Taipei Must Visit : Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall

In memorial of one of the greatest leader in Taiwan,  one vast memorial hall has been built in the heart of Taipei. Chiang Kai Shek played a significant role which makes Taiwan as it is now, even though he is not the founding father.

Chiang Kai Shek is the successor of Sun Yat Sen from the Kuo Min Tang Party. He was the president of Republic of China in 1928. History said that he was one of the best to replace Sun Yat Sen. But few years later, Japan entered China in 1931 and took over the capital city, Nanjing/Nanking. Chiang could not do much that time. After Japan knocked out by US, civil war occurred in China, and it drove Chiang Kai Shek away to Taiwan because he could not battle the communism, and let Mao Ze Dong lead ROC right after that in 1946.

Chiang then lived in Taiwan since then, and died in 1975 because of kidney failure.

 

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To visit Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall, you can take the MRT directly to Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall station.

This memorial hall was open in 1980. All the colours in this memorial hall is using red and blue and white accents, represent the Taiwan flag itself.

The middle octagon building represents the 8 sides of chinese culture that associate with fortune and health, whereby they had two sets of 89 steps which represents Chiang’s age when he died.

When you entered the main hall, you can see the bronze statue of Chiang Kai Shek, and they embossed three characteristics on the wall that represent Ethics, Democracy and Science. You can also see the changing of the guards every hour from 9-5pm, and of course you can take a look at their museum too that exhibits a lot of things from Chiang’s history until painting and other exhibitions from 9-6.30pm. Enjoy the rest of the pictures. ❤

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*All pictures taken by SONY NEX C-3

Keukenhof – The Most Beautiful Spring Garden in The World

I just ended my 12 days of Europe trip. Time indeed fly so quickly when you are having a good time, isnt it?

I can still remember how cold the morning breeze was when i first touched down in Amsterdam. It was about 18 degree in the morning. Not so cold actually, but the strong wind really gave me a chill when i came out from the Schiphol airport.

We immediately hopped on to the tour bus right after we went out from the airport. The tour guide greeted us that morning, and  explained to us where we will be going for the whole 12 days of the trip. i was thinking the first day will be so shagged. The flight from Jakarta to Amsterdam took about 13 hrs,  we did not have any proper sleep on board, and go for the city tour right after we touched down. but maybe we are all excited for the trip, no one was having a jet-lag when we reached. haha

So, our first stop was Keukenhof. It’s one of the world’s largest garden located at Lisse, Netherland. It’s just about 45 mins from the city of Amsterdam, and about 20 minutes from Schiphol airport.

The entrance fee was about EUR 16 for adults, an EUR 8 for kids. This garden have their own opening time, so better check first when you want to go there. But normally, the best season to go there is when spring season is coming (around March – May), because it is the time where most of the flowers bloom!

and what to do over there?

Just enjoy the pretty tulips and other flowers like daffodils, roses and other flowers that i dont even know whats the name is. haha..  Enjoy the lovely scents from each of the flowers, enjoy the fresh air, and of course, take pictures! Pleasee.. you are in the middle of 7 millions pretty flowers, how can you not take pretty pictures with the pretty flowers? haha

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SONY DSCTalking about flowers, especially tulips, most of us know that this special flower is from the Netherland. even Trio Kwek-Kwek (Indonesian kids singer) sang about it. But, do you really know where this tulips originally came from?

It’s from Turkey!

i was really shocked when i knew that, it feels like ive been deceived all this while. hahaha. *lebayy**

Story said that this flower’s true origin is from Turkey in Ottoman Empire, and starts spreading to western Europe by 1550ish.

Another fascinating story is, one of Turkish Sultan gave tulips as a gift to Austria kingdom, whom the gardener was from Holland. because the Holland gardener thought tulips are so pretty, so he started to plant the tulips in that kingdom, and brought back so to Holland to be breed. haha. I dont know how true the story is. Please do share with me if you know what the real story is.

okay, enough talking. Please just enjoy the pretty flowersss..

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**My mom who can stand the cold breeze, and the daughter who is still freezing even with long sleeve and shawl. haha**

Besides the gardens, they also have some buildings to put some of the rare flowers, and they have some cute photobooth as well..

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**my cute aunt and uncle**

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**dream room to have all fresh flowers inside my room! hahaha*SONY DSC

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Super pretty isnt it?? too bad we only have 1,5 hrs to get around here.. i think we can spend whole day to explore this 32 hectares of garden.

P.S : all pictures are taken with Sony Nex-C3 with no edit! it’s just preetiehh.. haha..