Transforming Taipei into a city of blossoming parks and gardens, the Flora Expo is the first internationally-recognized event of its kind to be hosted by the Taiwanese capital. Running from November 6, 2010 to April 25, 2011, the Expo aims to promote floriculture within Taipei and inspire both residents and international visitors to adopt sustainable living practices to help preserve our natural environment.
The theme of the Expo is 'Rivers, Flowers, New Horizons'. Fourteen exhibition halls across more than 90 hectares will house floral displays and showcase advances in environmental sciences, green technology and horticulture. The Expo will inhabit the Yuanshan area, including the Taipei Fine Arts Park, Yuanshan Park, Xinsheng Park and the popular recreational spot, Da-Jia Riverside Park.
The Expo site takes in some of Taipei's most high-profile cultural venues, with displays that range from the historical to the high-tech. All 14 exhibition sites offer visitors something educational and inspirational. The following is a selection of event highlights travelers should be sure to catch.
Story House. Taiwan's only Tudor-style building is set in a classic English garden and will have 700 Taiwanese antiques on display, offering visitors a snapshot of aristocratic life in 19th-century Taiwan.
Pavilion of New Fashion. This high-tech hall – dubbed the 'FE ecoARK' – is made entirely of recycled garbage, including 1.5 million recycled PET bottles. Visitors strolling through its quiet, airy passageways can reflect on the unity of 'heaven and humanity' and experience the elements of light, wind and water.
Pavilion of Angel Life. This pavilion combines art with life, featuring design that integrates holistic practices and aesthetics. A large theatre projects high-definition images of Taiwan – a great introduction for first-time visitors to the country.
Pavilion of the Future. This is an innovative exhibition zone with a greenhouse powered by green energy. Here, visitors can witness the role of technology in creating a more harmonious existence between humans and the environment.
Pavilion of Dreams. Located in Xinsheng Park, visitors here are given a 'technology dream bracelet' that projects a holographic flower. 3D movies and virtual reality displays engage each of the audience's five senses.
Celebrity's House: From the late '60s through to the 80s, the late Teresa Teng was one of Asia's leading female singers and today she's a Taiwanese icon. In this exhibition, Teng's life is interpreted through art and technology – guests can listen to her music, attend seminars by local artists and celebrities and create their own floral arrangements, a practice believed to still the mind and promote oneness with nature.
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apples (approximately 8 medium apples)
Preheat your oven to 425°. Prepare the pastry for
a double crust as desribed below. Mix together the granulated or caster sugar, flour,
cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice and salt in large mixing bowl. Stir
in the thinly sliced apples.
2/3 cup Butter flavor Crisco
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
5 to 7 tablespoons cold water
Using pastry blender, cut shortening into the flour
and salt, until the mixture resembles crumbs. Stir in the water with a
fork until desired moisture is achieved. Add more water if necessary.
Divide the pastry in half, making a ball to roll out into the crust.
Place the ball onto a lightly floured surface and roll out thin with the
lightly floured marble rolling pin. Roll up the crust onto the rolling
pin slowly and then place over the pie tin to cover evenly. Fit the
crust into the tin and then cut around the edge with a knife to make a
neat edge. Sprinkle the bottom pie crust lightly with granulated or
Pour in apple pie filling from above and then repeat
rolling out the rest of the pie dough for the top crust. After dotting
the apple pie mixture with dots of Butter Flavor Crisco, place the top
crust over this mixture. Take a sharp knife and cut air vents into the
crust. Pinch the edges of the dough around the rim of the pie between
your thumb and closest finger using the same finger on your other hand.
Repeat this until all the crust in joined and crimped together. Lightly
sprinkle more granulated or caster sugar over the finished unbaked pie.
Bake at 425 degrees F for an hour or until the
apples are tender. You can check the tenderness by piercing the apples
through one of the vent holes with a knife and see if it easily goes
through the apple.
Let the pie cool off for at least 30 minutes to an
hour then either serve warm or refrigerate to serve later cold. This of
course tastes great with vanilla ice cream melting over it while it is
still warm or whip cream to garnish if served cold.
We love ourselves and others.
There is no sky we'll ever see
Not lit by that first love.
Stripped of love, the universe
Would drive us mad with pain;
But we are born into a world
That greets our cries with joy.
How much I owe you for the kiss
That told me who I was!
The greatest gift--a love of life--
Lay laughing in your eyes.
Because of you my world still has
The soft grace of your smile;
And every wind of fortune bears
The scent of your caress.
Copyright by Nicholas Gordon
Before vanilla became the dominant flavoring in cakes, cookies, and other confections, rosewater (made from rose petals steeped in water)was the common flavoring. Here's a cake recipe fit for royalty,
transcribed into modern English, from "The Queen's Closet Opened" an
eighteenth century cookbook
To make a cake with rose water,
way of the Royal Princess, the Lady Elizabeth,daughter to King Charles the First
half a peck of flour, half a pint of rose water, a pint of ale yeast,
and a pint of cream. Add to it a pound and a half of butter, six egg
yolks, four pounds of currants, one half pound of sugar, five
tablespoons grated , and a little salt. Beat it very well and let it stand half an hour by the fire. Then beat it again and make
it up [into a baking pan] and let it stand an hour and a half in the
oven. Let not your oven be too hot
Worth beyond beauty
Amaryllis -beauty, pride
breath - happiness
Bay Wreath -
reward of merit
red - admiration
white - pure love
Cedar leaf -
I live for you
red - I love you
white - truth
yellow - slighted love
- daring and noble courage
Fir - time
not - ... forget me not
leaf - friendship
rose - preferenza
strenght of character
Iris - I
have a message for you
yellow - grace and elegance
- majesty and purity
Lily of the
valley - return of happiness
- splendid beauty
be of good cheer
christmas - peace tranquillity
Rose musk -
Rose pink -
Rose red -
Rose white -
I am worthy of you
and red - unity
- I think of you
warmth of sentiment
William - perfection
- good luck
Sweet pea -
Tulip red -
declaration of love