Wednesday, February 20, 2013

One for the Sea Food Lover!

Surrounded by the sea on all sides, Taiwan is a sea food lover's paradise. All along the coast are small fishing harbors where sea food auctions take place every day when the boats come in with their fresh catch. This pile of fresh shrimps on ice was quickly snatched up by eager buyers. Visit Photogenic Asia for more market scenes from Taiwan.
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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Praying for New Year!

It is customary in Chinese societies all around the world to visit the local temples at Chinese New Year and burn some incense and beseech the various deities for their blessing for the new year. Here are two men in earnest prayer. On the shelf you can see devotional candles in pineapple shaped glass containers. To see more of images visit Photogenic Asia.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Welcome to the Year of the Snake!

Welcome to the Year of the Snake! Contrary to Western thinking, for the Chinese the snake has none of the negative stigma associated with expressions such as "a snake in the grass", "peddling snake oil", let alone being instrumental in Adam and Eve's downfall. According to Chinese astrology this year's zodiac animal is a black water snake. It contains the elements of both fire and water. While the snake is shy, cautious and likes to stay in the background and out of sight, it can also turn on you, when disturbed, attacked or hungry. The snake possesses wisdom and intelligence. So watch your step this coming year! That's not bad advice!

The images above and below feature wood carvings by Taiwan's indigenous tribes who hold the snake in high esteem. The snakes in the carvings are cottonmouth snakes, a variety of poisonous vipers. (These and many more images are available at Photogenic Asia Stock Images.)

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Chinese New Year's Food

A must for every New Year's dinner are these dried mullet roes, a Taiwan specialty. In Japanese they are called Karasumi. The fish eggs are dried, salted and pressed and then eaten slightly toasted with big chunks of raw leeks. Hmm, delicious!!

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