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Miss Lin March 31, 2009

Filed under: Friends,Travelog — Jung @ 8:04 pm

Meet up with bff Celine in Taipei today at 信誼 children’s bookshop shopping for her kids, Zoe and Otto. Love this fuzzy book I found Smile

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Went visiting my childhood piano teacher at the university after (also Celine’s college piano teacher by coincidence). Miss Lin, who I am in debt to in many many ways, has not changed a bit all these years!

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hah, someone (me) is getting chubby! Too much good food and happiness makes one grow sideways Wink

Went to Taipei 101’s Pageone Bookshop and then Eslite Bookshop after by myself, can’t get enough books… took lots of pictures of Hello Kitty everywhere, decided not to post them any longer, this city is really plagued with HK and all the Japanese overload cuteness…    


Taipei March 29, 2009

Filed under: Travelog — Jung @ 10:50 pm

The diverse streets of Taipei, looking out of Ray’s car tonight, fun…

more pictures at http://www.gallery.junglin.com

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Seaside Market March 28, 2009

Filed under: food,Hello Kitty,Travelog — Jung @ 7:09 pm

Ray took us to 九份 Gio Fan (again, don’t know if the spelling is right, meaning Nine Portions) for the day, a large gathered market place of so many different kinds of traditional foodshops in old traditional houses. It is my first time seeing all the goodies in the books I just bought from Eslite Bookshop alive — really can’t wait to make them myself!! Quite moody even in this uncomfortable 100% humidity rainy day.

Tasted all the vegan treats we found, quite a lot of them, and my new found favorite thing is Salt Pickled Shredded Daikon Wrapped in Sticky Rice Cake (mochi) — sweet on the outside, savory inside — quite subtle.

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funny shop owner in costume with “taking photographs is free of charge” written on her shirt Smile

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the sign says — play, dream through life…

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A tea place we went to, is in a famed Japanese film

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Had some fantastic Jasmine Pearls tea with little bites of traditional food

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As we were leaving the tea place

Again, a lot lot more pictures are at http://www.gallery.junglin.com

Hello Kitty

Hello Kitty everywhere again, HK in Taiwan is like Elvis in the US, you can’t go through a day of life without seeing its image… LOL


Light Water March 27, 2009

Filed under: Travelog — Jung @ 11:40 pm

Had fun playing my recital at the Yamaha Artist Service Center tonight. Ray took us driving quite a long way to 淡水 Dan Shuai (don’t know if the spelling is correct, meaning “light water”), a gorgeous place next to the sea, for some drinks afterward.

I am loving every moment of my time with Ray and his family…

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The restaurant we went to by the sea 

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The rest of the pictures will be at http://www.gallery.junglin.com


Babysit! March 26, 2009

Filed under: Hello Kitty,Travelog — Jung @ 10:39 pm

Ray is moving his company to a new place these past weeks. Alison (see her new mosaic making blog), my sweetest sis in law, a graphic designer turn full time mommy, has been an amazing force in designing the office layout and seeing all things through accordingly. Me, their happy do nothing house guest, volunteered to take the little Jess after school with me for a day since he is out of school at noon and everyone will be stuck at the office.

Hello Kitty Food

Jess brought home some Hello kitty crackers from school — they even hand out HK food in elementary school!

Made Jess some homemade Macaroni with Cheddar and Parmigiano Reggiano (and lots and lots of vege in it) for lunch, then we went on a road trip to Yamaha Artist Service Center where I practiced for 2.5 hours while he did his homework and performed some magic tricks to entertain the nice people working there.

Jess and I

Jess and I in the subway train

Eslite Bookshop

A different entrance of the Eslite Bookshop, love how this picture turns out

We walked to the nearby, now my fav place on earth, Eslite Bookshop, to get him piles of the Adventure with Ting Ting comic books as his 8 year birthday gifts (March 31st) and cookbook shop some more after. Then we continued walking to Taipei 101, had fun eating at a”sushi train” place at the food court in the basement, and grocery shop some more, then finally head home at 8 p.m. with lots of pastry and desert for Jess’ big brother Ryan — knowing he would be very unhappy about missing out all the action since he had full day of school Wink

Sushi Train

Sushi Train

This is my very first time EVER spending time with a child alone. Even though I have the most patience when I teach children and consider myself quite a fabulous teacher to them, I know I have never been big on children. Last time I offended someone not saying his cat was soooooo adorable looking at the pictures, my defense was, “I am so sorry, Michael, I have never gaga-ed over any baby pictures, how would I gaga over kitty pictures?!” So this day was quite interesting to me that there were some moments I could really laugh at myself HARD Smile :

When we were on our way to Yamaha, “respecting” Jess’ “individuality” and “independency,” I left him roam the street around me, but I kept asking him to walk in front of me so he doesn’t get out of sight. Quite worried again when we left Yamaha, I finally asked him if I could “crab on to his jacket” so I wouldn’t lose him in the crowd. Jess answered, “Why don’t we just hold hands?”

