Tuesday, August 19, 2014
A visit to Long Shan temple add colour and a spiritual buzz to your day. The temple is in the Wanhua District; there is a conglomeration of gods, goddesses and a few demons watching over this erstwhile establishment.
Temple deacons - at Long ShanTemple.
Whatchoo lookin'at? Pingxi.
Temple decoration - Long Shan.
Rethinking a visit to Taiwan a couple of years ago - the colours and sights still linger - what a wonderful island it is. The people, the food, the traditions, continue to draw international visitors.
Take a train trip on the HSR from Taipei to Kaohsiung, transfer to MRT on arrival and head to Formosa Boulevard Station ‘Dome of Light’- a railway station that will live in your mind forever. The brilliant Dome of Light was created by renowned artist Narcissus Quagliata. The dome is the world's largest public art installation made from individual pieces of coloured glass. The work not only adds to the beauty of the station, but also adds a new dimension to the art life of the city. Standing beneath it is heavenly. Taking four years to complete, the work was overseen by Quagliata and shipped from Germany for installation at the station. The dome tells the story of human life in four chronologically arranged themes: Water: The Womb of Life; Earth: Prosperity and Growth; Light: The Creative Spirit; and Fire: Destruction and Rebirth, with an overall message of love and tolerance.
I've posted a few images and especially the ones from a retro-cool little eatery called Chang-Wu Trademark Noodle restaurant - for the full Monty combination 'family noodle bowl'- eat at your leisure. I ordered the medium for four of us - and it was too much.
Try and have a meal here while you are in Taipei.
And there'll be a story on Taiwan in the next (spring) issue of www.getupandgo.com.au
And visit: www.taiwan.net.tw
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
The Grand Staircase
The Nishi building.
The Meandering Room
Now, that's a bathtub . . .
But if that doesn’t take your fancy, NewActon is buzzing with eateries and wine bars, and all within walking distance. There’s also the quaint Nishi gallery nearby and the artsy Palace Electric Cinema, which is on the lower levels of the Nishi building.
Another bedroom, another style.
Hotel Hotel, it’s not about ticking the boxes, but completely reinventing them.
Designed by architect Fender Katsalidis (who worked on MONA in Hobart) and developed by the Canberra-based Molonglo Group, Hotel Hotel opened in early 2014 was recently named Australia’s best boutique hotel in Gourmet Traveller’s 2014 Hotel Guide.
Sunday, August 10, 2014
Now with treatment for monkey bites second-only to dog bites at New Delhi’s hospitals, the government has retained 40 young people to lope langur-like amongst the macaques, thrashing their arms and making the shrill sounds of angry langurs – that are the macaque’s major natural enemy – in the hope of scaring the little red-faced critters back into the jungle.
If this doesn’t work, the next step could be to have park rangers fire-on the macaques with rubber bullets.