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Poem – Angelic

A poem from the challenge word “Cure”. Proposed by the exceptionally admirable blogger and poet Grexxen. Thank you for encouraging me forward!


A story about curiosity, bravery, and about overcoming all obstacles.  A story that evidences the power of love.

A poem on the shape of a AABBCC

I give you,

Angelic

by Adriana

 

In one of the angelic realms of heaven so high

Where light, peace and harmony live a beautiful lullaby

Resided a sweet, brave and caring angel, so curious

That for his human to guard was so laborious

For his appointed task, he always performed his best.

No wonder his human was thriving and overcoming every quest.

 

In the land of the angels, human eyes are never seen

They are all oblivious of height, race and color of skin

Only through prayers a human’s voice is heard

For what is important with he heart is transferred

Their realm is on earth, but there is a barrier so thin

Humans can not cross it, and angles rarely fly in.

 

But our sweet, curious angel to heaven’s border came near

Even though, his angelic life he treasured close so dear.

But his heart was unsteady and lured by God’s creation

Dragged his wings too close to the earth mortal damnation

With a little blow of the wind his angel shape was gone

In less than one moment, into a human he had transformed

 

Naked and nameless for a while he wandered

To the earth rules he now had to abide, he pondered.

Without his wings he needed a little effort for walking

Yet, seamlessly he soon started fluently talking.

Not long after, he acknowledge his human shape

Keeping in mind that soon back to his realm he had to scape.

 

Guarding his human was his life’s responsibility

It was what he most wanted, so he would find the feasibility

In the coming weeks, to many churches he assisted

Nothing worked but for a long time he persisted

He enjoyed the world and knew that it was not a mistake

Yet, his angelic duty could not be weakened or opaque

 

But now he was only human, and time made he grow weary

So he kept telling to persuade himself this innocent theory

“The rules are rules and a human I have now to remain.”

He thought with a bitter smile and a tear that could not contain.

Yet he was satisfied and eagerly his new life he would embrace

Like this becoming the first angel to travel the world in slow pace.

 

To the towns in the mountains, and the ones across the rivers wide

Tirelessly aiding all beings alike without leaving heaven’s guide.

While learning from humans their complexity and behavior,

He slowly understood that in themselves is their only saviour.

So, his unclear purpose on earth brought doubt and overwhelm

What was the reason that he had to remain steady in this realm?

 

Greatly he had contributed to make the world from all evil, clean

Yet, there was no more satisfaction from all the places he had been

At this moment, inadvertently he came across a new experience,

Dark hair, ruby lips and pale skin was this majestic appearance.

With her forest-green like eyes she made time and space fade

And when she smiled, he felt as his heart had been swayed.

 

The first acquaintance was awkward, but soon, close friends they were

Yet words for a confession came none, as he could only stand and stare.

Even a heaven’s mightiest warriors, of  this kind of courage have none

For angels do not need it,  they can be alone

But after meeting her, by himself he never wanted to be

And by knowing her, to stay by her side was his only plea.

 

But she was born smart and had eyes of a good observer

Effortlessly realized that his intentions were full of fervor.

But away she turn her head for she was submerged in regret

As her heart had been shattered and wasn’t healed yet.

Felt like a deadly disease accompany her during the day

Loneliness reside in her soul and wasn’t going away.

 

She fought trying to get better by keeping friends around

But insecurity swam in her veins and her heart surround

To get rid of the killer-depression virus she had no choice

Since sadness had mortally blocked her cheerful-lively voice

Grief was spreading and happiness was an ineffective lie

And yet everyday woke up and gave the world a big smile

 

Of her deadly condition, our sweet angel oblivious remain

As his angelic intuition diminished when to earth he came.

Aside of his love he deeply admire her heart, strength and wit.

He believed in her and encourage to her dreams never quit.

As it turns out, someone believing in her was the cure bottle

Now that he complemented her, the air supply no longer throttle.

 

Her condition stabilized and stop to worsen.

Soon she would be back to be a fully healthy person

His presence and lovely smile had brought her cure

He was right what she needed for her life so obscure

Finally her everyday was brighter

Once again she was her own fighter.

 

Planning and dreaming to stay together flourished

They needed each other for a happy life nourish.

But the rules are the rules and they must be obeyed

A cruel twist of life suddenly arrived to invade.

For his coming to earth was not a random circumstance

She was his human, who he had to guard at all chance.

 

When he heard her prayers of the truth he realised

That it was all part of the plan of the heaven’s device.

When her faith had faded away and he was sent to Earth

To help her find the way  before she encounter death.

