31.10.12

Happy Halloween

Be frank, I did not celebrate Halloween before but still, Happy Halloween!
30.10.12

Feeling 18C 18度C巧克力工房 @ 埔里

Looked upon the hand-painted signboard with a cute bear,  we are here somewhere at the place that we gonna visit today. Neither a developed city nor significant spot in Taiwan, the endless crowd brought up this mysterious sight in Puli.

顺着小熊烧的手绘招牌望去,便是今天我们要去的地方。不算市区但人潮不断,说得上是埔里鲜见的景色。

The first glance from car park was the ice cream parlour that offers mouth-watering Gelato italian ice cream. Guess they are sold in either two or three scoops for a deal.

首先映入眼帘的是令我们垂涎三尺的意式冰淇淋,好像是分两球、三球那么卖的。

Move forward a little bit more, we reached the main entrance of Feeling 18C.

再往前挪移些,就是18度C巧克力工房的正门了。

You might be surprised that we actually gotta queue up to enter the tiny space.

不说你可不知道,要进去可是要按次序排队的。

I spotted this puppet with a big grin on his face that def made my day. Cheers.

从来就没办法静下来的我,眼球转啊转的就发现了带着微笑的铁皮小木偶。看着它,人也不禁跟着开心起来。

The owner even prepare these gorgeously designed map and product catalogue for customers' view throughout the bee line.

店家还很用心地为大排长龙的顾客准备了精致的观光导览地图和商品目录。

Were you getting bored? C'mon, finally it is our turn to enter the cozy looking space.

等了好一阵子,终于轮到我们了。原本紧闭的落地玻璃门终于为我们打开了。

What a place that caters to my fond of white and christmas especially! Oh gosh.

怀着很兴奋的心情环顾四周,懂我的朋友应该都晓得我对白色和圣诞节是有个情意结的。超喜欢这里!

The beautiful name and packaging simply took my breath away. Can I just bring all of 'em home? Laugh.

诗情画意的名字和包装,美得简直让我回不过神来;恨不得把他们全都带回国,呵呵。

And we will see these friendly dolls miniature chocolate that depict the sincerity of Feeling 18C towards passion for chocolate and people, the customers.

还有笑容可掬的巧克力人偶,展现的就是18度C对顾客与巧克力间坦诚的交流。

Pretty no? What a pathetic case that we left 'em in the lodge. We didn't get to taste a piece even, besides  the dainty piece from sampling dude. Argh.

漂亮吧?可是我们竟然把它遗留在民宿!现在想起都觉得心痛。除了试吃的,一块都没吃到。真伤心!

Crossing a street, we will find the coffee machines that are prepared by the owner as well for the long-awaited bee line. And they are free of charge! How considerate, really.

往前越过一条小街,便是店家怕顾客等久了而细心准备的咖啡机和纸杯,都不计费。

A family photo taking sight actually caught my attention. How cozy, if being placed adjacent to Feeling 18C's donation box. Deeply touched.

要离开的时候瞥见隔壁家的爸爸在为孩子和妈妈照相。超温馨的画面,和18度C的热心公益 [以家为本,希望筑园]相得益彰。

Lastly, people often link a successful man with tide of stories behind. This norm works on 茆师傅, the Founder of Feeling 18C as well. He did not forget the promise made with his son in years back though his son had passed away for 4 years already, unfortunately. He continues to pursue their mutual dreams by spreading the love through chocolates that are all made with heart. Since then, Feeling 18C Foundation has became the man's approach to reminisce over his son. The father's great love for his son.

其实每一个创业有成的人物背后也会埋藏着一些令人动容的事迹。而创办人茆师傅也不例外。虽然儿子已经病逝了四年,他仍然没有忘记和儿子当初共同立下的使命,用裹着浓浓温馨的巧克力把爱传出去。18度C文化基金会便是茆师傅怀念孩子的大爱。


Photographed with TOU babes at Feeling 18C 18度c巧克力工房 on Oct 15, 2012 during my two weeks stay in Taiwan.


Location
No.20, Cih-en St., Puli Township, Nantou Country 545, Taiwan.

Hours
10:00 - 22:00

Contact
+886492984863
0800@feeling18c.com.tw

Website

Facebook Page
29.10.12

Paper Dome 纸教堂 @ 埔里

Leaving the heaven-like Justlike Villa, all of us just stepped our foot on the land of Puli. Hand in hand with the entrance ticket that we got at slightly cheaper price with student card (where people usually get at 100 Taiwan dollar), we will move on to a land of happiness, a stage for dreams - Paper Dome.

离开世外桃源般的喜欢农庄,今天我们来到埔里。手持用学生证买来的入园券 (普通券值是新台币 100 元),一步一步地走向幸福之地,梦想舞台 - 纸教堂。

I really admire the eco-conscious Taiwanese, a lot. It is pretty easy to notice everything, big and small, that is inspired by the mother nature. As seen, the post box even.

