At first glance, it can seem cheesy to use a skyline picture as the header of my blog, but actually it holds deep significance.
This is the skyline of Taipei, Taiwan where I resided for the first ten years of my life. It is where I first learn to speak, walk, and connect with society. The tower is called Taipei 101, a landmark supertall scraper. Surrounding is a sea of concrete buildings. This image of Taipei is both reminiscing and motivational for me.
On the outskirts of this concrete jungle lies traditional alleyways crawled with street vendors and food carts. The fragrance from the carts travel for miles as well as the Taipei people’s love and passion for food. I can almost taste the stinky tofu on the tip of my tongue (a form of fermented tofu that has a strong odor -very popular Taiwanese dish. It is usually sold at night markets or roadside stands as a snack, or in lunch bars as a side dish, rather than in restaurants).
In the midst of city living Taipei is also known for its lush green forests. The tropical weather breeds exuberate plants. It’s easy to spot fresh plants and flowers against traditional temples in the most unexpected places.
Lastly skyline in the setting of sunrise is a personal favorite. I’ve always loved early rising; almost feels like you gain an extra day by waking up early and being productive. I recall there was nothing like waking up refreshed, with a cup of warm milk tea (I wasn’t allowed to drink coffee as a kid) and watching the sun rises against the city feeling invincible.
This is my memory of Taipei, Taiwan.