A gorgeous afternoon at Kampung House

Kampung House,我的私人空間,也是每年辦一次Happier Retreat的基地,平時不對外開放。Kampung 是馬來語,村落的意思。

受好友Anneka的影響,我愛上遊牧生活的概念,嘗試Living Without Walls沒有牆壁的生活,讓我們跟大自然更連結。颱風月份整個拆下來,十一月再架起來。

Ming 的家一定有很多舒服的椅子。沙發,椅子都是記憶棉加紡織面料,連鞦韆也有厚厚的軟墊。

Our first Zha Han Dan, the bombing of Lord Han Dan 元宵節炸寒單爺

We have lived in Taitung almost 10 years and this is our first time watching the bombing of Lord Han Dan, a Taiwan folk tradition  taking place on the 15th day (last day ) of Chinese New Year. It is an important  event in Taitung.

Lord Handan (played by a real person!) is paraded through the streets wearing nothing but red shorts and a yellow towel around his head while local shops throw bricks of firecrackers at his near naked body. It is believed the greater the amount of firecrackers thrown will bring greater fortune in the coming year.

Lord Handan is considered a god of wealth, one of Wulu Caishen (五路財神) and not fond of cold weather. The bombing is said to help keep him warm. We did not follow the parade around town but stationed ourselves at the host temple 玄武堂,where Lord Han Dan returns to the temple.

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?”