Saturday, October 11, 2014

2014 Hualien International Stone Sculpture Festival

"Life is limited,while Arts never fails."_ LIN CHUNG HUI

 2014 Hualien International Stone Sculpture Festival begin on October 1, 2014 until December 24, 2014 featuring the arts from the master Lin Chung Hui.

His works are really amazing. It was a great pieces of arts.
Here are some of his works.
Memory of Son

Rest

Must look near...
For those who want to visit and see the curving from the master, the show was located at Hualien County Stone Sculptural Museum.

There are also some works that are displayed by different artists.
Here are some of the pictures that I took.



Location: #8 Wenfu St., Hualien City, Hualien County, Taiwan
Opening Hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Note: When visiting there is entrance fee. For those regular visitors must pay 20 TWD

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Loudong Tourists Night Market in Taiwan

Have you ever been to a night market?Well, for those who visited Taiwan, I'm sure they won't missed going to a night market because it is a popular place or just a normal place where we can taste the authentic food of Taiwan.


Loudong Tourists Night Market is located Loudong Township, Yilan County, Taiwan. It is said to be the most busiest and crowded night market in Taiwan. Since i visited some of the night markets in other county and been there twice i can say that it was true that this night market was really a crowded one. Loudong Tourists Night Market offers local snacks and fashionable shops.

Some what kind of exotic food...

Grilled Squid meat in barbecue sauce....

Grilled squid *_*

Takoyaki: balls with octopus meat and coleslaw inside top with wasabi and butter
There are many mouth watering food that you can choose on... If you have the chance to visit Taiwan don't miss this place.

How to get there?
By TRAIN
>>It is a walking distance South West of the Loudong Station of Taiwan Railway Administration(TRA).

By BUS
>>Get GouGuang Bus or Capital Bus from Taipei to Loudong.



Saturday, August 9, 2014

Pine Garden | Taiwan Top 100 Historic Charms

Pine Garden is just not just a beautiful garden but it is also a historical garden.

About PINE GARDEN
The "Pine Garden" was built between 1943 and 1944, used to be the office of the Naval Administration. The site neighboring "Broadcasting Bureau" built in May 1, 1944, current site of "Broadcasting Corporation of China" [BCC], Hualien Station and the "coastal Broadcasting Station"(Long Distance Telecommunications Bureau), were recognized as significant features on Meilun Mountains, along with the dense pine woods.

The Pine Garden was recreational retreat for ranking military officials during the Japanese rule. It was said that the site is where the Japanese air fighters were bestowed with Heavenly Emperor wine on the eve of their suicide missions. The Japanese suicidal air fighters were stationed beside South Airport or Peipu Airport, ready for their suicide assignments. South airport is close to Kuanghua Industrial Zone and Pulp Mill today.

In the later stages of WWII, the Japanese government took this site as a key military command center. This was because it was in the estuary of Meilun Creek, overlooking the entire Meilun Creek estuary, Hualien Harbor and the Pacific. While at the site, they could easily dominate the boats on the sea and airplanes landing and taking off at South Airport.

This site was taken over by the Republic of China government in the wake end of WWII, under the charge of the Headquarters of the Army in 1947. Subsequently, it w2as the vacation resort of the American Armed Forces until the United States quit. It was taken over the National Property Bureau in 1977 and was put under the management by the Vocational Advisory Commission for Retired Servicemen once considered selling the site for hotel construction but failed because of a protest from the local community people. On July 13, 2000, the Hualien County Government officially classified it a "Special Historic Attraction Zone". On december 20, 2001, it was officially recognized as one of "Taiwan Top 100 Historic Charms"

Historic Architecture Name: PINE GARDEN
Classification : Building
Location No.26, Shuiyan Rd., Hualien City
Bulletin Date: September 23,2002

Reasons to be designated:
The PINE GARDEN, due to its special role as former military command center, and the fact that the complex is situated in such a unique and scenic environment, with spacious grounds, pine trees and an ocean view, PINE GARDEN deserves to br preserved.

Guide Unit: Council for Cultural Affairs
Taiwan: Hualien County Government
Manufacture Unit: Hualien County Cultural Affairs Bureau
Ownership Unit: Veterans Affairs Commission, Executive Yuan, R.O.C.
           
              

Visit Information

Opening Hours: 9:00 - 18:00 (Monday- Sunday: last Admission 17:30)
Closed: Every second and fourth Tuesday of the month(except public holidays)
Tel.: 03-8356510
Address: No. 65, Songyuan St., Hualien City, Hualien County 970,Taiwan

Ticket Information

Admission      Price           For Visitors

Full               50NT            General Visitors
Discount     25NT            1. Children above 6 yrs. old under 12 yrs. old
                                          2. Citizens above 65 yrs. old
                                          3. Students with valid student ID
                                          4. Volunteers with Honorable Cards for Voluntary                                                                                              Service
Free              -0-                1. Citizens of Hualien County
                                          2. Children under 6 yrs. old
                                          3. Physically or mentally disabled persons & their one                                                                                   guardian or necessary companion.
                                          4. Group visitors tour guides with Certification issued by                                                                Bureau of Tourism, Ministry of Communications

*Note that discount tickets or free admission requires a valid ID.

