Archive for the ‘Taiwan’ Category

Long delayed photos from my trip to Taiwan in August 2011.  Buddha fruit, watermelons, bakery, city scenes in Taipei . . .(I’ve been having problems with wordpress handling my photos– I’m going to have to re-edit and resubmit them. ) Advertisements


When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence. ~Ansel Adams Oh, Taiwan. Taiwan often leaves me speechless.  So today I will allow photography to take the place of my words.  These photos are the first set from my trip there earlier this year in August.  There was purple […]


My trip to Taiwan was amazing. Usually, trips back to Taiwan consist mostly of hanging out and eating with friends in Taipei.  This time, family was priority.  In exploring the village-grown-city of Longtan where my mother grew up, I learned a lot about my family and heritage.  For instance, I got to explore the elementary […]


It’s been one of those years.  One of those years that’s so full that it feels like a thousand years jammed into a single, simple 365-day run. So full that I don’t know where to begin. I’ll just start somewhere and see where it ends up. After all, that’s how most stories begin. Forget the […]


I really didn’t like eggplant much as a kid.  I mean, come on!  A purple vegetable?  Gross!  That being said, I think a good part of my dislike of eggplant was the fact that I had only had poorly cooked, tough-skinned, American eggplant.  You know, the big, fat, bulbous, so-dark-the-purple’s-almost-black kind.  As I grew older, […]


I love eating mung bean soup in the summer.  It’s cold, slightly sweet, and a little bit grainy.  I know most people don’t really jump at the sound of a bean soup as dessert, but I love mung bean soup. People drink this soup to lower their body’s “heat,” thus it’s an ideal soup to […]


On Father’s Day, June 21, 2009, while I was out for a run and minutes before I was planning to call home to wish my father a Happy Father’s Day, I received a call from my mother, who seemed distraught. “I have bad news, Jeanne.”  I stopped cold.  It was not good news.  It never […]


When I was little, people used to ask me if ate “Chinese Food” at home. I’d recall the radioactive neon orange chicken from the local Chinese food joint and cringe slightly. No, definitely not. I didn’t know what I ate at home, but it wasn’t Chinese. But then I realized that I was wrong. There […]


I guess I’m picking up the slack while Jeanne is studying for her finals. I know I know…I’m a great friend. Anyways, another staple of Taiwanese cuisine is Beef Noodle Soup. To me, it brings back childhood memories, as I probably had it one too many times for the 5 short years I lived in […]