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!
[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 [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 [The commencement of our two day celebration of Valentine’s Day and My Birthday.]
Balloon Art on Display at Shin Kong Mitsukoshi [with a jungle theme]
Saturday, February 14th, 2015
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 [The perfect start to Valentine’s Day and My Birthday.]
Sunday, February 15th, 2015
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 [I just love the pops of white among the darker shades.]
Tuesday, February 17th, 2015
Fish Eggs for Sale [Shopping for Fish Eggs for Chinese New Year’s Eve]
Wednesday, February 18th, 2015
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 [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!