Street art is becoming a big obsession. One of the first things that I do when I decide on a new destination is to find out whether or not I’m going to get my fill of street art. When I decided to be in Taiwan for two weeks, and Taipei for a large majority of that, I knew I needed to scope it out. Luckily, one of my favorite things to do while traveling is just to wander the streets. And from wandering and gaining some insight from a local in Taiwan, I was able to find some of the best Murals in Taipei.
Taipei may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of street art culture, but be prepared to be pleasantly surprised. In Taipei street art and better yet, good street art is easy to come by. The capital of the island country of Taiwan is rife with large and small scale street art.
Here are my favourite photos of the street art that I saw. And as always, if you know of any more, leave them in the comments!
对想专心进行手工创作的人而言，最需要的就是能找到一个轻松舒适、同时还能与其他同好进行交流的空间。为打造出理想的手创天地，从事这行三十年的温清隆师傅原本想在东区找店面，却意外在《甘乐文创》内找到满意的地点，创立了 “三艺金工” 工作室。
Blacksmithing and traditional metalworking are ancient crafts and techniques that are quickly disappearing from society. The San Yi Metalworking Studio is an excellent example of CAN’s influence on traditional industries. Mr Wen Qinglong, a master silversmith, was trained as a traditional apprentice since the age of 13. Although he has a solid mastery of the skills of his craft, he could only find work making items to order on a case-by-case basis. With the help of CAN, however, he began to see beyond this traditional dynamic. He founded an independent studio and developed his own brand of design products, allowing him to engage in artistic creation firsthand. He also works to cultivate an appreciation for his craft through interactive demonstrations and hands-on experience sessions. By continuing to introduce new possibilities to local craftspeople, CAN hopes to continue to make use of local resources and find new meaning in old arts.
Taiwan’s old streets play a significant role to the country’s architectural, cultural, culinary, and economic history. Each old street is famous for only one particular thing which it produced many years ago. Despite having developed into tourist attractions, these streets are preserved, and you can still trace the roots of the locals’ lifestyle, and get a glimpse into Taiwan in the olden days.
Walking along Sanxia Old Street is like walking into a time tunnel - the arched red brick hallways, the traditional architecture, the beams, columns, ancient wooden plaques, the squat maidens walls and the figure carvings upon the buildings are all very unique. This ancient street has a feeling of nostalgia for the good old days and makes visitors want to linger.
The Culture Art and Nature (CAN) located in Sanxia Old Street is re-established from old houses, and periodically hosts music, plays and photography exhibitions. CAN, a local community advocacy group, has been intimately involved with Sanxia’s cultural preservation efforts and creating a historical record of its past. The group’s founder, Jeffery Lin, grew up in the area.
My Photo Essay entitled Hong Kong and Singapore《香港美荷楼生活馆与新加坡牛车水原貌馆》Published in LianheZaobao 联合早报 Newspapers Dated 19 April 2018
My photo essay under pen name 蓝天游 on Hong Kong's Heritage of Mei Ho House 美荷樓生活館 and SG's Chinatown Heritage Centre《香港美荷楼生活馆与新加坡牛车水原貌馆》is published in today's LianheZaobao 联合早报缤纷版 dated 19 April 2018! 感谢、感恩! Thrilled to see it being featured nationwide in print! Special thanks to Lianhe Zaobao, you have made my day! :)
这条铁路从武吉知马铁道站以南不远的地方，最先在金文泰路与Lorong Gaung （今Maju Drive 一带）横越金文泰路，然后沿着旧金文泰路（今金文泰邻里公园所在）北面穿越斜阳大道（Sunset Way) 再,横越乌鲁班丹河。铁道沿河向西南方向，从花柏岭、花柏林和花柏径住宅区边缘经过，至班丹河与乌鲁班丹河交接的不远处，横越班丹河，向西而去。从这里，铁路沿亚逸快速公路的北面至旧亚默依布拉欣路（今改名亚逸拉惹快速公路）交接处转向南面，继续往西。最后，铁路横越裕廊河，直通裕廊渡头路站。
There is a Peter Parker, who has been serving in Hong Kong’s friendly neighbourhood as their local-Spider-man since 2016. After an exhausting day at work, the young man breathes a sigh of relief in his bed. Then his “spider-sense” awakes, he puts on the world-renowned costume and leaps to the street – the hustle and bustle of Tsim Sha Tsui. For him, this costume is not merely a source of income, but also his own way of doing good, like his comic book counterpart.
When interviewed, i realised the two Peters share a similar childhood. They were both victims of bullying at school, due to their introvert personalities. The Hong Kong's Spidey recall that he was living with his mum on a tight budget when he was young. The Spider-Man movies toughened him up. He said he wants to share the power with others which is one of the reasons why he took up the costume. Hong Kong Spidey says he just wants to bring happiness to the stressful Hong Kong. He hides his identity to his family and friends.
Standing on the streets for more than two hours during summer is unbearable for most, yet sweat and tiredness never stop him. Hong Kong Spidey is able to perform outdoor for up to six hours a day, regardless of season, simply because he enjoys what he does. Spidey insisted that his purpose is to bring joy to everyone. He declined when people gave him tips at first. Later he thought of a meaningful idea, which is to use the tips from the public to help the needy. Despite the strict regulations of fund-raising activities in Hong Kong, Spidey finds his own way of doing charity, works as a street performer and spends all the money he makes for donation. We first met in the Star Ferry Pier when he was surrounded by people who were taking turns to take selfies with him including myself !
