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A Smile in Confucius Temple – Poem

Tainan is the former capital of Taiwan, therefore is marked by historical monuments and constructions. Now is a beautiful combination of modern life and the past times. In the heart of Tainan, behind the Literature Museums, there is the Confucius temple. The place is small, but really beautiful and its significance is remarkable. After all, Confucius is known as the teacher of teacher.

Last year made two entries about photography at Tainan’s Confucius Temple. I hope you can check it out, so you can get further idea of how the temple look like from outside.

Tainan Confucius Temple and Across Confucius Temple

The temple is located in Nan-Men Rd, it is usually opened from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm

台南孔子廟 Tainan Confucius Temple
700, Tainan City, West Central District, 南門路2號
06 221 4647

Teacher’s day in Taiwan is celebrated on September 28th. As you can imagine Teacher’s day happens to be Confucius day! So if you are in Tainan during this time make sure to check out the activities the have. As far as I know there is a ceremony at 4am, I hope you don’t have a problem in waking up early.


This poem in the type of ABAB.

Now without any further delay I give you:

A Smile in Confucius Temple

by Adriana

There! In a far away city that never sleeps

Where the center is marked merly by the station

Behind the museum that pictograms keeps,

of great Chinese literature yet without any translation.


Behind the museums lies a temple of knowledge

Surrounded by pagodas, quite winds, and shadowy trees,

Gates carefully placed and wandering students of college.

Welcoming doors and a beguiling detailed marquee.


There! At the entrance, you are offered a ticket by the lady

Without forgetting to ask for your ID before paying the fee

You’ll be surprise there is none if you’ve been living in Tainan lately

And in a instant you’ll further love this city by the sea.


A high step before you go in,

you are welcome by thousands wishes and lucky writings

But your attention is drawn to the magnificent temple within

As the sun shines upon the walls and splendid sightings.


Long halls of relics and history

Musical instruments, studies and time

Gods, dragons, phoenixes, and mysteries

All here in coherence as a physical rhyme.


Oh Confucius Temple! Such a honorable vision!

The first of its kind in the wonderful island of Taiwan

A school not only of letters but of talent and religion

An enduring philosophy of life that will continue on.


You! You are never ending tale

Your walls an ungoing fable

You are a landmark of great scale

To forget you, one is unable.


There! There I stood in front of you

Perplexed and overwhelmed

Reminded that mother was there too

And thus a smile was compelled.

Main Gate
Pagoda at the Confucius Temple
Dragon Marquee
Main Temple
Inner Gate
Relics and writings
Writings
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Gates by Confucius Temple

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I hope you enjoyed this poem as much as I enjoyed writing and discovering the magnificent Confucius Temple.

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POP PIE a great place to try!

Not to be confused with Popeye, the spinach eating guy in the cartoon!


 

In a mood for a light meal?

Well, Tainan has many beautiful hidden places to eat, and this has to be one of the most hidden ones. But make sure not to miss it, since it has great pies and a magical atmosphere.

Here is the location:

The place is cosy and well decorated, check it out!

Ok, so it is time to order!

You are usually required to order a set, it includes a soup and a well dressed salad. Check out the nice detail of giving you a wooden spoon!

The soup I got is pumpkin and the pie I order is mushroom and chicken.  It was a great combination and they were both of great taste. I absolutely recommend this place to change the daily routine of the traditional lunch boxes in Taiwan.

The coffee I ordered is a Vienna cafe, it was good, but nothing extra-ordinary. But overall I liked it!

They also offer green tea. Just as the coffee it was good, not nothing too memorable.

So conclusion, the drinks are just ok, but the pies are delicious, it is a place worth giving a try.

SunShower rating:

4.5/5


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Across Confucius Temple – Aug 15, 17 #Photography

The picture of the Confucius Temple arch are beautiful, if you missed them, you can check then out here. However there is certain margin of crossing the street and admiring it from the other side. And this is what we got, with a touch of the hectic life of Tainan.


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Bordeaux – Baron de Lanezac

Bordeaux – French -2015

The only way to get better at wine, is sharing and discussing it with other people, better if they are close friends and extra points if you know them for 8 years, since you first came to Taiwan.

