好膽量！七旬翁盪3樓高 民眾驚呼 in Chiayi City near Dan Bloom's home! FUN TAIWAN!
Sunday, March 29, 2009
A unique religious festival takes place in Chiayi City in southern Taiwan every few years, according to the lunar calendar, in which a giant bamboo swing is slung over a giant bamboo swing set -- with participants invited to swing as high as they can and in so doing bring blessings upon themselves and their loved ones. About 1,000 festival-goers flock to a small shrine near Chiayi University to watch the entertaining festivities. Kids, especially, love the spectacle!
Warning: don't try this at home!
Posted by DANIELBLOOM at 4:08 AM
Saturday, March 28, 2009
A Taiwanese woman plucks a hair from the back of a sacrificial pig during a religious ceremony in a temple in Chiayi City in southern Taiwan. This plucking action is believed to bring wisdom and well-being to the plucker and perhaps a nice place in hog heaven for the pluckee.
PHOTO CREDIT: WANG SHAN-YEN OF THE TAIPEI TIMES DAILY NEWSPAPER IN TAIWAN (c) 2009
Posted by DANIELBLOOM at 7:20 AM
A pretty professor at Pingtung University of Science and Technology in southern Taiwan examines some star apples -- these reddish-purple and green star apples are well-suited to Taiwan's subtropical island climate.
photo credit: central news agency of taiwan (c) 2009-3009
Posted by DANIELBLOOM at 7:10 AM
Ye olde grocery store in old Taiwan was called GAMA-DIAM in Taiwanese, written like this in Mandarin characters( 柑仔店 )
Some people think the word means "tangerine store", while others believe it means "candy store". Still others believe GAMA stand for those old circular baskets made of bamboo that were put on the store shelves long ago to hold fruit, dried fish, nuts, candies, cakes and cookies, all the things one would buy at ye old grocery store in olde Taiwan.
Which one is it: tangerine store, candy store or bamboo-basket store?
VOTE in the comments section below. My neighbor, an ojisan about age 55, says GAMA DIAM meant the old bamboo baskets that lined the shelves of the old stores. It is rare to see an old grocery store in Taiwan, today, but above is a photo of what it might have looked like. Enjoy.
Posted by DANIELBLOOM at 6:48 AM