Modern classics

I remember warming music at Culture and Arts Center in Daejeon…

Styled in the manner of a traditional hat,

an opera house with two halls, both hosting performances year-round.

Things getting more impressive the further in one goes and excusing poor resolution! (Here, the set for the Center’s Otello production.)

Hanbit apato

The imposing and ubiquitous apartment complexes of South Korea.

More accurately, a few of the twenty or so in the Hanbit complex, Daejeon.

Four aspects of tea

Traditional shops with tea-time snacks. In Dihua street, Taipei’s old downtown.

 

Tea, tea ceramics and art exhibitions in CANS Cafe, the tranquil coffee shop in the museum of contemporary art.

 

Tea-tasting and English tea at smith&hsu tea house. Like with many other culinary inventions, when Taiwan embraces them they stop being an “imported” “copycat” thing and they become the thing. In this case, English afternoon tea.

 

…but before the scones, you have to tea-taste and select. “Taste” as in “wine tasting”: Smell the leaves in tiny jars.

Piece of trivia: The menu has a warning next to the Greek green tea against consumption by pregnant women. In Greece, “mountain tea” is considered the most harmless drink. Could mythology have damaged its reputation abroad? :]

 

Queue outside Chensanding in Gongguan, one of the most popular bubble tea stands.

Spending time in queues for specific food joints on a regular basis: a thing that will always perplex me. And the tea didn’t seem different than other good stands’ … However don’t let me be misunderstood. Taiwanese bubble tea itself is one of the best things in life.

Backyard temple

Offerings at the Tianhou temple, Taipei.

The temple is dedicated to goddess Mazu, the main deity in Taiwan. (Right, the main religion in Taiwan is a local one!)

Tianhou is special for being narrowly tucked between other buildings right in Ximending, Taipei’s ultra-commercial district.