Yuanshan Flower Expo Park Lantern Festival

 

 

A 3D Horse lantern
A 3D Horse lantern

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.

One of the exhibits on display.
One of the exhibits on display.

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.

An under the sea exhibit
An under the sea exhibit

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?

Sheep  lanterns
Sheep lanterns

There were many lanterns  which were created to look like sheep as  2015 is the Year of the sheep.

Another sheep display
Another sheep display
Three sheep with auspicious blessings.
Three sheep with auspicious blessings.
Sheeps besides a model of the iconic Taipei 101
Sheeps besides a model of the iconic Taipei 101
A huge cuddly sheep
A huge cuddly 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 :)

A Dog Train lantern.
A Dog Train lantern.

Besides sheep there were lanterns based on various cartoon characters like this Dog head train.

Roller coaster lantern
Roller coaster lantern

Some lanterns were built to resembled part of an amusement park like this roller coaster shown here.

A carousal lantern
A carousal lantern
Circus exhibit  lanterns
Circus exhibit lanterns

Even the circus clowns were represented among the different lanterns which were on display in the park.

A pumpkin carriage
A pumpkin carriage

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.

Lanterns based on folk tale.
Lanterns based on folk tale.

I can’t remember off hand which story these characters were depicting but it was certainly nice to see them in traditional costumes.

 

Have you been to a lantern festival before?

 
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Writer’s Workshop: Very Yummy

Grilled fish over garden salad
Grilled fish over garden salad

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.

Pan fried chicken over spinach
Pan fried chicken over spinach

I’ve introduce a greater variety of greens and include more salad like vegetables like baby spinach to our diet.

Prawn Salad
Prawn Salad

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

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.

Baked Cheesy eggplant and Almond Four bread with a side of bacon
Baked Cheesy eggplant and Almond Four bread with a side of bacon cooked at home 

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!!)

Grilled fish
Grilled fish with vegetables and mash potato. 

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.

What have you been having for dinner?

 

 
Jenny Matlock

Mama’s Losin’ It