Tuesday, July 21, 2009
On 7/3/2009, Josephine and I traveled down to southern Taiwan to visit a couple who's working on Organic tea plantation. (It is a remarkable story about this couple - Big Elephant, Mr. and Mrs. Yang, we took a lot of pictures on their "future" tea gardens...and hard to believe that we were simply 3 month late to eyewitness their USDA Certified Organic Tea plantation. We will take our time to re-arange the photos and work on a details report on this couple.)
On the way back to Taipei, we stopped by the house of Mr. Liu (father of Mrs. Yang, also a passionate tea farmer moved down from Lugu, Nantou County to live at Pingtung) to have teas. We saw two photos hanged on the wall, which indeed are very interesting. Jospehine and I both agreed that these two pictures are telling a great story...
Who will feel comfortable to let a 20 Month old boy to hands on playing with the fresh plucked tea leaves, if these tea leaves were not organically grown?
Grandpa was leading his grandson to smell the leaf's fragrance during the indoor withering...boys...here comes another new Tea Master! (Look how seriously he is...)
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Glad to meet my classmates and their family & friends on 7/4/2009 at Taipei.
We did walk around Taipei's old business district - from the Da-Tao-Cheng Harbor, to the first Taipei street for Traders - Guede Street; Along the Taipei's first Wholesalers' street - Dihua Street; and then passed by Taipei's first Retails/Jewelries/Entertainments Street - Yenpin N. Road...there are many tea shops still remain in tea business, but a lot more were converted to many other industries and contribute Taiwan's economic development. Boys...that was a hot sunny day to walk around...
There are some photos taken at Ning Sia Road. My sister Susan is very glad to meet all our classmates there...(Try to test yourself to identify who's who...)
Thanks to Amy Chen (Lao-Chien's wife) bring us delicious sweeties and David Chen's treating us a great lunch at Tai-Chun.
We were told that Chen Linlung might got some great Hotel coupons for certain resorts...It will be great to take advantage of the coupon prices. (Our recent Taiwan Oolongs Study Tour has visited Hua-Tung area and we enjoy the Eastern Taiwan so much!)