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Hengshan Caifeng Guan (Hakka Museum)

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This museum is opened by the same boss of the cinema theatre and all the collections inside belongs to him. Amazing!! Why? Because the boss looks really young like in his late 30s. Well to be fair, the stuff inside are not as old as in the prehistoric times. It’s the stuff which you grandparents might still have. Still it is a great place to see what your grandparents used in the past especially for Singaporeans in our pigeon-hole high rise flats, our grandparents might have already dumped most of them in favour for modern goods. Take for example my professor in his 50s. He has an iphone which I don’t have!

 

Kettles, pots and pans which you can still find in traditional Chinese restaurants today.

 Matchboxes from the past. The shape is similar to the ones we have now just that he design on it is much more colourful and cartoon-like? think of bugs bunny cartoon. get the idea?

 Rattan baskets which people bring to the wet markets to keep groceries and bring practically everywhere else as handbags. I like them. I see a lot of them in the hong kong dramas I watch.

Cookies and biscuit tins from the past. I think biscuits brands such as Hup Seng with a longer history and which cater to the older population still use metal tins now. But its interesting to see many of the different tin packagings which have phased out by now.

Bedroom and clothes of Chinese from traditional families. Red is frequently used because it’s an auspicious colour for the Chinese. The flower print you see on the bed, I think it’s only unique to the hakka culture. I see similar flower prints on curtains, cushions and tote bags all over Neiwan

Pull carts and makeshift stalls from the past. I think I still see these in Singapore hawker centres which want to create a more traditional and oriental ambience for their customers. An example is the Food republic in Vivo City.  The picture on the left somehow makes me think of dim sum and har gaw ahah

Records from the past is huge and the picture on the right shows the layout of a typical shop in the old days. Look at the abacus and posters on the wall.

This museum also showcases the history of taiwan and the hakka community. it details the events which occurred during world war II and has real photograhs from the past as evidence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Written by clarine chai

June 16, 2011 at 11:05 am

Dinner at cinema theatre

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This cinema theatre was built by the Japanese during the colonial times as entertainment for the soldiers and much of it is unchanged since then, making this an attractive tourist destination.

Very classic ambience to it, antiques and paintings on the walls bring you back into the 60s. This cinema theatre serves traditional hakka food of good quality and you can watch old films from the past when you dine.

The cinema theatre makes some of their own unique souvenirs for sale. Here we have poker cards of Neiwan scenery and a famous artiste from the 60s.

I love this sign. looks pretty in the dark don’t it?

These are film equipment used in the past. The smaller one makes film of a lower resolution.

This is the record player from the past.

Ladies normally wear cheongsam in the past. Is that a cap on her head?

Comic books and magazines from the past

Japanese style dining rooms retained from the colonial periods

Straw raincoat which farmers wear in the past

Pork is made in different ways here.

I Love the pork with pickles which is known as “mui choi kou yok” Chinese in Cantonese & “Mei Cai Kou Rou” in and can be found in most spore food courts). Its tender and the fatty bits gives it an added moisture and kick.

This is the roasted and sliced version. Also equally good 😉

Pig oil (lard) mixed with rice – people in the past only have this and vegetables for their meals daily. They have meat dishes only on special occasions or festive periods. This is Mr Lan showing us how to eat it. Mix in the pork lard gravy into the rice and the rice will taste good on its own. don’t eat this all the time though. It’s really fattening. I tried a spoonful and it tastes funny. Think I prefer plain rice.

Traditional Chinese must drink soup every dinner. This is herbal ginger chicken soup with red dates and it’s really nutritional.

Simple stir fry vegetables. Healthy and it’s not as oily as the ones I’ve tried in China.

I saw this dish in a number of hakka restaurants. It looks really appetizing with the yellow egg yolk in the middle.

Love the tangerine sauce with goes with the chicken. Tangerine sauce is unique to hakka culture and the environment in Taiwan is well suited to grow good and sweet tangerines.

