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