Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Chrstimas 2013 !!!

The day before Christmas, we received a Christmas card with a family newsletter from Charles’ long time friend from Oregon. I figure, it’s such a great idea to review what God has blessed us throughout the year and be thankful! 

Charles began the year of 2013 by tearing down our living room. Oh wait, I think he started it about the same time around Christmas 2012. We expected to transform it into a “warmer” space and added a little extra function as a fancy home theater. After six months of construction, Charles nailed it all by himself. We thought we were able to hold a Christmas Party this year in this brand new living room but unfortunately, the room is currently occupied as a photo studio and a storage of boxes. Why?

Reason# 1: In August, we discovered my eggo is preggo!!! Charles became a daddy-to-be photographer, recording the growing bump bi-weekly. Of course, experiencing the pregnancy is definitely the highlight of the year for me.

Reason# 2: Right after finding out baby Chu, we insanely decided to start another remodeling project, the only bathroom. Charles has been progressing in making a comfy bathroom as a welcome gift for baby Chu. That’s why the living room is all packed with boxes of tools, bathroom fixtures, etc..

Before the above crazy schedule was set, we enjoyed ourselves bathing in the sunlight in Tahiti and her islands back in March, where we celebrated our 1st Anniversary. In May, we took a trip to Boston and New York with friends and witnessed the proposal that we’d been wishing hard.

Last but not least, we received bunch of blessing and love from our Thanksgiving visit to Taiwan. Baby Chu is already bathing in the love of families, relatives before he’s even born!!

Oh dear God, thank you so much for such a splendid year! “Since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” -- 1 John 4:11

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Travel | Return From the Land of Pretty - Part II

2013.11.25 - 2013.11.26 Nantou, Taiwan

這裡不是歐洲, 這裡是台灣南投的清境, 耗資上億台幣打造的一座歐式古堡: 老英格蘭莊園
老英格蘭莊園屬於民宿建築, 沒有電梯裝置, 總共只開放19間坪數不等的房間; 據說裡面的一磚一瓦都是不惜成本千里迢迢從國外進口而來, 是目前台灣數一數二最昂貴的民宿之一 <<官網>>


我們入住網上單價最低的牧歌四人房, 但特地選訂牧歌房型中唯一的挑高樓中樓, 無一處不是填滿歐式風格, 還可選取CD在室內播放, 古典的房間配上交響樂真的很搭! 入房的短廊設有小吧檯, 所有小冰箱內或是桌上的食物甚至酒精飲料皆不額外收費; 閣樓有個迷你交誼廳, 還可眺望隔壁的冰淇淋塔和一大片清境山巒... 

入住費用包括當日晚餐和隔日早餐, 晚餐後八時半有個專門炫耀音響的音樂會, 還提供免費酒精飲料喔, 可惜我們都不是音響迷, 還是喜歡觀賞莊園內外的陳設和景緻; 夜晚用燈點綴的老英格蘭格外美麗...

來到清境, 別忘了要去看羊羊!!

第二日終點站抵達奧萬大, 可惜楓葉還未紅, 兩老加一個大肚子對走路投降, 查理斯獨自走了兩個小時好幾里到達他心儀的大吊橋 XD 出發當天一路上還毛毛細雨, 擔心清境山上必訂濃霧滿布, 沒想到老天給了我們兩天暖暖的大晴天!! 不虛此行!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Travel | Return From the Land of Pretty - Part I

2013.11.15 - 2011.11.30 Northern Taiwan

探索不完的寶島, 要不是自己遠居國外, 可能還不會如此細細欣賞自己家鄉的甜美...

苗栗/ 嬸嬸堂姊的茶飲小站

苗栗/ 花露休閒農場

新北市/ 野柳地質公園: 小時候印象的野柳已模糊, 過去高聳的女王頭如今已被侵蝕得失去昔日的風采; 不過觀光客還是多得要排隊照相, 於是我們改跟候補女王頭合影...

台北/ 行動夢想館: 採用ASUS觸控隨身螢幕, 結合投影科技, 以夢想為主題的一項室內活動; 查理斯強烈建議 Universal Studio 該引進此項科技遊樂設施, 真的很炫~

"Honey, are you sure you know which title belongs to you? Just don't pick 洗碗人員..."

台北/ 西門町大車輪: 查理斯陪著我忍了五個月的禁食生魚片終於開戒了

台北/ 王品餐飲: 過去嘗過王品集團的西堤牛排, 陶板屋, 舒果, 這次我們還意外品嚐到火鍋連鎖 石二鍋 和燒烤連鎖 原燒; 令人印像深刻的還是他們優質的服務, 想想美國服務費就算很差都得給10%, 實在很不甘心...

回程, 我們還走了一趟歐洲...!?!?

To Be Continued…
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