We've heard a lot about Jiufen, both from friends who've visited and the 'Spirited Away' movie. It seemed to be one of those must-visit spots, but the truth is... ...we didn't enjoy it. The famous 'old streets' were simply too commercialized and swarmed too full of bus-loads of tourists for our liking.
We did however, find a beautiful little cafe nestled by the hillside that serves hakka-style tea and snacks, which became the highlight of this side-trip.
Kind of sums up my philosophy... ...when life falls short, have a good cup of tea.
Sending out lots of love for the new year ahead. Thank you for checking in here all these while!
HC often like to ask me what I'm shooting. He would look at the direction my camera is pointing, scrunch up his face in a puzzled way and seemingly try to figure out what I could be possibly putting in my frame.
I don't blame him really, because I do tend to shoot... ...the most ordinary things. I especially like everyday street scenes, where no one's really doing anything, and nothing in particular is happening *lol*
Makes me wonder if it's why my all time favourite famous artist quote is this,
"I like boring things..." - Andy Warhol
Scenes from Taipei:
Mongo or Bangka district
Huashan 1914 Creative Park
I wanted to begin with my favourite place in Taipei this time. The funny thing was, we hadn't even intended to go at all in the first place. We were in Beitou for the day, done with our looking around when I recalled a friend mentioning Danshui once. It was on the same train line and so we thought 'why not?'.
It turned out really wonderful. We stumbled upon a beautiful sunset, and a quirky tiny cafe with a great view of the pier. As we sipped our mocha and iced chocolate, we saw the sun slowly turning amber, a deep pink, until it dipped its head under the horizon.
Sometimes the best things in life come where you least expect it.