If you have been reading the blog, you maybe have notice that I am developing a fascination for Bordeaux wines. And this one was shared with my friend Sebs, who has a great taste for wines.

The first thing we noticed was the deep dark colour and not aggressive smell. We noticed some orange hue, and little raspberry, but not many other layers.

He then proceeded to show me about “the legs” of the wine. When you take a sip and put back the glass, the wine will slowly flow back down on the walls of the glass, forming the legs. This has nothing to do with the quality, but more with the consistency. Sweeter wines will be more viscous, forming thicker legs, while wines with higher content of alcohol will form more legs.

This is a new way of understanding wine. So, it is possible to know how sweet or how strong a wine will be, without even tasting it.

Thank you for you for showing me, Sebs!

Now, when tasting the wine, we had some differences in opinions, here is the ratings.

Fruitiness : 3.4 / 5 (Sebs: 2.8 / 5)
Sourness: 3.6 (Sebs: 2.4 / 5)
Tannin: 3.1/ 5 (agree)

Style : Light Medium
Body : 4/10

Legs: Thin

[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:

3.2 /5

Rating levels:

4.7 – 5.0 The finest of all!
4.0 – 4.6 Oh this is good!
3.1 – 3.9 This ok! Pleasant. But don’t be demanding.
2.3 – 3.0 Ok, this is weird.
1.0 – 2.2 Don’t try this, I already sacrificed myself for you.
0.0 – 0.9 Cannot believe there is something this disgusting.

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Typhoons – The Frenzy of Wind and Rain

July 30th to July 31st

One of the reasons SunShower was born, is because I get instant urge for writing while hearing the rain drops fall. While the rain showers outside, the inspiring sun shines in.

Rain is beautiful, but it does not usually stops me from my daily routines, however typhoons are another thing. The best thing to do is to stay safe inside and not try to risk it. Although typhoons can be very dangerous, they are part of the life experience in Taiwan and cannot be separated from the adventure here.

Tonight is typhoon night. (July 30 and 31st, 2017)

a Typhoon is…

It is a meteorological depression. A storm, but just not any storm, a violent one. There will be a lot of water and strong winds. Not just any water and wind,  rain is more like water-whips, and wind is like giant of destruction.

It will rain for a span between 6 to 20 hours, depending on the size of the typhoon. But what gets really bad is the wind. Sometimes it gets so strong that the rain falls more like horizontally than vertically. I have seen it slide scooters along the street, take down advertisements posts and even rip off entire trees, taking them from theirs very roots! Yes! It gets pretty bad.

If you are wondering if typhoons, cyclones and hurricanes are the same, then let me tell you that YES! They are basically the same, the difference is just the area of the world they occur. They can all be very devastating.

Typhoons are to be respected, they flood cities, destroy towns and sometimes even take human lives with them. If one of the great typhoons come knocking your door while you are here, remember, you can never be too safe. Be prepare!

My recommendation is to get food and water, and more importantly try not to go out. I have never experience a blackout in Taiwan, but I know they happen, so you might want to prepare a flashlight and something none-electronic to be entertained with.

 

But…

Typhoons aren’t that bad. If you keep safe and are well prepared, you will get to be at home with a justified reason. This is why many locals actually like typhoons and sometimes receive it gladly. The national government is likely to cancel classes and work. You can check for this here: Central Wether Bureau

 

go to “Typhoon News” and then check if work and class have been cancelled.

 

Over all, the chances you live through an extreme typhoon are very slim.  They are mostly common, during August and September and although there are many, the ones that get to Taiwan are about 3-4 in a year and not every time they will affect the city where you live.

For the 8 years that I have lived in Taiwan, I have always been safe from Typhoons. It is just a matter of staying safe and once you have this much free time, try to catch up with you blog. My friend, Grexxen, wrote things to do during a typhoon last year and you might want to check out his post.

 

The Frenzy of Wind and Rain

Although Typhoons are really strong, I prefer to see them as a passionate moment of two lovers. Wind and Rain, desperately love each other, but because their love is so destructive, they are destined to live separately most of the year and in most places of the world. Sometimes they flirt with each other, maybe you have felt the wind’s warm touch on your face, when it drizzle in the afternoon. But then, summer comes, and low pressures in the atmosphere allows them to be together, if  just for a few hours.

