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Moscato – Dilé

As promised when writing about Queen Adelaide, which is an excellent Moscato, I am now writing about a very different one.

White wines should be get better when chilled, as I had previously stated in my post “Why do white wines are better when chilled?”  Curiously this one got better when not too cold.  At the first sip, I would have not given it more than 2.6/5 but as we kept on drinking, it became more like 3.3/5. If you have read the wine ranks, you would know that this is a lot, since it changed from “don’t drink this” to “Ok, not so bad” status.

The problem with this Moscato is that it is too sweet! However, I am not saying it is absolutely bad, it was layered and it was possible to feel some Peaches and Guavas. Its color was absolutely beautiful, and just look at the bottle, it is really unique, and that was the reason we got it. If you are looking to make some wine pictures, it is a good choice.

Fruitiness: 3.9/5

Sourness: 2.1/5

Sweetness: 4.9/5

Style: Light

Body: 3/10

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: 

3.3/5

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If you like moscatos and want to try something nice, check out the Frontera or the Yellow tail!

Bordeaux Supérieur

This post is special is a special one. I needed special guests in order to do it.

This is wine is also not sold in Taiwan, just like CASTELMAURE, it was brought directly from France. And the thing is, French wines are a piece of art. There is nothing simple about them and when done properly, they are an adventure for one’s senses.  This beauty was not the exception.

Dark beautiful ruby and strong steady smell. High in tannin but well balance so that it agrees with your paladar. With many different layers so that you can feel the different grapes and fruits of the Bordeaux region. Lovely!

Fruitiness 3.3/5

Sourness : 3.8/5

Tannin 4.3/5

Style: Medium

Body  6.5/10

 

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

Found in: France

Overall SunShower ranking

4 / 5

The only reason I have to rate this awesomeness a little harsh, is because I know that France has higher standards. For Taiwan, I would rate it about 4.6/5, but according to GG, who kindly shared it with me and Grexxen, it is about a 4/5.

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Moscato – Queen Adelaide

As a fan of Moscatos, I am writing about his one with great pride. It felt like a royalty drink. I have to be honest, it is not very expensive, and because of the price I thought it was going to be very bad. It wasn’t!

Beautiful color, delicious smell, perfectly balanced. Not too sweet and bothers my tongue and not too sour. It was absolutely perfect. Highly recommended! Queen Adelaide for all amazing people out there.

Fruitiness: 3.8/5

Sourness: 3.2/5

Sweetness: 3.9/5

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: 

4.4/5

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Special thanks to the Salty Avocado, who chose this wine and it was great to enjoy our last Taiwan movie night! Looking forward for the next one!

Cabernet Sauvignon – Joostenberg

This is the wine served at Artful Dodgers. I love this restaurant and if you are interested I will posting about it soon.

They have only one selection of wine, and it is this one. Many of my dear friends always complain that even though the food is excellent, they do not like the wine. Before starting this blog, I did not understand all the reasons, but now that I have learned a little I went again and tried it once more with Grexxen and the SaltyAvocado.

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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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Riesling – Bree

Rieslings, I don’t know them very well. I began my journey of white wines with Moscatos and I haven’t moved too far form them. Although I did had this incredible Chardonnay- Andean and also the utter disappointment of the Pinot Gris 

Strolling around Carrefour, I made a quick stop in the wine section. The-always-exciting sushi was already nominated as dinner, and what is best to drink with fish, with raw fish? White wine, everybody knows that, right?

Now, look at this bottle? isn’t it Intriguing? From behind it looks more like a vodka, but tell me? wouldn’t you you like to have a try of this? Well, I could not resist it! And you know what? I wasn’t disappointed.

It was a White Wine done correctly. Definitely more serious and sophisticated than Moscatos. Somewhat more mysterious and layered than Chardonnays. It was worth trying as I now feel like I rose my level in wine tasting.

