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. When deciding where to spread the sunflower joy, I thought of things Mari loved like basketball, beaches, and MAC makeup! This project also shows life in Kaohsiung, Taiwan (where I was living at the time). I tried to capture the essence of the Taiwanese culture and people that brought Project Mari to life!