old me was a strong woman, stronger than I ever realized or gave myself credit for at the time.

Oh, and the Taiwan Lantern Festival is in full swing now and will continue on until next Sunday, March 15th. I attended the main lantern area yesterday [which was awesome] and there are two more areas to explore. I plan to share some of the 270 [!!] photos I took in my next post.

Here is a sneak peek of what is to come!

The Main Lantern at the Taiwan Lantern Festival
The Main Lantern at the Taiwan Lantern Festival
One of My Favorite Lanterns at the Taiwan Lantern Festival
One of My Favorite Lanterns at the Taiwan Lantern Festival
A Collection of Lanterns
A Collection of Lanterns

[Photographing 2015] – The Seventh Week

Now, I guess it is time to get to the main purpose of this post, my 365 day project. The seventh week of 2015 had me celebrating my birthday, Valentine’s Day, and Chinese New Year’s Eve.

Hope you enjoy!

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Candles and Hearts
Candles and Hearts

Candles and Hearts [I took this picture for the post ‘Warming Hearts and Sharing His Culture with a Taiwanese Love Song]

Friday, February 13th, 2015

My Appetizer at Our Valentine's Day Dinner
My Appetizer at Our Valentine’s Day Dinner

My Appetizer at Our Valentine’s Day Dinner [The commencement of our two day celebration of Valentine’s Day and My Birthday.]

Balloon Zebra
Balloon Zebra

Balloon Art on Display at Shin Kong Mitsukoshi [with a jungle theme]

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

Calligraphy Writing on My Birthday
Calligraphy Writing on My Birthday
Calligraphy Writing on My Birthday [2]
Calligraphy Writing on My Birthday [2]

Calligraphy Writing on My Birthday [The artist used your name to write a poem for free. The poem he wrote with my Chinese name contained the words ‘wealthy, happy, and beautiful.’ And for an extra added touch, he wrote ‘Happy Birthday’ in English.

Beautiful White Roses with Some Pops of Color
Beautiful White Roses with Some Pops of Color
Beautiful White Roses with Some Pops of Color [2]
Beautiful White Roses with Some Pops of Color [2]

Beautiful White Roses with Some Pops of Color [The perfect start to Valentine’s Day and My Birthday.]

Sunday, February 15th, 2015

Chocolate Mousse with Strawberries in the Cutest Little Cup [1]
Chocolate Mousse with Strawberries in the Cutest Little Cup [1]
Chocolate Mousse with Strawberries in the Cutest Little Cup [2]
Chocolate Mousse with Strawberries in the Cutest Little Cup [2]

Chocolate Mousse with Strawberries in the Cutest Little Cup [My Mother-in-law spoils me rotten. She bought this for my birthday, but I didn’t enjoy it until the next day.]

Monday, February 16th, 2015

The Roses and Flowers Looked even better Fully Opened
The Roses and Flowers Looked even better Fully Opened

The Roses and Flowers Looked even better Fully Opened [I just love the pops of white among the darker shades.]

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Fish Eggs for Sale
Fish Eggs for Sale
Fish Eggs for Sale [2]
Fish Eggs for Sale [2]

Fish Eggs for Sale [Shopping for Fish Eggs for Chinese New Year’s Eve]

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Red 'Hello Kitty' Envelopes
Red ‘Hello Kitty’ Envelopes

Red Envelopes [often referred to as ‘hong bao’] Containing Lucky Money, Given on Chinese New Year’s Eve

The Most Expensive [but easiest to prepare] Dish during the Chinese New Year's Eve Feast
The Most Expensive [but easiest to prepare] Dish during the Chinese New Year’s Eve Feast

The Most Expensive [but easiest to prepare] Dish during the Chinese New Year’s Eve Feast [and the only picture I took because I was eating and talking too much!]

Thanks so much for dropping by and reading my ramblings. Be sure to drop me a note and let me know which picture was your favorite!! Your thoughts and opinions are always appreciated!

[Flowers]
[Flowers]
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32 thoughts on “The End is in Sight & Celebrations – [Photographing 2015] The Seventh Week

  1. classy, refined and yummy post, Connie… ❤ I do recall the delicious smoked fish eggs… 🙂 your blog-sanctuary is a pure delight, congrats and have a pleasant weekend on your Beautiful-Formosa island… cheers, Mélanie

  2. Yay! You are on the home stretch writing your book. I’m sure you’re looking forward to the editing too. Finishing a blog post is one thing, but finishing writing a book is another thing altogether. Good vibes multiplied by a hundred. I’m cheering in your corner – go Constance! 🙂

    As for the photos in this post, they are wonderful. Very clear and stunning colours. Good job. You really do know how to eat the good-looking food. The cheesy (I think the yellow slices are cheese) appetiser looks filling, lol. And the chocolate mousse sooo decadent. So fun photographing food 😉

    1. Thanks so much, Mabel! I need all the positive vibes I can get and then some! 🙂

      I love photographing food. I read it somewhere that if you take a picture of your food, it will taste better. I am not sure if this is true but it is the perfect excuse to grab the camera and snap away. The cheese appetizer is actually not me first choice but they changed the menu [they usually have a small roll with fresh ingredients]! And I have my mother-in-law to thank for the mousse – she is too good to me! 🙂

      1. “if you take a picture of your food, it will taste better”. I’ve vaguely heard about that before and wondered if it’s true. Now that you mention it, maybe it is. You know, last week I ate some expensive pavlova. It looked really good covered in strawberries and cream. The crust was dry, and I was trying my hardest to like it 😀

        Snap away, Constance. Your food photos always leave me hanging for more 🙂

  3. Fish eggs? Are those real fish eggs or is it just the name of those things? I don’t think I have ever seen such big sized fish eggs! And that most expensive dish is actually made up of the same fish eggs?

    1. Real Eggs! The ‘sac’ containing the eggs is cut from the fish, [mullet to be precise] salted, and then dried [however, my husband says it isn’t salty]. The ‘film/sac’ is peeled away, it is cut, and then, ready to eat. They range from US$40 to nearly 100 dollars per 600g [depending on size and quality.] Apparently, the ones in the pics above are of lower quality [again, according to my husband.] And that was the most expensive dish on CNY’s Eve [goes great with alcohol and that is according to my brother-in-law.].

  4. Calligraphy is really remarkable in my opinion. We hope to get a wallscroll this summer from China for our apartment 🙂

    It is great to hear that you are eager to work on your book. I wish I would have the same feeling. When I worked on my book I had several very good months were I achieved rather much but then several things got in the way and ever since then the book is on hold 😦

    1. Yes, calligraphy makes great decorative art. We don’t have much in the way of ‘Taiwanese’ décor, but we have a paper umbrella, a painted fan which we had done for our first wedding anniversary, and now two calligraphy scrolls.

      And yes, it is nearly written but the tough part is left to come – editing and seeing if it flows well [and if it is actually good].

      1. It’s a pity it closed early. All later were made in China and it’s already been shown in the US and UK. I think the ticket price put people off and there wasn’t that much promotion for it. One day I’ll visit one!

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