Photo Story : Taiwan – Part 1

If I remember correctly, a beautiful picture of Taroko Gorge was the reason to add Taipei in dream bucket list. Never thought the dream would come true so soon. Taiwan visit was a memorable treat to soul and will always be nearer to my heart..

Taiwan is a small island nation 180km east of China with modern cities, traditional Chinese temples, hot springs resorts and dramatic mountainous terrain. Taiwan is the most populous state that is not a member of the United Nations and the largest economy outside the UN.

When the itinerary read temple with famous Sun Moon lake in Taiwan, I was almost sure that I would not be interested in visiting that temple rather would spend time around lake. But being proved wrong always feels good. That bright, serene and picturesque temple is still fresh in my mind and therefore we will start Photo Story of Taiwan with Wan Wu Temple.

I will allow you to enjoy the visual treat rather than me inking words here….

The Wen Wu Temple (日月潭文武廟) is located on the perimeter of Sun Moon Lake in Yuchi Township, Nantou County, Taiwan

Previously, two temples were located on the coast of Sun Moon Lake. After the Japanese handed over Taiwan to the Republic of China in 1945, the government invested in developing tourism around the lake. Wen Wu temple was rebuilt again in 1969, increasing its size and constructing it in the Chinese palace style.

The temple consists of three halls. The first hall, located on the second floor of the front hall, is a shrine devoted to the First Ancestor Kaiji and the God of Literature. The central hall is devoted to Guan Gong, the God of War, and the warrior-God Yue Fei. The rear hall is dedicated to Confucius.

 

 

This layered and intricate temple is major attraction for the tourists.  As soon as you have passed through one temple, you enter another and you do not want to stop.

 

 

 

Every wall and colorful carvings on them are mind blowing proof of art. You will not be able to take off your eyes.

 

 

 

The Wall in the very back of the Temple is like a gate to another palace. I was in awe. Could not stop myself for picture.

 

Want to watch the whole story in couple of minutes? Here it is….

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(picture source : Google and my phone)

 

 

Daily Prompt: The Road Less Traveled

Pinpoint a moment in your past where you had to make a big decision. Write about that other alternate life that could have unfolded.

 

Even after 6 long years and probably for the life time, I will never be able to forget those most decisive moments of my life. The moments when I decided to walk out from an abusive relationship – 3 years old marriage. I still consider it as the biggest critical moment of my life when I decided to take that scary looking path of life. Its not socially acceptable in India and the females are always being thought as faulty part.

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For 3 years, I tried to save my marriage life. I struggled internally for most of the time. I never understood why did he maltreated me. He abused physically, mentally and sexually too. And most of the time, as a wife, I devoted my self. But then for those rarest times, I found myself guilt for not fighting against it. Known as a well-educated, smart, charming and intelligent personality, no one ever imagined about my hardship in life. Also, I never discussed it with anyone (rather than very very few people), as I thought it was shameful on my part. He used me everywhere he wanted to. He treated me so badly sometimes that memories of those moments still makes my eyes watery. I was living in hell. But still due to that notional fear of society, I never raised my voice. I kept tolerating. Those who knew about it, advised me to move ahead, to walk out, to fight. But I was not able to do it.

What if I will leave him? How will I live rest of life? Will anyone ever love me? Will anyone understand me? Will people trust me? How will I survive? Those questions were always unanswered and so I was bearing that relationship.  My efforts on explaining him, loving him, forgiving him were all In vain.

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But one day (I am still grateful about that day in my life) after he hit me on my eye and spoke ill about my character, I decided to take a decision. Yes, my inner voice told me that I can not bear it any more. I did not know future but I knew one thing only – I can not continue my life with that man. I walked out with empty hands and mind full of questions.  Yes, life was difficult and surviving in the society among those questions were the most difficult things. Thanks to my family – my parents and my brother and couple of friends who protected me, gave me warmth, understood what I passed through, supported me to start again and were always around whenever I needed them.

Yes, that bad phase passed and after 6 years, I can say I have really moved ahead. Life is beautiful and bright to me. I am thankful that I took that decision otherwise ….

I do not want to think even, what would have happen if I have not taken that decision of walking out. But I know, if I would not have took decision, life would have been hell or I am not sure, I would have even lived to see today.

My take : Take those risky decision sometimes because you are here on this earth, to be you. Its your life. Never allow anyone to control it. Love should make you full and should not make you disabled. Understand love and live life. And finally, be grateful to the time, you lived. That phase of life was required to make us understand importance of life. I have. What about you?

Daily Prompt: Island of Misfit Posts

We all have something we’d like to write about, but that doesn’t really “fit” our blog. Write it anyway.

 

Actually I want to write about my frustration

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Actually I wanted to share my fears

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Actually I wanted to let you know how pessimistic I can be for time being

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Actually I tried to convey my struggle while living this life

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Actually I wanted to say NO to those negative people around me

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Actually I wanted to show you the hurts and wounds I have received from people I loved the most

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Actually I started writing to express my anger to those dual behaviors

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Actually I wanted to communicate my real time experiences

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BUT

Oh Blog…..

You went totally opposite to it.

You turned out as joyous and optimistic

You gave me wings to fly free

You brought out that inner positivity hidden since years

So, I am THANKFUL to you

That you turned out as total MISFIT.

I wanted you to be blue and dark and you turned pink and bright…..

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