I give you…

The Frenzy of Wind and Rain 

By Adriana

 

Last year, devastating was the goodbye

as they kissed each other for the last time,

now, more than 10 months have gone by.

 

A love so strong full of passion and desire

silently waiting to be admired,

nothing can put down their lust on fire

 

During the time apart to the mountain she talks,

sometime promising to wipe clear his slopes

but he knows she cannot handle his heart full of rocks.

 

He, on his side, converses with the beauty river

sometimes promising to make of her a wider mirror

but she knows, a flow to wide will make humans shiver.

 

Strong, striking souls with  power of size abysmal

yet tenderness can be found on their touch and whistle,

maybe you felt it during your walk on the afternoon drizzle.

 

Every day they wait for each other restlessly

their love is intense but full of complexity

because being together brings catastrophe

 

But the relaxing summer days are here

bringing low pressure, like every year

with some luck, our lovers can now come near.

 

First they see each other over the island far away,

and the thunder sounds as if they are playing croquet.

I can see from my window that the sky is now gray.

 

They seduce each other with words so charming,

it starts raining with love, passion and all the yearning.

Though my window I can see that it is now violently storming

 

As a gentlemen he has made the first move

then she follows, blowing a kiss to approve

and we feel how the breeze has now stronger groove.

 

The lovers cannot take the distance any longer

in less than a second it is impossible to go and wander

’cause the passion and strength keeps getting stronger

 

They have only but a few hours to together spend

They have to count, they know the are condemned ,

so they forget about the world and who they might offend.

 

Unstoppable Rain pours while Wind loudly howls

but it filters through the window during the long night hours,

this much water is impossible to dry. I need more towels!

 

Don’t get them wrong, their raging destruction is  a pantomime

just a protest for being apart all this time

They want to be noticed, their love is transcendental and divine

 

They accomplisehd their purpose, leaving all this destruction,

but seriously, it isn’t any worse than human corruption

pulluting the oceans and air, just for a few goods production

 

There is no knowing when will Wind and Rain will meet again

it all goes back to normal and their love is constrain

but their passion is eternal and nothing vain.

 

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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Bordeaux – Puisseguin Saint-Emilion

Bordeaux! What a blessing for the world of wine! And, this one was particularly outstanding, as it was carefully chosen by my favourite French friends. It was a lovely movie night!

This wine felt soft and shy but at the same time rather elegant. It felt refined, as its smell was pleasant and not aggressive at all. It was or dark ruby red and well layered.

Personally, I really enjoy how French people are into the Bordeaux wines, and the magical thing is that they never dissapoint me. I can’t wait to get another recomendarion from you guys!

Fruitiness: 4.0 /5

Sourness : 4.0 /5

Tannin: 3.0 /5

Style: Medium

Body :4 /10

Year: 2014

[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:

4.0 /5

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Merlot-Long Country

Playful! That is the perfect word to describe this wine. And it is exactly how it makes you feel.

As a merlot, it is low in Tannin, which is a characteristic feature, but I would have expected it to be more layered. It is a two year old wine, and it was too flat, perhaps if it is aged for longer time.

Either way, it is a great choice to share with friends and spend a great time.

Fruitiness: 3.5/5

Sourness : 3.6/5

Tannin: 3.2/5

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 rating is:

3.9/5

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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 =). ]

Aina Brunch Menu A3-1

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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An Undying Christmas Spirit.

Seven years in Taiwan certainly change one’s perspective and feeling towards this beautiful holiday. I have always love and enjoy Christmas, from my point of it is the merriest season of all. It is all about hope, family and a spark of magic. I simply love it. Yet being away from home for so long, and living in a not-very-Christmassy country makes me stagger sometimes. Until now I have manage to dismiss the Grinchy-ideas surrounding me, but how long until I give in and allow the Christmas spirit to perish?

To try to understand why Christmas perishes and why and how I dismiss those feeling by trying to keep the spirit alive, it is important to first define the meaning of this holiday.

