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Taiwanese (wild boar) sausage

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This is the shop owner. He is a really nice guy. Once he treated us to a bowl of pork rib soup which he made for lunch.

I have always preferred Chinese sausage to the western version. This sausage is really good. It’s crunchy, fatty and tender. The boss taught us to eat it with garlic to bring out the flavor of the meat. He peeled a few cloves of garlic for us to chew onto while we bite into our sausages.

The owner rears a pair of roosters and when we are bored, we love chasing them to try and catch them.

The roosters love to perch on this particular branch of the tree in front of Neiwan’s train station.

Look here’s me posing with the roosters

Written by clarine chai

June 7, 2011 at 11:48 am

Who let the dogs out? WOOF–WOOF-WOOF-WOOF!!

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There are so many stray dogs in Neiwan. I know my sister, a dog-lover, would just go crazy over them. Sadly she couldn’t be with me on this trip so I took many pictures and videos of them for her. I don’t have any liking in particular for dogs. I am a pretty clean person and I don’t like them licking and drooling all over me. However few weeks into Neiwan and having taken so many pictures of various kinds of dogs, I’m gradually becoming to like them myself. They are so adorable, and much less aggressive than the ones back in Malaysia, where I used to live when I was younger. I notice that there are many black dogs in Taiwan, maybe it’s a breed which is more common in this part of the world. The stray dogs here also look much cleaner and many do not have a strong pungent smell. I actually allowed them to pounce on me. ahha.

Written by clarine chai

June 7, 2011 at 5:11 am

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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