February is already gone, yikes! I’ve managed to post something twice a week, except for the last one where I went MIA, on the East coast.
I never got serious about planning a trip to Hualien 花蓮, put off by the idea of a long train ride, and then found out it’d take only four hours, for 1251 NT round-trip. This sparked my motivation to at last organize a short get-away to Hualien.
Although four hours of train isn’t that long, I think that it’s now my threshold. I’m usually fond of train travel, but sometimes, those can turn into an interesting olfactory experience, with each stops bringing in a new wave of smells, mostly from food, not foot, eh. Someday, I’ll join the party and embark with a bowl of stinky tofu soup, and some durian for dessert. Oh, I was gonna forget some over-ripened camembert for the cheese course. What an inspiring train trip it’s been! 😈
Mid-February, an earthquake stroke in Taitung, powerful enough to wake me in my sleep, quite unsettling it was. I’ve also found myself spending more time in the Yancheng 鹽埕 district. The Pier-2 Art Center keeps expanding, with the area C which seems to welcome new shops week after week. Lots of artsy and crafty boutiques, trendy dining places, and most notably two new hipster coffee shops, Now&Then and Lab 駁二. For coffee aficionados out there, the latter is home of a fancy Steampunk, a name which doesn’t really brings coffee to mind… but maybe more suited for a hip’ vacuum cleaner, don’t you think? 😉
Anyway, that’s for February. I’m not sure continuing to post monthly random ramblings on the blog was such a good idea, haha, but I think I finally get why some people choose to do monthly newsletters via email instead, sigh, blog and learn.
So, with much belatedness, here’s to a new Lunar Year and a new month! 心想事成！ 😘
Formosa Nation (@FormosaNation) February 20, 2015