Slower Steps in Taiwan

Da’an (大安), Taichung (台中)

April 2013: I spent 14 days, 14 rolls of films, 4 analogue cameras, 5 cities, some savings, in return I came home with priceless moments & few extra scars!

I’ve been delaying this blogpost for nearly a year, too much to express. Haha! 😀

It was yet another spontaneous trip and it’s the longest trip for me by far. Bought the air ticket 2 weeks before the trip and booked only the first night room to stay. I’m not flying there alone, I will be with 5 other friends for one week, then another week all by myself.

2013 been a really tough year for me. As in everything I did, nothing went smooth. I need a “get-away”, to get away. Was really wanted to experience a journey to Thailand by train, but realised it’s a little bit dangerous to do it alone as I need to spent a lot of time on the train. Friends not really recommend it to do it alone as I need to overnight all by myself on the train. Then, Taiwan seems like a pretty good venue for my little get-away this time. Ok, packed my backpack. I’m excited.

I’m flying to Taipei, and overnight at Taipei on my first night at Taiwan. Taipei greets me with the rain. It’s April and it’s the raining season at Taipei. I packed some shorts, light weighted clothes as I checked the weather forecast the night before I fly here, it’d be around 24-28 degrees which make no difference on Malaysia weather. But who knows, it rains. It rains almost everyday in Taipei. And I freezing with my shorts and light clothes. Lucky I did bring along my polka dots sweater, I wore that almost everyday on this trip! Haha. Taipei is a great city. I love it despite the rain that pour down almost everyday when I’m there. I love the food as well. I enjoyed it very much. I had Taiwanese famous “Pearl Milk Tea” almost EVERYDAY! It’s selling everywhere! And it’s superb cheap. RM3 for a large size milk tea with pearl. I did not shop much even thought  I visited a lot of night market, I’m with backpack this trip, it makes no extra room for shopping and I’m on a tight budget too. It’s ok Taiwan, I will be back soon with my extra huge luggage next time, with my girls perhaps. But somehow, those stuff at night market were really affordable, something very similar with Bangkok, and those street food were really delicious. Then the next day, we will be start travelling around Taiwan! With Terence Tan, a friend who travels to Taiwan 2-3 times a year consecutively for 2-3 years, he’s knowledgeable enough to bring us around without the help of travel guide.

First stop, Luodong. Where? Luodong is such a beautiful country side of Taiwan, with less car, less traffics, beautiful paddy field and clean fresh air! I never heard of this place before, but it’s gonna be very very memorable for me. First it’s the beautiful scenery that captivates me, second is that I met a car accident and I admitted into Luodong’s Hospital Emergency Room. It’s not a major car accident, but it’s “great” enough to spoilt my journey in this beautiful country. I had stitches on my leg, hurt my knee and my head where I need to shaved a little hair for it, and throughout my whole journey on my next 13 days, I had to wear hat (to cover up my wound) and slippers along the way as my leg is pretty swollen for shoes. I had short memory loss where I asked Alex the moment I saw him when I’m at hospital, asking him “Where am I?” Just like what I saw via TVB drama. I totally can’t remember that I went to Taiwan, and everything I saw was really dull and almost in grey color. They said I shocked after the accident that’s why I loss some memory. But I appear to be very calm. Anyways, I discharge from the ER and we went to Hualien by taxi. It’s actually pretty “potong-stim”. I pretty much just spent my whole Hualien trip in the hotel room. That was pretty disastrous. I was wish I can take lots of photo and experience a lot of Taiwanese food/drinks/culture/hot spring/discover awesome stuff along the alley and after the accident, everything is different now, as I have to walk slowly now with my stitched leg and there’s a lot of “not-convenient” stuff happening. I need to cover up if it’s rain. Sigh. Anyway, things happen for a reason. Perhaps God wanted me to slow down my pace, to have a slower steps.

After Hualien, we went to Kenting. That’s the place where I can rest but I can’t swim even though I went to the beach. Arghh! Anyways, my mood is getting better, my wound is still pain, but I can still walk around, visiting places, taking pictures. And I’m super thankful for Alex, to help me carry my backpack along the way. Thank you. 🙂

After Kenting, we went to Taichung. We visited some night markets and the beautiful Rainbow Village. Taichung is a busy city, but with lesser public transport compare to Taipei. We spent our night at Alex’s friend’s home. And thanks for the hospitality, we all had great rest that night.

