- May 29 Tue 2012 15:06
- May 22 Tue 2012 16:59
Well, I guess the Titanic fever has died down already. But no matter. Actually, I can't remember the name of this pub, that is, if I knew the name at all at one time or another. We came here to meet up with a friend. It was the friend who brougt us here. Apparently, it's quite a famous pub.
- May 18 Fri 2012 09:04
I was planning on completing the 2010 England series first before moving on to my Hualien/Kenting articles. But it just happened that my friend is also planning a trip to Hualien and is asking me about the place I stayed at. That's why this article is being posted right now. I'll get into the reason why I decided to take this trip later, but for now, let's discuss an extremely serious issue: why is society so unfriendly to single travellers? For those of us who enjoy the freedom of going where ever we want at any time we want, and glazing into nothingness whenever we feel like it, reality often comes as a serious shock. Most package tours are designed for two people. Accommodations are more affordable when you've got company. It's unfair for singles who wish to travel on their own. So I Googled 'Hualien' and 'Single room', and found a list of accommodations especially designed for single travellers. In the end, I chose this place: Yo-tze's Home (You-tze Jia)
- May 16 Wed 2012 12:34
這是我2010年旅遊英國三周的最後一站 - 牛津。這一站有一位摯友相伴，讓我這次在英國旅遊的最後一站充滿了言語無法表達出的意義。在拜訪了劍橋之後，牛津似乎也就成為了必逛之地。兩者比起來，我比較喜歡牛津。不知道是不是因為造訪牛津時，那不太做美的天空，讓整座城市多了點灰暗，照射出我內心對於這塊土地不捨的心情。或許是因為這樣，比起烈陽高照下的劍橋，反而是牛津比較深得我心。
This was the last stop of my 2010 three-week travel in the UK. I had the pleasure of having a good friend as my company this time, adding a bit more melancholic delight to this last stop of mine. After seeing Cambridge, it became obviously that Oxford was also a must-visit. I think I prefer Oxford. I'm thinking it's because of the almost-grey cloud that gives it a sort of melancholic touch that makes it even more attractive than the sunny Cambridge I saw.
- May 14 Mon 2012 15:36
Who said Taipei couldn't be English. Here we are in Taipei, and we still manage to have some pub food and a few pints after work! Of course, we had another agenda that night, but that's not the focus of this article. I've been here quite a few times, but had not had the chance to really try the food here. Because I came up with the plan to get together, everyone indulged me by letting me plan the entire night. The group of us, my colleagues and I, always seemed to have oriental cuisine. This might be the first gathering where we had western food instead. Everyone was rather confused by all the English on the menu, despite the fact that there was actually Chinese translations... So, boldly, they let me order all the food! However, the food was not the main point, cider was.
- May 10 Thu 2012 14:02
The longer the friendship, the better it gets. I suppose I am rather fortunate in that while I get a lot of opportunities to meet new friends, I also get to spend a lot of time with old friends. These two types of gatherings give me very different feelings. Although an old friend may know you well, and you can talk about almost anything, these old friends had once been new friends, too, no? The friend who was accompanying me for this meal used to me a colleague of mine. We were both fresh college graduates. In facing the 'battlefield', we developed a friendship that would last a life time. There are many similarities between us, and many differences also. I guess that goes with all friends. I mean, if two people are so drastically different, they'll never agree on anything! And if two people are so similar, what fun would be in that!? Although we don't get to meet often, we always kept in touch (even before we became Facebook friends). I think that certainly says something about this friendship, don't you think?
- May 08 Tue 2012 16:30
Are you sick and tired of the corn on your pizza? Well, why not try YaoSao Pizza for a change. This little pizzeria might be just the thing you're looking for. Located close to Zhongxiao Xinshen MRT, this pizza place has no indoor seatings. There are less than a dozen seats, and the seating surrounds the kitchen area. You can see exactly what they're doing to your pizza. It's a pretty interesting place for a bite of quality pizza, but when it comes to rainy days and hot mid-summer days, few people might have issues....
- May 04 Fri 2012 14:00
The weather had been horrible for months in the beginning of the year. This had been one of the few weekends that did not have rain. It was because of this, I decided to go on with my day journey. I had never been to Pingxi. It was time to take a look.
- May 01 Tue 2012 14:17
This is my second trip to Houtong. During my first trip, I was here with friends. Unfortunately, very few cats came out because of the weather. This time, I came preapred - with a DSLR and a determination to win the bet on good weather. I wanted to see a lot more cats than I did last time, and I also wanted to get a grasp of what it feels like to travel with a DSLR. However, this trip was only a precurser for an even more important trip. If you had been following the blog on Facebook, you'll know that in March, London Paddy took a trip that could almost be described as a tour around the island. I didn't want to risk taking too many crappy photos with my friend's 50D, so I organized this one-day trip for practice, and also to see cats, of course! The picture above is the only picture in this article that is taken by my DC Lumix FP8, the rest of them are captured by my friend's DSLR, 50D.