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Random acts of kindness – “Pork guy”

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On the way back to our homestay, we saw the roast pork stall still open. The owner doesn’t have a place to sleep so sleeps in his stall at night. He was packing up when we passed by and were surprised when he called out to us. He cooked us each a stick of roast pork with extra chilli (because we wanted it spicy) and even gave as a box of salad for breakfast tomorrow morning.

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Written by clarine chai

June 7, 2011 at 12:33 pm

You don’t have to ask for help in Neiwan – Kind strangers at 7 eleven

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There are times when you are in need but no one comes forward to help and there are times when you are in need but others are unable to help.

Today was a time when we are in need but not out to seek help, yet we got all the help we couldn’t have asked for. ..

Mr Li was not in the past few days and we couldn’t access the internet. We decided to try our luck with the 7 eleven down the street which has wi-fi. Unfortunately we needed an internet account which only Taiwan citizens would have in order to use it. 2 guys sitting at the table saw us struggling to access the internet and offered to help us. They lent us their accounts to use and as we chatted, we found out that they were from Taipei and were here to see the fireflies in Neiwan.  One of them is a professional photographer and managed to take pictures of them.  Those were just what I needed for my blog. We added each other on facebook and he said that he could email me the photos if I wanted. I think they pitied us for not having internet access at our homestay so they gave us their passwords and told us not to give them to anyone else. He even said that we could contact them the next time we go Taipei and they could bring us around. How nice!

Written by clarine chai

June 7, 2011 at 4:36 am

Who says policeman only catches thief?

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Here in Neiwan..policeman also grows vegetables! Ahah..

Well you know why? That’s because there are no baddies to catch in this little town.

So it all started when we wanted to check out the police station atop a hill.

Nearing the entrance, we saw 2 big & burly policemen in their uniform at their desks. I smiled at them. One of them stood up & I was thinking..erm I should get going but guess what.. He struck a conversation with us & invited us to come inside for tea. WOW they were so friendly and easygoing so I asked if

We could take pictures with them..

Then cheekily asked if we could wear their policeman hats.. (I didn’t think he would really allow us to do so– you see, I can’t remember where I learnt this from, but a policeman’s hat has to be treated with atmost respect because it’s a symbol of justice & integrity, a representation of the country & your responsibility in protecting the rights of ordinary civilians)

So I was really surprised when he took out his hat & put it on my head. He even said he wanted me to email him my picture because I look pretty in it. Haha!

Okay so back to growing of vegetables. They simply have too much time on their hands I think. Besides the occasional fines they issue for illegal parking & some administrative work, there’s really nothing much left to do. Well they can punch at their beanbags to train their muscles, but that doesn’t occupy the whole day ..  Soooo.. they grow vegetables! Look at this! They have a mini plot of vegetables in their backyard – long beans, cucumbers, lemon. He even plucked some cucumbers & lemon for us to bring home! How nice! & I must say – the freshly plucked cucumbers are really sweet 😉

Okay next he gave us a tour of the police station & the lush greenery around it.

There is the 100 year old “gui hua shu” & according to him, if you haven’t seen this tree, you haven’t been to Neiwan. Okaaayy. It looks pretty normal to me. Can’t tell it’s a 100 year old.

Then there’s this wishing pond with a “green guan yin” sitting in the centre. A bit peculiar-looking but then again, I need all the luck I can get. Grant me my wish pleaaaaseee ahah!

Okay we got bored so we sat down inside & chit-chatted with them. They started talking about politics & economy & asked us how the policemen are like in our countries. Hehe.. &  then one policeman suddenly took out his cuffs & handcuffed me !! ahah so playful! & we managed to snap a picture of it.

It’s getting late so We bid the policemen farewell, left our contacts & promised to drop in again sometime 😉

Written by clarine chai

June 7, 2011 at 4:33 am

When what we are given decides what’s for dinner

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After weeks of eating out we were longing for home-cooked food. We walked past tofu wang at his store & he gave us a bag of tomatoes. “Eat this with sour plum. It’s good!” Then my friend had an idea – hey lets cook dinner instead. We could get some eggs from our lady landlord to make tomato egg soup!  “Are you serious?” I exclaimed, “You sure you can cook?

Although she claimed that she has been cooking since she was eight, the idea of boiling tomatoes & eggs still sounds a bit weird to me. Anyway I went along with the idea and bought some cooked meat to go with our tomato egg soup. (If the tomato egg soup turned out awful, at least I would still have proper meat for dinner. haha)

After getting our sliced meat, we saw Pork guy smiling at us from his stall across the street. When we told him about our cooking plans, he rummaged through his fridge and gave us a carrot, 2 potatoes and an onion to add to our soup. How nice! He even said that we shouldn’t have bothered to cook, that cooks every night and we could join him for dinner instead.

wow…with all this ingredients, if only we had preserved vegetables to flavor them, it’ll be perfect. So we asked tofu wang if he knew where to get them. He ended up giving us a bottle of preserved vegetables which he has kept for years. Wow thanks so much!

Meanwhile, wild mushroom auntie who has been listening into our cooking conversation went into her kitchen and came back with some dumplings & wild ginger flower herb of some sort. She gave them to us and said that all we had to do was to just steam them together in a pot. Okay. I’ll leave that to our lady landlord to figure.

And so.. It all started out with a bag of tomatoes and our plan to make tomato egg soup. A walk down Neiwan’s old street and we emerged at the other end carrying bags of ingredients for tomato egg soup, carrot-onion-potato soup and maybe – If we could persuade our lady landlord to cook for us –  preserved vegetables with braised pork.

Cooking process

finished dish

Written by clarine chai

June 7, 2011 at 4:24 am