Highlights of October 2014

3 sparrows on the branch
3 sparrows on the branch

Two more months to the end of 2014. The challenging days of October are over and the more demanding months of November and December are coming up soon.

Some yummy dishes which we had on holiday
Some yummy dishes which we had on holiday

This month  I had the opportunity to travel again and Tiger girl and I went on our first Mother and Daughter trip to Taiwan. It was a fun eating and shopping trip for us  as we savoured the mouth watering dishes that the city Taipei had to offer.

A breakfast collage
A breakfast collage

It was the first time that I was travelling solo with her  however it was not something that made me apprehensive as we travel quite often together.  I only had to do some minor adjustments as I did not have extra hands to help with additional luggage in the event that she falls asleep while we are travelling.

On the high speed rail to Hsinchu
On the high speed rail to Hsinchu

We experience travelling on the various modes of transportation available in Taiwan. We went around via  the subway, High speed rail and taxi to the different places of interest.

Making TangYuan  together
Making Tang Yuan together

It was raining quite a lot during our stay in Taiwan and I had to look for indoor activities to occupy Tiger girl. We tried out making Tang Yuan  at this cafe. They boiled the Tang Yuan for us to eat after we had made them. Unfortunately Tiger girl didn’t really like the taste and she passed on eating any that she made.

Making a Rabbit in the bath jewelry holder
Making a Rabbit in the bath jewelry holder

We end up doing quite a bit of crafts while on holiday in between window shopping and eating.  It was a fun and relaxing  holiday for me.

Red Pagodas
Red Pagodas

Besides shopping we did visit parks and a lake where we saw birds and flowers. There was even a bee on one!!

Bee on a Daisy
Bee on a Daisy

I’ve restarted my drive and embarked on a new challenge  now that the prize has been stated and the staked upped.  I’ve redefined myself as a Work-In-Progress and am constantly tweaking myself so that I can perform better.

Tiger girl and Me
Tiger girl and Me

I’ve been doing quite a bit of reading to and the latest book which I have read was  Small Talk by Amy Julia Becker where I learned how great her commitment and faith is in GOD. She has been given the challenge of bringing up a special needs child  and shared with her readers her struggles that she has as a parent.

It is never  too late to put in effort in building up a strong relationship with GOD and I’ve completed a 8 week study on the book of Esther this month with a clearer understanding of how GOD works his magic.

How was your month of October?

Writer’s Workshop: Xtremely Refreshing Scene

At the Man Made Lake in  Taiwan
At the Man Made Lake in Taiwan

It’s fall and the colors around us have changed. There are lesser greens but more browns and reds as we move towards winter.

Being in Asia the changes in scenery is more subtle as we do have evergreens in our region. It was nice that I was able to visit a lake  and enjoy it’s tranquility .

It was nice to be away from the hustle and bustle of the city and be engulfed by nature.  It was a rare  opportunity  for me to be seated  down on a bench at the lake side to admire the scenery in front of me.

Seeing the ripples on the surface of the water and listening to the chirping of the birds in the tree temporarily  transported me away from the stresses of city living and emptied up my mind of the troubling thoughts that had been clouding it.

It was great not to think about anything and just let myself Stone out. I felt so calm and rested even though it  was a  extremely hot being at the lake  during noon.

Feeling the warmth  of the sun rays  which had heated up the bench made me think about all the  opportunities that I have had this year. How blessed I have been to be able to meet new people and go places while travelling .

What is your favourite  view this fall?

 

 

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