I rarely sit and do nothing on my vacation but that’s what I did for a few days at Kenting. My brother text me while I was half napping poolside after breakfast. He had just come home after a very long day at work (this was around 11Pm). I told him he interrupted my morning nap. Brotherly love was quickly unraveled.
We went to Kaohsiung afterwards for a few days. The heat and the humidity slowed me down a bit. I’m always nervous about street food but have been eating them in Taiwan for a couple of years.
Pepper pork bun fresh from the oven. It took awhile for this to cool down. I figured anything fresh from an oven (looks a bit like a Tandoori oven) can’t have any germs or bacteria.
Steamed crab meat
The guy who cooked the abalone.
Dumplings with ginger in chili oil and a cold beer.
A view of the tables beside our table. It’s not exactly 5 star place but my tummy was fine.
We also went to the Fo Guang Shan temple just outside of Kaohsiung. There’s a bus from the Zuoying High Speed Rail station that will take you there but keep an eye for the last bus (18:23). I’m not Buddhist but I feel a sense of tranquility when I’m here.
While in Kaohsiung we also revisited the Lotus Pond. We saw some of it last year at dusk but got drenched when the skies opened up. This year we found an easier way to get there. We took a local train from Kaohsiung Main Station to Zuoying (one stop) and it was about a 10 minute walk.
The Dragon and Tiger Pagoda with depictions of heaven and hell inside. You enter through the Dragon’s mouth and exit from the Toger’s mouth on the right.
This was a temple across the street. I believe this is called Cihji or Ciji Temple and is part of the pagodas.
I also saw this interesting shaped tree while walking around Lotus Pond. Maybe it was trained to grow this way when it was still a sapling.