The Taipei 101 Run Up isn’t a competitive race by any means, actually, it’s more like a fun vertical walk, but I wanted to make sure that I could clinch 2046 steps before the D-Day, so I had chosen the emergency staircase of the eight-floor Kaohsiung Main Library (KSML)高雄市立圖書館 as my training ground. (I recently wanted to walk the steps again, but the path is now barred from the public, the rooftop still still accessible though…)

I’d go in the evening, walk up to the roof top, walk down, and up again, repeatedly, until I reached the steps count. On the final ascent, I would linger above the city to cool down, and chill a bit. Continue reading Lovebirdswatching

R14 – Cola King’s stop 可樂王的捷運站

The worst of Nepartak was over by morning time. Some trees damages in Kaohsiung.

On the eve of Nepartak‘s landfall, the motivation wasn’t there to go stock up on food for the doomsday that news outlets hyped it up to be. Fortunately this time, Kaohsiung was on the safe side of the Central Mountain Range 中央山脈, a formidable barrier against the typhoon, and although it won’t stop Nature’s will to plow through, it’ll at least deflect her might.

On the other side of the mountains, Taitung took the brunt of the super typhoon, defenseless, at the mercy of Nepartak. Even the White Moving Castle 霍爾的移動堡, which had sustained previous strong typhoons, was not left unscathed. Continue reading R14 – Cola King’s stop 可樂王的捷運站

🌻 太陽花 Sunflower 🌻

Some of us won’t look at this mural the same. Snapped in the vicinities of the Chaishan trailhead 柴山登山口.

There aren’t many sunflower fields in Taiwan, but the flower is now an integral part of the country’s history. Already two years now… how refreshing it was to witness this younger Taiwanese generation standing up for the future of their country. Continue reading 🌻 太陽花 Sunflower 🌻

Follow the bookstores

At Eslite Pier 2 誠品駁二.

Wednesday evening, at Eslite Pier 2 誠品駁二, coloring books are still on display… Should I get one for the four day long Dragon Boat Festival 端午節 week-end?

My attention drifts towards the impressionists coloring book, reviving nightmares of art class in middle school, and then locks in on the 1000 Dot-to-Dot book cover. Continue reading Follow the bookstores

Balaenas sighting

First sighting of the balaenas. June 2016.

Balaenas are starting to show themselves near Pier 15. Imagined as whales, the future performance halls will make up part of the ambitious Kaohsiung Marine Culture and Pop Music Center 海洋文化及流行音樂中心. The project promises a world-class space for music, and marine life enthusiasts, along with a leisure green urban space for all.  Continue reading Balaenas sighting