We went back to Taipei after this. And I spent the rest of my trip in Taipei. Alex and friends going back to Malaysia one by one. Then, I stay in a Japanese guesthouse in a dorm with other Japanese girls. (woohoo!) There, I start my own solo trip as well as met some new Japanese friends.

Terrence Tan is still around Taipei, so we kinda meet up for some sight-seeing too. I meet up with my Taiwanese friends as well. Shanti and Jeansman, my ex colleague back at Lomography whom based in Taiwan be my tour guide and bring me around, to take some pictures nearby Taichung and feed me with some nice local food. It’s a superb beautiful day, beautiful sunshine, beautiful place and great conversations. Thank you for everything, both of you. You guys indeed my fav couple!

Besides, I manage to meet up with ccwu as well, (and his very cute and famous girlfriend – Yui) at Lomography Gallery Store Taipei together with my Malaysian friend Jeff whom happen to be at around Taipei by the time I visit Taiwan. I did meet up with Valence Sim as well, a lomo friend whom I met online (haha!) and he’s actually a Taiwanese but work and stay in Singapore. He went back to his homeland by the time I visit Taiwan, so it’s a good chance to meet up, to catch up and have a short photo-walk together. In this one week, I’ve conquer few tourists spots in Taipei as well. Some night markets, 9fen, 10fen, 101 tower, camera streets (where I manage to buy some cheap films there), old temples, beitou, Damshui Fisherman’s Wharf (oh, I enjoyed my silence moment there watching sunsets. beautiful!), some art center (somewhere similar with our very own KLPAC.) and others.

I’m glad that even though I met some obstacles in this trip but yet it ended up nicely, and (very very) memorable indeed. I definitely will be back again, there’s so many places and stuff I wanted to do but can’t do it this time, so perhaps next time?

Taiwan, I’ll see you again soon, alright?

Whole travelogue series is taken by film using Lomo LC-A, Lomo LC-Wide, Nikon FE2 (special thanks to Ronald borrowing me his camera for this trip) & Fisheye Baby 110.

*Check out my friend’s (Alex, Ahleong & Terence Cheong) blog and facebook page for our Taiwan expeditions.

Love,

Eva Eva

Breath of Fresh Air (Film)

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I miss you, the smell of fresh air, and the clear blue sky.

Pictures taken by LC-A, LC-Wide & Nikon FE2 at various places in Malaysia, Indonesia and Taiwan.

Suffocated with bad hazy air,

Eva Eva

Nemo + Yannie (Film)

Soulmate. That’s how they describe each other in their relationship. That’s beautiful. To be in love with someone who can truly understand you, that’s precious.

On one lovely Saturday before Christmas, I tagged along for this photo shoot with Alex. Nemo and Yannie is our friend and it’s always great to be able to photo shoot our own friends. I shoot entire photo shoot with my Canon F1 50mm f1.4 loaded with Kodak Ektar 100. It’s a great day for film, it’s slightly sunny and hot. Anyways, am trying to shoot more with my F1 as I still have some problem focusing and using SLR for a photoshoot. Been “don’t think just shoot” for too long. Haha. It’s good to come out from the comfort zone and discover something new, I guess. 🙂

Long story cut short, here’s the photo from me. Even more digital pictures from Alex soon. Hope you guys like it! And bare with me with some “out of focus” pictures as well; I will overcome it someday! 😉

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The beautiful of the first shot in a roll of film. They are cheeky, don’t they? 😉

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I personally love this alot. Joy. 😉

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I’ve been always wanted to visited this place someday. Saw the picture of other people’s blog on these unique hanging umbrella which gaves the alley looks really cool. Finally, we are here!000050 copy000049 copy000048 copy000047 copy000046 copy000045 copy000042 copy000041 copy000040 copy000043 copy000039 copy000005 copy

We actually have some hard time shooting at Empire Damansara (the hanging umbrella place), we get chase/warning from the security guards on duty. Hmm, I just wonder why they did not let people take pictures over there? We aren’t shoot for commercial or with wedding gown or so. Hmm.

Anyways, that’s all from my roll of film. Stay sweet always, the soulmate couple: Nemo and Yannie. 😉

Love,

Eva Eva

An Analogue Year 2014

I kick started my 2014 with my own Lomo-Calendar which I printed some of my Lomographs I took on some small cards by adding in date and months using the photoshop. A simple one, as I thought it would be great looking at my own pictures to inspired myself to shoot even more in 2014. 🙂

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No resolutions for this year, I just wanted to live everyday as happy as I can, to do things I passionate about and…do it often. 🙂 Wish everyone have a blessed year ahead, be healthy and happy!

