Bangka Qingshan Festival – Taipei

Ahh, great God King Qingshan, responsible for the Bangka Temple Festival… Another cultural event I sort of stumbled upon not doing my due diligence as a tourist to inform myself properly about current festivals. Fireworks late at night had been going on for a few days – Vanida, a friend, from her posh perch in…

Of Temples and Celebrations – Part 2

Welcome to Part 2! Come along for a visit to Guandu Temple, and get a little Zen at Linji Huguo Temple; then visit Yinhe Cave, Songshan Tianbao Temple, and Xingtian Temple. I think I’ll save a slideshow of the Bangka Quinshan Celebration for another post. Here we go… Guandu Temple The first time “I laid…

Of Temples and Celebrations – Part 1

During my time in Taiwan I visited many temples and then as now I delight in the colourful vibrance they add to life. They are sacred spaces in busy cities, places of refuge from traffic and noise, and of course active places of worship. I’ve shared in other posts about the Dragon and Tiger Pagodas…

Lost and Found

I’ve been spending a lot of time labouring (with love) in my garden and making rather slow progress on my promised post on Temples and Celebrations in Taipei. So I’m slipping in this little post to tie us over… It’s about a recent ordinary and magical meeting – with Errol. It’s early March on my…

Tainan Moments

Time flies… and life on Canadian soil is engaging in quieter ways these days. Looking through photos in preparation for this post brought on a pang of longing to be back in the “oh so” colourful, lively and noisy streets of Tainan, the ancient capital of Taiwan. Or on a hike in the green and…

Waterfalls and Memories of Lanterns

Sandiaoling, Shifen, Pingxi January 15, 2021. Shall we go for a hike? Where to? So many choices, so many beautiful places to explore in the vicinity of Taipei. I would really like to see the Shifen Waterfalls as I caught a glimpse last February from the train. They are beautiful. Kind of like a mini-mini-mini…


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All text and photos by Surati Haarbrucker unless otherwise noted. Happy to share; please ask for permission and mention my name.

Hi, I’m Surati (the one with the face mask). My daughter Kaya lives in Taiwan these days. Hope you’ll enjoy travelling vicariously with me as I face the trials and tribulations of travelling during the 2021 pandemic, find my way through two weeks of quarantine and beyond – into the beautiful landscapes of Taiwan…

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