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So many delectable choices from one little stall November 10, 2012

Posted by asianpixmen in Activities, Culture, Food, Miscellaneous, Taiwan.
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So many delectable choices from one little stall

There are at least eight different variations to the iced soya-based snack. You take your pick.

If you don’t like a light snack like this, then you are not from this planet. Taiwan has loads of this kind of very delicious stuff.

This bowl was mine. Even as I pen these lines, I am salivating. Must check the airport as to the next flight to Taipei.

Misty afternoon on Bamboo Mountain March 28, 2008

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If you have awakened one early morning before the sun peeks over the horizon, you may just experience a fairyland type of mist that embraces the ground and shifts ever so slowly from one corner of your eye to the other.

Over at the peak of Bamboo Mountain, about an hour’s drive from Taipei, is a coffeehouse that is no stranger to the mist that comes and goes the entire day.

 At about 2,500 metres above sea level, the temperature hovers around 50 degrees Fahrenheit. When you overlook the land below from the verandah of the double-storey coffeehouse, it gives you a surrealistic impression of what Mother Nature has hidden from a lot of people’s view.

There’s only one thing you can do when you are there, with the mist swirling around you – enjoy!

Knife shop in Shilin, Taiwan March 10, 2008

Posted by asianpixmen in Activities, Craft, Other Countries, Places, Taiwan.
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I am one of those hobbyists who has got more than one hobby. One of my favourites is knives! Women normally give me that “Top Most Wanted” stare whenever they find out that I am a knife collector.

But it’s just a hobby. In fact, it is a very enjoyable one as far as I am concerned. Anyway, I managed to track down one shop dedicated solely to blades in this place called Shilin, in the heart of Taipei. Shilin, by the way, is better known for its night market or pasar malam (in our own lingo).

So when I walked into this knife shop, I almost cried with joy. So many knives, so little money. And the proprietor refused to take credit cards. I think he must have been conned before but I am good for every ringgit I spend. Anyway, he wouldn’t budge and I couldn’t magically conjure more cash than I needed.

Luckily, a friend of mine had some extra cash with him, so I did manage to buy one folder and had to leave the shop almost in tears because I couldn’t take home that handsome damascus knife that made me salivate! Next time, I swore to myself, before I left the shop.

Tuck in, it’s vegetarian dumplings! March 10, 2008

Posted by asianpixmen in Culture, Food, Other Countries, Places, Taiwan.
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This bunch of Malaysian friends, with me tagging along, stumbled onto this vegetarian restaurant somewhere in downtown Taipei.

“Huang Yin, Huang Yin” remarked enthusiastically the proprietor. By the way, that’s Mandarin for “welcome, welcome!” The place was a two-storey building. Relatively clean as most eateries are in Taiwan. I believe they are quite particular about cleanliness in their eating joints.

I wish more Malaysian restaurants will take a cue from our regional neighbours. Anyway, the dumplings came in these medium-sized bamboo baskets. After the first 10, I was floored! I thought how glad I was – not to be a vegetarians. As you know with meat eaters, we are easily dissatisfied.

I am fine with vegetarian food but there’s nothing like pork belly, if you know what  I mean. Or, even those barbequed venison. All ye, vegans, please leave this site. This is strictly for the carnivarous people. But the dumplings, honestly, were not too bad but I think Taiwan has lots more to offer in terms of Chinese cuisine.

Guard duty at Sun Yat Sen Memorial in Taipei March 10, 2008

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Taipei, Taiwan, if you have been there, is full of exciting things to see and great food to taste. I heard so much about the visual delights of Taiwan from friends and relatives that one day when the opportunity came, I just got up and went without a second thought.

One of the new things for my tired eyes was this place at the famous Sun Yat Sen Memorial. It has a special change of guards ceremony that put the Buckingham guards to shame. The guards move in clockwork precision and are used to tourists staring at them.

Of course, there are the usual bunch of giggling girls who would rush up and stand next to some of the better-looking guards to pose for that exciting photograph. That’s what makes Taipei different. I enjoyed the scenery in Taiwan. The temperature is just right for my Equatorial scorched skin.

However, not enough chilli there. I guess I am too used to the sambal belacan to be accepted by the locals there who clearly recognised that I am a foreign Chinese who speaks nary a word of Mandarin. And my Hokkien is a planet removed from their home-grown Hokkien which I could hardly understand. I am blaming it solely on my ancestors who emigrated to Malaysia 200 hundred years ago!