Definition and History

For Catholics, Christians and any other type of Christ-believers it is the remembrance of   the birth of Jesus-Christ. Quite enough reason to be joyous and grateful. It was passed on to the world as a reminder of sharing noble feelings, such as compassion, love, caring, forgiveness, etc. In the hope of some reflecting and introspective development. But let us take a further look into Christmas. As my good friend and blogger Grexxen mentioned, Jesus was not quite born on December 25th.  Yet, since the beginning, it was set to be celebrated on the already pagan holiday. Throughout the years is has further been changed, influenced by many different cultures and reinvented to modern times.

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Yes! it is profoundly commercial, it increments sales, influences the market and has strong impact in the economy. At micro and macro scale.  Complaints are that Christmas was turned into a ferocious season of shopping and honouring a gift-bringer whether is baby-Jesus, the three-wise-men or most popularly known, Santa-Claus. Are these adjustments and incursions the blameable factors of the perishing Christmas?

Let us take a look into the blameworthy suspects:

Presents

Besides Christmas, when do you consider giving somebody else a present? Birthday perhaps, sometimes not even there. Would you even consider wasting your time, money and energy trying to get something nice for someone you don’t really like? I think not, unless is your boss, but not even there. Gifts are a little way of saying “I care for you”, ” you are important to me”, “I hope to see you smile with this”, “I think of you”, “I rather invest my effort in you than in anybody else”, etc. And so much more. So even in the commercial side of Christmas, it provides an excellent opportunity to say something meaningful to someone important. So, no! Christmas does not perishes because of presents. At least not because presents are given, but perhaps it has something to do with how presents might be received.

Christmas presents piled underneath a christmas tree.

I realised a little too late, that part of the culture here in Taiwan is to refuse gifts a few times before it is accepted and sometimes they even criticize it. It is a way of being polite and to allow you to get to know them better. It is strange, but hey! I am not in my country. And so I had so learn how to give gifts here. As the years passed, I got better at giving gifts to Taiwanese and I never gave up, there is always a way into their heart. Luckily, I have always had friends to share Christmas gifts without having to change my traditions. I simply go frolic about presents. It is not receiving them that makes happy, it is the reaction I see in my friends when I give them something they’ll enjoy. Seeing my friends and dear ones happy, because of what I did for them is far more valuable than any gift I could get. But I also won’t get angry if you get me something nice. haha

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Actual picture of 2009 Christmas – first year in Taiwan

Decorations

Do we really need them? Probably not, but they are a way of materializing our thoughts and feelings towards this holiday.  Nativities honour our religion, reminding us of the gift of hope. I personally rejoice when I see mine. It is tiny, for it is impossible for me to keep a big one, but I get a sense of peace when I see the angel and when I finally place baby Jesus on Christmas eve.

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My tiny Nativity

 

If a Nativity does not means this for you, then take a look at a Christmas tree, if you had one as a child then it is a reminder of the kid in our heart, with big eyes, full of wish, expectation, dreams and a little bit of magic. And who doesn’t like magic?

Christmas does not perishes because of ornamentation. But it does if all the decorations lack of meaning and sense behind it. For there is not use of a gorgeous Christmas tree, if it was done reluctantly and then left there to dust through out the year.

The year that I came to Taiwan, things were very different. Now there are a lot of ornaments and very easy to find. Seven years ago there were not enough.  I searched restlessly for Christmas stockings, and they were no where to be found. So, I made them! Went to the store to get some cloths, thread, needles some bells, and spend most of my free time of my first December sawing them.  I still have them and place them every year. Shortage of decorations will not get my spirit down.

Self-made Elf Boot

Friends

Now this is a less materialistic part. We are getting to a deeper meaning of Christmas. Friendship, how wonderful is this girt. Not a gift, more like a treasure. We are humans, we are social by nature and friendships are meant to be nurture and kept. It is a blessing to spend a Christmas surrounded my people who mutually enjoy each other’s company.

So how can friends be a liable for the perish of Christmas?

