Tuesday, March 5, 2013
The day before our departure, we did last shopping and dinner with family. My grandma invited me to her bedroom to show me all her arts and crafts projects and old pictures she has. I was so touched that she invited me to see her bedroom because I know it is a very private place to anybody. Then, my dad came in too and I could tell he was also very touched. These are the type of favorite moments of my trip that a photograph can’t capture. But I thought I’d compile favorites of those memories that I did get a picture of in chronological order with a link to the corresponding blog post : )
Getting lost on our first day in Taiwan with my dad and walking around for 45 minutes following people’s directions was fun.
Spending time in the mountain, hiking and eating lunch with my aunt/her husband/grandma’s friends.
Our visit to my grandfather’s resting place and then enjoying a family outing biking at Sizihwan.
Spending the day watching my dad play golf and being his paparazzi.
Visiting hot springs for the very first time! This is also the only picture I have of just my granma and me (I think).
Dad and I driving around on the moped a few times (and getting lost).
After being stood up, my dad wanted to make it up to me (even though I was stood up by someone else) so we went out the whole day to Sizihwan with my cousin as our “tour guide.”
Seeing the Salvador Dali exhibition in Kaohsiung with my cousin was a lot of fun too. I realized that I have a tendency for abstract art and Dali is now one of my favorites.
Video of orchestra: Orchestra at Lotus Pond, Kaohsiung for Chinese New Year
Going out by myself to explore Lotus Pond was unforgettable. I enjoy solo-touring. I take my sweet time taking pictures and walking around.
The biggest adventure was finding Fo Guang Shan Monastery and spending the entire day by myself. One of the most unforgettable experiences in Taiwan.
Riding the Maokong gondola and finding out that my dad is scared of heights.
Having the freshest of them seafoods I’ve ever had!
Enjoying a yummy latte at The Peak in Hong Kong and taking in the 360 degree view of Hong Kong.
I got to see a more relaxed side of my dad and even karaoke’d with him and his friends. I think he’s fun to hang out with and I can see how his friends enjoy his company because he’s always down to do anything. But with family, we see a more serious side of him so this was another priceless experience.
During this trip, I found out my dad really enjoys biking. We rode the bike three times and each time, I would see a big smile on his face and him saying how much he missed riding a bike.
Sightseeing with my dad’s friends was fun. One of them got a calf cramp from walking up the stairs so my dad told him to sit on the floor and stretch his leg. Then, my dad kicked the sole of his foot hard and the cramp was gone. My dad starts joking around saying that he came to China just so that he could kick his friend. And what an expensive kick that was LOL Everyone was cracking up hard.
Seeing my third auntie (right) at night for dinner after she got off work was nice. On our day back from China, she came over to have dinner and I finally took a picture of her, my sixth auntie, and my dad.
One my most favorite things about my trip was seeing old pictures. I love all of them but if I had to choose one, it would be seeing my three oldest siblings riding one bike while my second oldest sister is hauling them lol
Lastly, visiting Chung Tai Chan Monastery was nice. But meeting the nuns was even better. Monks and nuns are so mysterious. They have such different energy than other people like us and I loved meeting them.
I only have one last post of my trip. I can’t believe I posted about every single day I spent there. That would be 36 days!