Cherry Blossoms on Valentine’s Day in Taichung

Feb 14, 2010 couldn’t have been more special — it’s Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day rolled into one — a day at the Formosa Aboriginal Culture Village in Taichung so beautiful, so memorable. Around this time three years earlier, my family and I visited Japan with great anticipation that ‘timing was right’ for us to catch cherry blossoms. As it turned out, we were two weeks early and we only got to see pictures when they did blossom and made headlines. Running into the cherry blossoms in Taichung was a surprised treat — a magical valentine’s treat, if you will.

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This cherry blossom moment was entered into a photography competition organized by Taiwanese company Silicon Power and subsequently published in the company’s 2011 calendar. (Click on image to read more)


Air Cable Car: It is the first loop air cable car in Taiwan. Overlook the beauty of the mountains and the woods in Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village with the flying birds in the breeze.


A picturesque tunnel of red cherry blossoms and fallen leaves.



A self-portrait of my wife and I backdropped by a row of beautiful red cherry blossoms. Click on photo to view comments from readers. (PHOTO: Canon PowerShot G11)



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This was our biggest holiday that involved a group of 10 family members and two Radio Brunei radio personalities who are close family friends. Many thanks to niece Pau Lin who did an outstanding job of organizing the trip including accommodation at an Australian home in Fremantle and also a minibus big enough to take all of us in one ride.

On a personal note, this was the first trip back to Perth in 13 years after I fulfilled my academic endeavours. Naturally, I was excited to see if much had changed and an attempt to relive the memories from my four years there, an opportunity to visit places I never had the chance. In the gallery, you’ll see images from our many stop-overs including strawberry farm, Margaret River, Burswood Casino, Kings Park etc.