Incense, Prayers and Music: Chinese New Year at the Mazu Temple in Fengyuan (video)

The Matsu Temple is the oldest and arguably most important in Fengyuan, next to Taichung. Some parts date back to more than 300 years ago, as I was reminded several time during my time there! Many people go there on Chinese New Year’s Eve to pray for luck and success for the New Year, and also go to the attending Night Market enjoy some delicacies – Oyster Omelet! – or buy lottery.

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The Yellow Fellow Rubber Robber Duck in Taiwan

Sour article today, while visiting the Kitschy Yellow Rubber Duck in Keelung…

I have never really wished to see the Yellow Duck-which has become some kind of celebrity in Taiwan, and I was even making fun of the seemingly deepless passion of Taiwanese for it, when my girlfriend reminded me that the biggest yellow Duck IN THE WORLD is actually in France… So I accepted to go and was actually quite interested to know what I would find there.

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Interview (3): April, student and showgirl

This is the 3rd interview for Litanies. The idea is simple: get to know Taiwan through the eyes of Taiwanese randomly met around me. There are 3 parts: one picture taken with a middle-format film camera that I give back to the person who does the interview, one short video of 3-5 minutes, and one article to give some background.

The interview revolves around 3 questions: who are you? what are you doing now? how do you see the future for you and Taiwan?

This time I met April, a 22 year old student who is also working as a showgirl in her spare-time. We talk about this special job, the way it fits in her life and study, and how she sees Taiwan as a young student.

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Happy 2014 from Taiwan ! A look back into 2013 and expectations for 2014

To celebrate the new year, I am sharing with you a selection of my shots from last year!

My pictures reflect more everyday life in Taiwan than anything else; but my thought is that no matter what politics and businessmen are doing, people are still more important.

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A week-end at the East Rift Valley National Scenic Area

Recently, I joined my girlfriend for a week-end on the East Coast of Taiwan.

While Taroko is probably the most famous spot in Hualien county, if you just drive a few kilometers south of the city, you enter another bigger, protected area called the East Rift Valley National Scenic Area. It is not a national park but rather a protected domain that boasts quite a lot of attractions. For this post I will limit the visit to some attractions in the North, but if you are interested in knowing more you can follow the link to their (english) website: http://bit.ly/1ej4tEd

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The River

One night, I went down to the river. I don’t know, maybe it was the huge moon rising in the night, maybe it was the typhoon that was about to swallow Taiwan. The air was warm, comfortable. Friday night. It felt good.

The DadaoCheng Pier

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Cute Grandmothers practicing oil-paper umbrella dance in Taiwan

It is around 9pm, I walk into a park in Taipei, next to Songjiang road, with two friends of mine, and we come across a group of grandmothers training with conviction. They carry umbrellas. There’s about nine of them, and one trainer. While they are performing, I go to the trainer and ask:
“-Wow, that’s a great group, can we take pictures?
-Yes. She pauses. But be quick. We have a competition this week-end!
-OK.”Gracious Grandmothers

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