Pictures from Asia: Part 3, Street Photos

The last instalment of the pictures from Asia is the street photos.  These are just things I found interesting.  Some require a bit of explanation, and some don’t.

These below are pictures from Button Street, an area in Taipei where can find all sorts of buttons, ribbons, fabrics, zippers, yarn, etc:

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These are pictures from the night market we went to for late evening snack:

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The pictures below are from a paper museum and paper store.  They have all sorts of handmade papers, and even a facility where you can try your hand at making your own handmade paper:

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A few pictures from a Lego store we visited:

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Near my parents’ house, there is a foot bath pool.  The water is drawn from the natural hot spring in the area.  It’s free and open to the public.  The water is quite hot, apparently with healing properties from the minerals.  My mom said in the winter the pool gets very busy because a hot soak is more desirable in the winter.

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Here are some miscellaneous random pictures from Taiwan:

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I did tell you I had a lot of pictures, right?  Alright, here are some pictures from the Dragon Boat Carnival and Beer Fest in Hong Kong:

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Lastly, some “others” pictures from Hong Kong:

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If you remember, after my trip to Asia last year, I only posted 3 pictures because I am really afraid of looking at people’s “I’ve been here” vacation pictures.  This year, I said, screw it, and subjected you to so many of my vacation pictures.  If you’re not from Taiwan or HK, I hope you saw something interesting.  If you are from one of those places…dude, I feel very bad for you!

 

Pictures from Asia: Part 2, Family

The whole point of this trip was to spend time with my family.  I have so many pictures of my kids and my parents together!  Since my parents don’t live in Vancouver, my kids rarely get to see them other than on Skype.

Joshua now knows that Gong-gong (grandpa) will give him pretty much anything he asks for.  On this trip, he has gotten into the habit that whenever mommy says “no”, he can turn to Gong-gong and probably get that toy car to add to his collection.

My parents playing with Savanna.

My parents playing with Savanna.

Very jet lagged Joshua.

Very jet lagged Joshua.

My dad preparing a feast for us.

My dad preparing a feast for us.

My mom hanging out with Savanna.

My mom hanging out with Savanna.

Joshua likes to put his shoes next to my dad's slippers.

Joshua likes to put his shoes next to my dad’s slippers.

 

Joshua likes to put his shoes next to my dad's slippers, even when the slippers are apart.

Joshua likes to put his shoes next to my dad’s slippers, even when the slippers are apart.

Joshua enjoying Gong-gong's company.

Joshua enjoying Gong-gong’s company.

Gong-gong and grandson.

Gong-gong and grandson.

Joshua.

Joshua.

Handsome little Tiger.

Handsome little Tiger.

My godmother came to visit.

My godmother came to visit.

Tiger and Joshua playing on the iPad.

Tiger and Joshua playing on the iPad.

Gong-gong goofing around with Joshua.

Gong-gong goofing around with Joshua.

Tiger giving Joshua a hug.

Tiger giving Joshua a hug.

Still very jet lagged Joshua.

Still very jet lagged Joshua.

My dad preparing another feast in the kitchen.

My dad preparing another feast in the kitchen.

Savanna killing me with her sweet smile.

Savanna killing me with her sweet smile.

Joshua gesturing that I love him "this much".

Joshua gesturing that I love him “this much”.

Gong-gong playing Lego with Joshua.

Gong-gong playing Lego with Joshua.

My grandmother, who no longer recognize us due to Alzheimers, still enjoys our company.

My grandmother, who no longer recognize us due to Alzheimers, still enjoys our company.

Cooling off in the air conditioned hotel room.

Cooling off in the air conditioned hotel room.

My grandpa's ashes.  He passed away almost 2 years ago.

My grandpa’s ashes. He passed away almost 2 years ago.

Even though my grandma doesn't recognize us, she was keen to hold Savanna.

Even though my grandma doesn’t recognize us, she was keen to hold Savanna.

Pretending to be cool on my uncle's brand spanking new Harley.

Pretending to be cool on my uncle’s brand spanking new Harley.

My aunt trying to put Savanna down for a nap.

My aunt trying to put Savanna down for a nap.

Going for a trike ride at my aunt's farm.

Going for a trike ride at my aunt’s farm.

Feeding chickens at my aunt's farm.

Feeding chickens at my aunt’s farm.

This is Joshua's first time meeting my aunt, and he really took to her.

This is Joshua’s first time meeting my aunt, and he really took to her.

The same carousel I was addicted to at Joshua's age.

The same carousel I was addicted to at Joshua’s age.

Hanging out with gong-gong.

Hanging out with gong-gong.

Hanging out with po-po.

Hanging out with po-po.

Waiting for our ice dessert at Ice Monster.

Waiting for our ice dessert at Ice Monster.

Hanging out with po-po.

Hanging out with po-po.

Joshua watering my dad.

Joshua watering my dad.

Chilling out.

Chilling out.

Joshua insisted on sleeping in the crib in the Hong Kong hotel.

Joshua insisted on sleeping in the crib in the Hong Kong hotel.

Disneyland HK.

Disneyland HK.

Disneyland HK.

Disneyland HK.

This is the smile that makes me do whatever he wants.

This is the smile that makes me do whatever he wants.

Winnie, my very cool BFF from our SFU days.

Winnie, my very cool BFF from our SFU days.

Winnie's gorgeous son, Seth.

Winnie’s gorgeous son, Seth.

