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Asia » Taiwan » Little Kinmen Island January 14th 2014

Tuesday, 14th January 2014 Our final day in Kinmen took us to the island of Lieyu or more commonly known as the Little Kinmen Island. The journey soon reached a gridlock as soon as we arrived on the island. Touts were aplenty at the ferry terminal even though we were quite determined not to utilise their services. Contrary to what was written in some travel guidebooks, Little Kinmen is NOT walkable as the places of interest were widely spread out. Starting from the west of the ferry terminal, the only sights within walking distance were the Jiugong Tunnel and the Victory Gate. As we were heading towards Hujingtou War Museum along the western tip of the island, we had to rely on the somewhat unreliable public bus services for our commute. The return leg from the ... read more
Journey to Little Kinmen
The Jiugong Tunnels
Victory Gate, Little Kinmen

Asia » Taiwan » Kinmen Island January 13th 2014

Monday, 13th January 2014 Shishan / Folk Culture Village Route C From Kincheng, we travelled across the island by public bus # 3 to Shanwai Town where we were right on time to catch the 9am shuttle to Mashan Observation Station. Located along the north eastern corner of Kinmen Island, the strong icy winds that greeted us when we first got down from the bus was overwhelming. A long tunnel greeted us as we ran for cover from the winds. At the far end of the tunnel lies Mashan Station, a surveillance and broadcasting station used by the Kuomintang troops to monitor the Communist Army's movement during the confrontation years. Separated by a narrow channel of water from China, the city of Xiamen where we would be visiting in 2 days' time was clearly evident from ... read more
At Mashan Observation Station
Wedding Portraits - Kinmen Style
那一年我们一起当兵的日子

Asia » Taiwan » Kinmen Island January 13th 2014

Monday, 13th January 2014 The afternoon programme took us on the D route making its loop along the south eastern coast of the island. Starting from Shanwai Station at 2pm, we had the luxury of the afternoon shuttle to ourselves. Our morning kakis were missing altogether including the middle-aged couple from Xiamen and the helpful young chap from Taoyuan city. 5 minutes was all the bus took to bring us to the doorsteps of August 23rd Artillery Museum located along the edge of Lake Tai. While we had a go at the simulation room to experience the war first-hand, I was more excited posing pictures with the F-86 Sabre Jet outside the museum grounds. At the Cheng Gone (Success) District, we were mesmerized by the beauty of the Chen Jin Lang Mansion. Opening out to the ... read more
August 23rd Artillery Museum
Shanlin Coffee Shop
Pastas to end the day

Asia » Taiwan » Kinmen Island January 12th 2014

Sunday, 12th January 2014 We woke up to a wintry Sunday morning today. It was helpful in that Cantonese Porridge was served during breakfast which provided some respite from the icy air. After receiving some helpful advice from Ann, we were off to the bus station by 9am in the morning. With three full days in Kinmen, our plan was to purchase a 2-Day Pass that gave us unlimited rides on the Tourist Shuttle Routes across the island. On our final day, we would be spending our time on Little Kinmen, the other island within the archipelago that is opened for tourism. 40 years of confrontation with mainland China made Kinmen a war veteran. The island was littered with war relics - deep underground tunnels, observatories and war museums. Anti-landing barricades which lined the northern coast ... read more
Full View
Guningtou War Museum
Guarding the Peace Memorial Park

Asia » Taiwan » Kinmen Island January 11th 2014

Saturday, 11th January 2014 Given the lengthy commute between Singapore and Kinmen Island, it was almost dark by the time we reached our homestay at La Place (Urban @ Farmhouse). We started the journey 8 hours earlier for our Malaysia Airlines flight to the city of Xiamen including a 2 hours stopover at Kuala Lumpur International Airport. It was closed to 2pm when our flight landed at Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport. Without further ado, we hopped on to the next available cab from the official taxi ranks at the airport to bring us straight to Wutong Terminal. Our final leg consisted of a 30-minute ferry ride to Shuito Harbour in Kinmen and a somewhat hefty NT250 taxi ride to our homestay in Kincheng City. Our commute was half the fun given that we were phys... read more
At the Division Commander's Office, Kinmen Island
La Place Homestay
Comfy room @ La Place

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Asia » Taiwan » Taipei » Ximending January 6th 2014

Nǐ hǎo! Hello from Taiwan A friend asked me to return to Taiwan for Christmas and New Year. It was nice to go somewhere besides Thailand for a change to enjoy the celebrations. I like the New Year festivities in Thailand but I was looking forward to a new experience. The photos tell most of the story of my two week visit. There is much more to see in Taiwan so I will be returning again sometime soon. There are 57 photos. Click on each photo for a larger view.... read more
Christmas Eve
Bear Christmas trees
Christmas Dinner in Zhungli

Asia » Taiwan » Taipei » CKS International Airport December 31st 2013

It's amazing that such a small island like Taiwan has 23 million residents. The population density must be incredibly high. The Taiwanese people are warm-hearted. Just give them a smile and they will gratefully smile back. It's so easy.... I couldn't resist and I had to take some pictures with Taiwanese children.They are so beautiful. It was impressing to see how important Chiang Kai-shek for the nation is. He is a national hero who saved Taiwan from the Japanese occupation. The memorial hall for Chiang Kai-shek presents accurately his political career and international status. He gave birth to Taiwan's independence. Did u know that the Taiwanese have a God for every purpose? There is a God for getting goof marks or finding the right partner.People go to the temple and make sacrifices to honour the God. ... read more
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Asia » Taiwan » Taipei December 19th 2013

To say we are excited for this trip is an understatement. It was two years and 4 months since we traveled outside the country. Spending way beyond our budget for our wedding April last year did take a toll on our budget. Seeing a new country is really all we talked and dreamed about since our trip to Korea for what it seemed like ages ago. Taipei was never on our travel list, but Peach airline had a cheap fare simply too hard to resist for Hong Kong and Taiwan, both countries not on our list of places to visit, we opted for the latter because of its reputation for great food. I didn't even get to sleep the night before our trip to Taipei. I'm surprised that pushing near 40 I still get excited over ... read more
Longshan Temple
Hello Kitty Cafe
Chang Kai Shek Memorial

Asia » Taiwan » Kaohsiung November 21st 2013

The weeks fly by, up early, exercise, breakfast, school, homework, and with Maurice helping, the routine is becoming easier. Now that we are into November, a few more teachers are calling in sick, or are attending various workshops, and so the school has called Maurice to sub a few times. The first was to cover Linda's class for the afternoon while she attended an at school in-service. This is a whole new experience for Maurice, and he quickly realized how you must have structured activities for these Grade 4's, or they quickly become rambunctious. Things went well, despite a last minute scheduling change which created an extra half hour of class time that Maurice had to fill. We were pleased to have him sub, as now we know he has a work visa and health coverage ... read more
Ahead of Schedule!
Over 50 K's of Overhead Highway
Bada Forest Paradise

Asia » Taiwan November 4th 2013

We are excited to be back on the road and had a great ride along the coastal hwy 11 with awesome scenery despite a good part of the day being rain. Once again there were fun bike only paths along the way too, one leaving Hualien and some other sections later near the Tropic of Cancer marker. We found a great b&b(Sansendai) with ocean views about 6km north of the centre of Chenggong and after cleaning up tucked in to some smoked flying fish jerky, clam soup, fried rice and stir fried greens!... read more
Old road
Tunnel
Coastline




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