20 September, 2010

Fun Taiwan : Yehliu Geological Park (野柳地质公园)

It's been 13 days since the last update...... A short update of myself before proceeding to my adventure of "Fun Taiwan".

Well, finally Boo was out of the "cage" on 10 September to a potluck dinner which had been invited by a forum's friend - Yack Yack a.k.a Jack Law. It was a fun night, although it had been raining cats and dogs and unexpected situation like I forgot to bring the house's keys which made my dad waited me until 1A.M. in the next day. (Gomenasai, dad!!!) I was totally "TARPED" by the green tea drinks and delicious food. (3 cups in just 1 night... Crazy!!!) Met more new friends in person from the forum such as : Nex, Town, Jean, Nicholas. And of course had a great laughters with the movie we watched - Spaceballs.

Ahahahha... That's made my day.

Followed by 11 September, attended my colleague - Bevina Au and her hubby Thomas's big day events (Morning: wedding reception at Sacred Heart Cathedral & followed by a wedding dinner at May Flower Restaurant in the evening) It was my first time attended a Roman Catholic's wedding reception. I was a bit touched when they played this particular of song "The Wedding" by Julie Rogers. Well, wondering when I get the chance??? Guess, never happen to me in this life. Hur.... Hur.... Hur....

To: Thomas & Bevina,

Wishing both of you have a great marriage life, and it's fate which drove both of you together, let's treasured each other and God's work. Cos not everyone given the privilege like both of you had.

Ooops, sorry!!!! Am I made my intro too long???? Better get back to my story of Taiwan. The first travel spot on our second day in Taiwan was "Yehliu Geological Park (野柳地质公园)".

We were staying in Hotel Exterior (快捷假日大饭店)for our first night upon arrival.

A comfy bed but I couldn't sleep well either in my entire Taiwan's trip.

Almost getting up 3A.M. in the morning every morning.

One weird phenomena you will get to see in Taiwan is that - Sun rises in Taiwan faster than sun rises in Malaysia.

These photos proved that what I'm saying: (Took it 5A.M. in the morning inside my hotel's room)

So after finished our breakfast in the lobby, we headed to Yehliu Geological Park (野柳地质公园).

Before I leave you with eye-catching photos, here are some details of the Geological Park:

Yehliu is a cape of about 1,700 meters long formed by Datun Mountain reaching into the sea. When overlooked from above, the place is like a giant turtle submerging into the sea. Thus, it is also called "Yehliu Turtle". Because the rock layer of seashore contains sandstone of limestone texture and it is subject to sea erosion, weathering and earth movements, there is particular scenery consisting of sea trenches/holes, candle shaped rocks, and pot shaped rocks. The place is divided into three sections. The first section has rocks like Queen's Head, Fairy's Shoe and Candle. The second section has rocks like Bean Curd, Dragon Head. The third section has sea-eroded caves, seal shaped rock, etc. The place is suitable for geological study and field research. In addition, there is a statue of Lin Tien Jane in commemoration of the person's bravery of scarifying own live for saving others. The monument describes in details the touching story. There is a marine world in Yeliu. The marine world is the first marine center in the country for exhibition of ocean evolution. It has the best sightseeing tunnel under sea, showing about 200 rare fish species and marine lives. The area of marine live specimen demonstrates many specimens of precious marine mammals and fish. It is very educational. There are excellent shows of whales, dolphins and seals, such as diving, ballet on water and other talent shows. There is a stadium with 3,500 seats. On holidays, the place attracts many visitors for the show. When you visit Yeliu, don't forget to visit sea world and feel the marine wanders.

The Queen's Head

Fairy's Sandal

Mushroom Rock

Ginger Rock

Some other Formation Rocks as well....

Pedestrian Bridge

Last but not least.......

A memorial for a man who lost his life while saving some kids who fell in the water

That's all for now.... Coming up next, I will bring you all to Jiu Fen (九份) another old streets where you can find all sorts of tit-bits and I did find my "LOVE" here. Wanna know what izzit??? Come join me in my next blog post. Till then, I'm signing off. Yeehaa!!!!!

08 September, 2010

Fun Taiwan : Birthday Bash For The June's Babies

There you go..... Here I am once again, Boo - The Story Teller. Heh... Heh!!! Life is getting boring each and every single day for me now. Wake up in the morning, breakfast with the parents, heading to workplace, lunch at home, back into cozy office, home again with some house chores, throwing myself in front of the TV sets or grabbing some novels until "They" (I mean TV programs and the novel "waking" me up 2a.m in the morning.) So please tell me what the hell of world I'm in now???

Oh!!! Whatever ..... Thank you for lending your eyes for the above !@##$%^. I'm just trying to let go some "bad gases" after all you can ignore that part. Ok, back to story, as I promised yesterday today my mission is to make all of you drool all the way down.

After visited the last spot of the day in Taiwan, It's time to ease our hungriness. We had our first dinner at Taipei which was the "Mongolian BBQ" that we never had before back to Malaysia.

What is "Mongolian BBQ" ???

According Google,

Although Mongolian barbecue first appeared in Taiwan in the middle to late 20th century, the stir-frying of meats on a large, open surface is supposed to evoke Mongolian foods and Mongolian traditions. Or the preparation derives from Japanese-style teppanyaki which was popular in Taiwan at the time. The very first Mongolian Barbecue restaurant (Gengis Khan Mongolian BBQ) was opened in 1976, and was located in downtown Taipei, Taiwan.
American restaurants such as HuHot Mongolian Grill and BD's Mongolian Barbeque claim that soldiers of the Mongol Empire gathered large quantities of meats, prepared them with their swords and cooked them on their overturned shields over a large fire. A German restaurant chain with the same concept claims that the Mongolian soldiers cooked their meals on a heated stone.