超钦佩台湾人的环保意识,不管在哪里都不难发现以大自然取题的用具;就连邮箱也不例外。

Regardless of the colorful flowers on your way.

不管是沿途鲜艳亮丽的路边小花也好。

Or the gently blooming lotus by the pond.

在池畔清雅伫立的莲花也好。

They simply made our day to the Paper Dome.

都为我们走向纸教堂的路上增添不少色彩。

Weatherproof cardboard has been used as the major fundamental in basically everything, from stool to the walls etc.

纸教堂,里头的一切顾名思义地是以防水的厚纸皮组成的。凳子、墙壁,无一不是。

Knowing each other for more than ten years, this is seriously the first time ever that we went on a road trip, I mean really far one. Glad that we got a group picture made in such a meaningful building.

难得的和姐妹们在纸教堂里拍了个全体照。认识了十余年,好像还是第一次那么多人的远途旅行。感恩!

There were actually many historical value trapped beneath the ivory building. It resembles the new-born spirit between the countries from their mutual hard time during catastrophe like the Great Hanshin earthquake in Japan and the 921 earthquake in Taiwan. Feel free to glance through Paper Dome's official website if you are interested to know more.

其实,这米黄色建筑物背后蕴藏的历史可多了,是台湾与日本在大地震中无私相救的那一份精神传承。有兴趣的朋友,不妨到官方网站去游览一下。

Walking along the path, we will spot Maahapet Area of Health Light Meal.

从池畔的小道一路走去,是Maahapet轻食区。

At the riverside along our way, we could really stop and embrace the serenity which we never get from everyday life in city.

再经过清澈见底的小溪,沿途我们停下来好好呼吸一下平日城市生活中感受不到的谧静。


Make a right turn, that is where Maahapet customers enjoy their meal.

再转个弯,便是Maahapet轻食区用餐的一角。

Where the next turn will lead us to Paper Shop.

下一个转角后,我们回来到纸铺。

A place where you can purchase some handmade stuffs and souvenirs. Oh yea we can actually  take our entrance ticket in exchange of the goods sold with equivalent value, of course.

就是纸教堂里售卖手作、纪念品的地方。而刚才的入园券是可以在纸铺里抵值消费的。

Just in case if you do not find anything that catch your eyes from Paper Shop, you may use it to get a cuppa or any titbits from Maahapet Area of Health Light Meal.

如果在纸铺找不到合眼缘的手作小品,我们也可以把入园券带到Maahapet轻食区去折抵。

So guys, feel good after a cup of hot choco and green hue surrounding you? And guess what, where are we going next?

喝了杯热可可,看了看绿意盎然的四周,大家精神多了吧?明天,我们又会去哪里呢?


Photographed with TOU babes at Paper Dome 纸教堂 on Oct 15, 2012 during my two weeks stay in Taiwan.


Location
No. 52-12, Taomi Ln., Taomi Li, Puli Township, Nantou Country 545, Taiwan.

Hours
Sunday - Friday 09:00 - 20:00
Saturday and National Holidays 09:00 - 21:00

Contact
+886492914922
land@homeland.org.tw

Website

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28.10.12

Justlike Villa 喜欢农庄 @ 花莲

Today, we will overnight in a room, Bai Lu that is named after planting season. With the slippers that scattered around, mugs, clothes hanger and tv set that are prepared heartily by the owner, we were like home sweet home in such a cozy place.

今天,我们会住在一间以四季命名的套房,白露。任我们随地乱摆的室内拖鞋、主人家细心准备的杯子、衣架子和电视机,是一间多么像在家里那么温馨的民宿啊。

When you woke up from the bed you that were squirming whole night long, the welcoming birds chirping and breezy air will make you so comfortable. The feeling that we will never find from the hustle and bustle of city life.

在微风习习的早晨,从被窝里懒洋洋地爬起来;偷窥着窗外的鸟语花香。说实在的,是那种无法言喻的写意,一种无法在熙来攘往的城市找到的生活。

And I walked lazily into Han Jie's haven after washed up. Gosh, how gorgeous are the flowers in the Coke bottle. Needless to compete against each other, they just seem beautiful as they are. Simplicity.

梳洗完毕后,再拖着慵懒的步伐闯进主人家韩姐的美食小天地。桌上的可乐瓶子里可是装着几朵淳朴绽放的小花,没有争妍夺丽的必要;大家看起来就是那么地舒服。

When I turned around, here I spotted a mini moo with chalk-written menu on top.

再转头一看,小牛身上满布着五颜六色的粉笔字,写着韩姐今天为我们精心泡制的爱心早餐。

In Han Jie's haven, we gotta follow her sweet words. She is such a caring lady where she aware that most customers do not take breakfast. Thus, she thought of this pumpkin paste so that all her customers can tour out there with their satisfying tummy. Breakfast plays a crucial role for one throughout the day, as she said.

