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Monday, January 15, 2007

Another Pleasant Valley Sunday

On weekends I like to go for walks in the hills above Chung-cheng (Jhong-jheng) Park 中正公園 in Fengyuan (Fongyuan とよはら 豊原), and this Sunday was no exception.

This small Taoist temple, Futetzu (Fudecih 福徳祠), often blasts karaoke into the surrounding hills, but today it was blissfully quiet. "Fute" is the name of the god enshrined in this temple, though Fute can be found everywhere in Taiwan. The characters above the temple's name read "Tingpeikeng (Dingbeikeng)". 頂北抗 is the name of the area, something I didn't know until my wife told me just now.

Later in the afternoon, Pamela, Amber and I headed into Taichung (Taijhong たいちゅう 台中), where we met up with Steve and his family at a new park on Wenhsin (Wunsin 文心) Road, the name of which escapes me. However, it is the site of a new outdoor amphitheater, part of the local government's campaign to bring some much-needed class to Taichung.

Amber couldn't care less about culture. She just liked being outside.

Amber must've been worn out, however, because she slept most of the time we were in Toys 'R' Us to buy some gifts for her first birthday next weekend. By the time we stopped off at Capita'n, a great Japanese supermarket on Chungte (Chongde 崇徳) Road, she was more alert. So much so, that she wanted to get out of her stroller and walk the aisles, and wouldn't give up the Nissin Seafood Cup Noodle that can't be found in ordinary Taiwanese convenience stores and supermarkets. My daughter has good taste.

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