Time to go back to the office after a relaxing break over the Chinese New Year Holiday. One of the highlights was a visit to the Mazu Temple in Jinshan, a popular seaside town on the Northeast Coast of Taiwan.
A hot and noisy (熱鬧/rènào) atmosphere in my local neighborhood street markets this morning as people made their last-minute purchases in preparation for this evening’s Chinese New Year Eve feast. Plenty of fresh and succulent meat, fish, vegetables, and fruit to choose from in the busy stalls!
There’s nothing like bright blue skies and glorious sunshine to lighten the mood after what seems like an eternity of dark clouds and heavy rain. I hope this is an omen for the lunar year of the dog.
I’m heading off to China today for a whistle-stop tour of Shanghai, Beijing, and Shenzhen for our company’s Chinese New Year parties known as “weiya”. There was a time when I used to enjoy knocking back cups of Maotaijiu (white spirit) as part of the celebrations, but these days I’m a lot more restrained. My body simply doesn’t have the powers of recovery that it once had.
Hat’s off to China Airlines! I certainly enjoyed my dalliance with them on their new non-stop service from Taipei to London. Naturally the five-hour time saving compared to the Eva route was the main reason for this, but I would also add that the facilities in Premium Economy were a notch above those of their competitor (probably not surprisingly given that it was a new plane.)
As a long-time fan of Eva, I feel like I’m committing adultery today by taking the new China Airlines non-stop service to from Taipei to London for the first time. As loath as I am on missing out on a few thousand Star Alliance air miles, the five-hour difference in flight length was enough for me to make the switch. Let’s see if I made the right choice!
Today’s national holiday gave me a chance to pop over to the Breeze Center on Fuxing North Road and poke around the HeySong Pavilion there. Continue reading Physical and digital nostalgia at HeySong Pavilion
“The calm after the storm”: otherwise entitled “The cleanup starts”. Continue reading The calm after the storm
Probably not the most sensible display to put outside a store when a super typhoon is approaching! I presume that everything was moved inside before the wind really started biting. Continue reading Typhoon Dujian
How time flies! It must be at least four years since I last visited the old gold mining town of Jiufen (九份), even though it’s only about an hour away from Taipei. Continue reading Return to Jiufen