在这个小天地,我们都全听韩姐的。韩姐很贴心地说,她晓得有些顾客没有吃早餐的习惯。所以,特地想了这道南瓜蔬菜炖糊,希望大家至少可以裹着饱饱的肚子出门去。像妈妈般地百般叮咛,早餐是一天中多么重要的事情啊!

I am blessed, holding the bowlful of pumpkin paste, and smelled the homesick. Argh.

端着碗中的稀粥,超幸福的。开始有点想家了,呵呵。

Han Jie has her own principle in her haven. To her, we have to take our breakfast accordingly. So we have to wait for the next dish to be served after the pumpkin paste. Let's meet Han Jie and her silhouette who was busy preparing hearty breakfast for us.

韩姐说,吃早点要按着步骤地吃。于是,大伙儿便看着韩姐为我们一大清早就很忙碌的背影,乖乖地等着。



My tiny eyes got very busy as well while waiting for Han Jie. Laugh. Have you feel surprise with me, looking at the owners' effort in building their home sweet home? Perhaps, more like our home sweet home?

而我的小眼睛也很忙碌地环顾四周。瞳孔不时会跟着主人家的各个小角落高呼惊叹,不受控地张大。主人家的用心,大家都感觉到了吗?

Later, Han Jie served us with freshly made soya milk and rice milk. The caring lady even separate the beverages by different colored plate. By the way, the rice milk in brown hue actually tasted like peanut butter. So special isn't it?

过了好一阵子,韩姐贴心地用不同色调 - 青和红的盘子端着浓浓的豆浆和米浆。浅褐色的米浆尝起来好像花生糊一样,很特别。

Tada, here comes the main course. Han Jie prepared homemade waffle set for us today. Truly a bliss to enjoy this scrumptious breakfast, leisurely. I have to name this as the utmost pleasure that I never expect to gain from this trip. Thanks Han Jie!

再来就是今天的主菜 - 手工松饼。能够这样悠哉地享受那么丰富的早餐,是这一趟旅行始料不及的。谢谢韩姐!

The potatoes were too delicious for a grab. I kept looking at the dainty, shining pieces on my friends' plate. Xiao Pei ended up gave me his portion. So kind of him. Laugh. 

韩姐的马铃薯实在是太好吃了,害我不禁觊觎身旁的盘子里散散发亮的小块头。结果,从小霈那里偷来了一小盘。难忘!

Another highlight is Luo Ge's coffee corner. We were deeply moved by the aroma of his freshly brewed espresso, adding on with his facial expression and passion throughout the sharing session.

更值得一提的是洛哥的小天地,这里全都是他亲手烘培的咖啡豆和种种吸管式的器材。洛哥还为我们泡了一小壶的黑咖啡。洛哥威严外表下分享咖啡心得时自然流露的那份柔情,令每一小杯更为香浓。



The couple even decorate their second floor into a mini library where we can surf the net, get a cuppa and grab a book that catch your interest. Such a sad case when we are unable to stay longer. I really wish I could spend my afternoon reading a good book over this mini library.

真可惜的是不能在洛哥和韩姐的小天地待久一些,趁着洛哥和大伙儿畅谈咖啡点滴,我一个人上到二楼去。眼前尽是一片温文儒雅的气息,如果可以在这里读本书就好了。有机会的话,一定会回来。

Moving out of the house, we will see many ducklings. You might feel surprised that Han Jie and Luo Ge can even differentiate, recognize and name them differently. Awesome.

现在, 我们到屋外去走走。韩姐和洛哥都好喜欢动物,喜欢农庄里还有他们饲养的小鸭子。如果没记错的话,应该是叫瓜瓜吧。更甚的是,韩姐和洛哥还能分辨出每一只小鸭的名字。太神奇了!

And this is our lockers that are named after the rooms. The planting season, as mentioned earlier, has been chosen as Han Jie would like us to experience their life.

刚才忘了介绍,喜欢农场的每一间房都是以四季命名的,为的是主人家韩姐想让大家体会一下农家种植、牧农的细节。






The nearness of nature, are you longing for it now? This is seriously a place that you gotta visit if you are in Taiwan.

大自然就是那么的靠近,大家向往了吧? 喜欢农庄真的是值得一去的地方,诚恳地说。

Well it's time to bid all of you for next journey. Good bye, Justlike Villa! Good bye, Luo Ge and Han Jie! Thanks for the hospitality. The beauty of Taiwan.

大家来台湾的话要来哦。好啦, 是时候启程了。再见,喜欢农庄!再见洛哥、韩姐!谢谢你们的热情款待。


Photographed with TOU babes at Justlike Villa 喜欢农庄 on Oct 16, 2012 during my two weeks stay in Taiwan.


Location
花蓮縣吉安鄉稻香村廣賢路一段219號

Contact
+886 920 309 568 (洛哥)
+886 985 393 898 (韩姐)
pello.grace@gmail.com

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