Notice: This entry was published 5 years ago and may no longer reflect my views today.
Alternative Title: Days Two and Three!
I haven’t had the chance to wander around and explore by myself. So far, I’ve spent my time meeting Michael’s relatives who have been so wonderful. I was afraid of the language barrier at first, but they’ve been really welcoming towards me. I should get serious about learning Chinese so I can get to know them all better without relying on my husband to translate for me. Perhaps I’ll take formal classes when I get back to the US. I’ve never felt expected to assimilate into their culture, but I feel like I should make the effort anyway.
We’re staying in Keelung, and I’ve noticed that building clusters like this one is a common sight — five or more identical buildings spread across the city. Since Taiwan is a small country, building up is much more preferable than spreading out. These are residential buildings in the picture, and I swear there’s at least 20 of them!
A pretty picture just because~ I actually only have a point-and-shoot with me right now. It’s not a particularly good one, but I do the best I can (with Photoshop heh). I owned an SLR for many years when I blogged and took many pictures a long time ago. Both those hobbies fell out for me in college, and my little sister began using my SLR more and more. So I decided to give it to her. Now I’m back to blogging and I only have my potato camera to work with. I don’t regret giving my good camera to my sister though. I love her!
I decided to sport milkmaid braids yesterday on our way to meet Michael’s uncle. We stopped by a salon first to give him a haircut, and the ladies wouldn’t stop staring at me. Getting stared at actually makes me feel uncomfortable. I can only feel ~fierce and fab~ when I feel safe and alone. Apparently, they also liked my voice. I hear that a lot from Chinese people which is pretty nice because others can be mean about it. I have a tiny voice and it sucks. No one takes me seriously.
Comfy outfit yesterday. The top is the same one from one of my older Chictopia posts in a different color! I have a bad habit of purchasing the same clothing item in all sorts of colors. I can’t just pick one sometimes. I really love the back details on this top. I always make it a point to have my hair up when I wear it.
Today, we went to Taipei to visit Michael’s ancestral shrines. How cute is my EasyCard? We took a bus there this morning, and all I had to do was scan this and I was set. I then used this same card to take the MRT around Taipei, and then I used it again to take a different train back to Keelung. According to Michael, all public transportation in Taiwan uses the EasyCard system. It’s so amazing and convenient! I wish this was available in Manila and the States.
This hill is completely covered in shrines. We had to climb around and jump over a lot of them to get to ours. It was very steep too. Hardcore parkour!
After burning incense for his ancestors, we burned some paper “money” for them to use in the afterlife. They used to burn real money in the old days, but that’s not a very good idea now so we used paper with gold foils on them.
We went to three shrines all in different locations in the city. It took us the whole day and there was a lot of hiking and climbing. One of them listed all of Michael’s ancestors as well as the generation they belong in. When he passes, his name will be added to the tomb. He belongs in his family’s 23rd generation. It’s so impressive how far back he can trace his lineage. I don’t even know who my great grandparents are.
Looking like a piping hot mess after all that hiking. You’ll be seeing the purse and shoes a lot these coming days, as I only brought one purse and three shoes. The top actually has a keyhole on the back. It seems I gravitate towards tops with back details as opposed to front. I might as well be a spokesperson for Mossimo since I wear it all the time.
Tomorrow, we’ll finally be able to explore around by ourselves. We’re off to Taipei again for some shopping finally!