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-miniContinue reading “Waterfalls and Memories of Lanterns”

Sometimes, Things Happen Quickly…

Well, sometimes things happen very quickly… as did the decision, plan and execution of my return trip to Canada. Yes folks, I’m back on Canadian soil! In fact, on day nine of quarantine at my Vancouver Island home as I’m writing this. Ever since the Canadian government announced further restrictions adding a hefty price tagContinue reading “Sometimes, Things Happen Quickly…”

Yehliu Geopark

January 14, 2021. It’s a sunny day – gotta get out of town! Where to today? Yehliu Geopark! This one has been on my list of day trips from Taipei for a while. I am becoming more and more comfortable figuring out public transport, specifically the bus system. Google is pretty good at making suggestions,Continue reading “Yehliu Geopark”

Kenting – Of Beaches and Much More…

Early January. It has been cold in Taipei over New Year’s and temperatures continue to plummet. Unusually cold, I hear. I don’t mind it so much outside, it reminds me of home. But most buildings here don’t have heating, so it becomes a 24 hour thing. I sleep with a tuque. Oh well, this tooContinue reading “Kenting – Of Beaches and Much More…”

Of Mountains and Villages ~ Yushan and Kalibuan

(Catching-up with 2020 trips… November 26&27, 2020) Early morning, we watch the sunrise at Alishan (see last post), and after breakfast meet up with Kaya’s hiking buddies Sheradine and Linda, who took an early morning bus from Chiayi to get to Alishan Reserve. From here, we ride to Yushan National Park where they take aContinue reading “Of Mountains and Villages ~ Yushan and Kalibuan”

Magical Alishan

We visited Alishan County and the Forest Reserve in the last week of November, as well as Yu-shan, the highest mountain in Taiwan. This area touches a special place in my heart. Such peace and beauty in the rolling high mountain tea fields and bamboo forests. And silent communion with the giants in the forestContinue reading “Magical Alishan”

Taipei Musings – A Little of Everything

Is the honeymoon over?! At times. The pink glasses have come off, and some of the harsher realities have entered the space… Here’s a little rant… I’m tired. Highly aware of the restrictions within and without. I’m tired of “the Covid thing” that is putting the brakes on life’s expression, even here. In Taipei, I’veContinue reading “Taipei Musings – A Little of Everything”

Erjie Wanggong Fire-Crossing

Yesterday, I enjoyed the Erjie Wanggong Fire Crossing Festival in Yilan’s Erjie village. What a fun event – fabulously colourful, noisy, hot, and theatrical. Loved it! I’m copying some of the historical information below from the Taiwan Religious scenes website where you can find more details if you like. I think that overall this yearContinue reading “Erjie Wanggong Fire-Crossing”

Xiao Liu Qiu

Xiao Liu Qiu (or known as Little Liuqiu, Lambai Island, Lamay Island) is a small coral island off the southwest coast of Taiwan. I heard about if from Vanida, a lovely French woman I met in a Bunnan village while travelling in Yushan park. The island is known for its clear water, amazing coral reefs, sandy beaches,Continue reading “Xiao Liu Qiu”

Of Dragons and Tigers, and Fo Guang Shan

My previous post the Ode to the Lotus at Lianchi (Lotus) Lake in Kaohsiung asks to be followed by photos and descriptions of my visit to the Dragon and Tiger Pagodas and Spring and Autumn Pavilions on the said lake, as well as an amazing afternoon at Fo Guang Shan Monastery and Buddha Museum aContinue reading “Of Dragons and Tigers, and Fo Guang Shan”