Views after the typhoon Soudelor

Pictures taken inside the campus of NTHU


Chowmein, Chaomian

We all love fast food at some point of time. And when it comes to fast food, it is hard to resist the Chinese fast food. It is such a delight to tummy after all. I think that it can be found almost in any country (of course if that is not an anti-China country). Chinese fried noodles are famous as Chowmein in many parts of world. Being in India, these can be found in many parts with taste varying from dull to spicy. Till the time I came to Taiwan, I knew them as Chowmein thinking that there is no certain meaning behind this word.

Once in my last semester, when I was studying Chinese and was discussing something with my friend, then I came to know that the modified word Chowmein is actually derived from Chaomian. In Chinese, Chao means fried and Mian stands for noodles. So, it actually is Chaomian in Chinese and while it is exported to somewhere else, it becomes Chowmein. I wonder why? Not only the name, I have found that the style of cooking these fried noodles is different. Indian Chowmein usually is very spicy while on the other hand, Taiwanese Chaomian is a bit sober in taste. It could be different in other countries where noodles are included in restaurant’s menus.

Are you a Chinese fast food lover? Do you like Chowmein or Chaomian? Let us know in the comments 🙂

The Star Australian Open and Indonesian Open

Since the time I have started playing badminton, I have been trying to follow it quite closely. This came to me as an idea of writing about the recently completed tournaments. If I take this time of a couple of weeks, The Star Australian Open and BCA Indonesia Open are latest of them.

What I missed in these super series was my Champion, Lee Chong Wei. I am assuming that Lin Dan got eliminated in the earlier rounds because of not finding him in the tournament (a lame excuse I know). However, even my Indian team players did not perform good enough as much as they can. Many people expect from Kidambi and Kashyap. Kashyap eliminating Chen Long in Indonesian open will surely count as remarkable. I remember I had given up on him when I saw him getting defeated in the first set itself. But Kidambi! He got eliminated by a shuttler from nowhere. That is not what one expects from a top seeded player. Well, this can happen in sports.

Women played well, but again, not up to the mark. Indian hope, Saina got eliminated in her games by Chinese divas who definitely are as good as her. Better luck next time. Indians have not been so famous in the doubles game though. Gutta-Ponappa are perhaps the best doubles competitor we have so far. Keep an eye on the next BWF Championship, it is not too far!

My first encounter with Chinese counting

I first came to Taiwan in 2013. During those two months, I didn’t care to learn any Chinese(bad decision) and all that I could learn during that time was “Ni Hao” and “Xie Xie”. At this moment, I can proudly say that I can at least ask someone their name, their liking and disliking. To sum up, I can have a basic conversation with a Chinese person in Chinese. And I feel happy about it.

This semester, I am taking a badminton class in which all students warm up before the class starts. While any warm-up exercise, our student leader counts “yi, er, san, si, wu, liu, qi, ba” and this goes on like that for a while. One fine day, while we were warming up, I suddenly got a flashback of my school days. In my school, I used to learn a little bit of Karate once a week. While we used to practice, our instructor used to make us practice the kicks and punches using the same counting. Then I realized that I had been given a little flavor of Chinese language even before coming to Taiwan. I was just not that aware of this thing at that moment.

I felt sharing about it because these small moments make a link in your life. Ten years ago, I listened to Chinese counting while learning Karate and now, I am in a Chinese speaking country. Could this be just a coincidence or may be not?

Day Three: Yehliu Geopark

(Read it on MultiEMOtions Android App)

This is the last day of our trip. After the morning hike, as we reached hostel, luckily other people were planning to go to Yehliu too and we caught up along with them. We left the hostel around 10.30 AM and grabbed some breakfast and took the bus to go to Keelung. Here is the detailed journey:

After we were finished with Yehliu, we thought that we could spare some time to go to Tamsui (Danshu), but the bus took around 1.5 hours to get there and it was already quite dark. So, rightaway we took MRT from Tamsui to Taipei and got back to Hsinchu.

