Thursday, 8 October 2015

Asia University Summer Program begins, 921 Earthquake Museum of Taiwan (Day 2 in Taiwan)

Rise and Shine! Opening ceremony of the summer program starts at 9am. Taiwan sky on a summer day is so sunny. The lecture hall is a short walk from the hostel.

Asia University Taiwan

so much greenery 

The director of the summer program, Haw C.W. Hsiao and Prof. Jia-An Lin

The summer program was not the same as the previous batches. This is Asia University's first time conducting AUMMA 2015 which stands for Asia University Micro Movie Awards. At the end of the program, we have to produce a short film/micro movie. Some of the subjects we took during the summer program were Introduction to Photography, Screenwriting and Information Communication. The uni didn't stick to the schedule due to various reasons so this is only for reference.

The food places in the uni are closed for the summer break so the student helpers of Asia University helped us to order food. They called it 外卖 (wai mai)which means takeaway. Balanced meal with cultured drink for NT$80 (RM10+ now referring to the current exchange rate.)

After class ended earlier around 3.30pm, we made our way to 921 Earthquake Museum of Taiwan. Travel Tip: Get educated by finding information about the place you are visiting. The local government preserved some of the phenomena related to the earthquake to serve as reminders for the public of the need to prepare for such disasters and to be ready to provide emergency rescue services. I personally have not experienced earthquake so this place a must go and see.

We took no.100 bus from Asia University to 光复新村 (Guang Fu New Village)

With the help of Google map, we walked about 10 mins to get to the museum.

About 4pm, we reached the museum's entrance. The museum's gallery closes at 5pm! We didn't take note of that. Travel Tip: Do check on the museums operating hours as most of them are closed on Mondays, and go earlier if possible.The Quake Experience Theater is already full. Anyway, we went ahead to visit the gallery.

Some shots in the gallery. 

In each gallery, there is a booth for visitors with stamps. You can stamp it on your travel notebook or stamp in the brochure available in the museum. 

Quite a huge site.

With the travel buddies.

The visit was quite rushed. We would probably needed at least 2 hours for the museum. We couldn't go earlier as we have classes and for the weekends we have other plans. Nevertheless, I'm impressed by how well the museum is maintained. We each paid NT$30 (we have Asia University's student ID) for the entrance fee.  

For more information:
Website (in English) *LINK*
Directions to 921 Earthquake Museum of Taiwan *LINK*

We would walk and stop if there is anything that interests us like for food. 葱不油饼 (Scallion Pancake).

Heading back to Asia University, our uni for the summer program.

We went out again for dinner. Took our fave No. 100 bus, stopped at Wufeng (after Wu-feng post office stop), walked around that area. There are many restaurants there and the prices are very reasonable. That area is probably where Asia University students go to for meals out. We had dinner at one of the shops there for...

卤肉饭 Braised Pork Rice. Looks simple but yummy! 
The rice is so nice, different from what we have in Malaysia. I'm serious. 

and 红油抄手 meat dumpling in chili oil.
It's like wantan but we usually have it in soup.

荣耀豆花 Rong Yao Dou Hua shop that sells shaved ice. Wait, super big portion shaved ice! NT$45 for this. Thank God we ordered 1 bowl to share. We were quite full from our dinner, even if we ordered 2 bowls to share, we probably waste food.

Good thing about travelling with the group is that we get to try different types of food without stuffing ourselves. Already loving Taiwan food. That marked the end of day 2. Coming up next, Day 3... with more food! xD Thanks for reading!