Written by clarine chai

June 7, 2011 at 12:31 pm

She’ll Be Coming ‘Round Neiwan when she comes – Jian Shi resort

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The good thing about Neiwan is that it is located within close proximity to some of the best and most beautiful cafes and hot spring resorts in Taiwan. There is a public hot spring centre in Neiwan itself, well equipped with various kinds of Jacuzzis and sauna rooms. But I strongly urge you to venture beyond and check out the other interesting resorts around the area…

Fish spa – these are a special kind of fish which bites away dead skin cells. It may be a bit ticklish at first but after you have gotten used to it, you will find the experience really relaxing.

I loved soaking in the Jacuzzis. There are a variety of them which aim to massage different parts of your body. I loved the one with strong water force coming up from the bottom for the pool since I can get to massage the soles of my tired feet. I also found the overhead fountain spray gleefully fun. 

Taiwan is famous for their hot springs. The spring water comes from underground and soaking in it is known to be good for your skin.

The public hot spring I went to has water of 2 temperatures – one of around body temperature 37.5 degrees and another hotter one at 42.8 degrees.

If you prefer, you can also book a hot spring room at a resort for your own private hot spring tub.  Here are some pictures of the hot spring rooms.

Japanese-style beds, cobbled pavement lined with pebbles, clear water, beautiful flowers and sweet-smelling bath foam makes you instantly at ease.  It’s amazing that you can find 5 star facilities in the vicinity of small towns and villages. Here are pictures from 2 other hot spring resorts

 

Written by clarine chai

June 6, 2011 at 1:02 pm

She’ll Be Coming ‘Round Neiwan when she comes – Jian Shi cafe

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The good thing about Neiwan is that it is located within close proximity to some of the best and most beautiful cafes and hot spring resorts in Taiwan. There is a public hot spring centre in Neiwan itself, well equipped with various kinds of Jacuzzis and sauna rooms. But I strongly urge you to venture beyond and check out the other interesting resorts around the area…

jian shi cafe

Upon entering the café, I was greeted by a spectacular view of lush green mountains and meandering rivers and I wondered if I’m actually looking at a painting. It was a breezy day and the sunlight was streaming in from the French rooftop windows. I made a beeline for the swing chairs to relax in while I sipped on my glass of orange juice…

Taking in the beautiful sight of orchids and bougainvilleas

With Soothing music in the background and a handsome waiter at your service. What more can you ask for?

Written by clarine chai

June 6, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Neiwan’s hanging suspension bridge

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We crossed the Neiwan hanging bridge. It was so windy and cooling standing on the bridge and we could hear the gushing of waves against the rocks from the stream below us. Against the backdrop of a full moon, the whole scenery was like from a dream.  So serene and so mystical, I didn’t want to leave.

Day view:

 

Night View:

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Written by clarine chai

June 1, 2011 at 8:25 am

Spa resorts, barbeque chalets and min fun fair – Neiwan

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Little shops, spa resorts and barbeque chalets dotted our way back to our homestay. Our lady landlord told us that the fun fair operates during the summer holidays when school children visit Neiwan.

 

 

Aww fun ride for children!

Ha Ha I love this one.. its hard to miss a shot with so many loops!

Look at the big koi fishes in the ponds of the spa resort.

Written by clarine chai

June 1, 2011 at 7:09 am

Neiwan is famous for fireflies!

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Neiwan is famous for its fireflies. Number of fireflies you see depends on the path you take, so my advice for you is that you ask a local to guide you along in your hunt for fireflies. Set out on a good weather at around 7pm as there will be more fireflies out in the open.  Do note that fireflies come in batches so you can only catch them at a certain period. You will have to wait for at least 2 weeks if you miss out on a batch. (I learnt this from the lady landlord)

You can find fireflies at dark places such as among clutters of bushes and trees. Their light seems white from afar but on closer look, it’s actually yellow. Try catching one in your palm. It’s really fun! So we were climbing up the slope higher up in the mountain. The sky was clear and we could see a myriad of stars overhead. But don’t mistake a firefly as a star – A firefly blinks repeatedly while a star don’t. I love how the fireflies’ light blink in synchronicity. They look like diamonds and they make the place look so magical.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

okay these pictures were taken by Robin Chen. a kind stranger whom we met at 7 eleven & offered his assistance when he found us struggling to access the internet. Thanks Robin!! only your professional photo-taking skills could capture the fireflies’ glow 🙂

Written by clarine chai

June 1, 2011 at 5:37 am