Maolin, Taiwan is famous for their aboriginal tribe culture and the largest butterfly migration in the world! We took a trip here with our friends to celebrate my birthday last month. It was such a magical day and I'm so glad I captured it all on camera...
While having lunch, we encountered a friendly aboriginal tribe leader. As you will see in the pictures, he was extremely proud to dress Ryan and I in his tribe's traditional gear. We got to try bamboo rice, which is a bamboo stalk stuffed with sticky rice and then steamed to perfection. You then eat it right out of the bamboo stalk!
On our hike to see the purple butterflies, we were super grossed out by some HUGE spiders. Then a giant grasshopper barely missed us before a man grabbed him just long enough for me to snap some up close and personal photos.
But perhaps the best part of the day was our trip to use the bathroom where the guys actually got challenged by some aboriginal tribe kids to play basketball! An hour later they were completely sweaty and euphoric from the four-on-four game. Sharon and I bonded with some local young girls who were more than happy to pose for a picture. It was truly a magical day!
In memory of Mari. My best friend who passed away from brain cancer at the young age of 31. She is my angel and I miss her everyday. In her honor, I gave away 100-sunflowers on her birthday this year because that was her favorite flower. I turned Project Mari into a short video you can see here. This project also shows life in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. I tried to capture the essence of the Taiwanese culture and people in the photographs of Project Mari.
A 2-day trip with our friends that felt like 2-weeks because of all the fun adventures we had! The finale of the weekend was the famous Dongang Boat Burning we stayed up all night until dawn to witness. But besides this epic spectacle, we also visited a lighthouse and star gazed on the very southern tip on Taiwan; Went go-carting; Paint-balling (My first time! I have the bruises to prove it); Rolled down a hill in a giant beach ball (Something I will never agree to doing again); Walked through a haunted house; Climbed through a rocky breathtaking beach in search of sea cucumbers; Saw a beautiful sunset together; Ate delicious fresh seafood at a famous fish market; And got our KTV on (another first for me)!
In short, it was un unforgettable weekend that I will never forget. Scroll down to check it out...