Rules to be followed when visiting.

>> At the whole area

  •  No Smoking
  • No betel nut - means no eating of betel nut because mostly old people in Taiwan esp. the indigenous people eat betel nut or they call it as pinlang.
  • No Vehicle Entry 
  • No running & clamour
  • Keep steps on the plank road, Not in the Grass
>> Inside Exhibition Room

  • No Photography
  • No Food and Beverages
  • No Pets
  • Pls. do not touch the artworks
  • Pls. switch your mobile to silent/ vibrate mode
For commercial Filming & Photography, Please contact the Administration Office in advance.

                   


   

As for me, I just experienced the overlooked view from the site. And I took some pictures outside the building because it was not yet opened when I went there. I just passed by there early in the morning. And hope guys this information will help you if you include this in your bucket list in visiting Hualien County, Taiwan, R.O.C.

I have to visit again this area to give you more detailed information..

Credit Info. :

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Love to Travel? South Korea? It's Your Chance....

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Hualien Summer Festival 2014 Free Concert and Live in MTV Taiwan

Yahooo... I'm just so so alive and enthusiastic because we experienced  more than 1 week free concert with Taiwan famous male and female artists only here in Hualien as they were celebrating their yearly summer festival.

On the first day of this said concert, we just listened a few songs and we got home early. But it was also a good experienced we got a new friend and he was a reporter for Taiwan newspaper. He took a picture of us and he featured us on his article saying that there are also friendly Filipino who joined their Festival here Hualien. (Proud to be a Filipino)

On the second day Yen- J is a big hit for us,haha...you know, we are also a girl (me and my friend Rizzel). He was good in playing instrument  especially the piano and guitar, and well every girls easily falls for the man who loves playing this kind of instruments. And of course he was good looking guy especially in person.

There are many artists who came and sing their hit songs but we observed that Amei was the most influential to them as we do also. When she went to the stage and started to sing, the people are getting high and more energetic until her last song. Well, she's really a good singer. She's rocking the stage... She's rockin' so good...
A-Mei (Chinese: 阿妹; pinyin: Ā Mèi) (stylized as "a MEI" since 2014), also known by her Chinese name Zhang Hui-mei (traditional Chinese: 張惠妹; simplified Chinese: 张惠妹; pinyin: Zhāng Huìmèi), is an aboriginal Taiwanese pop singer and occasional songwriter. She is also known by her birth name Kulilay Amit (traditional Chinese: 古歷來·阿蜜特; simplified Chinese: 古历来·阿蜜特). She was born in the rugged mountains of eastern Taiwan (mainly at Taitung) and is the third youngest of nine siblings. A-mei made her debut in the world of music in 1996, achieving rapid commercial success. She has been called a diva of the Mandarin pop music scene and the "Pride of Taiwan".[citation needed] She has won numerous music awards and is extremely popular within Mandarin-speaking world. And she's one of the judges in the famous singing contest VOICE China.

Here are the food stall where you can buy  if your hungry and there are also games if you like to have more fun with your friends. It's just besides the concert area.

Together with my friend Rizzel, we almost got the perfect attendance for this free concert,,anyway it's free,right?LOL!!! We enjoyed and having so much fun because we do a lot things that we have same thing in common.

We met Malwinka a foreign exchange student here in Hualien and she was from Poland.

Me and my friend Rizzel.
Anyway thanks to our employers for being so kind to us because they let us watched the concert. And supposedly I want to post this while the concert is still on going but i don't have much time. Sorry about that guys.... maybe next time i will try my best so that you will be informed and can watch it live.


Credit Info: Amei Wikipedia.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Beat the Summer Heat in Vivaldi Park Ocean World

Vivaldi Park Ocean World is located within Vivaldi Park which is known for skiing.It was an Egypt theme water park. It was created to experience cool and refreshing swim in oasis in the middle of dessert.


It has aqua pool and wave pool. The outdoor water park was for fun of tube rafting, 45 degree high-speed of water slide and many more.

The outdoor extreme zone which give the high waves and the strong current for thrilling.

They also offer duck boats and row boats. And also they have other facilities for relaxation like sauna and spa.

Other Cam shots..



