Hello! So I'm back. Our vacation was a great one. For the inquiring minds, we went to Taiwan. It was our third trip and our last trip was three years ago. Regardless of the various countries and how many times we visited, all I can say is each experience is special and different because of the people we met. I'm glad to say we'd been lucky with the tour guides we had and this time is no exception. The places we visited were fascinating; some eye-opening while some simply amazing. I'd been posting some pictures on Instagram for the past few days so if you've followed my account you may have seen them. Anyway, I attached a few pictures I posted on IG for anyone who missed it. :)

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- Morning walk at Flying Cow Ranch. I've to say this is my best 'artistic' shot among all. :D
- View of Taipei City from hiking at Elephant Mountain. Phew, those stairs! (photo credit: my husband)
- Popular shopping district at Ximending 
- Rainbow Village (there's a history about it which you can read here)
- One of the orchid pics taken at Taichung Flower Expo

Onto bookish topic, I only finished a book (With You Always by Rena Olsen) while I was on the trip. Actually I'd started reading it beforehand and it was a slow progress, so to speak. It was a domestic thriller and review will be forthcoming. Before writing this post, I'd just finished reading a Chinese romance titled Waiting for You Yesterday (我在昨天等你) by Taiwanese writer, Misa. It's a library book but it'd caught my attention during a visit to a bookstore in Taiwan. It's a story about family, friendship as well as love rebirth. It's also a story filled with heartfelt sentiments which had me in tears in the end (note to self: will be checking out more of her books in the near future). Onto another book, I'm currently reading Kill the Queen by Jennifer Estep; it's a first novel in the Crown of Shards epic fantasy series that combines magic, murder and adventure. Sounds exciting, isn't it? And it has a gorgeous cover too.

So did I miss anything while I was away? I definitely miss reading all your blog posts and am curious to know what you've been reading. I'm still slowly catching up on reading my library books as well as blog hopping/commenting; after all some part of my mind is still on the trip, ha. Happy reading! 

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8 Responses
  1. Darlene Says:

    Love your photos! Looks like such a beautiful place to visit. It’s always hard getting back into the swing of things isn’t it when you come back from a holiday.

  2. jenclair Says:

    Glad your trip was fun and that you had good tour guides. I'm interested in Kill the Queen--the cover is intriguing!

  3. Lark Says:

    I'm glad you had a fun time on your trip. Those photos are amazing! Thanks for sharing them. :) And that book, Kill the Queen, looks good. Can't wait to hear your thoughts.

  4. Melody Says:

    Darlene - It's a lovely place. Too bad the time always flies by quickly.

  5. Melody Says:

    Jenclair - I hope the book is a good one. I'm enjoying it so far.

  6. Melody Says:

    Lark - Choosing what pics to post is a headache as I wish I can share them all here.

    I was intrigued with the blurb of Kill the Queen so I'm hoping the story will be as good as the blurb. We shall see. :)

  7. Iliana Says:

    Those are great pictures and glad to hear you had a wonderful trip with your family!

  8. Melody Says:

    Iliana - How time passed quickly whenever we'd a good time. I'm hoping we'll visit again the next time.

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