Fruitiness: 3.6/5

Sourness:3.8/5

Sweetness: 3.2/5

Body: 5/10

Style: Light

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

Found in: Carrefour

The Overall SunShower rating is:

4.3/5

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Eating at Nantai St.

Luuuuuuuuuuuunch time, but what should you eat? There is a great variety of food in Nantai St. that you just gotta love. But still, between all these wonderful choices you might not know where to go. Let me help you a little, here is a list of the restaurants I like best. I take into consideration the price, quality of food and cleanness. Let me know if you also agree with this list.

Before starting the list I want to make room for a special guest.

AINA

This is not really for lunch, but they are open from 6am to 2pm, and they do have lunch selections. But their breakfast is so good that it is perfectly fine to have it as brunch.

Between the copier store in the corner and Yo-yo.

Some people call it the “triangle store”, due to the food triangle at the back. They have good service, good food, they keep clean and they have English menu. [I know ’cause I translated it =). ]

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I personally like the Chinese Omelette with ham and corn. But why not try the one with bacon and cheese?  They also have the american breakfast and the delicious, never disappointing club sandwiches.

If you are looking for something sweet, they also have jam, chocolate and a luring coconut butter, you gotta try it.

If you are just looking for breakfast and Aina is close, try the store in the front. They are also good, and also have English menu.

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This is my Friend Jessie, posing with the triangle.

And now,

Top 5 of great place for lunch at Nantai St.

5. Turkey Store.

It is very easy to miss, since there there is only a small turkey in their menu. But they sell these excellent Turkey sliced meat, with 4 different types of vegetable that you can chose. Very healthy, specially because you can ask them to give you more vegetables instead of rice.

4. Honey Pork

They sell exactly that. There is a nice piece of fried pork and they cover it with a honey sauce. You can chose 3 types of vegetables. And It only costs NTD 60. In their menu it is the first option.

They also have Honey Chicken, but I usually do not take that one, because it comes with bones.

3. Dumplings store

This is a chain of stores. They have the very famous dumplings and the absolutely delicious fried dumplings. Between the options they have Korean kimchi flavor, curry and corn.   I like to take them with some noodles, either in soup or dried.

I am sure you will love this place.


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2. Hot Plate

Actually there are many names international students refer to this restaurant. The cat’s place, the wooden restaurant or hot plate.

I fell in love with this place with their chicken gratin rice with mushroom sauce. But one of the favorite selections are the sizzling noodles with different sauces and chicken or meat.

One of the things I love about this place it the service, they have English menu and there is corn soup for you to take. They also bring you a nice pitcher of black tea, and overall the owner is very nice.

Special Honours

Italian place

It is not really Italian, and the Eiffel tower in their wall, makes you doubt what kind of food they were aiming for. If you got there expecting Italian food, you will end up disappointing, but if what you want is a good meal, then it is your place.

The reason I did not rank it higher is because it is probably the most expensive of all. Notice that in all the other restaurants you will spend between NTD 60 – 90, but this Italian place is more than NTD 100.

They have good curry, nice puff soup and one of the few places that have western cutlery. The place is nice, clean and it has aircon. You won’t be disappointed

1.Purple store.

They have great variety, and prices. Noodles, spaghetti, fried rice, instant noodle, gratin rice, clamp soup. All of these in a nice, clean restaurant. I will not speak anymore, as just talking about this place makes me hungry, you just gotta try it.

Other nice restaurants around Nantai

Pizza bar.


Not really pizza, more like bread with tomato sauce and cheese, but the place is really nice.

Restaurants a little farther Away

Fried Rice Behind S Building.

It is a little hidden and not many people know about it, but it has THE BEST fried rice around.  Don’t miss it.

Steak

It is on the main street, sizzling hot plate with noodles and real meat. You’ll love it.

Date

Well, it is absolutely a great place, I should rank it as the best, but it is way more fancier that anything else around, of course more expensive, but it is worthy.

Japanese Restaurant

It is on the way to the hot pot. It is not between my favorites, but I many of my friends like it, so why not give it a try.

