Beach Vacation at Qixingtan, Hualien / Part IV.

Finally, the last of my pictures from Hualien – I don’t even know why that took so long, considering that I took barely two rolls of photographs.

This one above was taken at a little sea village just behind the Katsuo Museum. Honestly, when I visit small places like this I always marvel at the simple ways people can live and how I will probably never be able to do that for the rest of my life, as much as the notion appeals to me. I’m just really a city girl through and through, what about you?

Fujifilm Superia X-TRA 400, Yashica Electro 35 GSN

Beach Vacation at Qixingtan, Hualien / Part III.

I got one of those waterproof toy cameras for my birthday this year and I was so excited about taking it to the beach. Unfortunately, I was terrible at using the thing (ironically, the plastic really got in the way) and broke the winding knob after, like, 8 shots.

When I returned home from the beach, I moved the film into my Golden Half and proceeded to take random pictures over the first 10 frames or so, hoping that they weren’t all ruined from being exposed during the move.

For some reason, none of the underwater shots turned out (I think I took about two or three) but I’m quite taken to these that did turn out (double exposed with my Golden Half pictures). Although it’s not the easiest camera to maneuver, I do think it is the perfect inexpensive toy to bring to the beach (or anywhere with water). I have already replaced my broken one and hopefully I’ll get the chance to use it again soon with higher speed films.

Kodak UltraMax 400, waterproof toy camera

Beach Vacation at Qixingtan, Hualien / Part II.

The hotel that we stayed at had an amazing view from its rooftop terrace (which would have had a functional children’s pool and deckchairs if the weather was better), we spent a lot of time there taking silly pictures. Going through the pictures makes me want to head right back for a laidback weekend!

Fujifilm Superia X-TRA 400, Yashica Electro 35 GSN

Beach Vacation at Qixingtan, Hualien / Part I.

This time last month, my friends and I decided to take a much needed beach vacation in the eastern part of Taiwan. Like all dramatic holiday stories, Super Typhoon Nanmadol hit our island the day before we were set for the beach. There was some serious debate on whether it was worth it to reschedule but we finally decided that as long as our train to Hualien was not going to be canceled the next morning, we would go forth with the plan even it meant staying indoors watching the huge waves from our hotel room balcony.

Let me tell you, people, that when you decide to have a vacation, do it with such determination that nothing will stand in your way. That is exactly what happened to us. The typhoon was supposed to be at its peak throughout our holiday but our lucky stars came and turned it the other way. We had the coolest breeze and minimal rain (occasionally too sunny to keep our eyes wide open), which is the best kind of post-typhoon weather you can get.

I’ve got some more pictures to share but I’ll start with the view from (and of) our room.

Fujifilm Superia X-TRA 400, Yashica Electro 35 GSN
Lucky Super 100, Konica C35MF