Brick and Mortar.

Two of my best friends recently signed the lease for a three-storey building which they are going to turn into a travel hostel and cafe. It’s a one minute walk from the subway station and very near (but away from the hustle and bustle) the immensely popular Shida Night Market. Renovations will commence this week and hopefully we’ll be ready by April.

I honestly don’t have enough words to tell you how excited I am; we are a very lucky bunch of people who have been graced with the chance of making dreams come true. I definitely plan to share more pictures along this journey, here’s hoping it’s going to be an incredible one.

Ferrania Solaris 100, Canon FTb

The Village of Wushe.

Late last year, we visited the beautiful film set recreating a street and school from Wushe, a central Taiwanese town where an uprising by the Seediq indigenous tribe against Japanese rule happened, as portrayed in the Taiwanese epic Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale.

The 3.5 hectare set was built on a hill in the suburb of Linkou by a Japanese arts production team. We strolled on the main street and walked into some of the Japanese-style wooden houses, adorned with props such as old books and household accessories to recreate Wushe in the 1930s.

Since its opening to the public, the set has attracted more than 280,000 visitors. It was ridiculously crowded the weekend we visited and it took the best of me to make sure random heads and arms did not hijack my pictures. Crowd woes aside, it is an incredibly beautiful place to visit – I love a good piece of history.

Kodak UltraMax 800, Canon FTb
Lomography CN 400, Canon FTb

Public Display of Analog Affection.

(Nancy Neil Photography)

This theme has been worked over again and again but I’ve been sourcing for ideas to display vintage cameras so I was really happy to find some that haven’t been blogged to death. Well, now I just need to go collect more cameras…

(Source unknown via number 19)

(I Just Might Explode)

(Rene Apilado)

(Rach Roberts)

Woody Burgers.

I couldn’t help but spot this new burger joint while we scootered by months ago, thanks to the life size Superman figurine that guards its front door. It’s almost dinner time and it would so awesome if I could bite into that juicy peanut butter burger right now!

Paradies Action 400, Canon FTb

Happy Valentine’s.

Agfa Vista Plus 400, Yashica Electro 35 GSN

I wish you company and I wish you a sweetness in your heart that will make this day a little more special, as commercial as it is. I’m heading out for some well-deserved Korean barbecue now. :)