Daily Archives: March 14, 2013

Fo Guang Shan Monastery Videos

Friday, February 22, 2013 – Day 24

I got the days mixed up… Yesterday, we spent the day just hanging out at home. Doing laundry and preparing for our 10 day trip to Hong Kong and China. We didn’t arrive to Hong Kong until today actually.

Anyway, as promised here are the videos I wanted to share of Fo Guang Shan Monastery from my prior post at Finding Fo Guang Shan Monastery.

Sadly, I don’t know what the ritual means. To me it would sound like first they chant/sing/pray before starting the festival. Then, we head toward the big Buddha statue in unison, celebrating and welcoming the new year. Then, another prayer until the big fireworks display. It was an interesting and fun experience even though I don’t know what it all means.

Hope you enjoy the videos : )


5 Videos of Lantern Festival at the Monastery

First Prayer Before the Parade

This is a 3-minute video of the first prayer/chanting before the parade. People lined up in rows in front the main temple while monks were on a stage.

Fo Guang Shan Monastery – Lantern Festival (PART 1 of 5)


Ringing the Gong!

Then, the big-guns come out. This is a 30 second video of the ringing of the gong. Monks dressed in bright red and orange clothing chanted then rang the gong. This was the sign that we may proceed following behind them as they lead us into the Buddha Memorial Center.

Fo Guang Shan Monastery – Lantern Festival (PART 2 of 5)


Parade Through the New Boulevard

This is short clip 1 minute clip, which gives a view from the top of the new boulevard at Fo Guang Shan. There were a lot of different groups of people parading. There were these teenagers that were dancing to some LMFAO ahahahaha with glow sticks and some little gimmicks. It felt out of place, just a little bit. They were dancing to this loud boombox playing Party Rock Anthem.

To give you an idea, here is the song – LMFAO – Party Rock Anthem

Fo Guang Shan Monastery – Lantern Festival (PART 3 of 5)


Last Prayer Before the Fireworks!

Then, another 1 minute clip back at the Buddha Memorial Center. There was another set of chanting/prayers by the higher up monks. Everyone was very quiet and still. We all lined around so that we were out of the way and view from each other. It was a very enjoyable event because everyone was so respectful. I loved it.

Fo Guang Shan Monastery – Lantern Festival (PART 4 of 5)


Can You Believe They Do This Every Night?

This is a longer video clip 4 minutes long of the fireworks! It was so beautiful… Finally get to share the fireworks that I’ve been blabbing about. My little video clip is not the greatest :/ I’m glad I have a video of it though, even though there are tons of videos on the Internet, it’s nice to have something that is more personal. My cousin said that they do the fireworks at Fo Guang Shan Monastery every night during the first couple of weeks of the Chinese New Year. That’s expensive, where does the money pour in from? Apparently, this particular monastery is one of the “wealthy” ones.

Fo Guang Shan Monastery – Lantern Festival (PART 5 of 5)


So, I’m pretty much caught up with the videos I wanted to share. YAY! Now I’m slowly catching up with the remaining days of my trip with dad to Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China. I still have 12 more days to share. And then, back to the DIY projects.

Just Arrived to Hong Kong!

Wednesday, February 21, 2013 – Day 22

We just flew into Hong Kong and settled in. Hong Kong is a very beautiful city full of tall and skinny buildings ALL OVER. There are so many apartments! It’s crazy. And these little, tiny, apartments are ridiculously expensive. Anyway, dad and I were crammed sharing one tiny room at my dad’s friend’s house/apartment. These were three long nights of taking cough/cold medicine and using ear buds to sleep through the night. Dad never knew he snores. I think he’s still in denial hahaha It also didn’t help that I got sick when I got to Hong Kong with a dry cough that wouldn’t go away. I think it may have been the pollution, plus second-hand cigarette smoke?

So since I have no pictures of this day to share, I can finally share the photos and videos from my cell phone that I couldn’t upload while in Taiwan!

* Need more Salvador Dali mustache! From our trip to the Salvador Dali Expo – Salvador Dali Art Exhibition in Kaohsiung

salvador dali taiwan

Salvador Dali, where is my mustache?

* Another moped ride with dad when we went shopping together from the “There is Such Thing as Too Much” post

dad moped

Dad got the handle of the moped. It’s like riding a bike – you don’t forget.

* Remember the orchestra at Lotus Pond that played for hours that I mentioned in the “Self-Guided Tour of Lotus Pond in Kaohsiung” post? I finally uploaded a short clip. I’m surprised at the quality of the video taken by my cell phone. It’s very clear 🙂

Click here for the video: Orchestra at Lotus Pond, Kaohsiung for Chinese New Year

* If you are curious of the High Speed Rail (HSR) train ride, I uploaded two videos taken from our trip up to Taipei from Kaohsiung mentioned in the “Getting from Kaohsiung to Taipei” post.

Here is the first video, taking off from the Zuoying Station:

High Speed Rail in Taiwan Part 1

Here is the second video, with a view of a small town in Taiwan:

High Speed Rail in Taiwan Part 2

I have many videos from Fo Guang Shan that I need to upload. They deserve its own post. Watching them, is as if I’m there again. I’ll post them soon 🙂

A Full Day of Sightseeing in Taipei

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 – Day 22

I think I mentioned in one of my posts that all of my photos from my trip to Taiwan were not Photoshopped because I couldn’t Photoshop while in Taiwan. But now that I’m back home, I have more time to play around with Photoshop and I thought that it would be interesting to post the before and after photos. Everyone has their own preferences when Photoshopping. I’m no expert, I just like touching buttons here and there. I have no idea what I’m doing but I like the transformation. Only thing is that it takes me forever to retouch photos, so to save time since I have a lot of days to go through, I just did a few photos.

Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall

All the information you need related to the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall is in their website at National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall.

We took the MRT and got off the exit to CKS Memorial Hall Station and walked a short distance to the memorial hall. There is no entrance fee and if you are sending postcards, they even have a postal office inside. You can enjoy a stroll throughout all the property – highly recommend taking advantage of this beautiful groundsl. All types of people come to the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall – joggers, young students, elderly taking a stroll, professional photographers bird watching, tourists, etc…! That’s one of the best features of this place. You are not surrounded completely by other tourists (like myself haha) so it feels like you are taking part of everyday life in Taipei.

First, I’ll include the before and after Photoshopped photos. Then, I’ll post the rest.

I recorded a quick minute of the honor guard shift change. The soldiers seem to be on the smaller side, I thought they would be bigger but they have perfect skin!

Honor Guard Changing Shift at the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall

Bitan Scenic Area

After the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, we hopped back on the MRT and headed to the Bitan Scenic Area. You just have to exit at the Xindian Station. You can find out a lot more info about this really picturesque little lake here: Bitan Scenic Area Info. You can enjoy a cup of coffee at one the coffee shops while relaxing and taking in the scenery. Make sure to dress warmly, it gets a bit chilly later in the day.

Back to Kaohsiung

After checking out from our hotel and visiting the Chiang Kai-shek memorial hall and Bitan Scencic Area, we headed back to the hotel to pick up our luggage and hopped back on the MRT to the Taipei Main Station to transfer to the High Speed Rail (HSR) back to Kaohsiung.

Back to Kaohsiung home, sweet home.