02
Sep
08

Keelung

On a memorable weekend before I left Taipei, my dear cousin took me out to the beach by Keelung.  We drove to a scenic point on the mountain where I had fun with my zoom lens figuring out what people were doing on the shore.

I am guessing that they are checking out a fish, or perhaps a snail.  Or maybe someone dropped a contact…

A little purple wildflower that was all over the mountain where we first stopped to enjoy the view.

Tiny blueberries growing by the side of the road.

We hung out by the tide pools and my cousin and his friend attempted to catch fish with no luck, though they did catch a crab, and a few snails I believe.  We let them all go before we left.

I wonder what they’re looking at.

Something about this picture makes me think of zen.

Dusk on the beach.

The fishing boats all have these garlands of humongous clear light bulbs to illuminate the area around the boat and attract fish.  At night, the boats are independent stars bobbing on the darkness of the ocean on the edge of the horizon.  According to my cousin, one needs a permit to go with a fishing boat out to do deep-sea fishing.  (Thanks go to my cousin for the patience and help in setting up this not-completely blurry shot of the fishing boat at night…  I actually bought a tripod, but just don’t seem to bring it when it turns out I could actually use it…)

Corn dogs.  The one with the orange bit wrapped around it is cheese, and the one with the green bit wrapped around it is wasabi (I think).  I’ve eaten duck tongues, pig feet, and all manner of intriguing cuisine here in Taiwan, but the cheese corn dog ranks as the most disgusting thing I think I have ever eaten.  So much for rebelling against nutritionist-mothers!

I know what you’re all wondering… Would drinking one of those bubbling steamy drinks make steam shoot out of your ears???  Sadly, no.  My friend said it wasn’t half-bad and she got to keep the cup with a steam vent on it.  I think there was dry ice involved…

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4 Responses to “Keelung”


  1. September 4, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    Great pictures!
    Those cheese corn dogs look really tempting hehehehe.

  2. 2 Amanita
    September 7, 2008 at 11:23 pm

    I enjoyed the pictures.
    Thank god you thought those corn dogs with cheese are the most disgusting things you’ve ever had! Otherwise, I would worry about how much you might have them! They are loaded with saturated fat and most likely trans-fat, since there is not law to prohibit trans-fat in Taiwan!

  3. 3 Paulie
    October 8, 2008 at 12:17 am

    Thanks for the great pix!
    The corndog is our way of giving back to asian cuisine.
    Enjoy!
    P.
    http://sicluceatlux.wordpress.com

  4. October 18, 2008 at 5:16 am

    LOL, I think the corndog is one gift that perhaps would be better refunded– are they gross in the US too? Perhaps I shouldn’t have had my very first one abroad.


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