How to get there.
Directions
From Dong Seoul Bus Terminal, take an intercity bus to Vivaldi Park (비발디파크).
* Bus Schedule: 08:05, 09:15, 14:25, 17:05 (subject to change)

OR,
Take an intercity bus to Hongcheon Terminal (홍천터미널).
From Hongcheon Terminal, take a local bus bound for Vivaldi Park (비발디파크).
* Local Bus Schedule: 06:00-21:00, runs 12 times a day

Address
262, Hanchigol-gil, Seo-myeon, Hongcheon-gun, Gangwon-do 
강원도 홍천군 서면 한치골길 262 
(서면,대명비발디파크)

For more information visit this site >>> Korea Tourism Organization

Thursday, July 3, 2014

The Administrative Districts of Seoul, South Korea

Hi guys... Want to go in Seoul, South Korea? Well I want to share this info. before traveling there...


Seoul is divided into 25 districts or gu ( 구 )
  1. Dobong District        (도봉구; 道峰區)
  2. Dongdaemun District (동대문구; 東大門區)
  3. Dongjak District       (동작구; 銅雀區)
  4. Eunpyeong District    (은평구; 恩平區)
  5. Gangbuk District       (강북구; 江北區)
  6. Gangdong District      (강동구; 江東區)
  7. Gangnam District       (강남구; 江南區)
  8. Gangseo District        (강서구; 江西區)
  9. Geumcheon District    (금천구; 衿川區)
  10. Guro District            (구로구; 九老區)
  11. Gwanak District        (관악구; 冠岳區)
  12. Gwangjin District      (광진구; 廣津區)
  13. Jongno District         (종로구; 鍾路區)
  14. Jung District            (중구; 中區)
  15. Jungnang District     (중랑구; 中浪區)
  16. Mapo District          (마포구; 麻浦區)
  17. Nowon District         (노원구; 蘆原區)
  18. Seocho District        (서초구; 瑞草區)
  19. Seodaemun District  (서대문구; 西大門區)
  20. Seongbuk District    (성북구; 城北區)
  21. Seongdong District   (성동구; 城東區)
  22. Songpa District        (송파구; 松坡區)
  23. Yangcheon District   (양천구; 陽川區)
  24. Yeongdeungpo District (영등포구; 永登浦區)
  25. Yongsan District       (용산구; 龍山區)
*Songpa District has the most people in Seoul and Seocho District has the largest area in Seoul.
*Each District or Gu is divided into neighborhoods or Dong (동; 洞).


Now we know all the districts in Seoul, right guys?

Info and photo credit : Seoul Wikipedia

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Experiencing TRANSFORMERS : Age of Extinction in 3D

Last Saturday i went to cinema and watched the new edition of Transformers, the Transformers : Age of Extinction.


Transformers : Age of Extinction is a 2014 science fiction action film base on the transformers franchise. It is the fourth installment of the live action of Transformers film series and stars Mark Wahlberg in the lead role. A sequel to Transformers: Dark of the Moon, the film takes place four years after the invasion of Chicago. Like its predecessors, the film is directed by Michael Bay and executive produced by Steven Spielberg. The screenplay is written by Ehren Kruger, who has served as screenwriter since Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. The film features an entirely new cast of human characters and is the first in the series to feature the Dinobots. Returning Transformers include Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Ratchet, Leadfoot, and Brains. The film was released on June 27, 2014, in IMAX and 3D.


Together with my companion we purchased the movie tickets at 260 TWD each with free popcorn and drinks.


One of the most interesting in this cinema was that their comfort room was so elegant and cleanliness was observed, As soon as I entered the comfort room I smell a very soothing fragrance and i can see the elegance.

Here are some of my snapshots.. It was just interesting for me but sorry i don't have a good high quality camera.hehe

OMG...chandelier inside the CR,,

Silver color sofa...

Here was the waiting area..
Waiting for their turn...

Claim your popcorn and drinks...or you can just buy it,,,

Me together with cute pretty Taiwanese girl ^^
Well, guys have some fun... Watch it for yourself ^^ I just can say this movie was good to  watch... Daebak!!!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

A Korean Taste Near Me

Korea is a thousand miles away from me. I'm longing to go in this country because Korea inspired me a lot. It was my first reason that I started this blog site because of Korea.

Outside or inside South Korea has a lot to offer. They have many beautiful tourists spot to visit and many Korean cuisines to taste. Being far away into this country is not a reason or stopping me to taste their food delicacies. Yes, I found them in grocery stores and in convenient stores.

Here are some of the food and snacks that I spotted.

A 한국 떡볶이 or a Korean sticky rice cake that was cooked in spicy sauce. Maybe someday I will cook this but I need to learn first the steps on how to cook this. You can find this food in many Korean streets.

This is very well known not only in Korea but also in many different countries across Korea. KIMCHI 김치 represent any Korean table.




Korean Noodles (라면) they are becoming popular especially kimchi flavors.



This is very special delicacy from Jeju, the Jeju Dried Radish Slices Kimchi

Well I enjoyed a lot of this Korean products. I can't wait to go in Korea to taste the real Korean cuisines.. I'm hoping it next year...

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