During all these year, I have met many people, I have become friends with some of them and with some we have created unbreakable bounds that will last forever. The hard part, is that I have also seen many of them leave. The first few years I spend Christmas with about the same faces, but then they started taking other paths. Gladly, new friends came around, and then I found myself with a new group of people. And then they also left. And it has been like that for a while.

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Christmas 2012

I am blessed that every year I have had good friends to hug merry-Christmas. And every year it is a brand new experience. For the good friends that have left Taiwan and that are in another part of the world, well, there is always internet. Letter and postcards are also a magical detail. I feel joy and excitement when I write them and send them, hoping that my friends feel the same when they get it and read it.

For all my friends, those who are here and for those that aren’t:

Thank you for having crossed roads with me. You are a blessing. And I hope the next year is full of joy and success. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

With love, 
Adriana

 

Family

Probably the deepest meaning of Christmas. It has been 8 years! 8 Christmases away! It is one of the seasons that make me regret a little of my decision of being here.

I was one of the lucky few that was always able to convince the professor to not have test or academic activities on the 24th or 25 of December, but I know of many who had to spend their Christmas eve studying. I am also lucky to be working at a good company that is sensible enough not to make work on Christmas. So I am lucky. But nothing nothing can match the infinite euphoria of being with my family on Christmas. I hope destiny does not takes to long until it allows me to be there.

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One of the most recent picture with my family. Just dad is missing in this picture.

So? how do I dismiss the boundless yearning? Remembering good times, knowing we are bless to have each other, even in the distance, hoping to see them soon, praying and Video Cam!

Nothing could be the same as physically being there, but the camera helps. To see my mom dressed beautifully and being accompanied by my handsome dad. See my nephew’s eyes sparkle with the twinkling lights.   My little niece get excited to see everybody together. Share a good warming talk with my beloved cousin. Hear my aunts and grandma’s voice. A simple web cam chat makes my Christmas complete.

Dear Family, 

I miss you, I miss you more with every passing second and for Christmas, I miss you hopelessly. But I love you and I know we are together, and we will always be. Thank you for the unconditional support. You are the biggest blessing and the only gift I want/need. 

With deep love,

 

Mom, 

I am sorry for leaving and making you spend all these Christmases without me. Ever since I left there has been a Christmas tree in the house. You don’t know how much your sacrifice mean to me. I promise I won’t be too long now. I love you. I miss you.

Merry Christmas! 

So with all of this I refuse to be sad on Christmas. I dismiss the idea of letting my Christmas spirit perish.

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Even Jupiter enjoys Christmas!

 

It is hard being away for Christmas. but if you are in the same situation as me, don’t lose hope! don’t you even dare to feel down on Christmas! Don’t give up! Christmas is so much more, and you can find it in the little things around. And you can find it in your heart.

Merry Christmas to all! And a very joyous and prosperous new year!

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Convenient Taiwan

If I have to describe Taiwan in one word I would chose the word “convenient”. Not only because the locals use this word to describe almost everything here, but also because once you come here and experience it, you will realize you have been missing “convenience” in your life.

Last year I met some friends from different parts of the world and they claimed they do not have/use this word in their language. But that they started living with this word once they came to Taiwan. Literally and figuratively.

If you have been here before, or overhead someone talking about this beautiful island, then you are probably aware of the convenience stores, such as 7-11 or Family Mart, literally at every corner, and open 24/7 every single day of the year.  So if I was to include them in the list then everybody would agree that they would rank the most convenient feature in Taiwan and the list would go something like this:

Taiwan’s No. 1 convenient feature:

The convenience stores.  They provide a little of everything solving you life in every possible way………………………… end. 

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But that is not a very fair list. I will, however, make a list of the convenient features you can do, of get at a convenient store. I will probably focus on the 7-11 since it is my personal favorite.  In the meantime let me rank  the other convenient features of Taiwan’s life.

So here it goes, my TOP convenient features of Taiwan.

5. Public Transportation.  

Let me start from the biggest to the smallest. There are 4 major international airports and 14 other minor and domestics ones in an island that is only 400 km in length. So you can practically fly anywhere in Taiwan. But let’s face it, flying might not be that convenient. That is why there is the the High Speed Rail, train and buses. You can purchase tickets online or with an app with your credit card  or by cash at the station or even better at a 7-11.