Now that the mission had ended and all been completed

Going back to heaven left their hearts broken and depleted.

 

Tears of hopelessness rolled down and reached the floor

When they hugged for the last time on the sunset shore.

She softly kissed him and slowly closed her eyes

And when she opened them, he was gone to the skies.

She would rarely spoke of the painful, bitter goodbye

For days she would not sleep or eat but only cry and cry

 

Since that day, he had to guard her from his land

Unable to even see her, because that is banned.

Her voice is her prayers he would always hear

Wishing from his heart that they could be near.

But the rules cannot be broken, twisted or bent,

So, there wasn’t any plan that could their situation amend

 

She fervently prayed to the archangels so mighty,

Being careful of  her words and speaking politely.

She pleaded to have him back or at least to have a trial

But how could she know? He never spoke of the guile.

But since she loved him so much, it was easy to conjecture

She realised of  his life on heavens and earth adventures

 

For the first time they angels set up an official court

And for many days they discussed, spoke and revoke.

Her intense prayers, they could not longer ignore

Pleading for him to come back and be with her forevermore.

A decision was taken and there was nothing to be done

He was set free and could now to human’s realm be gone

 

They were equally each other’s cure from mortal death

And for many years they lived happily together on Earth.

Now, I sat to write their story for your heart’s delight

Of a kind of love that will forever live in the heights

I am true witness of this curious case of love’s reich

For in my veins there is angle and human blood alike.

-The end-


 

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For the best in town, the Arful Dodger’s deserves a crown 

I am rating this awesome place because it is one of my favourites, but it is not necessary to state how good it is, because everybody already knows that this place is incredible. I just want to let more people know what they are missing if they haven’t tried it. Although it is very easy to find physically and online, since it has already been rated and talked about in many other web pages. But perhaps you just came to Tainan and just don’t know where to go for a great meal. Here, let me introduce to you the Artful Dodgers.

It is promoted like an English bar/restaurant, but the truth is they not only serve fish-and-chips but western style food. You know, a little bit of Latin American food (like quesadillas), a little bit of North American food (burgers), Mediterranean food (like Greek salad, one of my favourites), and of course, European (meat pies, exquisite English breakfast, and one of the best pasta in town).

Parmesan Chicken

Buffalo Chicken Salad

Quesadilla
Besides their spectacular regular menu, they also have specials, varying from roast beef, to curry and other special dishes.  The place is truly awesome. Personally I love to get brunch here, as the atmosphere makes feel more like in Europe than in Taiwan. And the service is also very good, the staff always receive you with a welcoming gesture, either in English or in Chinese

But my favourite time to go is Friday night, it is lady’s night and we girls get discount on drinks, plus an absolutely delicious truffle.

Their drinks menu is also a good reason to go, great variety of beer, cocktails and wine.  If you have wandered in the wine section of this blog, you will be able to find their red Cabernet Sauvignon and the newly added Pinot Grigio. 

No matter the time of the day, I just simply love to go there with my friends and share together a wonderful time.

Now, let me tell you a little anecdote… When I first discovered this place, I noticed that my male friends took unexpected long time in the bathroom, but, of course, it would not have been polite to ask. One day, one of my friends came out staring at a picture in his phone and then enthusiastically showed us. We felt a little awkward, but then it all became clear.  There is a Titanic poster with details about the ship, take a look:

If you are in Tainan and feel like a wonderful none-Asian meal, here is your place to go.

Variety: 5/5

Taste:5/5

Drinks: 4/5

Atmosphere: 4/5

Service: 4/5

The SunShower rating is 

4.8/5

And if you are wondering how to get there, here is the location:

It’s open every day except on Tuesdays.

 

They have recently made some udgrades, I am eager to go check it out!!! 

 


 

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Origin Denomination -les talles

I saw this wine a few weeks back, but it seamed too special and it called to be drank at a special time. And what other moment than to say good-bye to my good friend Grexxen. It has been amazing to share all this wines and adventures with you.

Going back to the wine, look at the delicate flowers on the label. It had to be some extraordinaty. Dark ruby and strong smell. As it flows in your mouth you start feeling the different layers spread and then right before the end, there is honey. honey? I never expected that, it is worth trying.

 

Fruitiness: 4.5/5

Sourness : 3.4/5

Tannin: 4.2/5

Style: medium

Body :6/10

[Note: Fruitiness, sourness and tannin, are a red wine characteristics, they do not define the quality of a wine]

Found in: Carrefour

Overall SunShower rating is:

3.9/5

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Poem – Sight Guards

July 5th, 2017

A poem from the challenge word “GUARD”. Proposed by the exceptional blogger and poet Grexxen.


