Tamsui Little White House 淡水小白宫

In 1858, following the second opium war, Taiwan was forced to open its ports for free trade under The Beijing and The Tienjin Treaties. Four years later, a customs office was established in Tamsui following the opening of Tamsui Port. 
Initially, there were only a few foreign taxation officers, most of whom lived in the customs office building or rental houses near by. Tamsui Customs then purchased a piece of land in 1866 and started building the residences in 1869. 
The building has a square layout and a splendid view on the Tamsui River and Mt. Guanyin. The foundation of the building is elevated three feet high, capturing humidity within the house, which is then carried away through the square shaped ventilation holes by the flowing breeze. The structure is a classic colonial style building known as a "bungalow". 
It was nicknamed "Xiao Bai Gong", meaning the "Little White House" due to its ash white appearance. It features ash white outer walls, a terrace with a magnificent view, a veranda with arched columns, and a vintage fireplace.

Photographed with TOU babes at 淡水小白宫 on Oct 19, 2012 during my two weeks stay in Taiwan.

Tamsui District, New Taipei City, Taiwan

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Virtues, like essences, lose their fragrance when exposed.

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Tamsui Fisherman's Wharf 渔人码头 @ 淡水

It's been quite a while from our last post to Taiwan ain't it? Let's continue our journey to Tamsui Fisherman's Wharf today. The Wharf is well known for its beautiful sunset, fresh seafood and of course Lover Bridge, the white-colored Cable-stayed bridge as shown above.

Lover Bridge derived its name since it was started on Feb 14, Valentine's Day as one of the effort from New Taipei City Government to develope the city. The total length is approximately 196 metres and the walk across takes approximately 3 minutes.

There is also a sweet little trick for visitors to embark on a fantastic journey to hunt for lovey dovey doodles, the treasures of the Rainbow. The seven colours that fill the spectrum of rainbow have inspired seven pairs of theme which are designed to spark conversation between humanity and nature beauty in respective zone:
Red Umbrella of Lovers
Orange Square of Ocean Observation
Yellow Forest of Banyan
Green Floating Wharf
Blue Bridge of Lovers
Indigo Blue Road
Violet Wood Trail
If your eyes are sharp enough, you'll notice they are coupled with poetic illustrations in both English and Chinese as shown in one of my Rainbow finds - Blue Bridge of Lovers.

It is so relaxing for us to walk leisurely, jump on the bridge and lean against the fence to enjoy the breezing scenery at the Tamsui River mouth.

Experienced the different cultures and faces is the essence of travel, I always feel so.

Let's take a look at the boat shape inspired building and wooden path that stretches at the waterfront before witnessing the beautiful sunset with me from Lover Bridge.

It is claimed the best place to watch the view of Sunset in Taiwan by some others who share the same thought as I am.

The moment before dark night arrives was simply mesmerizing with its tranquility. And in such a calm ambience, do you feel the short escape from miserable life that you might having right now with me? Everything just stay there, beautifully.

Love can build a bridge. Ring a bell or hang a love if you want to be with your partner for life. The ceaseless love from people who came here by chance is the way Lover Bridge's spirit sustaining themselves I guess.

The beauty of the Fisherman's Wharf and Lover Bridge can't even hide away from us in darkness. A must-visit place in Taiwan for nature lovers, really. 

ps. I hope you enjoyed the beautiful sunset and shall see where are we heading next :)

Photographed with TOU babes at 渔人码头 on Oct 19, 2012 during my two weeks stay in Taiwan.

Tamsui District, New Taipei City, Taiwan

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ps. 找到了 life focus 和不顾一切的傻劲

Photographed our pick of Berry Berry Banana and Matcha mille crepe at The Twelve Cups, Georgetown today with Tze Ying, Vivian, Yen Fei and Seong Leng.

12, The WhiteAways Arcade, Beach Street, 10300 George Town, Malaysia. (Opposite Alliance Bank)

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Pre-launch Party @ The Twelve Cups

Sauntered along the Beach Street a week back from now, guess you might just cast a typical impression of the street where most of the bank branches taking place.

All these impression made a total difference thanks to the creative minds who bring us a newly established cafe with the name of The Twelve Cups. Shall we slow down a walk from piling documents  and whatsoever hassles to drop by the cafe for their pre-launch party, now.

Once I stepped into this cafe, there was such a gorgeous grin that caught my eyes where I seriously couldn't get myself out of the surging heart to make a picture of this beautiful lady in such a cozy ambience with her assent.

A few moves further, we are now standing just adjacent to the cafe's cashier counter, placed side by side with the temptation of signature mille crepe cakes.

The lively yellow hue on wall, that I heart so much personally, was whispering to the world of the gracious thought by the brains behind that we should never stop dreaming. Oh love.

Next to the lively yellow hue, exactly, we will see a hand-painted piece of Trishaw, one of the Penang's treasure. The real wheels duo further adorn the artwork with the humming of Feeling Good lyric and hey you, just as how you gonna feel like in the cafe itself. I mean, really.

The matching tones and chalk board inspired menu def give the cashier counter a plus where generally customers could locate their taste buds just nice to a clear choice of beverages and pastries available in the cafe.

The flavours of their signature mille crepe cakes available at the moment are Hokkaido Chocolate, Hokkaido Milk, French Vanilla, Oreo Chocolate, Tiramisu, Matcha and so forth. Gosh, that's just way too far from what I could remember. Laugh.

And there will be more choices of pastries available soon. Just bear in the mind and wait patiently with me to their arrival in the cafe. What say you?

Well I supposed you'll join me for a Yes! no? Now we will have a sneak peek of a slice of Hokkaido Chocolate being placed leisurely on pearl white dessert plates, waiting to be served.

Or a fresh drip of Tropicana Breeze (apple + orange + mixed berries).

Or an aromatic sip of hot Mocha with dainty bite of mille crepe cake.

Or simply like the artwork which will fly all sweet tooth like me to cloud nine, really.

The feeling in the cafe was just too good to be told, having these beautiful people who attended the pre-launch party with me. Thank you so much dear the brains behind for their invitation, heartily.

Oh yea, the cafe is The Twelve Cups. Just in case you've lost your track with me after quite a long post. Laugh.

And now I will leave you with these friendly and passionate people whom I'd love you to meet them in person. Ain't the smiles beautiful?

Where the last note of the day will go to our group shot in courtesy of the designer, Huan Sheng. :)

ps. we might meet someday in the cafe perhaps? ciao!

Photographed with babes during pre-launch party of The Twelve Cups, Georgetown on Nov 11, 2012.

12, The WhiteAways Arcade, Beach Street, 10300 George Town, Malaysia. (Opposite Alliance Bank)

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