Here is the HSR link:

https://www.thsrc.com.tw/index_en.html?force=1

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But if you chose to get the ticket at 7-11 you will even get a discount coupon at Mr. Donuts or Starbucks. Now! isn’t that convenient?  You can also take intercity buses. They all have Wi-Fi, USB charging port, bathroom, and some even have massage chairs and movies.

City transportation is also convenient specially at Taipei, Kaohsiung and Taichung, where they have buses and MRT (mass rapid transit, al known as subway, underground or however you want to call it. It runs well in Taipei and Kaohsiung but it is still under construction in Taichung).  Just get your “Easy-Card” and you are good to go. You can recharge it at the station or guess where else? yes! at 7-11 or any other convenient store. Too lazy or too far to walk? get a Taxi. Wait for it at at the street, or use the 7-11 ibon to call one. I personally think, that is the easiest way, it gets there in less than 5 mins and I can wait in the freshness of the store. All taxi-drivers use the taximeter and are usually very friendly.

Uber, yes we have Uber, and it is expected to open in all Taiwan, but for the moment only in Taipei.

Overall, public transportation is very convenient, but the reason I am rating 5th is because there isn’t a direct convenient transportation from the HSR station to the airport or from Taipei. I heard rumors that this system is already under construction, but in the time being, there is only one line of shuttle buses that are usually overcrowded and the luggage ends up rolling around.

4. Scooters

Oh yeah! They are fun, they are fast, they can get into small alleys and you only need about NT$ 100 a week to fill them. There is no doubt that Taiwan can be a little overcrowded sometimes and it can be a little hard to find parking spot for cars, but for scooters, never! This might be a little different for Taipei-people, but for the rest of Taiwan, it is the scooter-life you want.

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Image: jafabrit.blogspot.tw

You can get a second hand scooter for about NT$ 10,000, more or less, depending on the scooter. Most foreigners will chose a second hand scooter, since most of us stay for about 2 years or less, and there are scooter mechanics on each street.   Getting the scooter drivers licence is really easy. The test is no more than common sense and some practice. Here is the link for the mock test:

Mock test for motorcycle driver’s license.

https://www.mvdis.gov.tw/m3-simulator-drv/

So, Get up early, do the medical examination, which is usually in front of the motor vehicle office and about 10 am you will be a legal driver in Taiwan. Your scooter will be your best companion in this beguiling Asian country. The only thing you will regret is not having enough time to discover more of Taiwan.

I say scooters, but if you are into motorcycles you can also get a small one, about 125cc. You will mostly use it for the city and maybe going to cities around you. A bigger motorbike is too big for the roads here and you will most-likely have problems parking it.

I love my scooter, but I place this feature in 4th place because even if you were best and most careful driver in the world, there is always the risk that somebody else is not having a good day and crashes with you. So if you come to Taiwan and decide to ride a scooter, open your eyes, drive safe and always, always, always, wear helmet.

3. Food

What time is it?

4-10 am? sure you can get something to eat, the breakfast are already open with delicious sandwiches and Chinese omelettes waiting for you.

10-11:30 am? Either breakfast place, rice rolls (飯糰 Fàntuán) or the lunch boxes store are just starting , but perhaps coffee at 7-11 is just good enough.

12-2:30 pm? They typical question is:”rice or noodles?” Here in Tainan you get a very complete lunch with only NT$ 60, with NT$ 100 you will be more than full. If you live near a university you will be able to find a street full of food shops and restaurants, there are just so many options. Spaghetti (義大利麵 Yìdà lì miàn), dumplings (水餃 Shuǐjiǎo), fried rice (炒飯 Chǎofàn), rice covered with vegetables (蓋飯 Gài fàn or 燴飯 huì fàn), Japanese soup (拉麵 Lāmiàn). The list goes on and on.

