Allons-y! To the Whitstable Oyster Festival! This is the shuttle bus that took us straight to where the event took place. It was really convenient, because without this service, finding a parking space would surely have been a pain!
- Oct 31 Mon 2011 14:05
- Oct 28 Fri 2011 16:04
This is a glimpse of the gorgeous Kentish scenery. It is a beautiful place, and we were so lucky to be here with such glorious weather. There was a reason why we came here. Despite the fact that I believe Whitstable would be a lovely place to visit anyway, the day we were there happened to be on the day when the Oyster Festival was held. Lucky, lucky, lucky us!
Before getting into the festival itself, however, please remain patient and allow me to show you around Whitstable.
- Oct 20 Thu 2011 15:12
This was another spur of the moment decision. I was meeting a delegate from the University of Liverpool, to get to know our new officer in charge of the Taiwan market, and also to remind myself of the good old days in L'pool. It's always nice to meet someone from the Uni. I would never get tired of sharing my experience there with people.
I met up with the delegate at the hotel she was staying at. Unfortunately, I did not know the neighbourhood so well. And judging from our special dietary requirement, our choices were a little limited. But seeing that we both eat seafood, Japanese food seemed like a good choice. We saw the sign to this restaurant from across the street where we were standing, and decided to have our meal there.
I had left the office in a hurry the previous day, and did not realise until leaving that I had not brought home my camera with me. Thank goodness the camera on my phone takes rather decent pictures.
- Oct 18 Tue 2011 16:30
**The following article is in Chinese(Traditional) only.
- Oct 17 Mon 2011 09:36
Standing across from the main entrance to St Augustine's Abbey, on a patch of land called Lady Wootton Green, are two statues of King Ethelbert and Queen Bertha. The unique thing about these two statues is the exquisite details of each and every part. From the upper and lower torsos, to the clothes and accessories on them, no detail went unnoticed. It's definitely worth taking some time to examine.
King Ethelbert was king of Kent from 580 or 590 until his death. He was the first king to convert to Christianity. The eighth century historian also referred to him as the third king to hold imperium over the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms.
- Oct 14 Fri 2011 10:46
I don't know when I started to have such an enormous appetite. Perhaps it was because knowing that after this trip, it would take an even longer wait for me to come to the UK again, and thus I forced myself into making the most of it - even my belly. I was hungry almost all the time. I wanted to eat everything I saw on the menu. But... I knew that was impossible. I still had to make a choice.
This restaurant looked very colourful. My friend and host said it was quite good. So we decided, or rather I decided, that we should have dinner there.
- Oct 12 Wed 2011 09:50
Canterbury is the only place, other than London and Liverpool, that I visited for a second time during this trip. There were a few reasons for this: 1. my friend was still living there at the time, and if I missed out on the opportunity to visit her this time, I didn't know when I would see her again (seeing that prior to our reunion a couple of years back, we had not seen each other for 14 years...) 2. it was such a lovely place, there was absolutely no reason not to visit! 3. my friend had suggested that we visit some surrounding towns, places that I did not get to see last time. So here I was again, in Canterbury. This time, with a slightly different mood. But pleasant, nonetheless.
- Oct 07 Fri 2011 09:33
I've passed by this place a couple of times before, and was waiting for a chance to try it. When I heard my friend was going to be in Taipei for the day, and we were sorting out where to have dinner together, I suggested this place. My friends agreed to try it out with me, so here we were.
- Oct 06 Thu 2011 12:28
How do I put into words how much I miss authentic Thai food? Most of the Thai food restaurants found here in Taiwan are a fusion between Yunnan, Burmese, and Thai style cuisine. It's been a while since I had Thai food of any kind, so I thought anything resembling Thai food would have to do. The reason why we decided to come here this time, was because the previous day, we were also at another Thai food restuarant, but because there were a couple of people in our group that could not take spicy food, almost the entire meal comprised of non-spicy Thai food. And if you enjoy Thai food enough, you'll know that no Thai food is Thai enough without its spicy taste.