Soo hard to find blue label

I have spent some time to find Jonnie Walker blue label...
They have some wierd offers...once is a colourful bottle for 1000-2000 NTD more...but also they have a 200ml bottle, which cant be bought...onlyreceived if ou buy a bigger bottle...but most stupid is that if you buy the bottles...the staff tells you that you have to finish the bottle before landing in china...for transfer...no logic what so ever...its like1.5 liters of whisky...on a 2-4 hour flight...
I also found a Daniel Wellington stand...
Ad exhibition about some taiwanese birds...
and other cultural stuff...
And same as last time...aboriginal stuff...
Some boat...
And the local bear...thye mix the units...feet and meters in the same sentence...interesting...
I also got to know about a new mountain...
They mentioned Dabajianshan:
And Zhongyangjianshan:
But I havnt climbed Dafenjian shan yet...might b on my bucket list...
Later on the airplane the video didnt work...waste of time :) 2020 continues...

Meeting my old chinese teacher in taipei

I met up with my chinese teacher recently...
She says im the only old student that keeps in touch with her...she also thinks im very colourful...what that now means...
I randomly looked for a coffee store nead zhongxiao xinsheng...and ended up at a place I have been before...they also had beer...
Nice coffee...the manager loved gothenburg and use to go there once in a while...pretty funny...
I bought these 3, which were locally made...
I later visited this store...which i use to visit some year ago...
I also bought some milk tea at a tibetean resturant...I got it for free...it was nice...
Later I also bought some stones...
And ended up at a japanese restaurants with some ex coworkers...2020 continues...

Random events in Taipei

I usually dont eat that much breakfast...it was rather a brunch...
I later found a car looking like the mask of ironman...atleast colour wise...
I had a beer and later I found a vegan restaurant...
And went to a coffee shop that a frend recommended...
It was called "the normal"...
They had plenty of coffee types...
And alot of equipment...to brew coffee...
I had 2 of the ones the guy workiing there recommended...
I later on got some cups for free...not sure why...
I met my software friend Andrew...he said im kind of the person who gets things for free...he might be right...
Super high on caffein...
We headed to some culture park later and some art exhibitions...
I was here some years before...in S.Y.S. memorial hall basement
Some students having an exhibition...(seems like there are always student paitning here)...
Later we headed to Zhangmen brewery...for a nice roof top...
Later I headed to an indisan resturant...but it didnt taste that much indian...atleast not all curry dishes...
Some dark dish...
Bread and dip was nice...and some soda with pepper...2020 continues...

A revisit to a coffee shop north of Chaozhou

I was north of Chaozhou, in Taiwan recently...
Looking for a nice coffee shops...
And ended up here, a store on road 24:
I usually have an open minded approach when finding new places...and maybe I apply the same mindset...causing that I find the same place over n over...since I was here 5-6 years ago too:
https://johansvennung.blogg.se/2014/september/junlin-barefoot-marathon.html
They had some aboriginal stuff...
And both international and taiwanese coffee....
This is a Rukai area...
...and a littlbti simiarl to paiwan handcraft...
each table was decorated...
and plenty of art...
These heads i took a photo of some 5-6 years ago too...
Interesting art...
siluette art...i did something similar with darth vader and batman once upon a time...
Siluettes in colour...
and wood art...
I ordered some Tibetean tea...
And some "signature cheese cake"...an ome DeWen coffee from the area...
Once hot and pnce cold version...
The business card looks like this...2020 continues...

A night in Danlin

I passed by Danlin recently
And went drinking...mostly beer...
Some I bought in Yilan, the rest at a nearby convenience store...
They made some BBQ...it was nice...
I also brought some kavalan whisky...(small bottle)
And ate more fish...

A trip to Lisong hotspring

I went up on road 20 recently...
Following some route advise online and also checking with some locals parked on the road uphills...
https://followxiaofei.com/taiwan/taitung-county/haiduan-township/lisong-hot-spring
"GPS: Parking: 23.19941, 121.02806  Hot Spring: 23.1965, 121.03548"
After some 10 mins run from road 20 I reached a path (before it was mainy a concrete road)...
It was ropes all wthe way down...many locals said it was 40-60 minutes walk down...
I took a pair of gloves...so that I could head downhill faster..., and it ended around after 15-20 minutes...photos will be udated later...
Some sign at the downhill parking lot...
...and some chain blocking for cars going to low...

