Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Memory, seven months later 美好的回忆:七个月之后

希望在天之涯
地之角的你们
都能拥有一个丰富快乐平安的2011年
期待喜悦和乐的2012的来临

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Two Unforgettable Weeks in Taiwan



At the Wisteria Tea House: The art of tea-drinking

The Chinese Medicine class was very entertaining.


Quincy and I dressed as Chinese Opera performers

The National Palace Museum



Chinese Opera mask-making class

At the Shilin Night Market--the food section

Being creative with pottery


At the Yingge Ceramics Museum

At the Lin Family Mansion



...Here are some of the many pictures I took when I was in Taiwan. The two weeks in Taiwan were definitely a great opportunity for us to learn about the Taiwanese culture and see concretely what we had studied in books during the spring semester. We attended interesting classes such as a Tai Chi Chuan, a Feng Shui, a Chinese Medicine and even a Chinese rice dough figure-making class, which were all very informative. All classes were designed in a way that we could each actively participate and try out various skills. My personal favorite was the Chinese Opera mask-making class, where the meaning behind each Chinese Opera mask was explained. It is especially entertaining to watch a Chinese Opera performance when you understand the meaning behind the mask colors and garments of each character. For instance, the colors red and yellow (on a garment) represent nobility and are usually associated with the Emperor while a blue garment is usually associated with a fisherman. For a mask, the color red represents energy and passion; in Chinese Opera, a brave and courageous character (a hero) would usually be wearing a red mask. While green, blue and yellow masks are usually associated with uneducated characters, the white mask is associated with the literati (but can also represent old people). After this class, movies such as “霸王别姬”or "牡丹亭", portraying Chinese Opera, will be easy to follow. Not only did we attend many fascinating classes but we also went on field trips. We visited Lung Shan Temple (where the movie "Monga" was shot), Yingge (and the Yingge Ceramics Museum) and the National Palace Museum (home of splendid historical treasures). We also went to Ilan, which is Wu Laoshi's hometown!! Last but not least, we went to the Shilin Night Market, where I bought an "I love Taipei" t-shirt among many many other souvenirs! It was definitely a very enriching trip that I am not ready to forget. I don't know about the other nine students but, personally, I definitely plan on coming back to Taiwan!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Food again!! The connection of past, present, and future :))

Lunch with alum and three incoming students in Taipei 101 area 上海滬園小籠包.
每次看到這張照片就讓我想到“過去、現在、未來”的相互關係及連接

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

體内環保: 臺灣素食觀 (Vegetarian and Environment)

你們好,好久不見了!

I took this picture at the Spring Vegetarian Restaurant 春天素食餐廳.  It says, “Meat-less on Mondays and Tuesdays” 週一週二無肉日; and “anti-global-warming” 抗暖化.   It reminded me Candy’s project – health consciousness as well as environmental awareness in Taiwan.

In this restaurant, a variety of delicious vegetarian dishes is available for consumers. I believe it has at least 50 kinds of dishes.

Monday, July 04, 2011

紫藤廬 (Wistaria Tea House) 和食養文化山房 (Shi Yang Tea House on the Mountain)

紫藤廬,鬧中取靜;一個曾經是知識份子沸沸揚揚的聚集地
食養山房,世外桃源;一個希望與自然世界心靈互照的極樂土
誰能像我們一樣有幸
一天之内在兩處如此特別的地方
享受甘醇的茶香、怡人的氛圍
真要感謝張老師當下熱心的安排
讓我們領會了從過去到現在,從現在到未來的無限可能
“一花一世界,一葉一如來“
食養山房壁上書法繪畫
從中領悟到
'用心享受
用心觀察
一切從心始
一切于心止'
心之于萬物,
也許食養山房主人是真正地從中領悟到了

宜蘭傾盆大雨之際採茶
親身用手觸摸茶葉的滋潤感覺
點滴在心頭

For Wistaria Tea House in Taipei:
 http://www.wistariahouse.com/main/modules/MySpace/index.php?sn=wistariateahouse&pg=ZC2024

For Shi Yang Shan Fang:
http://www.shi-yang.com/

I love these two Tea Houses.  What they are doing is beyond tea.

Sunday, July 03, 2011

:D

Hello all!
Sorry...my post is long overdue. My internship in Taiwan is going well, although life here is so busy and I'm still trying to get used to the working hours here. Looking back at the two week trip we had together, I think it was an experience I couldn't have had at any other school or with any other teachers! The itinerary everyday was superbly planned out and the activities and excursions definitely helped me understand my second homeland a lot better than before. (speaking of homeland, I just received my Taiwan National Identity card and Health Insurance card two days ago!)

Some highlights from the trip that were the most...culturally invigorating for me were the Yingge and Yilan trips, and finally the trek to the "5 finger mountain" for the tea ceremony.
Here are some photos from each place:

Yingge: museum and pottery making. woo!
Amazing architecture.
So glad I got a glimpse at the new exhibition on the ...4th? floor!! Such great pieces. This one is called "to accept or to reject" by Huang Chi-Cheng

"Sharing the Sweet Flavor of Happiness" by Hsieh Pei-Tsen
"words" by Lin Li-Min
"Dragged" by Lian Shian-Li (so cute!!! i love this last picture)
my first egg vase..."egg" by christine yeh heheh
my second ceramic jar (i have no name for it yet!)
the final products! glaze included :D

At Yilan for tea picking
complete with ponchos and conical bamboo hats (or dou li)
close up of a ...grasshopper type creature on a tea leaf! (with penny in the bg!)

and then the tea ceremony place
such beautiful interiors. i love tatami!! perhaps reminiscent of Japanese colonization. this was our class's view of the tea ceremony performance.
and the view of the outside. even if it was raining, the place was still so beautiful! extremely peaceful, simple and elegantly designed...i wouldn't mind living here.

Anyhoo! That concludes my pictures show-and-tell. I hope you all are doing well and that your summers are awesome! Can't wait to see more posts. :)

Christine