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We are finding a parking space,
nearby to our hotel.
We walk now to our place,
which the owners nicknamed “Japanese House”.
To get there you need to turn off the main road,
and wander into tight alleyways.
The outside of our hotel house contrasts completely with the neighbors around it
it feels like a rip in between our time and centuries past.
The hotel is designed to resemble a traditional Japanese house,
a philosophy they put into every aspect of the design.
The bottom floor is the kitchen, and living room area
The bathroom has a japanese bathtub and shower
You can either shower with the normal head or use the wide pad type
which honestly feels like showering in warm rainstorm.
The kitchen is comes with a coffee machine and hot water maker
which we’ll use later when Sherry’s dad, Bob teaches me how to make tea.
The fridge is full of Taiwanese Pineapple beer,
which was one of my favorite drinks when I first arrived in Taiwan three years ago
we are eating some cake that Ethan bought from costco.
as well as some candy that the hotel provided.
This is a sour soda flavor.
We wash tea cups and glass kettle that we brought, to prepare for later.
The upper part of the hotel is where the beds are.
In total there are 4.
I really like the design of this upper part,
the natural glow from the skylight is really beautiful.
There is a really nice vibe here,
not only coming from the laid back Tainan culture,
but also from the dark wood and traditional design.
I’ve never been to Japan or seen a house like this before,
I’m really happy to have the experience,
and to spend the next few days here.
Now its time to make tea.
While rest of the family leaves to pick up Sherry’s aunt,
I stay with bob to make tea.
He teaches me the process from the beginning.
Today we’ll make Oolong tea,
which he got fresh from the mountains a few weeks ago
Once the hot water is ready, he fills the tea pot with it.
Bob tells me that you aren’t supposed to drink the first brew,
instead you use it to clean out the glasses, teapot and tea leaves.
To not waste, We use this water to pour onto the pot,
to keep the temperature consistent,
so the tea leaf will open up even better.
Now time to make the real pot.
He is using a special kind of tea that comes in small kernals,
when you add hot water the leaves bloom back to their full size.
after they soak for a few moments,
he pours the tea into the larger glass serving cup.
The color glows a golden yellow,
that warms you up just by looking at it.
The smell of the tea is fresh and flavorful,
and fills the air of this old Japanese house.
Bob has made tea for us many times before,
but this was the first time I’ve been able to capture the whole process.
with him explaining each step to me.
I hope I will learn well enough to make a good tea brew for him someday.
When the tea is ready we sit down in the living room,
watching Titanic and drinking the warm tea.
It’s been a really great day,
and I’m looking forward to tomorrow.
Ethan is going to take us out to explore Tainan,
and we’re going to a classic Taiwanese bar restaurant,
I’m excited to introduce it to all of you.
I’ll see you tomorrow.