拜過早年 An early Chinese New Year greeting

A few weeks ago I was practicing writing spring couplets in preparation for Chinese New Year. The spring couplets were rather difficult to write as there are many letters, so I decided to write hui chun instead. 之前幾個星期我在練習寫春聯,但這多我來說真有點困難因要寫很多個字。於是就轉寫字數較少的揮春。 Hui Chun are four letter short phrases and these ones I have written broadly means Greet the... Continue Reading →

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春聯 DIY spring couplets

Chinese New Year is less than a month away, and this week I learnt to write spring couplets in my Chinese calligraphy class. 還有不足一個月就到農曆新年,這個星期我上書法課學寫春聯。 Spring couplets are a pair of poetic lines written on red paper, and are normally hung on either side of the front door or somewhere prominent indoors if you have a... Continue Reading →

Trekking through tea fields in the winter (afternoon) 茶園冬遊 (下午)

In my last post about my hike to Zhang Kung Lun mountain on a cold winter morning , I stopped at my lunch spot, the Ginko Forest and promised to tell you what's so special about it. 我在上個帖子談在很冷的一天去樟空崙山遠足 。帖子完結前,剛到午餐地店銀杏森林,但沒時間跟你講這地方有甚麼特別。就現在講講吧。銀杏森林這個名字很有趣,應該是農民取的。 這就是銀杏森林。 In case you're wondering where the forest is, it's those sad looking twigs dotted in... Continue Reading →

Crunchy buttered toast fingers 美味奶油酥條

This is my latest discovery of a great snack. It doesn't have an English name so I'm going to call it buttered toast fingers. They are one of the most popular souvenir snacks from Hualien in Taiwan and was recommended by the B&B owner during my recent trip. 這個星期去花蓮玩,發現非常美味的零食。民宿老闆娘推薦我奶油酥條,是花蓮有名的拌手禮。 They have been around for a... Continue Reading →

Moving 搬家

Sat here for twenty one months Having breakfast every morning Never noticed you smiling at me A cold yet welcoming smile Hello and Good Morning Today is our last rendezvous I shall miss you, Door I shall miss you, Scenery Houses, garden, lanes and all I shall miss nature's colour palette Orange, purple, blue, sometimes... Continue Reading →

What happens when you can't find the rest of the Christmas decorations from last year.

Christmas snowflake 聖誕雪花

Hi everyone! Christmas is coming soon, let's start the festive season by making some snowflakes! 大家好! 聖誕節快到啦,今天教大家做一個應節的手工勞作。 They are very simple to make, great for having some fun with the kids. Here's what you need. 做法很簡單,家裡有小孩子可以來個親子活動。首先要預備這些工具。 You also need six pieces of square paper, I've used 15 x 15cm. I think plain white paper actually... Continue Reading →

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