Taiwan Travel 2015 [Day 2] – Chungshe Tourism Flower Market


One of my favorite days in our recent trip to Taiwan was Day 2 and I’m excited to tell you more about it!

While in Taichung, we checked in at Holiday Inn Taichung Park which I got for only NT$2,200 a night and is already inclusive of buffet breakfast for two. I was not able to take pictures but let me tell ya that the buffet spread was not that extensive. It was, however, a relief that breakfast came along with my booking because it was really convenient. My favorite from among the limited choices in their breakfast buffet spread would be the fresh fruits specifically their guava, and also the cauliflower gratin.

In case you’re also checking in at Holiday Inn Taichung Park and breakfast buffet is not an option, don’t worry because there’s MOS Burger down at the building. And by the way, the same building also has outlet stores for several known brands like Aldo, New Balance, Nike, Coach, etc. I did notice some Agnes B. stuff on sale too. Nice, right?

Anyhow, so after breakfast, Uncle Jack came to pick us up and being the friendly and thoughtful person he is, he brought a present for my son. He gave him a Tomica car which my son played with while on the road to our destinations. He also gave each one of us a bottle of water and he also prepared umbrellas in case it rains during the day.

So off we went to our first stop which is literally a flower heaven! We initially thought we’ll probably just spend an hour but Uncle Jack said, “No, no, no, that’s impossible!” :) True enough, we spent about 4 hours at this place, lunch included. The place is called Chungshe Tourism Flower Market, an hour drive from Taichung City, and is definitely a place that you should never miss when you’re in Taichung.

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Photography 101: Street


Yesterday in Photography 101, we were asked to post an image of what home is to us. Today, our assignment is to focus on a street which can be from our neighborhood or in someplace new.

I took this photo in in Ximending, Taipei using a point and shoot camera, and while it looks so amateur, I love how it gives me a feel of the Ximending vibe. One of the tips given for street photography was to capture a wide view instead of a close-up view of what I’m seeing. I hope this photo photo follows that. What do you think?

Blogging 101: My Blog’s Title and Tagline


For our second assignment in Blogging 101, we were asked to revisit our blog’s title and tagline.

Prior to my social media integration that I talked about in an earlier post, the title of this blog was “I Love. Therefore, I Cook.” It was something that I came up with when this blog was just all about my cooking adventures. And then my interests expanded and the title didn’t fit the contents of my blog anymore.

I retained the blog domain because I somehow managed to establish a connection with my readers and that I’ve been getting a decent amount of traffic for searches that hit on “janiscooking” and Seoul. So that I’m not just limited to cooking, I came up with a tagline that will give a picture of what this blog is all about: of kitchen love, culinary adventures, family travels and momhood bliss.

And there ya have it, a quick description of my blog’s title and tagline! :)

Photography 101: Home


Aside from joining Blogging 101, I also joined Photography 101 at the Blogging University and for our first assignment, we were asked to show a photo of what home means to us.

I chose a photo of the house which we are currently constructing and which will be the home of my own family once fully built. I would have chosen to live near where my family is based but because my husband believes that building our house here is the most practical decision, I agreed to his plans. While I have fears about this whole thing, I am excited at the same time because I know that whatever or wherever, we are going to make this not just our house but our home.

Can’t wait for the house to be finished so that I can start decorating!

Blogging 101: JanIsCooking, the Blogger and the Blog


Hello! You might be wondering why I am posting about who I am and why I blog in between several backlog entries. This is because I decided to join Blogging University. Just consider it as my way of pursuing further learning.

My name is Jan and I maintain this blog called Jan Is Cooking. I am a lawyer and I have been in this profession for 12 years now. I started blogging as a hobby way back in 2006 and have created a lot of blogs before but this is the only one that has stayed active for about 5 years now.

I figured that the reason why my previous blogs didn’t last long was because I was writing about topics that appealed to me momentarily but that I have outgrown them along the way. For example, I used to play World of Warcraft and I created a blog to talk mainly just about my warlock toon and then all of a sudden, I created a mage and blogging about it felt out of place.

On a side note, I still use my warlock’s name as my profile name here in WordPress. My warlock’s name is Han Ji Eun which is the character portrayed by Song Hye Kyo in my favorite Korean drama, Full House.

Jan Is Cooking has survived, I believe, because I talk about things that are close to my heart. Here, I talk about food which is my passion. It’s the main reason why I built this blog. Then the blog has expanded to not just talk about my love for the kitchen or my culinary adventures. It is now home to my posts on family travels and momhood bliss.

I blog not just to showcase what I do or what I discover. I blog because I want to share my experiences in the hope that others will pick up something from it. While this blog is rather small in terms of traffic, I still get a sense of satisfaction knowing that this blog is significant to other people because they find some of the information I post here very useful. Case in point is my recipe for Steamed Cream Dory and the series of my posts about Seoul.

Moving forward, I hope to blog regularly so that I can connect with more people. I hope to have more time for this hobby and also, to have more experiences so that I’ll have something substantial to write about.

So there goes my first post for Blogging 101. Cheers!