trip to taiwan

July 3rd, 2015

we went to taiwan for 5 days last month soon after siu momo and di di finished their school year.  i have heard a lot about tai chung from friends and wanted to give it a try.  we arrived at cingjing in the afternoon after purchasing our cajon on the way.  it was sunny and beautiful and the scenery from up the mountains was wonderful.  we lived in the margaret garden villa and had our first dinner at their restaurant – the food was good and family style but slightly costly.  we could see many campers on the plateau from our room…

 

the next morning we went to see the sheeps and the horses shows.  siu momo had fun feeding the sheeps and we all enjoyed a lovely nature walk

 

 

we visited the small swiss garden and the carton king.  at night we had dinner at the carton king restaurant, where everything except the food is made of cardboard paper, and enjoyed the fireworks at the small swiss garden from the balcony of the restaurant…

 

out of cing jing, we went to the guangxi paper pulp factory and siu momo and di di had fun making paper printing and paper fans.  we also visited the sanyi “duck” diy wood painting factory and ba-ba and ma-ma painted wooden ducks and siu momo and di di painted dolphin and whale.  we are grateful for all these diy opportunities and brought home with us the happy memories and our creations.  on our way to taipei, we had a lovely italian lunch at papamia and ma-ma had to stop by bonbonmisha which i have always wanted to visit in person.  i had limited time to stick around for the zakka but managed to score a very nice table cloth…

 

 

in taipei we stayed in the eslite hotel.  we loved the hotel very much – its mood for reading and relaxing.  best of all we liked the area where it is located – the cultural park and the eslite song-yan store.  i enjoyed the store so much with all the handicrafts and unique designs, and siu momo and di di had the coolest experience of making their very own glass jars at this stall - the ladies were very nice and they patiently explained each step and involved the kids in the making procedures…

 

 

 

 

our next stop after bubble tea and yummy food was eslite xinyi store where siu momo and di di painted their oil paintings on canvas…

 

on the day we returned home, we visited the national museum and yong kang street where we enjoyed traditional braised beef noodles and modern mango snowflake ice…

 

 

it was a great trip and we had so much fun.  thank god for a safe and happy trip.

diy sushi dinner

June 30th, 2015

it was our first diy sushi dinner after we moved the dining table to the window side.  siu momo and di di were having so much fun wrapping up their sushi rolls…

 

sometimes it is the simple things in life that touch our hearts so deeply.