My parents at the Beer Fest in HK.

My parents at the Beer Fest in HK.

Joshua at the Science Museum in HK.

Joshua at the Science Museum in HK.

My girl.  She grew so much while we were on our trip.

My girl. She grew so much while we were on our trip.

My goofballs.

My goofballs.

Getting ready for the trip home.

Getting ready for the trip home.

Last meal in HK.

Last meal in HK.

Last meal in HK.

Last meal in HK.

Flying home.

Flying home.

Savanna grew a whole tooth on this trip.

Savanna grew a whole tooth on this trip.

Pictures from Asia: Part 1, Food

I have decided to post some pictures from our trip to Taiwan and Hong Kong in 3 parts: Food, family, and street.  I had to split up the posts to 3 parts because there are just too many photos to put in 1 post.

Food is all the things we ate that I managed to take a picture of.  This shows about 1/3 of the food we had, because the rest of the time I was either holding Savanna or didn’t have my camera with me and didn’t manage a picture.

Family is mostly the kids and my family in Taiwan.  This may not be interesting to everyone following the blog, but it’s more for my family to see the pictures.

Street is street photography of random things I saw in Taiwan and HK.

Today’s theme is food.  You can see how I quickly put on 3 pounds on this short trip.

Our first meal in Taiwan.  My dad went all out.

Our first meal in Taiwan. My dad went all out.

Various mango desserts.

Various mango desserts.

Pigs' ear, intestine, and lobster balls.

Pigs’ ear, intestine, and lobster balls.

Sausage, BBQ pork, and lobster balls.

Sausage, BBQ pork, and lobster balls.

Getting street food in HK.

Getting street food in HK.

Grass jelly, mango, and tapioca dessert.

Grass jelly, mango, and tapioca dessert.

Black sticky rice, coconut milk and mango dessert.

Black sticky rice, coconut milk and mango dessert.

Mango pancake with whipped cream.

Mango pancake with whipped cream.

Beef and rice noodles.

Beef and rice noodles.

Ma po tofu and rice.

Ma po tofu and rice.

Veggie rice and lok bok.

Veggie rice and lok bok.

Braised beef on noodles and soup.  Sooo good.

Braised beef on noodles and soup. Sooo good.

Shop owner in HK who wasn't too impressed with me taking his picture.

Shop owner in HK who wasn’t too impressed with me taking his picture.

Chinese meat sauce and noodles.

Chinese meat sauce and noodles.

Wontons.

Wontons.

Korean rice dish.

Korean rice dish.

Chinese pastry with braised beef slices.

Chinese pastry with braised beef slices.

My dad's homemade Chinese pastry.

My dad’s homemade Chinese pastry.

Peanut ice dessert.

Peanut ice dessert.

Fresh squeezed sugar cane juice.

Fresh squeezed sugar cane juice.

Fried squid.

Fried squid.

Grilled corn.

Grilled corn.

My favorite street food--oyster pancakes (oysters, veggie, yam paste, and sauce).

My favorite street food–oyster pancakes (oysters, veggie, yam paste, and sauce).

Oyster pancake shop.

Oyster pancake shop.

Lining up to get oyster pancakes.

Lining up to get oyster pancakes.

Pumpkin and salted duck eggs.

Pumpkin and salted duck eggs.

Scallops and crab legs.

Scallops and crab legs.

Red bean cart wheels.

Red bean cart wheels.

Sweet potato and grass jelly ice dessert.

Sweet potato and grass jelly ice dessert.

Taro and grass jelly ice dessert.

Taro and grass jelly ice dessert.

Giant wonton.

Giant wonton.

Steamed fried buns.

Steamed fried buns.

Rice noodle.

Rice noodle.

Ice Monster: Original mango ice

Ice Monster: Original mango ice

Ice Monster: Bubble tea ice

Ice Monster: Bubble tea ice

Ice Monster: Mango Ice

Ice Monster: Mango Ice

My all time favorite breakfast food: Chinese donut and egg in Chinese pastry.  I can eat this everyday!

My all time favorite breakfast food: Chinese donut and egg in Chinese pastry. I can eat this everyday!

Dumplings and green onion pancake.

Dumplings and green onion pancake.

BBQ pork and rice. C$2.

BBQ pork and rice. C$2.

Road side bento box of BBQ duck and rice. C$2.

Road side bento box of BBQ duck and rice. C$2.

Indian curry.

Indian curry.

Japanese noodles.

Japanese noodles.

Chinese meat sauce and noodles.

Chinese meat sauce and noodles.

Taro cream cake.

Taro cream cake.

Prime rib. Yum!

Prime rib. Yum!

My uncle is an accomplished baker.  He made the French bread in the picture.

My uncle is an accomplished baker. He made the French bread in the picture.

Big meal at my uncle's house.

Big meal at my uncle’s house.

Rice vermicelli soup.

Rice vermicelli soup.

Did you miss me?

We got home last night, after some brutally long and unnecessary delays for various reasons.  We are doing loads of laundry and settling back in.  We’re all still on the Asia clock, with Joshua winning the jet lag award for being up since 4:30 am.

We had a fantastic time with my family in Taiwan and Hong Kong.  I took almost 1,500 pictures.  Now I am going to sink into the deep hole of going through so many photos!

It’s nice to be home to sleep in my own bed, and have Sammy back.  At the same time, I sorely miss my family and the delicious food in Taiwan.

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