How could I never have thought of that, REALLY???!!!!! LOL

So I held hands with Jess the rest of the day — my very first time, and it felt kind of sweet Smile

And later that night, I found myself apologizing to Jess for demanding him not to ask me any questions during our day trip — I couldn’t believe I asked him to do that as I asked my parents the same thing when I was staying with them before I moved to my brother’s… I just couldn’t get myself to answer questions or reporting my actions to anyone being SO on my own for sooooo many years… LOL, guess I have a lot of learn… fun day though Smile

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Found more Hello Kitty food at Jason’s Market Place… HK is EVERYWHERE Smile


Eslite Bookstore March 24, 2009

Filed under: food,Hello Kitty,Travelog — Jung @ 8:30 pm

Love love love this bookstore and all its 8 floors have to offer. Got a million books on Taiwanese food home, then Ray gave me some more for my indulgence. Hey, Linda and Lisa, you guys are going to be fed very very well when I come home! Smile 

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Went back to Jason’s Market Place at Taipei 101 after book shopping, love this market, I can even find my favorite brand of dressing here visite site! Guess what I had for dinner? My facebook friends tagged quite a few pictures of a whole stalk of broccoli with honey mustard dressing on the side as me… yep, my favorite thing to eat in the entire world! Wink

Hello Kitty food… saw them at Jason’s Market Place, had to take pictures… Smile 

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EZ5 March 23, 2009

Filed under: Travelog — Jung @ 11:45 pm

Ray took me to this old timer, EZ5, where lots of stars had their first breaks and come back to sing here. There are 3 seatings each night, love the atmosphere and the performance so much tonight.

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Really love his voice…

Here’s a clip of him singing the song “Too Bad It Isn’t You” — a very very sad song…


Hot Springs March 22, 2009

Filed under: food,Travelog — Jung @ 11:36 pm

Ray took me back to Tein-Moo 天母 with his little family and our dad for the famed hot springs. There are lots of Japanese influences in this bathing culture here in Taipei, reminds me of my visit to Japan when I was a child.

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My favorite photo of the night — love the colors of the trees

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Had dinner there. My favorite thing to eat as a child — Silver Thread Rolls (direct translation, don’t know what it is in English…)

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This simple peasant noodle dish was so surprisingly delicious, made of only sesame oil, rice wine and Chinese vermicelli

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Strangely like this picture, just a random woman smoking outside of the washroom…

The rest of the pictures will be at http://www.gallery.junglin.com

Not allowed to take pictures in the bathing area, but I wasn’t surprised…


Magic!

Filed under: Travelog — Jung @ 11:00 am

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Took my nephews to their final magic class by their mommy’s request. It was taught by this fabulous magician who just won the championship of this very popular television magic contest show. I forgot what his name is, will ask… Filmed the class also, not sure if I should let all his secrets out by posting the clips Wink Oh, well, I may think about it later…


Steamed Little Juicy Buns March 20, 2009

Filed under: food,Travelog — Jung @ 11:44 pm

According to the New York Times, one of the 10 restaurants in the world one must visit is this place in Taipei called Din Tai Fung 鼎泰豐.

Since a Japanese firm became its main investor quite some years ago, it now has 45 restaurants all over Asia and one in the US, with top notch quality control — even the number of creases on each bun is unified.

Ray took me to the very original one of course. From its humble beginning of a little first floor eatery to now an entire building of 5 floors with customers lining outside for blocks. We waited with patience even though there are lots of their chain restaurants in Taipei with no wait — the food experience was divine… Yes, I ate animals tonight, and I didn’t feel bad about it, but am not gonna become a carnivore because of this Wink

If you don’t get to come to Taipei, visit the one in California Smile

Din Tai Fung 鼎泰豐
1180 South Baldwin Avenue
Arcadia, CA 91007
Tel: 626.574.7068

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Steamed Little Juicy Buns

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Shrimp Shumai

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with Vegetable filling

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with taro filling (dessert buns)

The rest of the photos from tonight will be at http://www.gallery.junglin.com

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New York is following me… saw this on a wall in an alley on our way back to the parking lot, sweetest little Jess in the picture — love love love love love love love love curling up with this kid Smile


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