the 2015 Taipei Lantern Festival at Taipei Expo Park was one of the places that R and I visited during Valentine’s Day weekend this year. The last time we saw such lanterns was back in 2012 when we went to the Lukang Lantern Festival with Tiger girl.
The lanterns on display in Taiwan were certainly very different from the ones that we see around Chinatown during Chinese New Year or the mid autumn festival. These lanterns are made by students and are all entries in the best lantern competition.
Children as young as elementary school students are encouraged to take part in this competition. As you can see from the picture above this was one of the entries done by a group of elementary school students with the guidance of their teachers.
Each lantern was built based on a theme as you can see the one above was filled with different sea creatures. Don’t they look cute?
There were many lanterns which were created to look like sheep as 2015 is the Year of the sheep.
I like this one the most as it looked like one which I wanted for myself. If only it came in a soft toy version. I certainly would purchase one for myself
Besides sheep there were lanterns based on various cartoon characters like this Dog head train.
Some lanterns were built to resembled part of an amusement park like this roller coaster shown here.
Even the circus clowns were represented among the different lanterns which were on display in the park.
Fairy tales and Folk tales were the featured themes for some of the lanterns. I saw Cinderella’s carriage on display while walking through the park.
I can’t remember off hand which story these characters were depicting but it was certainly nice to see them in traditional costumes.
I have been doing quite a lot of cooking lately in bid to eat more healthy at home. Since being on the healthy eating challenge I’ve been experimenting with different types of foods which are both yummy and healthy.
I’ve introduce a greater variety of greens and include more salad like vegetables like baby spinach to our diet.
When I am out I too gravitate towards ordering salads and request that they put the sauce on the side so that I can avoid taking in all the hidden sugars that normally come with the mayo or other dressings that they have for salads.
Fried beef with peppers
If we are dining out at a Japanese restaurant for dinner I would order just the dish without noodles or rice to accompany it. I’m currently on a LCHF (Low Carb High Fat) diet and have been cutting off sugars and wheat products in my diet.
I find that I am doing much better in my weight lost management as compared to the previous months after switching to LCHF. The weight has finally started slipping off. (Even though it would certainly be better if the weight came off much faster!!)
Nowadays when I eat out I’ll pass the mash potato to Doggie boy to eat as he loves eating mash as it is too high carb for me.