In a world where love is taken for granted, the act of actually protecting and guarding love ones is not as appreciated as it should be. Feelings, emotions and friendships need to be sheltered.  When trust is laid on somebody, an intrinsic responsibility of guarding that trust is also is also laid on the-now guard. Silently the guard acknowledges the other person’s vulnerability, and now has the honour to secure it.

A poem on the shape of a AABBAA CCDDC

I give you,

Sight Guards

by Adriana

 

A long time back, on a pale autumn’s day,

we set sight on each other, unable to look away.

Perplexed we stood in awe

for in our eyes we saw

eagerness to be wondered of all coulours, even gray,

and an unexplicable light that lures excitment here to stay.

 

Beguiling eyes, so smart

that speak a language to my heart

that tell no lies,

have no disguise

So, I guard all their stories since the start.

 

The power of your eyes is like a potion,

that stops the world and all its motion.

Of hues as the lagoon,

and bright as the moon.

They are deep and vast as the esoteric ocean,

guarding their wisdom is my only devotion

 

Your sight has a voice that speaks and even sings

of lost number, beauty and forgotten high kings

your eyes tell a story

of truth and glory

that I consistently guard with unbreakable strings.

 

Years passed and I crossed the wildest of desert dunes

Travelled the six continents by only hot-air balloons

Climbed the highest mountains

Swam in the deepest fountains

But I could never forget the time of those magical afternoons,

so siletly I promised to forever guard your eyes and their musical tunes.

 

Today, although silver shades cover my head, you came and confessed

that all this time being a guarding of my eyes was also your quest.

excitement in my eyes flared

when into our eyes I stared,

and saw the new life that was waiting for us to eagerly address.

 

 


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White Bordeaux – Moelleux 

And there I was thinking that Bordeaux was only a reference to Red Wine.

This post is special, because it two of my most wonderful French friends made the honorable selection. They did warned me that it would be really sweet, but I was confident as I have tried many moscatos. I though they were going to be similar. I was wrong!

They are totally different. The white Bordeaux was an incredible surprise, as it was so sweet that that there was basically no sourness to taste and yet different layers of fruits could be tasted.

I personally do not like wines that are too sweet, but this was an comfortable encounter.

Fruitiness: 3.8/5

Sourness: 2.0/5

Sweetness : 4.2/5

Style : Light

Body: 4/10

Found in: Carrefour

[Note: Fruitiness, sourness and Sweetness, are a white wine characteristics, they do not define the quality of a wine]

The overall SunShower rating is

3.6/5

Click this link to read more about the Wine Ranks and Specs


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Malbec – Condor Peak

What to try something with attitude? Don’t hesitate to take a Malbec. This kinda of wine is strong, is rough, and it knows what it is aiming for, and that is please your buds.

Malbecs are South American, and honestly how could you refuse to a bottle that looks like this? I know I wasn’t disappointed. It delivered a perfect end and  fulfilled my expectation. Here are it’s caracteristics

Fruitiness : 4.2/5

Sourness: 3.3/5

Tannin: 4.1/5

Style: light-medium

Body 4/10

[Note: Fruitiness, sourness and tannin, are a red wine characteristics, they do not define the quality of a wine]

Found in: Carrefour

Overall SunShower ranking

4.3 / 5

Click this link to read more about the Wine Ranks and Specs


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Globalization has come to Tainan’s Night Markets.

Aren’t night markets just amazing? It the first thing you gotta do when you visit a city in Taiwan! You can eat, drink, shop and even play some fair games.

They are crowded and noisy but at the same time lively and fun. One can never leave the night market with an empty stomach or a frown. And they are one of the things that throughout the years that I have lived in Taiwan, they never changed. Sure some of the store aren’t there any more and there are new ones instead, but the culture of the night market never changed.

As amazing as the can be, there was always one tiny thing that is slightly annoying. It is really bad when you first come to Taiwan, and then, with time one learns to accept the reality, and that is, vendors are not going to speak English. Off all the stores, maybe just around 10% of them have English menu, and the for rest you just gotta use your ability of sight and smell to know what they are selling. This is not such a terrible thing, since it works most of the times, but also it happens very often that one can misjudge a certain food. This could be disgusting or tragic, disgusting becase perhaps something you though was going to be delicious isn’t, and tragic because you restrain yourself from eating something you might actually really enjoy.

But guess what? Tainan is changing!!!

