They make some killer hamburgers! The burgers are juicy and the restaurant has a great atmosphere. Just remember to bring cash, no cards allowed :P
ADDRESS: 新北市淡水區仁愛街18巷12號 (500 meters from Danshui MRT)
HOURS: Everyday 12:00-22:00
TEL: 02-2625 6161
Watch this video that tells you more about the story of Kooks and the people behind it.
MLC: To The Point - Evening Chinese classes
MLC: To The Point - Evening Chinese classes
I know you keep telling yourself you’ll study Chinese but something always comes up. Well this is a great class for those busy people who have to work in Taiwan.
These classes are focused on a specific topic every week like ‘eating at a restaurant’ or ‘talking on the telephone’. Since there’s a new topic every week it never really gets boring and if you miss a class you won’t fall behind.
These classes are quite flexible too because of the way payment works. You buy a card that’s good for 8 classes for NT$4000 (NT$500 a class). This card is good for up to 6 months from the date you purchase it. That means if you have to miss a class or two due to work commitments you aren’t wasting your money. We all know it’s sometimes just not possible to be there every week so this flexibility is really awesome for us working people.
There is no textbook to buy either! Every week the teacher gives you a photocopy of the lesson. So really all you have to do is show up and be ready to learn. There isn’t an excuse NOT to learn Chinese now is there?
I’ve really been enjoying these classes. The teacher really forces us all to speak by making us individually say vocabulary words and to say sentences out loud. This is helpful for me because I get bored if I don’t get to do anything.
Where do you study Chinese? Let me know in the comments.
MLC: To the Point, Chinese classes in the evening
NT$500 per 2 hour class
You have to buy a card with 8 classes at a time
Every Tuesday from 7pm - 9pm
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One of the great things about Taiwan is the huge variety of tropical fruit we have here. We have guava, mangoes, pineapple and dragon fruit. There are so many different kinds of fruit here I have never seen before in my life!
My favorite of all these amazing fruits is the green apple guava. The Taiwanese call it by it’s name in Taiwanese, ba1la4, but write it with its Mandarin name, 芭樂 (Bā lè). It’s very confusing I know.
It’s not a very sweet fruit but it is very fragrant. It is inexpensive to buy from the market and makes a great snack. I often eat them instead of potato chips while watching movies.
- I saw the Taiwanese fruit vendors cutting it up and started copying them.
- Cut out the top stem and bottom thing
- Cut the guava in half
- Use an ice cream scooper or spoon to scoop out the seeds (some Taiwanese say they are healthy for you but I prefer the taste without the seeds).
- Put half the guava flat on the cutting board and cut it in thin slices (5 mm wide slices)
Where To Buy It
Look for a traditional market near your area. You can find them for about NT$50-100 for 5 guavas. If they are too expensive, try finding my 2nd favorite fruit, dragon fruit.
How about you, what is your favorite fruit in Taiwan?
Let me know in the comments.
I went to the Taipei Design Expo again today at Songshan Cultural & Creative Park. I sure seem to have bad luck though, every time I go it seems it is overrun with students.
I started by going through the Exhibition 1, ‘In Bliss’. It was the second time going through it but still interesting. There are lots of interesting exhibits in here. They range from model houses to an electric bike system to even a futuristic flying rain blocking system to divert water to where it’s needed.
Exhibition 1: ‘In Bliss’ objective:
to present design approaches that are based on people and are with good intentions (safety, usability, green, humanity).
The second exhibit I saw was Exhibition 2, ‘Trans-evolving’. This exhibition is the industrial design exhibition so it showed the evolution of the everyday objects we use everyday. I really liked this exhibition because it brought back a lot of memories from my childhood about the technology I used to use. They had iconic things like the Volkswagen bug, the iMac, the Gameboy and the Sony Walkmen. I actually felt really old walking around this exhibit. When I try to explain a Gameboy to my children they will think I am from outer space.
We skipped by the 4th Exhibition because I found it rather boring last time. It is just a bunch of photos of fancy architecture. I love architecture, don’t get me wrong, but I found this Exhibit hall was rather dull. It was amusing to see everybody crowd around the the pictures, to take pictures of it. How ‘meta’ is that, right?
Instead of the 4th Exhibition we went to the 5th Exhibition, ‘International Craft Design’. It had objects from Taiwan, USA, Japan, Korea, Denmark and France. It is beautiful inside this area but no pictures are allowed unfortunately.
We ate lunch near the lake. There are plenty of benches and picnic tables to enjoy your meal there. The cafeteria there is pretty good too.
After our meal we browsed through the ‘Design Players Exhibition’ (number 10 in your guide book). I found this area even more exciting than some of the real exhibits. This is where the 50 design studios and artists setup their own booths and showcased their designs. Most of the booths had many things for sale and allowed you to actually touch their wares. I find it more amazing to hold something in your hand and then buy it if you love it. This is the part of the Exhibition where you can buy something really neat and take it to your home to enjoy it.
I had a great time at the design expo. It was a 4 hours well spent. Hope you all have the chance to see it before it’s gone. It runs until October 30th.