Sunday, 31 March 2013

台北遊: 樱花篇 Sakura Sakura

Cherry blossoms, cherry blossoms,
In fields and villages
As far as you can see.
Is it a mist, or clouds?
Fragrant in the morning sun.
Cherry blossoms, cherry blossoms,
Flowers in full bloom.

After spending a few hours in Danshui, it was time to head back to the hotel.  "Just one last photo of the Danshui Bus Station", I told myself.

And then I spotted this

Which drew me to this

Would you have resisted?


I've been to Taipei twice before, both times during summer.  Both times, I was in Danshui but lasted no more than two hours each time because of the unbearable heat.  Today, I returned to Danshui for the third time to enjoy it to the fullest.  It had been raining the day before and the weather was great for walking, though it would've been even better if the sun wasn't hiding behind the clouds all the time. 

There are times that I do enjoy travelling alone, at snail pace and really taking in the sights. 

I think old streets and old buildings are extremely charming.

I love the history that accompanies every Old Street

The story behind every building

Where the old embraces the new

Time for lunch :)

Exploring further

1932 Gothic-style church 淡水礼拜堂

Leave behind the hustle and bustle of the Old Street and you'll discover Danshui's quiet and laid back side.

台北遊: 國際烘焙展篇(2) TIBS Part 2

2013 Taipei International Bakery Show - Cake Decorating Competition.  I couldn't very well upload them all so here are just some of the what I think are the best entries.

Sakura Sakura 樱花树下

Ushering the Chinese NewYear.  Love the dragons!

Ho, Ho, Ho, and a bottle of rum

The wedding cakes really steals the show.

My Dream Wedding

Here comes the bride ...
When I get married, I want this cake. No, actually I want to marry the person who made this wedding cake!  But wait, where did the groom run off to?

Royal Tea Party

A Chinese Wedding
 My personal favourite - because so few wedding cakes in the market depict the Chinese Wedding

A Black and White Wedding
A Fairy Tale Wedding

Read Part 1 here

台北遊: 國際烘焙展篇(1) TIBS Part 1

The 2013Taipei International Bakery Show (March 28 - 31, 2013).  Yes, I was there and I have so much to share with you!

Here's my very own VIP Invitation, which I obtained by signing up for a talk on the subject of "Growing your own yeast". 

 Professional equipment

Chefs from all over the world are here to demonstrate

Everything smells wonderful!  Some exhibitors are generous enough to offer unlimited sampling.  Others can be purchased over the counter.

My personal favourites

Oooh so many chocolates, so little time ...

 Butter and Cheeses

Every flavour imaginable!

 Imported flours, mostly in 10 kilo packaging

Frozen fruits and puree

Cute measuring cups and molds but not everything is for retail

 Paper products

Paper for steamed buns

Creative packaging

Ribbons for the finishing touch

To be continued - read Part 2 here


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