Typically, diners choose various ingredients from a buffet of thinly sliced raw meats (beef, pork, lamb, turkey, chicken, shrimp) and vegetables (cabbage, tofu, sliced onion, cilantro, broccoli, and mushrooms) and assemble them in a large bowl or on a plate. These ingredients are given to the griddle operator who adds the diner's choice of sauce and transfers them to one section of the hot griddle. Oil and sometimes water may be added to ease cooking, and the ingredients are stirred occasionally.

The ample size of the Mongolian barbecue griddle allows for several diners' food to be cooked simultaneously on different parts of the griddle. In many restaurants (primarily buffets) one dish will be cooked at a time, the operator walking around the outside of the grill once or twice moving the food while walking. When cooking is complete, the finished dish is scooped into a bowl and handed to the diner. Many Mongolian barbecue restaurants are-"all-you-can-eat."

I even made myself my favorite ABC too.

Food stories had been never end, Our mindful Malaysian tour guide (Veronica) and the Taiwanese tour guide (Tommy) had a little surprise for my daddy (Since 8th June - our first day in Taiwan was exactly the date my daddy came to this world)

They had prepared a fruity birthday cake which I thought it more like a fruity pie for me.

And of course together we were celebrating for all the June babies as well. (And I'm one of the baby either :D)

That was how I spent my 28th birthday in oversea with huge bunch of strangers that I'm about to make friend with them. Once again a big thank you to Veronica and Tommy for making us such a memorable experience in my life so far. I will keep this memory buried in my heart forever.

07 September, 2010

Fun Taiwan : Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall (国父纪念馆)

Welcome aboard again!!! Boys and girls......

Wazzup everyone??? School holidays had just started... The school's library is as quiet as it should be. Now i can easily listen to the chirping sound of birds which wandering around in the halfway constructed school's field. Well, i love school holidays, this is the time when I can at least take a break even though I'm still on duty.

Well, to begin my journey today, I'm gonna share some stories and pictures about the "Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall (国父纪念馆)" which I had visited during my trip to Taiwan in June.

Are you ready??? Boys and girls......

The National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall is located in Taipei, Taiwan (Republic of China). The Chinese name direct translation is: National Pater Patriae memorial Hall. It is a memorial to the Republic of China's National Father, Dr.Sun Yat-sen, and was completed on May 16, 1972. As the hall was opened in the very beginning, its main displays were revolutionary events of the national father at the end of the Qing Dynasty. Recently it became a multi-purpose social, educational and cultural center for the Taiwanese public.

The Republic of China government began to prepare the construction of the National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall in 1964 to commemorate Father of the Republic of China, Dr. Sun Yat-sen's great character, revolutionary career, and philosophical blueprint for a modern China. The hall would serve as a place not only for people to pay tribute to Father of the Republic, but also for cultural, artistic, educational, academic, and recreational purposes. In 1965, Chiang Kai-shek officiated the ground breaking ceremony. The design plan by the famous architect Wang Ta-hung was selected in a public contest one year later, and modified under the instruction of Chiang, to underline Chinese architectural characteristics. The main construction was completed on May 16, 1972. The majestic and solemn building itself is sited in Chung-shan Square Park, featuring green grass and floral bushes. It now boasts to have the landmark building, a scenic open space, and the best performance center in eastern Taipei.

The Memorial Hall was affiliated to Taipei City Government originally. In June 1986, it became part of the Ministry of Education, together with Chung-Shan Building in Yangmingshan. Its official name was changed from "the Administrative Bureau of Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall" to "the National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall".

In the early time, the Memorial Hall primarily functioned as a place to display the historical relics of Dr. Sun's life and lead in the revolution. Later, it opens to exhibitions and performances. Now, it has a world-class performance hall, and elegant exhibition center with an area of around 10,000 square feet (1,000 m2). It also has a multi-media theatre with the newest facilities, an audio-visual center, lecture halls, Chung-shan Symposium, a professional library with a collection of over three hundred thousand books, Lake Tswei exhibition and performance area, and Chung-shan park.

The Memorial Hall is committed to the promotion of Dr. Sun's philosophies - universal love, an egalitarian society, and the "goal of life to help the others" and to refresh the people's memory of Dr. Sun and pass on his beliefs. The first director Shih Chun-wen set up a solid foundation for the Memorial Hall. Succeeding directors, Frank C.C. Tong, Wang Ching-po, Kao Chung-yun and Tseng Chiang-yuan let the Memorial Hall come of age. The present director, Chang Jui-pin, has taken it into the stage of prosperity. Now, the Memorial Hall advances towards internationalization, localization, life-time education, and renovation of hardware facilities. The aim is to integrate Dr. Sun's beliefs with more attributes of contemporary Chinese culture.

Shortly after the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall was built, President Chiang Kai-shek died of pneumonia in Taipei. His funeral was held in the main hall of the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall. Hundreds of thousands of people turned out to view President Chiang's body. His body was moved to Cihu, Taoyuan County in a slow motor procession. Thousands of people had lined up on the streets to pay respect and to view Chiang's open casket during its journey.

From the park, we managed to capture a better view of Taipei 101 as suggested earlier on by the local Taiwanese tourist guide.

And some Mr. Sun Yat-sen's statue as well...

I really love this park not just because the fresh air, the breeze, pigeon feeding but also the piper-man. Truly like I'm in heaven. The sound of the piper-man playing his flute made me felt like I'm traveled across Prague not Taiwan.

Coming up, next.... Mongolian BBQ dinner, birthday bash. guarantee will make you drool all the way down. Thanks for reading :D

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