A few weeks back we were invited to an activity. It was supposed to be a foreigners friendly night. We were told that they were going to take us to the night market and give us some money to spend there. Well, it is a free ride and free money, so let’s go. What we didn’t know is that the best was yet to come!!!

 

It was not only the foreigners friendly night, but the beginning of a new era for Tainan night markets. As it turn out the Tainan’s city government, with the support of STUST (Southern Taiwan University of Science and Technology ) organized a program where students help night market vendors to translate their menu into English. The students get to practice their English while contributing to society and the vendors get their menus in English for free.

Sadly some of the vendors refused to take part of this initiative indicating that they do not need it. In some cases it is because they already had English menus. Either the case, from now on, the foreigner friendly stores will have a flag indicating the English service.

 

This service is only found in Tadong Night Market (Open on Monday, Tuesday and Friday), WuSheng Night Market (Open on Wednesday) and the Flower Garden Night Market (Open on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday)

Congratulations and thanks are in orders to the organizers of this service.

I am personally proud and deeply happy to see this happening.

Just like this Tainan, this beautiful city, is taking part of the inevitable globalization.


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Poem – Bulgogi

 

This a poem from the Challenger: SaltyAvocado, the words is “Bulgogi”. It was an interestingly funny topic, because it is a wrap prepared with Korean seasoned meat sold at COSTCO. It is a very tasty and very filling, but the best part is how cute “Bulgogi” sounds.

Not only I was challenge by this word, but also Grexxen, so let’s see how he does.


It is a poem on the shape of: AABB

and now I give you

 

Bulgogi

 

This topic as random as it may appear

is a challenge word from a person so dear.

Proposed by this girl nice and sweet

who knew how to make Grex and I compete.

 

Bulgogi is the meat in this wrap so good

that you wouldn’t believe it is Korean food.

Cheese and seasoning are mixed inside,

something this good should spread worldwide.

 

At the sound of the word, one has got to smile

that’s why I am making this poem freestyle.

But the more I write I want to stop and get to Costco

and with my dear friends share a Bulgogi pronto.

 


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The Dragon Boat Festival – Euphoric and Exceptional

Oh the dragon boat! What a fantastic time to be in Asia, and in our case, in the wondrous Taiwan. This is a great festival specially if you or any of your friends is taking part of the competition. Even if you are not, you get extra holidays off, a night market that takes places during the day near your local river and Rice Dumplings, rice dumplings everywhere.


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Poem – A Scooter Story

This is a poem about my tiny white scooter. She came to me on Nov.11th 2009 and ever since then we became partners in crime. When we ride together, it is as if we are one and no one can defeat us. Riding my scooter has been one of the best parts of Taiwan. It is the excitement, it is the adrenaline, it is the wind in my face, it is the speed, it is everything.

I love my scooter, even though she isn’t the newest or the better-one, she is for me, she is the best scooter ever. I hope you enjoy my poem and perhaps some of you share similar feeling with you own ride.


This is a poem on the shape of AAA.

The topic proposed by the sweet and great friend blogger, the saltyavocado.

This topic was proposed, because this is one of the things we can experience the most while being in Taiwan, scooters, a sea of scooter. Not one, not a few, but uncountable scooters. Making Taiwan’s traffic messy and yet smooth,  convenient and very importantly an adventurous.


A Scooter Story

by Adriana

 

A long time ago on an autumn’s day

I came to you and you came my way.

You looked and we knew this wasn’t fey.

 

With inexperience, you asked questions odd

And it seemed to me that you never rode

a machine like me in your country abroad.

 

But you started my engine and I swear

That I’d never felt such passion and dare

Yet gently, of my faulty leaky parts you took care.

 

Not long after, without many doubts and reflections

You took me around without knowing the directions

But we managed to go back after more than a few questions

 

In time, you got me a blue sticker that says “Guatever”

And soon after a curious-gecko one to wear wherever

But our uniqueness is in your colorful helmet now and ever.

 

Of tiny white carcass, but full of unmatchable speed

That’s how you trained me, to be unbeatable in any need

But always avoiding anything that could make us bleed.

 

As time goes on, we go to uncountable places together

We never cared if there was cold, sunny or rainy weather.

But I know you like you ride with your jacket made of leather.

 

I am exactly made for one, not for three and not for none.

But I have to admit that recently it has been a lot of fun

When Grex, Jess and you and hop and ride on.

 

You hold tight to each other as if you were going to fall

But you know and trust that even though I am small

I am sturdy, defiant and keep balance above all.

 

One day your time to leave me will come

But our adventures and stories will live on

I and will remain the great scooter that with you I have become.

 


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