Tent 帳篷

The sky beyond the net looks so blue Suddenly the breeze lifts it to mid air And the heat rushes inside The net flows to and thro above me I am back to my childhood memories Playing inside my tent in the garden 隔著窗紗的天空特別藍 突然一陣大風把它吹起來 猛烈陽光馬上湧入屋裡 窗紗在我頭頂飄揚 彷彿把我帶回兒時 在戶外小帳篷裡玩

921 Earthquake 大地震

On 21st September 1999 a massive earthquake measuring 7.3 on the Ritcher scale hit Central Taiwan killing over 2700 people and injuring over 11,000. It was the second deadliest earthquake recorded in Taiwan. This is known as the 921 Earthquake or Jiji Earthquake, Jiji being the epicentre. 1999年9月21日台灣中部發生一場7.3級大地震,有超過2700人死亡,11000人受傷 。這是台灣有記錄以來錄到第二傷亡最嚴重的地震。這次災害被稱為921大地震或集集大地震,因為震央就在集集鎮。 About a kilometre away from Jiji... Continue Reading →

Rainbow 彩虹

After many days of thunderstorm last week, today the sun has finally come out bringing with it a dash of beautiful rainbow 🌈 經過連續幾天暴雨,今天終於重見陽光,還加上一道繽紛的彩虹 🌈

台灣青年管樂團 Taiwan Youth Band

  昨晚我到台中中山堂欣賞台灣青年管樂團的演出。雖然是一場免費音樂會,但演出一點也不馬虎,以我這個門外漢來說甚至覺得十分有水準。 Last night I went to see the Taiwan Youth Band perform at Taichung. Although it was a free concert, their performance was nothing short of top notch. 演奏歌曲除了台灣及日本民謠,還有現代電影樂曲。其中令我最驚喜的是高山青,一首很久沒有聽過的樂曲。當耳熟能詳的音符響起,我就想起小時候聽這歌時,總是覺得它有點土,但現在在這寶島生活,聽起來又有另一種截然不同的感覺。 The programme consist not only of local Taiwan and Japanese folksongs, but also soundtracks from popular movies. I was pleasantly surprised by a Taiwan folksong called... Continue Reading →

在台灣買進口貨品不便宜,唯有啤酒例外。很多時甚至比英國還便宜。In Taiwan, imported goods are very expensive though for unknown reason beer seems to be the exception.  In fact, often they can be even cheaper than UK. 就像這些在超市的比利時進口啤酒,比英國足足便宜差不多40%! 夏天已到,正是掃貨好時機。乾杯!  I found these Belgium beer in my local supermarket which were about 40% cheaper than UK! Time to stock up for the summer. Cheers! Daily Prompt... Continue Reading →

醫院 Hospital

很多人常說臺灣醫療制度很棒,今天終於(不幸地)體驗到,或正確來說應是我另一半 OH 親身經歷。 People always rave about how excellent the health system in Taiwan is. Today I (unfortunately) had to experience it first hand - well pretty much as the patient was my Other Half. 今早OH 醒來時身體極痛楚,連走路也不能於是立即請救護車送他到醫院。到達急診後,醫護人員馬上替他檢查。我當時想,如果在英國公立醫院若非緊急,大概還要等上一大段時間才可以診察吧。但其實當時OH 真的非常痛楚,加上早上八時多急診很少其他病人,可能這個原因所以不用等。 OH woke up this morning with acute pain and couldn't even walk to the front door so... Continue Reading →

端午節粽 Zongzi

端午節吃粽子通常都會到街上買,因為自己包的真要很用心及花上非常多時間。 For those who don't know what these little parcels are, they are rice dumplings or zongzi and are traditionally eaten at the Dragon Boat Festival around June each year. 粽葉及米要先浸好,各樣餡料又要切,又要煮及調味,之後粽子還要煲上一、兩小時才完成。其中包粽子就最講究技巧,一方面要確保餡料全部包在米內,另一方面既要保持粽子的特別鑽石形外觀,也要在煮的過程中不會因膨脹而裂開。少一點心力或不花上一整天時間也不行。 Glutinous rice is lined on the inside of the bamboo leaves, then different fillings  such as belly pork, egg yolk, peanuts, dried Chinese mushroom is placed... Continue Reading →

鹿港 Lukang

上星期趁天氣好,到了臺中市以西約35公里的鹿港一日遊。結果發覺這真是一個不太明智的決定,因為當天實在太熱,我整個爆汗! Last week I took advantage of the hot summer weather and went on a day trip to Lukang, about 35km west of Taichung city. It turned out to be a not so wise decision as I was literally sweating all over under the heat. 鹿港的名字很可愛,有傳以前鹿港附近有很多鹿因而得名。臺灣幾個世紀的發展從南到北,一府二鹿三艋舺中的二鹿就是鹿港(一府是台南安平區,三艋舺是台北萬華區 )。它在18世紀清代及荷蘭統治時,是台灣中部的主要對外港口,所以有很多有特色及悠長歷史的建築物。 Lukang translates to Deer Port, and rumour has... Continue Reading →

Marketing in Pink

It seems that businesses in Taiwan love to market their products in pink in the hope of attracting the teenage market. In my latest wander around my local 7-11 convenience store I saw these ice tea and coffee.  The brand on the right, with its simple and sleek bottles is a popular local brand.  The... Continue Reading →

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