A trip by Fengbing and Ruishui coffee

 
It was a sunny day...
A nice morning with alot ot polynesian people nearby...
I got 2 kind of bananas "xangjiao" and "bajiao"...
I was asked to help with some farming...
This seems to be a rice machine...
I also got some rice cookie...
Omg...an AC called Hohan...almost like the lord of the ring name Rohan...
A bag with rice...
Step one: to filter some of the dirt...
It was several kilos...
Luckily I was strong, so I could speed up the process...
...and tilt the whole bag...
next step was to put the rice into the rice machine...
and it will peal the rice...
It was a process...manual work...impressive...
...alot ot rice in the end...
I also took a walk in the garden...among all the tropical fruits...
The rice was pealed a second time...and after some time it looked like rice...
I also took my gifts with me...
and passed by a art gallery...
some people were planning some exhibition and wooden cabin...
They also did some other wooden handcraft...
...they also had a bird cage with a cat upon it...not nice for the bird...
Some information about the art place...
...somce cute dogs and cat...
They also had huge rosemarin bushes...
...the cat was still upon the bird cage...
everytime I go here i feel like doing similar a back in sweden...even though the area is totally different...
Later on the trip was heading west to road 9 and ruishui...
...and some coffee farm...
...some school class was here...
They were also trying tea...
they had some old political message from the east coast...about no nukes...
I ordered some local coffee...it was nice...
...and i bought some coffee...
Seemingly the same coffee as everywhere else...

A road trip in Taroko and hualien

I drove on road 7 and road 8 recently...
Enjoying the mountains of taiwan...
I had a permit...but did not intend to climb any peak this time...
Just walk to the trail entrance of Tarako national park, the path to Nanhu shan and Zhongyangjianshan
It was not that far...just a 1.5-2km...
Some big trees near the entrance of taroko...
...the entranc.e..
I also found some neetle lookalike plants...also itching when touching...
Most routined hikes take a shortcut via some farm when heading to the trail entrance...I saw plenty of monkeys here...
...they seem to feast on the cabbage...
...barely visible in the green...
...I also later on...headed uphills and stopped on one of the high 7-11...and found a new kind of jonnie walker...
...omg..thye also had le ble dor...impressive...
I was here last time with my brother...(in huanshan)
I also stoped nearby lishan to fuel up...
..aybe the highest gas station in taiwan...
...omg ..lishan has a family mart now...a recently opened one...
they also have a 7-11...is this the highest in taiwan?...
Pretty nice view of xueshan...
...recently opened 7-11 in lishan...
And nice weather...
After lishan the trip headed east...
Passing by Bilu...I was recommended this place by a friend (even though she only been to taiwan for 1.5 years)...
...they had some high and old tree here...
"Bilu devinde tree"...
...even if it was high up on a mountain far away from any water...it was still a sign about not to fish or to swim...
...the old tree...
one of th eoldest trees in the world is in taiwan...but it is not at this place...
...also they had some old fashioned telephones...
They were emptying the local tourist house...but still it was possible to enter...and I saw this map...or road 8 east...(the west road of road 8 is closed)...
...many hikes...
...some info about this place...
later heading more east on road 8...with alot of buses and intense traffic...
It is an interesting road...
Later I headed to a taroko aboriginal restaurant...
...with some interesting art...
...its name was Pajia...
they had some nice drink...
and a smorgasbord of small dishes...(including a pic of my Gopro)...
...and some mushrooms...etc...
It was a nice place..
Most things were from the mountain..even the clams...
Later on I headed to a kavalan aboriginal tribe on road 11...where I enjoyed some of the Jim & dad beers I bought some day before...