Day Two: Heping Island (Heping Dao)

(Read it on MultiEMOtions Android App)

We left Yilan around 1PM to get into the train from Yilan to Qidu where our next hostel was located. I would really love to mention about this hostel first of all. Amy and Ann (staff) were extremely friendly and resourceful. They told about every nearby destination and what should be taken care of during our visit. We reached Qidu around 2.30PM and Ann was there to pick us. After taking a little rest, we set on our next destination, Heping Island. It is not really an island if you are thinking that way, it is connected with Keelung city by a bridge of around 100m in length. Since we had Chinese people with us, we did not bother to ask people about the bus numbers. We take bus 402 from Qidu to Keelung and bus 101 from Keelung to Heping Dao (Chinese name of Heping Island) as I remember. From the bus stop, after walking for some distance, we were at the main gate of Heping Dao. Students can have discounted tickets of 40NTD while the regular ticket costs 60NTD.

As the clock hit 6PM, we were already outside this park. I guess this is the thing about Taiwan. It has some places extremely close to nature where you can find some time for yourself in solitude. I would highly recommend this place to go at afternoon till the evening. I am pretty sure that these pictures could convince you more than my words.

Guess what could be our next stop if it is almost night now? NIGHT MARKET! Let’s go.

A trip back to India, Home!

As the semester ended, there was this happiness that there were no exams further. But, I had this happiness within me about the feeling of going back to India, my home. Luckily, I had one friend accompanying me otherwise waiting at the airports would had almost killed me. I would love to share about this special trip.

1. NTHU to Taoyuan Airport: We took a cab from university to get to the high speed rail (HSR) train station from where we were supposed to take a train to Taoyuan. Apparently, our cab driver knew a little English and I knew a bit Chinese. We had a pretty nice conversation on the way. He was trying to convince us to take us to the airport rather than just taking to the train station. However his offer was too unacceptable. Cabs are costly affair man! He dropped us as at 9.10AM and we were supposed to take the 9.30AM train which we missed due to unavailability of seats. This got us the next train at 10AM. We reached Taoyuan around 10.15AM. I got a little goosebumps as our flight was to be departing at 11.35AM. I tried to look for cab to take us to airport from train station but there was none. We took a bus and on the way to airport, I was just wishing to make it on time. Clock was moving faster than the bus. Somehow, we reached airport around 11AM. We checked in at the airlines quite conveniently however the mighty immigration procedure was yet to be taken care of. While standing in the queue, I was looking at the time again and again. At around 11.15AM, we cleared immigration and we ran towards our gate from where our flight was supposed to depart. Luckily, we boarded at 11.30AM. It was a Boeing 737-700. We were sweaty in winters and took a sigh of relief as we settled down on the seats. I smiled looking out of the window. Boarding a plane could have never been more adventurous.

Just before landing, a view of Kunming
This is our carrier Boeing
Moments of anxiety

2. Halt at Kunming (China): From Taoyuan, we reached Kunming where we were needed to wait for around 8 hours till our next flight to Kolkata, India. This time was pathetic. In Kunming, we were needed to have a Chinese mobile number to access WiFi which we did not posses. We asked at help centers and the pretty Chinese girls were kind enough to share their passwords. But it was in vain. Internet was way too slow which the receptionist said in Chinese and my Chinese vocabulary was strong enough to grasp it. Anyhow, we spent the time by watching movies, roaming around, eating. At around 11PM, we checked in for the next flight. I did not remember which Boeing it was. But I was awake all night to get down and step in INDIA. Next morning, I had a flight from Kolkata to Lucknow, my home.

Inside Kunming Airport
A view inside Kunming airport
This is INDIA
This is INDIA, a view over Lucknow

I do not want this post to get too long because personally, I do not like long posts. I will be spending one month in India and would also be dancing in a marriage of my cousin brother. Life is full of good moments, we just need to realize them.