June 2015 – 學無止境

Yancheng 鹽埕 district, definitely best enjoyed by bicycle.

This monthly post has been dragging again… let see, I could blame it on the crazy hot weather which hammered the month of June, or maybe the current typhoons coming crashing onto Taiwan. But well, late or not, boring or not, heat wave or super typhoon, this post still has to 生出來!

More seriously, I think the heart is just not there. A few days ago, I posted a short video about Taiwan’s Secret Cancer Factory, which was kind of a downer, but nonetheless well made, so I shared it here. And then, there was the horrific tragedy of the Formosa Fun Coast dust explosion. Casualties are severe enough for Taiwan to resort to acquiring cadaver skin  for human skin grafts from the States, and also welcome skin donations from the Euro Tissue Bank and China, to treat 200+ patients in critical conditions.  😦

On a lighter, foodie note, I’ve enjoyed more than one bowl of cold soba at 2.5 Months Soba 二月半そば 蕎麦麺, and it still does not disappoint. The noodles always have a good bite to it, and they nail it with the seasoning, simple but good! It’s hands down one of my favourite place of the moment.

I’ve also treated myself to another visit at Thomas Chien 法式餐廳 French restaurant, and it still comes highly recommended by yours truly (well, whatever my opinion is worth, haha). From the food to the service, they still do a rather fine job at providing a fine dining experience of some sort. The prices are also still quite accessible, especially during lunch, where the set meals usually start at 950NT (+10% service fee). The meal pictured below is actually the 950NT set meal for the month of June. As the Taiwanese would describe it, this restaurant has a CP值高到爆CP值 refers to the Cost/Price-Performance ratio, an expression that often comes up in restaurant blog reviews. Yes, Taiwanese bloggers/diners can get really technical like that (lol). 高到爆 (literally: big until explode) pretty much means that the CP ratio here is off the roof.

For those interested, the chef, Thomas Chien 簡天才, will be doing a talk (in Chinese) at the New Kaohsiung Main Library on July, Sunday 18th, and will discuss the use of locally-grown produce to make European-style cuisine.

Finally, the Taiwan blogosphere may feel small, yet I found myself discovering a new blog, the Taiwan Law Blog, which offers some insights on the Taiwanese judicial system as it pertains to current events. Some of the content is sometimes beyond me, but it’s definitely nice to have yet another venue which helps make sense of Taiwan.

‘Till my next monthly ramblings! 😘

Chinese expression of the month.

學無止境, from moedict 萌典..

For lack of an original expression, I picked one from my Perapera saved list. No hidden meaning here, the expression means what the characters mean, and goes in the same vein as 『活到老,學到老』. It’s yet another reminder that learning has no boundaries, there’s always something new to study, so live – make mistakes, especially when practising a language, haha and learn. 🙂

Very random selection of Taiwan-related tweets.


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