3-5 pm? Some restaurants take a rest in the afternoon, but they start selling onion omelet and the egg cakes

 5:30 pm – 1 am? dinner time. You will find as many options as at lunch time, but it gets even better and better. Now the Lu wei’s (滷味 Lǔwèi) are open (I don’t know how to translate that), where you can chose what you want and they will boil and flavor it for you. There are some breakfast places that open at 5 pm and close the next day at around 10, so it is a great place to get a  chicken sandwich (should I even call them breakfast places? Maybe just snack places). And the best at night are the night markets. Tons of different food, drinks and snacks. People and lights everywhere. It is the best way to live and feel Taiwan. What is the first you should do when you visit a new place in Taiwan? go to the night market, you will certainly have a lot of fun.
Since I live in Tainan, I am providing the schedule of Tainan’s night markets.
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The only two reasons I do not give food 2nd or 1st place, is because not all places have English menu and you might need certain level of Chinese to know what they are selling and the other reason is that some food can be very oily.

2. Clinics

I hope you are never in the need of any doctor while you are here, but it is not a bad idea to be prepared.

Taiwan has one of the best medical services, if you are here for more than six months, they you can apply for the national health insurance. This will allow you to see a doctor at a clinic for a price ranging from NTD 50-150, and it includes medicine. If you don’t have this card, then a visit might be around NTD 300 – 500, still cheap and it also includes medicine. Normally you don’t need an appointment, you just pop in and the doctor will see you in 10 or 15 mins.

Finding a doctor is also very easy, just translate the type of doctor you want, google it and you will get at least 10 options around you. Doctor at clinic do not necessarily speak English, but they make themselves understandable. If you still cannot find what you want, then maybe you will decide to go directly to the hospital. Their English level is usually better, and they will provide you with a general doctor at first, and he/she will direct you with an specialist. The hospital might be around NTD 500 with insurance or about NTD 1200 without insurance.

Special Honors

Pet shops.

I did not give pt shops a spot on the list because not everybody has pets. But Pet shops in Taiwan are really convenient. They are open up until midnight. What kind of petshop is open until midnight? Anyway, if it is 11 pm and you have the sudden need of a fluffy hamster or a bewildering lizards like mine, you can just go to the pet shop and fulfill your desired. NOTE: I am not saying you should, since we are talking about LIVE ANIMALS and owning one is something you should decide responsibly.  You can always find one within a Km radius and they have everything your pet might need.

As for me, I am the proud owner of two magnificent geckos, and one of the reasons they keep so healthy is because even if I had a busy day I am always able to find them food at any time of the day.

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Jupiter and Nova after a well deserved feast.

If you like my geckos, check out my other blog: Jupiter, the Jubilat

And the moment you have been waiting for…. 

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1. Tea shops

Yes!  TEA SHOPS is the absolutely most convenient feature of Taiwan.

For the intense heat of Taiwan mostly all year long, tea is what you need. I am a coffee lover, but without a doubt tea is a delicious feature of Taiwan. Sure, you can buy drinks at 7-11, but there is nothing like a drink made specially for your taste.

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When you finally make up your mind between the infinite choice they have just tell them the amount of ice and sugar you want.

It is usually like this:

Sugar ( Táng)

Ice (Bīng)

Normal Sugar(正常Zhèngcháng) Normal Ice (正常Zhèngcháng)
80% Sugar (少糖Shǎo tang) 60% Ice (少冰shǎo bīng)
50% Sugar(半糖Bàn tang) 30% (微冰wēi bīng)
30% Sugar (微糖Wēi tang) No Ice (去冰qù bīng)
No Sugar (無糖Wú tang) Hot (熱rè)

Each person has its own preference, but my three favorite drinks are

  1. Winter melon with lemon (冬瓜檸檬 Dōngguā níngméng)
  2. Black tea with lemon (檸檬紅茶 Níngméng hóngchá)
  3. Green tea with yakult. (多多綠茶 Duōduō lǜchá)

The tea shops are something I will definitely miss when I leave Taiwan. They are healthy, they are delicious and they are everywhere.

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Depending on where you live you will find different stores, here in the magnificent south Taiwan I recommend:

  1. Magic Hand
  2. 50 Lan
  3. Fox tail

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So what do you think? Would you also rank Tea shops as the number convenient feature of Taiwan? 


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