Valentine’s Day

Luke and Jude went out for a walk on Valentine’s Day and brought these back:

IMG_0855and these:

IMG_0852It was obviously Jude’s idea so naturally I let him have the first cupcake. He loved it! Instant sugar-high.

IMG_0858So after we set him loose on the vacuum (still his #1 current obsession)

IMG_0846He spends a lot of waking hours crawling around pushing the vacuum:

IMG_0861Other stuff we’ve been up to has been in the kitchen. Natalie got me this rad new Cuisinart mixer for my Bday and Elizabeth got me a steamed pudding container so I decided to try out both.

IMG_0818After mixing, I put the lid on,

IMG_0819and let it steam away for an hour and a half.

IMG_0821Jude patiently hung out in the kitchen playing while I baked.

IMG_0820And his patience was rewarded:

IMG_0827Later in the week I made Brazilian Cheese Bread. It was delicious – hot and gooey. These were made possible thanks to a friend of ours dropping off the key ingredient  – tapioca flour.

IMG_0868The same friend also dropped off two new shirts for Jude –  a polo tee and a long sleeve shirt with a bow tie. Here he is in the adorable polo:

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It’s been really cold lately but the other day the sun came out and the temperature spiked.

IMG_0892It was a good thing as Jude and I had some business to take care of.

IMG_0895I bought his first car (second hand on-line) so we went to pick it up.

IMG_0896It also turns into a walker – pretty cool!

Road Trip

Last week we took a little road trip to Hualien to spend a few nights in the Taroko Gorge.

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On the way we stopped and showed Jude the Pacific Ocean (my thumb managed to ruin his first photo with the ocean).

IMG_8619After our 6-hour drive we arrived at the hotel and promptly made our way to the pool.

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It was Luke’s first time swimming with Jude and he was pretty excited.

IMG_8266Jude is totally relaxed in the water – he’s going to be a natural swimmer.

IMG_8281We lounged around after our swim,

IMG_8306and took photos upon photos of our little fish.

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IMG_8647The next day we were up bright and early (the perks of traveling with a baby) and went for a walk outside.

IMG_8367We’ve been here a few times before but it never gets old.

IMG_8375The views inside the gorge are simply spectacular.

IMG_8681We walked around the Monastery while Jude napped away in the Ergo.

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IMG_8684Back at the hotel it was time to hit the pool again.  This time we went to the indoor pool which has a baby pool with about a million rubber duckies.

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It’s pretty awesome.

IMG_8401As usual Jude made a few new girlfriends,

IMG_8434and they kindly took a family photo of us.

IMG_8449We had one more night in the Gorge and then hit the road. We decided to drive back home the long way so headed South.

IMG_8753Stopping once again at the Pacific.

IMG_8744This time we got out and played in the sand

IMG_8724and the surf.

IMG_8737We stopped for a bathroom break at the Tropic of Cancer,

IMG_8706And a burger in Dulan.

IMG_8750We were going to try to drive all the way back to Taipei but a typhoon hit and so we had to spend another night in a random city before finishing our drive the following morning.

More adventures with Cam and Gin

Ginny’s 30th Birthday may have been the highlight but we managed to do so other cool stuff around Taiwan while Cam and Gin were here.

We took a mini-road trip to Taroko Gorge.

And stayed a night in the glorious Silks Place.

Wine was consumed and cigars were smoked.

We ate a boatload of a food.

And we celebrated Gin’s birthday once more.

Back in Taipei we got on our bikes and hit up the Shida night market.

Luke was keen for our guests to sample Taiwan’s more unusual culinary delights.

On the tasting menu that particular night: Pig’s blood. Cam not keen.

One stunning afternoon we got back in the car and drove up to Maokong.

Tea was drunk and stories were told.

Ending the night at Bongos for a hit of western-style hamburgers.


We enjoyed a few morning walks through Daan Park (complete with a foot massage).

One sweltering day we took our bikes and sun-brellas out the CKS Memorial.

A tasty lunch of dumplings was eaten at the Golden Chicken Pot on the famous Yongkang St.

The last night Cam and Gin were here we went out to Ximending and then to a Japanese BBQ place for grilled meats and copious amounts of beer (which sadly I had to miss as I was sooo exhausted).

Kanpai!!!!

Cockroaches and a Stink Egg

This week started with a cockroach.

These sneaky things come in through the drains from time to time. Thankfully our cats, being Taiwanese, are expert cockroach hunters. Poor thing didn’t stand a chance. It really tired them both out as the rest of the day they spent like this:

We were also quite tired Monday morning as Saturday night we decided to take the car for a mini road trip. We drove an hour out of Taipei to Wulai.

The drive to Wulai is very scenic. It amazed me how quickly the city ended and the country hills began. Our car handled the twisting and turning road really well making for a comfortable ride.

We got to Wulai around 6.30pm and headed down to the natural hot pools just as the sun was setting. I took these photos of us swimming in the river just before we made our way to the hot pools (which are incredibly hot). You can spot Luke in there.

After we dried off we made our way over to the lights which turned out to be a little night market. It was slightly more touristy than the ones near us in Taipei city but we were hungry and were able to find a few tasty things to nibble on.

We tried some of the rice cooked inside bamboo from this stand.

And a preserved egg from this stand:

I couldn’t bring myself to try one of these gnarly looking things that Taiwan is well-known for. Luke did though. You’ll see from the photos that he probably won’t be eating any more.

Stink egg.

I hope you all have a good week. We’ve got Typhoon Saola on it’s way and things are getting wet and windy around here…

The Weekend Is Here…Finally

This has probably been one of the busiest weeks we’ve had since we’ve been in Taipei.

We had mid-terms exams, so there was lots of study going on.

I had an MRI on my dodgy knee and found out that I will need to have surgery on it next month.

I took Goose to the vet for the first time to her vaccinations.

We ate Indian food (in Taipei!).

I made whole coffee cake (and we managed to eat it all in one day).

And finally, we exchanged this:

For this:

It’s perfect weather out today so we’re off to explore in our little Yaris. We’re keen to find some hot pools to relax in after our busy week.