Mulled Orange Juice

When it’s cold, my go-to drinks are mulled wine (alcoholic) or Indian chai ( caffeine). I love both but I need a third option without stimulants like caffeine or alcohol.

My neighbour gave me a mix of oranges, tangerines and mandarins (I haven’t figured out how to tell them apart).

What else do it have in the kitchen? Cloves and cinnamon. Dug out some ginger from the garden. I can make a mulled orange juice.


  • 500ml orange juice
  • 3cm in length of ginger (or 6 inches if very young fresh ginger)
  • 3 cloves
  • 3cm in length of cinnamon bark
  • 100ml water

Add ginger, cloves, crushed ginger and cinnamon into water, bring to boil or start to smell the aroma of the spices. Add the orange juice and bring to boil, simmer in low heat for a further 5 minutes and it is ready.

Sunflower fields forever

These happy flowers brighten up the mood even on a grey misty day like today.

I can’t help marvel at nature’s ingenious design. Look at the petals and the meticulous patterns in each bloom. They really do follow the sun. This morning the flowers were facing towards the sea, which is where the sun rises and these photos were taken in the afternoon and they have changed direction to chase the setting sun.

Basking in the winter sun

Today is the second time I see live snake in our property. It’s a gorgeous sunny day today, and this little one decided to get some sun.  It is a non-poisonous South Snake (南蛇).

Here’s a description of this snake, Ptyas mucosus, in English. 

Here’s a description in Chinese 

  • Snake basking in winter sun
    Snake basking in winter sun

Magical evening

A magical evening in Taitung.

Naked House. Pacific Ocean. Full moon. Seafood gumbo. Wine and chocolate. Bonfire and blanket. Fireflies. Engaging conversations and “Where were you twenty years ago?”


剛調好一杯Sundowner 輕調酒,準備敬自己努力的一天。抬頭一看,火焰紅的天空美極了。火燒雲的天空,就是那一瞬間,5分鐘。
Time for a sundowner. Amaretto Sour is perfect for this amazing sunset. 

Kuo Yen Fu, the artist