My photo essay under pen name 蓝天游 on urban street art in Singapore and Hong Kong《转角遇上艺术新加坡与香港街头涂鸦节日》is published in today's LianheZaobao 联合早报缤纷版 dated 24 February 2018! 感谢、感恩! Thrilled to see it being featured nationwide in print! Special thanks to Lianhe Zaobao, you have made my day! :)
Before the start of my blog story on a place visited in Taiwan last December, i would like to first express my sympathy. I have learned with profound sadness over the earthquake in Hualien in Taiwan which has caused loss of lives and enormous devastation of properties. I encourage all of you to please dig deep and let's stand strong behind the people who need it the most and those who have given up the most to be there for others in their greatest time of need.
The Light to Night Festival is back this year with an even bigger line-up! The annual Light to Night Festival has returned to the Civic District over the weekend as one of the marquee events of Singapore Art Week 2018.
In its second edition based on the theme of Colour Sensations, you can expect a sensory overload as major cultural institutions and parks in the Civic District, including The National Gallery, The Arts House, Victoria Concert Hall, Asian Civilisations Museum and the Esplanade, will be transformed into dazzling, multi-sensory art exhibitions. Besides a stunning multimedia projection show on the buildings’ stately exterior, you can chase literary happenings and performances for an all-round artsy experience.
If you only have time for some exhibits at this year's Light to Night Festival, be sure to make a beeline for these few.
For me, travel and photography have always worked in perfect harmony. They go hand in hand. Capturing great moments and transforming what I’ve seen into something new and artistic while strolling through a new city with fresh eyes is a rewarding experience.
Hong Kong is famous for its distinct urban skyline, comprised of towering skyscrapers and futuristic office blocks – some of the tallest in the world. For this reason it's long been a favourite subject of artists and photographers, eager to capture the sprawling, bustling metropolis.
I develop a passion for photographing the striking architecture of Hong Kong a few years ago. I took these photos last year while on vacation. Being interested in architectural photography, I always see various attractive buildings in Hong Kong. Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated areas around the globe. Faced with this limitation and the impossible prospect to expand horizontally, builders are forced to look simply upward. Buildings, housing apartments and condominiums are stretching more into the skies as developers hurry to provide more living space.
寻访台北城市的老树、老屋、老青田街 Tranquil Times at Qingtian Street in Taipei City With Old Trees, Old Houses and Humanity
Taiwanese people are entirely accustomed to having residential and commercial spaces mixed together, as is evident in the presence of convenience stores at every street corner. Some streets in Taipei bear such historical vestiges that one forgets time. The verdantly shaded Qingtian Street for example, is still flanked by wooded dormitories built during the Japanese Ruling Era.
Qingtian Street is where noise fades into tranquility, and leafy giants stand quietly before rustic wooden houses of the Japanese style. While time passes by, Qingtian Street still retains its elegant look in a gentle attitude. Not only you can feel the historical inheritance, but also feel its vitality.
We always want the New Year to bring bigger and better things, and 2018 will be no different. Every year, we make resolutions. Every year most of us break them. But, it seems that keeping resolutions that are tied into things that you enjoy and appreciate, like travel, are much easier to keep as they’re achievable and you want to accomplish them. Travel New Year resolutions are in fact fun, encouraging and exciting. Making minor changes and creating goals can help travel infatuated humans achieve and tick off the biggest bucket-lists to date and help set you up to do even more. How satisfied and stoked will you be?
One ultimate list of travel tips for the budding adventurers is to stay in the moment. To me, that’s most important thing. Take your time and enjoy yourself. Travelling should be fun not hectic, so have a simple plan and stick to it. While you can sightsee all seven wonders of the world in a month, you can’t really experience their majesty if you are on a plane every four days. Find a place where you can truly enjoy yourself and stay there for a time. Look up information about the place you are in and learn something new, even if no one cares but you, it will be worth the effort. A month in a single country is better than running across an entire continent.
Last but not least, i always remind myself to be happy always. Happy travels in 2018 :)
I know Taipei is not well-known for being at the top of many Asians’ travel bucket lists. I haven’t visited Taiwan since the last in 2013. But after almost two weeks affair with Taipei, I really love Taipei. So what made Taipei special to me? It’s just a feeling that I get; a feeling of knowing a place even though I’ve only been there for a while; a feeling of belonging somewhere. I collect such places, as someday I’ll settle down and I’ll do it in a place that I feel like I belong to.
I stumbled upon a sort of street art park, the gray skies making the colorful murals pop. I knew then that Taipei and I were going to get along just fine. It reminded me of Tokyo, where as a foreigner you feel like a fly on the wall even when you're in the middle of the action. You overwhelm your senses trying in vane to absorb your surroundings. I remember thinking, "I should move here to live and work" with so little trepidation that it scared me.
I write about my travels all the time. When I write for this site I delve into my discoveries, feelings and learnings. For most, a journal is the place to hold both kinds of memories. You’ll want the details of what you did and where but at the end of a trip, it’s also nice to have a journal rich with the meaning of your travels. I found the journey to Mt Hehuan in Taiwan soul inspiring. Mountain climbing is something you have to experience for yourself, and once you have, it’s unforgettable.
Mt Hehuan means mountain of harmonious joy in Chinese. And you will totally experience this joy when you reach the top. When I was there, the weather was surprising good albeit windy. The sky was vibrantly blue, forming a stark contrast with the passing white clouds. At the top, the actual scenery is far more beautiful than a photo can depict. One should really should pay a visit to witness and enjoy the spectacular view and feel the sense of joy.