Japanese island on the right and China on the left, Philippines below... Taiwan is very interesting.... originally settled by Malayo Polynesian peoples,
I forgot why I clicked this pic... maybe it is the fancy house on top of the building, or the parking lot chock full of scooters... let me know if you figure it out
Taiwan is full of really cool teahouses and small restaurants... this one caught my attention
you find these Taiwanese temples scattered throughout... never know when one will pop up... :) even amid urban sprawl
most people think Taiwan comes from a land of Chinese dialect speaking people. In fact it was and still is inhabited by Malayo Polynesians... This is an example of their culture that persists till today in parts of Taiwan. The largest group in Taiwan today are Taiwanese, those who are descendant from primarily Fujian immigrants, but they too are mixed with the aboriginals... so they are called Taiwanese. When the KMT failed in China they invaded Taiwan en-masse and forced a new culture on the Taiwanese... thus most Taiwanese speak mandarin Chinese.
the phallus symbol building in the middle of the pic is Kaohsiung 85.. http://www.gfk.com.tw/index.html
can anyone help me contact the organizers? sure looks like an ICT skills class that could be deployed elsewhere... well language aside...
I wanted to go to this conference on refuse recycling... but time was running short
I thought this was an exotic house in TPE... turns out it is a restaurant... we walked in side for a peek... if I had a flash I would have snapped you a few inside... nice place
an art park in TPE... I forgot... seems it was built on the grounds of an old sake brewery... even forgot the name of the art park... anyone can tell me?
nice little rooftop cafe in the art park
that is my friend Gary... he seems perplexed... "I thought there was a swimming pool here..." what do I do now... hmhmhm
looks like Japan era storage houses... the Japanese really knew how to build... so many of the building during that time are still intact and look great.
VW copy used as a food vendor stand
I wanted to hop in and go for a spin but they refused to give me the keys
strange to me... people line up for who knows how long to buy foods... they seem to stand there for hours... in this case it is some sort of flour flat bread with onions inside... very tasty.. but I am not going to stand in line for it.
street next to Taiwan National University - the top uni in Taiwan
making pizza - sorry eating pizza, they eaters do not make it... it is turned into other substances after they eat it.. but you can see the wood fired oven in the background... they cook the pizza in that large earthen device
this is the collest shop ever... and I mean ever... in the history of man... going back how many millions of years? ok I am full of it... anyhow I tried my best to capture the shop... they make wood fired pizzas an this NTU neighborhood... 120 NT per small pizza... looks really tasty... had we not earlier done a Ponderosa buffet I would have tried one..
I forgot to say... the cool pizza joint is really wood fired... I spent 10 minutes searching for gas pipes to the oven... then got fed up and asked if the stacks of longan wood outside were for show or really used to cook those little pizza disks... they said it is all wood fired... so I have no choice but to buy into that ascertain, nevertheless some late evening I am going to sneak over there in my Ninja costume to do some more in depth investigation