Favorite Picture-Memories from Taiwan, Hong Kong, China

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 : )

 

First Day in Taiwan Lost in a Bustling Neighborhood

Getting lost on our first day in Taiwan with my dad and walking around for 45 minutes following people’s directions was fun.

Dad

 

The Mountain and Please No Pee Splashing

Eating, Eating, and More Eating

Spending time in the mountain, hiking and eating lunch with my aunt/her husband/grandma’s friends.

mountain kaohsiung

Grandma Leg Lift

 

Sad Beginning at Guanyin to Happy Ending at Xiziwan

Our visit to my grandfather’s resting place and then enjoying a family outing biking at Sizihwan.

inside columbarium

taiwanese hot dog

 

Can You Say Awk-Waaard

Spending the day watching my dad play golf and being his paparazzi.

golf

 

Hot Sping-ing in Zhiben, Taitung

Visiting hot springs for the very first time! This is also the only picture I have of just my granma and me (I think).

Fengshan Station Taiwan

 

Grandma is Like the Energizer Bunny

Just Arrived to Hong Kong

Dad and I driving around on the moped a few times (and getting lost).

moped kaohsiung

 

A Different Side of Sizihwan

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.”

jumping cijin tunnel

 

Salvador Dali Art Exhibition in Kaoshiung

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.

salvador dali art exhibit

 

Self-Guided Tour of Lotus Pond in Kaohsiung

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.

Spring and Autumn Pavilion

 

Finding Fo Guang Shan Monastery

Fo Guang Shan Videos – favorite is the ending : ) Fireworks at Fo Guang Shan

The biggest adventure was finding Fo Guang Shan Monastery and spending the entire day by myself. One of the most unforgettable experiences in Taiwan.

Fo Guang Shan Monastery Taiwan Fo Guang Shan Monastery Taiwan Fo Guang Shan Monastery Taiwan Fo Guang Shan Monastery Taiwan

 

What Happened to the Taiwan Trip Posts?

Riding the Maokong gondola and finding out that my dad is scared of heights.

maokong gondola taipei

 

Hello, Hong Kong!

Having the freshest of them seafoods I’ve ever had!

Sai Kung Promenade

 

Highest Viewing Platform in Hong Kong

Enjoying a yummy latte at The Peak in Hong Kong and taking in the 360 degree view of Hong Kong.

victoria peak hong kong

 

Dongguan, Guangdong Province, China

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.

dongguang karaoke

 

A Little Sightseeing in China

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.

biking in dongguan

 

Last Day in China – Xiqiao Mountain

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.

nanhai guanyin xiqiao mountain
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.

family in taiwan

 

Photo Nostalgia

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

siblings biking

 

Chung Tai Chan Monastery

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.

Chung Tai Chan Monastery

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!

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