Daily Archives: February 13, 2013

I Have a Confession to Make

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 – Day 15

I am homebody at heart but maybe you already knew that. I can’t lie to myself, going out everyday is so tiring. I was happy to take some time off this morning to, just take a wild guess… CLEAN! Having everything clean and tidy makes my heart flutter in happiness.

Then late afternoon, my cousin took me to a Chinese New Year’s carnival in Downtown Fengshan. Along the carnival I was able to sneak in some shopping for small gifts. And I found socks for myself so I got 15 pairs of socks for about $6 total! I also got these amazing black suede wedge booties!

kaohsiung night market shopping

$13 Black Suede Wedge Lace-Up Booties

Here is a picture of the bustling street in Downtown Fengshan. Can you believe they don’t have a movie theater in this town?? We have to go to Kaohsiung Arena to watch a movie!

kaohsiung night market shopping

Downtown Fengshan

Well, nothing really that interesting to share… However, I did get very close to barfing when I got a very close and personal whiff of that stinky tofu. That was a close call – not pleasant at all. But then again, the air in Taiwan is just so HEAVY with all sorts of smells. I miss non-smelly air.

EXHAUSTED

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 – Day 14

The day before, I walked around for nearly five hours while shopping. So much walking, that I had holes on my socks from the friction between my big toe and my shoe! My Aunt, Grandma, and Cousin were laughing so hard when they saw my sad socks. I’ve been walking around so much that I have thrown away three pairs of socks. I only brought six pairs. I need new socks to say the least.

Then on Tuesday (AKA today), we went to a small town an hour away from Kaohsiung, where my oldest aunt lives. She has the cutest laugh ever. Last time my dad saw her was about seven years ago…

visiting aunt

Visiting my oldest aunt in Tainan

Afterwards, we stopped by to eat, just the best dumpling soup I’ve ever had. Each dumpling was seasoned with lots of ginger, perfect amount of scallions, pork, and the most delicious flour texture EVER. The dumplings were accompanied by a hearty broth with finely chopped scallions. I was not surprised to see this place super crowded.

Then, before driving a long way to visit my dad’s friend in Tainan, we stopped by a sizzling-hot flower field exhibition. The temperature was unbearably hot and dry but the flower fields were beautiful.

flower fields taiwan

Photographer was annoyed I couldn’t stare straight into the blinding sun hahaha my bad….

flower fields taiwan

Flower fields in Southern Taiwan

flower fields taiwan

Can you tell how hot and uncomfortable I felt?

flower fields taiwan

With Ama, Aunt, and Dad

Never thought I’d say this, but I want to cover my entire self from the sun. No more wrinkles and sunspots πŸ™ πŸ™ So sad…

flower fields taiwan

I’m turning into an old Asian lady, using an umbrella to cover myself from the sun…

I completely knocked out when we got back from Tainan at 10 pm and didn’t even change clothes. I was soooo exhausted. I woke up until 9 am!! That’s 11 hours straight of sleep!

I’m getting old.

Chubby Cheeks

Monday, February 11, 2013 – Day 13

Today was the third day of Chinese New Year in Taiwan. So for the first five days of Chinese New Year, there are lots of family meals, which means lots of eating! OMG, I can see my cheeks progressively getting cheekier and cheekier!!! GAHH! No more smiling with teeth hahahah

For our third family meal, we went to my uncle’s and I met new family members! I met two girl cousins and their husbands and kids.

lunch dinner

Family picture with uncle’s family

Family lunch

With the cousins

family lunch

Dad, Uncle, and Ama

After lunch with the family, I went out with my other cousin to Central Park in Kaohsiung for some SHOPPING! I found cute stuff at reasonable prices, not super cheap for some, but still very good in comparison to the states!

After hours of digging through many little stores at the Liuhe Night Market near Central Park in Kaohsiung, I had bombdiggity Japanese fast food from a chain restaurant, called MOS. I had a rice burger with ginger beef and lettuce. Why can’t we have this fast food chain in Los Angeles?? Yummy.

Look at that burger - so conveniently put together for your enjoyment!

Look at that burger – so conveniently put together for your enjoyment!

From the second floor where we enjoyed our rice burger, we were people watching. Sorry for the terrible quality of this picture – but you get the gist – SO MANY PEOPLE.

shopping night market kaohsiung

Liuhe Night Market in Kaohsiung

PS: AGAIN! I missed taking photos of the actual vendors. It’s not only that I get so blinded by all the stores, but there are sooo many people there. It’s claustrophobic. If I stop in the middle of the walkway, I might get stampeded to death or close to it! πŸ˜›

Salvador Dali Art Exhibition in Kaohsiung

Sunday, February 10, 2013 – Day 12

My cousin and I went to the Salvador Dali exhibit in Kaohsiung. The only piece of art that I recognized was the melting clock but I must say, his artwork is pretty interesting. Not all, but some are eccentric, others are extremely sexual, and many are disturbingly beautiful. He was a crazy guy – with lots of money and confidence – who took risks and didn’t give a crap about what people thought of him. An inspiration he is.

I wasn’t allowed to take photos inside the exhibition (duh! right? I thought may be they’d let me hehehe). But just Google him and you’ll see a lot of his work.

Anyway, here are pictures from that day’s outing with my cousin. Enjoy πŸ™‚

After visiting the Salvador Dali art exhibition, we went to watch Identity Thief at the movie theater. I’ve never seen such a crowded movie theater – it was like Disneyland-crowded. Movie was silly but funny, I enjoyed it but I’d rather have watched it at home. Not worth the money spent on movie tickets.

I feel like the past two weeks in Taiwan have been so “normal.” This is a peek of what my life would maybe be like if I lived here. I enjoy experiencing the everyday routine life in Kaohsiung. It’s nice even though I still miss home a lot.

PS: Sorry, backlog of blog posts… But I’ll catch up and come back to posts with more stories (or at least I’ll try!).