The Hot Pot

If it is your first time in Asia, you can’t miss eating Hot Pot. They will bring the food raw and give you hot pot where you can cook it. This particular hot pot is perfect for first timers, because you can order just what you want to eat. You will love this place at the same time that you will be really full.

This awesome place opens at 4 pm and closes at 2 am

There are so many awesome places around here, and the list is not over, I will be soon posting about late night snacks! Don’t miss it.

I have to admit, my friends and I had a lot of fun for the sake of this post. So I hope you enjoy eating at Nantai St. as much as we do.

Special thanks to: Grexxen and theSaltyAvocado for posing for me in the pictures and accompany throughout this post.


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Penghu Island – Return to the Wilderness

It was what I call ADVENTURE and it was AMAZING.


Meet the crew:

Karl, the Estonian Captain; Bats and Yann, the dynamic French crab hunter and cook master; and the amazing blogger and one of my closest friends, Grexxen, the Australian… I mean the Austrian.
The plan was to camp, so we had a tent, sleeping bags, rain coats and a load of enthusiasm.

This was some-of-us first time camping in the real wild. I had done it before, but it was in a place well prepared, with a place to get food, showers and all. This time it was for real and we were on our own.

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Fo Guang Shan  – Dual Growth

Say good words – Do good deeds – Thinking good thoughts

The first time I went to Fo Guang Shan was in the Summer of 2013. Dad was visiting me in Taiwan for a few weeks and I wanted to make his stay unforgettable. While I was looking for places that we could go I remembered that a few friends had shown me some magnificent pictures about this place. I have been in Taiwan since 2009 and I wondered why I did not hear too much about it before and as it turned out, it was new!!! It opened in December 2011.  Well, at least the Memorial Center did. The monastery was built in 1967, but until recent years they decided to be open for the public.

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Buddha Memorial Center
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Main Shrine at Fo Guang Shan Monastery

I have experience the temple in two different ways, as a tourist and as meditation practitioner.

  1. Discovering with Dad – Tourist

Of my first visit I remember being dumbfounded by the vastness and beauty of the place, there is no denying of that. But I also have a strong memory that it was sunny and very hot. What I am trying to say is the real reason I enjoyed that day was not because of the place but because I was with dad and we were both excited taking pictures at the details. Here are some pictures of things you perhaps did not notice.

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However, something happened that day, that without knowing at that time, changed my life. Dad and I were exploring the main temple and we noticed that at entrance on the right side there is a table with some brochures, candles and other paraphernalia on it. Behind it, there was a smiling venerable. (a “venerable” is alike a monk, but they do not use this word, so I will be refereeing to them as “Venerable”). She saw us and with a friendly tone started talking to us with her best English. Small talk at the beginning and the then she handed me a brochure of information of a monthly retreat for foreigners. I did not pay much attention, but dad seamed to encourage the idea. I left the temple with a “maybe I will come”.

The coming months I forgot about the temple but the idea of going back and experience that retreat lingered in my head. Then it happened, one of my best friend told me he found about this activity and, from one day to the other, decided to join. He told me all about it and I was fascinated with his experience. I had to go. Without hesitation we signed out for the next one, which would be held in March 2014.

  1. Re discovering of the temple  – Meditation

For three days we experience the monastic life. Waking up at 5 am and then quickly getting ready for joining the morning chants in the main temple. There was a sea of people, but it did not matter because everybody moved in order and being mindful of each of their movements. When the chants were over, we were directed to the main dining room, where more than 2000 people could fit, however that morning we were no more than 300. Everybody entered in order and in silence and at 6 o’clock they served the breakfast. For 15 min nobody spoke and just focused on the first meal of the day. At 6:15 everybody was finished and in less than a minute everything was picked up and cleaned. Impressive.

All the meals were served and carried out this effective and thoughtful manner. Every course was vegetarian, needless to say, and it was deliciously well done.

