Taiwan Winter Trip

After a few weeks back from Taiwan, I finally found some motivation and energy to write another blog post. I've been adjusting back to my life and Chicago, and somehow with the help of jet lag I've been able to sleep and wake up early. Anyway, going back on topic to this trip, I didn't really get a chance to travel much, since the main purpose of this trip was to visit family and relax. My small small camera (Lumix GM1) dropped and broke a few weeks before this trip, so most of theses photos are taken with my olympus. My dad gave me his Fuji XT1 he wasn't using, so I've also been experimenting with the Fuji system. I'm trying to spend less time editing photos, and just posting raw images from my camera, since I've been procrastinating way too much, and with my limited time after work, I haven't been motivated enough to post frequently. ( I don't know what adrian's excuse is)

Sunset the day before my flight

Sunset the day before my flight

My flight was around 6 A.M, so I decided to just stay up all night before the flight. I've never really hadmuch luck falling asleep with the excitement of going home. 

Nice walkway at O'Hare

Nice walkway at O'Hare

This is the first time I been to this walkway in O'hare after visiting O'hare about 10 times

There were some really interesting ice mountains somewhere before passing by Japan.

First sunrise back in Taiwan

First sunrise back in Taiwan

This is the view from my house in Jubei. I fell asleep early when I arrived and woke up just in time to see the sunrise.

I spent most of my time relaxing at home and visiting relatives, occasionally I would bike around Jubei with leebai( my dog) in the front basket

How AC plays a role on taiwanese architectural facades- The protruding AC units on buildings give a sense of population density within an area. 

How AC plays a role on taiwanese architectural facades- The protruding AC units on buildings give a sense of population density within an area. 

repetitive balconies

repetitive balconies

New Years firewors at Taipei

New Years firewors at Taipei

I visited Taipei twice for new years and to visit friends, as you can tell from the Taipei 101 picture, we didn't really find the best location for the fireworks. We were actually running to get a view of TPE 101 when the count down was happening....  

Here are a few places I visited during my time in Taipei, I only had around 19 days in Taiwan, and I had to make a trip to the very south of Taiwan, so my time in Taipei was very limited. 

My dad gave me his fuji xt1, and also let me use a few of his tele zoom lenses. I had a lot of fun shooting objects and people far away with the telephoto lens.

I took a 3 hour trip to visit my grandparents down south of Taiwan at Pingdong, which still felt like summer in January.  I also never noticed how people there build their own metal annexes above houses in rural areas of Taiwan

My grandparents house is right next to a correctional facility, and the inmates inside are really good at making soy sauce so people would visit the facility just to buy their soy sauce.  

Christmas tree at Tainan

Christmas tree at Tainan

I took a small trip to Tainan and Taichung on the way back to my home town Hsinchu, it was funny to see a christmas tree in 30 C weather at Tainan

Green tea do hua

Green tea do hua

Thanks to jason for the tip

Interesting vernacular facades at Tainan: seems like architects there really like to play with the aesthetics of harsh shadows created by facade angles and shading. I guess it makes sense with Tainan having harsh sunlight all the time.

Taichung HSR station

Taichung HSR station

Weird corner building

Weird corner building

After eating a bunch of food in Tainan, I finally arrived at Taichung around 7PM.

Taichung Night Market

Taichung Night Market

It was nice having night market food before going to sleep that day

Taichung is a city known for it's architecture. It was definitely refreshing to see how ubiquitous design was at Taichung. Even the bus stops there have adopted an organic contemporary form.

Which way should I go?-- National Taichung Opera house designed by Toyo ito (2013 Pritzker laureate )

Which way should I go?-- National Taichung Opera house designed by Toyo ito (2013 Pritzker laureate )

Curves

Curves

Curves

Curves

The National Taichung Theater is an opera house in the 7th Metropolitan area of Taichung, Taiwan. The estimated area of the structure is 57,685 square metres (620,920 sq ft). It was designed by Japanese architect Toyo Ito in collaboration with Cecil Balmond at Arup AGU. It was contracted on 11 November 2009 with construction planned for 45 months.
— https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Taichung_Theater

I took a ton of photos of the opera house, even though I didn't really get a lot of good shots. The scale of the shells make this project a relatively hard project to photograph. The shells also provide structural support for the whole building, which cost about 136 million USD in total to construct. There are a total of 58 curved walls stacked or supporting structural loads onto each other. It's quite amazing such a design went through and was built, and is still way cheaper than calatrava's NY metro stop near the one world center.

Selfie time

Selfie time

It was nice to see the languages of the walls continue into chimneys on the roof, which also exhaust hot air out of the building.  

Concrete vs Glass

Concrete vs Glass

Structural tests

Structural tests

Cool project by local Taiwanese architect JJ Pan. The exterior walls are actually made up of mosaic stones instead of pure concrete, which gives this building a subtle unique exterior texture.

End of Trip

End of Trip

This building under construction reminds of Centre de Pompidou in Paris, but I'm not sure whether that staircase looking element would also be escalators like that of the Pompidou center. This picture was taken on my way back to Hsinchu, and almost till the end of my trip in Taiwan. I only had around 3 days left in Taiwan after this mini trip.

leebai

leebai

Last few days in Taiwan

I spent my last few days in taiwan just relaxing and hanging out with family. Honestly work hasn't really been busy at all lately, but I've just been giving myself excuses not to work on this website. To whoever is interested in my blog, please contact me and let me know what you are interested to see me blog about. Winter in Chicago has kind of curbed my desire to go out and travel more. Most of the photos I take these days are just street photos of my commute to work and off work. Special thanks to my family and chochie for making my Taiwan trip fun and relaxing! I will be back soon!

 

-Ian 

01/29/2017  9P.M CET