green onions

due to the unusual amount of typhoons hitting taiwan this summer.
the price of SCALLIONs, or green onions, has gone up to approx 10USD/ lb.


old taipei

while going to the hospital to visit my mom (taiwan university hospital), i noticed that the architecture around here are either really new or old. well old as in built during the japanese era. this is a little church still in use today. built during the japanese occupation, it is a unique style to taiwan due to its material usage, tho it looks european, the brick n red tiles used here makes it quite different than anything u can find in this region of the world.
i realized that ther are still many more things one can discover on this little island, just in architecture. many still in use today.

the other foto here is a temple, the only one tht i really remember goin to a lot with my family. tho we visit temples very rarely, this one is embeded in my memory. a very popular place too. lots of ppl going.
so on the day b4 my sister took my mom to the hospital, she asked us to visit the temple, taking the children too. the boys went wild running around in the space!

this is my beautiful and very caring sister. she's younger than i, but much more mature and caring. i was soooooo thoroughly impressed by her taking over the caring of my mom, handling of situations and ppl. and her thoughtfulness tht i cannot compare in any way. she has a beautiful soul. doing things i wish i could hv thought of or should b doing. taking care of my mom. it puts me to shame. i m a selfish child in contrast! very useless.

this is a sunset from the hospital hallway, looking out, at the city. altho taipei skyline is quite ugly during the day, dusk n nite lights changes all that.


gall bladder stone

the last few days hs bn a bit strange. spending time in a hospital that is so convenient tht i felt as if in a mall. it's got a very nice clean food court with 2 convient stores, book store, vitamin shop, shoe store, supply shop, gifts, n starbuck... n more.
each floor is set up w/a waiting area w/tv, n computer w/free online access! the nurses r very helpful n sweet n explains everything. wow, it's amazing experience for visitor n patient alike.
my mom has gall bladder stone, n it got infected or something the nite she was due to leave for the states. so now, i don't kno how long her n dad will b staying in town.
thnx to my sister, chris, who knos wht to do n more caring than i, she stuck around and stayed w/my mom, taking her to the hospital, etc. i can only sit around n hang out. get kicked out of the hospital, to go home n hang out w/my dad, who is really eager to leave town.
he's a well known doctor here, n i guess it's a bit embarrasin for him to b in the hospital, visiting his own wife. ppl's reaction is... what? his wife? how can a famous doctor's wife b in a hospital? dude! don't u kno? these things u still need western medicine to deal w... esp if ur wife wants morphine instead of needles, silly.

getting sick is no fun, i kno.
but if one can manage not to hv ur body operated upon, i guess it's better. according to chinese medicine's viewpoint of the body. once u cut, it b'comes a destruction on the structure or something.

just hv to take care of the body better.

so ther's natural remedies to passing even gall bladder stones, a combo of apple juice, lemon, olive oil, etc... everyone offers ths recipe up when they stop over to visit my mom.

wht about kidney stones?
i think i may hv a little... found it while i had the food poison, maybe it's gone alrdy tho.

our body is def very mysterious.