Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Saturday, March 4, 2017

How to get to Elephant Rock (Taipei)

Although this huge rock in shape of elephant trunk is not marked on usual map yet, the place could be expected being near Shenao Fishing Port (深澳漁港) from relation among its name and the port. However, as there is no road sign clarifying the direction, most people would be led to Chief Cliff (酋長岩) by crowds. Indeed, it is just right behind Chief Cliff and you might pass through roadblock set at opposite entrance of the fishing port to reach the place. Except for mushroom rocks which share similar characteristic of the one at Yehliu (野柳), you could see people enjoying their time by different means, some are sitting on rock to watch the sea, others are fishing, and still others are taking selfie with those strange yellow stones. Within 5 minutes, this long, long elephant trunk is in front of your eyes.


Go only during a dry and not stormy day. During rainy days the rocks become very slippery. On windy or stormy days, gusts might blow you easily from the cliff. It is better to come in the afternoon when the sun is low. Then the sun will also be on the landward side giving good light. In the morning and mid day the sun can be very intense, and there is nothing to hide in the shade. It can be a pain to take photos during this time, also the light is not ideal (except you want this kind of light). On weekends and holidays you can expect more people there, but during weekdays this place is pretty empty.
In the harbour are plenty of restaurants serving the freshly catched fish. It’s a great place to have a lunch break or dinner.


Elephant Rock is located on the north coast of Taiwan, about 5 km east of Keelung City. The easiest and fasted way to reach it is by car or scooter. Go until the end of the harbor, there is plenty of parking space. By public transport take bus 791 or 1051 from Keelung train station and get off at 深澳發電廠 (Shēn ào fādiàn chǎng) and walk to the harbor. The bus takes about 1 hour.

Learn to LIVE.

Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don't wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it's at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored. 

The Sunflower in Me

Infuse your life with action. Don't wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own future. Make your own hope. Make your own love. And whatever your beliefs, honor your creator, not by passively waiting for grace to come down from upon high, but by doing what you can to make grace happen... yourself, right now, right down here on Earth.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

金面山親山步道 (How to get to Neihu)





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  1. 公車藍20、藍27、214、247、256、267於「環山站」下車。
  2. 公車240、247、267、521、小2於「金龍禪寺站」下車。
700 位置里程(單位:公尺) 其它親山步道打印台位置
  1. 主步道高低起伏變化極大,多處需攀繩而過,尤其連續段峭壁陡坡需手腳並用,建議出門前隨身物簡單為上,越輕越好;沒有攀岩經驗的人最好準備厚手套,並穿著具止滑效果的登山鞋。
  2. 攀登巨岩需全身貫注,睡眠不足或體力較差時,最好不要貿然登山
  1. 板南線,搭藍27到捷運「市政府」站轉乘捷運回家。
  2. 淡水—新店線,搭222、247到捷運「台北車站」轉乘捷運回家 (222、247、267、紅31沿線各站轉乘捷運回家)

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Journey to Sun Moon Lake

One of the things I love about Taiwan is the magnificent scenery. Every time I visited Taiwan, I never really had the chance to fully explore Sun Moon Lake. So here I am!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Love The Arrival. I give it 4 stars out of 5

One of the things that struck me about this movie is that whilst the focus is on learning to communicate with the aliens, that's not all that's going on. Look at the scenes where Louise talks to Colonel Weber about what she's doing. She and he look at the world in different ways - they are also alien to one another, and she is using examples and stories - even made up ones like the "Kangaroo" story - to bridge a gap in understanding with him and his superiors, exactly like she's having to do with Humans and the Heptapods. And on a larger scale, the different nations with Heptapod ships in them all have different philosophies and ways of doing things, different ways of understanding the situation. And they also have to overcome those gulfs and communicate with one another to arrive at the solution. So the movie is about communication not just with the heptapods, but on at least three different levels. The message seems to be that we are ALL aliens to one another, and the key to overcoming those divides is learning to communicate so that we can bridge the gaps in understanding between us.