A quick visit to Sileng hotspring

I visited Sileng (silong) hotspring recently...
...on road 7 at some 58.5km mark...
Easy to go wrong...since there are more than on path going down...last time I went to Cory...but found the right path when leving...
https://johansvennung.blogg.se/2014/february/2-hikes-in-1-day.html
It was pretty steep...but still ok...
They had some red marks to show where not to walk...
at some resting place they differentiated between 2 hikes...on was 30min to sileng, the other one was 300(!?) minutes long...with some warning about slippery path...
...some huge trees on the way...
...after some 20-30 mins we reached the river...and found the hotspring...we had to ross a river to reach it...
...it has been rainy recently...so the stream was tricky..but there was a rope to support...
Some taiwanese and germans were joining up...
Someone put up a taiwanese flag at the top...
"the slippery path sight" for the other hike (not to sileng)...
I also passed by some coffee looking berries...they were bitter but eatable...
...I got aboriginal support...to understand what to eat etc...
...next visit was south but uphill to taroko national park...

A trip to the east of taiwan (Yilan and Datong)

I am starting a shot road trip in taiwan
Taking the bus to yilan...
...sunny day...
Passing by the locl brewery Jim & Dads...I been here many times before...
I was driving car so I just intended to take away...
It was empty...but it was a thursday..so no wonder....
I got 4 different kinds...
I later visited an aboriginal village near road 7...a village i visited many times before:
This time i passed by a local restaurant...
And had some local food...
...including sweet sausage...
I also got some omellette...the road trip continues...south on road 7...

A visit to aboriginal restaurant Hasila

I also passed by some locla puppet show...
The restaurnats name was Hasila...
Aboriginals with face tattoos...
The food was pretty good...
Alot of different dishes...
This was from a nearby table...I got friends with them....
And some classis rice in bamboo...
And some omellette...
...and some fish...
...and some nice stew...
...some local abotiginals were very funny...singing very well...

Last day of 2019

Last day of 2019...
Local people burning fake money...
I tried to find Jonnie Walker Blue label, small bottle...
I didnt find any small bottle...(seems to only be for some special offer)...but I bought some local beer...
Later I met up with Gustaf and Anders at some restaurant near dongmen...
Gustaf is vegetarian...so we had some vegetarian food...
...and some sweet dessert...
...I was wearing a "new year tie"...
...later I headed to some coworkers...and had some cake...
We also saw the fire works...millions of tais were all near east district in taipei...chaos in the mrt...
It was wierd managed party, with people disapearing easily...however I headed to ximen...
I had some cinnamon drink...at my faorite place g2 paradise...2020 continues...

Some new year eve events

I recently realised that SAS (aviation)...isnt the best airline...(i might be picky)...
I used them to china...but I had to pay my drinks myself (if i wanted more than 1 beer in the airplane)...compare to market standard thats not ok...
I met up with william recently...
We had some beer...
I also had to prepare for a run...with some carbs...
I also got some breakfast...
It was a marathon (half distance)...but I wasnt sure..but i was asked to cover for someone...(could have been full distance)...
Some woman dressed in amis clothes was there...
Some runners...chillin before the start...
I had some protection from the sun...
It was my slowest half marathon ever...
...and it was rainy but that just made it not that hot...
Some winners...
And santa was there...
I also bought some weiss beer...it is good for recovery...
I also met this guy looking a little like john malkovich
I waited for some coworker to finish...
Then headed to taipei...
And later went to AK12...
For cheese burger n milk shake etc...
Later I went to the myanmar street in the south of taipei...
It was nice...i like their milk tea...maybe they have some kind of condensed milk, why its soo sweet...
I also passed by carrefour in zhonghe...and found some swedish design...
ater that I went to barhi in beitou...
tried some yilan maitian beer...
including their green beer and black beer..
Next stop was le ble dor...which was crowded...
I also had some cheese sticks there...before I went to bed...2019 still continues...

Christmas 2019

It was a gray christmas 2019
"Rain" as in "west coast of sweden"...
There was some traditional christmas food at my parents house...
I had some local beer prepared for the christmas (since I was wearing oktober fest clothes)...
Some people gathering at the christmas table...
and some playing the piano...
Some people prepared some board games...it was fun...
I also made some cheese sandwishes later on...cus we had alot of cheese available....
I also made some swedish "fattiga riddare"...and pancakes...
These bananas are some that are pretty rare in sweden nowadays...
We also had some jansons...2019 continues..but not for long...

Bingo night at Horla

I joined a bingo night recently at horla...
Many people showed up
I brought some beer...
Later we watched bingo on some of the big swedish TV channels...
Daniel was there...
He brought a chocolate box for some christmas gift exchange...

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