During the morning, we shared the temple chores with the venerables. We got simple things like planting flowers, so it was a beautiful task. In the afternoon and before dinner we were taught meditation, starting out from the most known one, sitting meditation, to walking meditation and even meditation white drinking tea. We laughed, we learned, we grew, we became better. No one told to me change religion or to forget mine, or that I was wrong, we were there to experience and learn just what we wanted, or let’s say, what we needed, and they respected that.

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Flowers at the Temple
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Helping plant flowers at the temple

 

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Sitting Meditation

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Meditation while drinking tea

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Discussing, learning, asking questions, experiencing life at Fo Guang Shan
  1. Breathing – Meditation

What can I say? Once was just not enough, so on December of the same year, I joined my second retreat. This time, it was more focused in developing meditation skills and instead of doing so many activities, we mostly stayed in the meditation hall.

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Meditation at the hall, keeping silent for 3 days

This time we were asked to remain silent and be truthfully mindful and aware of everything we were doing. This time we went meditation in different parts of the temple. I do not remember the names of all the places, but here are some pictures for you see.

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Meditation at the Buddha Land

It was beautiful, I felt so much in contact with nature, with trees, with the birds, with the wind and of course, in contact with myself. Remembering to breath, being aware of the involuntary movements of my body, realising that I am in control. Relaxing, letting go, breathing, seeing life from a different angle, living, existing, breathing. Yes! Breathing, it is amazing how we can easily forget to properly do such simple task. Realising that we are all connected, that this blog is here because you would read it, and because you would read it, I sat today to write it, and so you affected me and I have affected you.

  1. Chinese New Years – Tourist

The experience was life-changing and mind opening. I am not changing my religion, but I adopt what is useful for me from other beliefs. The next retreat I was able to join was the one held for Chinese New Year in 2015, the year of the lamb. There were less teachings and close to no meditation activities, but the temple offered a big meal to celebrate the new year and there were, parades and lanterns all over. Definitely a hectic time for the temple. Also, if one was able to visit all the key places of the temple, they would give you a temple souvenir, which I still keep very dear.

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Lanterns, Parades and other activities during Chinese New Year

After that, I was convinced that the best way to spend CNY for foreigners, was to go to the temple. So next year, in 2016, the year of the monkey, I took mom, who was visiting me, along with two other friends to Fo Guang Shan. I was finally able to tell mom all what I have seen and explain all what I have learned.

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Discovering the temple with Mom
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Chinese New Year Dinner with mom and a few other friends

We walked around the temple more than once and experience the greatness of the place. Then, at night, fireworks. Do you think the temple is beautiful? Now imagine it being illuminated with fireworks! It is simple breathtaking. The newest part of the temple was recently completed, so we were able to take pictures from this new angle.

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Buddha memorial centre from newly open area

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The retreats were an amazing experience and I wish I could do them again, but the temple has stopped doing these activities for foreigners. It is only held once a year during the month of July and it lasts for 1 month. It would be a little hard for me to join, but I will never forget what I lived and learned.

  1. One more time – Tourist

Now it is 2017. I was happy to hear that some of my foreigner friends were looking forward to go, and without thinking too much I joined the group. We were a big group, we were 22!!!

It felt good to see all those places again. The memorial center is impressive, but my favorite part is the monastery, after all that is where I spent most of the time during the retreats. I remembered doing meditation in the Buddha land, the mesmerizing morning chants in the main temple and the secluded little shrine on the top of the hill. I hadn’t been to that little shrine since the first retreat. It is a little far away and the road is a little steep. When I finally reached it, the venerable there, offered me and my friend who was walking with me, water and candies. She even turned on some relaxing music, just for us. The 10 minutes that I spent there brought back flashbacks not only of my experiences but also of the lessons learnt.

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I am sure you have probably seen that Fo Guang Shan is a must-see in Taiwan, but if at the time you read this the retreats are being held again, Fo Guang Shan is a must-experience in your life!

 


 

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