Cheers to 2014,

Eva Eva

This Sums Up My 2013

2013, it’s been a really bumpy year for me. They said it’s because of the turn point of 29, where there will be lots of obstacles. Which is so true in my case, I had a major change in my career and life. This dramatic changes in life gives me so many space to imagine and to execute my imaginations into something real even thought it’s not a smooth journey. Anyhow, it’s a good one, it’s been a great year.

To count my blessing, my sis give birth to my little potato nephew, a new member in the family which is the most happiest thing that ever happen to me in this year. He’s super duper adorable, hyper-active and a very naughty baby! He’s now the king of the family. He grow up very healthy and he started to walk in his 11 months. He’s going to be a great man in future. And in one week time, he’s 1 year old! 😀

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Hello Potato Boy. You look blur here XD

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And the charming innocent face of a baby? Haha! 😀

Few of my close friends getting married this year. Ah Gui, Mee Mee, Ah John, Tuck Foong and few other buddies as well. Besides, some of the close friends married, get pregnant and giving birth as well! My lovely Jane (Rex-Rex), Edmund (Zhi Hin), Ah John (John Junior), last but not least Mee Mee, who is just giving birth to his beloved son (Ham Ham) today. I will be visiting Ham Ham later today at the hospital. At the age of (almost) 30, friends are getting married one by one, starting up their brand new life with their brand new family, I’m really touch and so happy for them. On the other hand, I realise we are all getting older and wiser now.

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And yea, I stop working for Lomography. It’s been an awesome journey with the team. I live the life as how before I join the team. To have more stress-less sleeps at night, to be more laid-back and to walk with a slower steps. And because of that too, I have more time for myself. I take a long break this year, to learn the art of doing nothing (:P) and to learn something new. I bake cupcakes during my free time, I learn to do some leather projects as well. Somehow this gives me some satisfaction while killing some free time. I read more, I started to buy more books to read. I start up ahevaeva.com; to showcase some of my projects. Anyway, to be part of the Lomography team is somehow something I’m very happy of. I learned a lot, I saw myself grow. Besides, I had one last appearance representing Lomography Malaysia earlier this year at NTV7’s breakfast show, summing up my 2012. 🙂

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A new friend I met from the show who happens to be my neighbour (ohmygodmyjawdrop & thisworldissosmall) and two beautiful host of the show.

On the leisure part, I went to a two-weeks backpacking trip at Taiwan this year. Taiwan is indeed a very awesome country. Unfortunately I met a minor accident during my stays there in Taiwan, and some plans/itinerary of the trip change. Yea, 29, obstacles. Sigh. Anyways, I go thru it and I still manage to enjoy myself there, with a slower steps and meet some new friends along the way. (Will blog more about this Taiwan trip.) Then I went to Indonesia twice this year, one to the Lake Toba with my unimates and one to Bali, to celebrate my big 29th birthday with Alex. It’s my 2nd time to Bali and this round we only stays at Kuta, did nothing, laid back, sleep a lot, and eat whole lot of awesome food. It’s a very relaxing holiday indeed.

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Yea, I’ve been wearing my polka-dots slippers for the whole trip as I hurt my leg and it’s pretty swollen to wear a shoe 😦

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But it’s really beautiful in Taiwan.

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My happy friends at our Lake Toba’s trip/gathering. 🙂

Had numerous of photo-shooting this year and I had lots of fun clicking the shutter! And, I get a new SLR for myself (yeahhhh!) and now I’m still in the process of getting used to all the settings and things like that. Can’t wait to share more of my work with the SLR here.

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Ahh, and I became a one day actress in a video shooting on the Papercranes’s Malaysia Workshop hosted by 3PM. Haha, the outcome is super cute, but I’m too shy to show it here. 😀

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Oh and, I start driving. 😀 I manage to overcome my fear on the road. Well, when you believe you can, you CAN! Good bye (super sucks) public transport. 🙂 Not to forget some new friends I met along the way, and the bonding time with my Lomo overseas friends as well.

And last but not least, I gain (whole) lot of weight this year. God, my resolutions for 2014 remain the same – To Lose Some Extra Kilos. 😛

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To sums up my 2013, it’s tough; but it’s a meaningful year to me. I’m looking forward to a better 2014. Happy New Year 2014 to everyone who stop by and saw this, enjoy each and every moment as if it’s last!

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Lots of love and kisses,

Eva Eva