Pineapple cakes are a Taiwanese specialty. ChiaTe may or may not be the best, but it’s certainly one of the most famous! This place is packed almost all the time. If you don’t call ahead for your order, there are days that you wait in a line outside the door to get into this place that’s complete with security guards, people who only answer the phone, and a row of cashiers. It used to be that this place only sold a few products, just pineapple cakes, wife cookies, etc. Nowadays (since it’s hit it big), the varieties are endless, including the type of cakes. Aside from pineapple, I just love the cranberry version. I think I appreciate how it’s not that sweet and you can actually see the number of cranberries smushed inside the cake.


So many sweets

More and more pastries

Pineapple (and other) cakes

More sweets

What I brought back to the U.S.




{queen creek} peaches

February 14, 2015

I like visiting Queen Creek, a town southeast of the Phoenix area, in late winter (or what already feels like summer in this area) because the peach trees at Schnepf Farms are already starting to blossom. Arizona has the first ripe peaches of the season (in May), which means early blooms as well. I’ve seen the blossoms before and even gone back in May to pick peaches, but you can never get enough of beautiful pink blooms.

As we walked along the self-guided tour toward the peach trees, we realized that we had been walking for quite awhile and hadn’t seen any trees yet. We did see both goats and deer before we finally happened upon some still non-blooming trees and then finally tree limbs that were covered in big beautiful pink flowers. And while the bees were a bit annoying, it was nice to see them in action, too!

A peachy photo adventure:









Michigan is known for their cherries. Traverse City in particular is the most famous and even has a popular cherry festival every year. I’ve never been to Traverse City or its cherry festival. In fact, before this trip to Michigan, I had never even seen cherries growing on trees before! I suppose people can go cherry picking just like they go apple or peach picking?

Anyway, while driving around the Northern part of the Lower Peninsula, we happened to past by a huge cherry orchard. Since a portion of it wasn’t roped off or fenced in, we decided to go and have a look. We didn’t steal any of the cherries or anything, we just wanted to take a look at the cherries up close and personal. I’m not sure what kind of cherries these were or if they were ready to be picked or not but they were all ruby red. In fact, it looked like the trees were growing Maraschino cherries!

A cherry photo adventure:





[room 329] apple time

October 23, 2014


Yesterday in class, we read a non-fiction text about the life cycle of an apple tree. Then the students worked on writing the main ideas and details from the text. After they were done and had written down a sufficient amount of details to show that they understood the text, they were allowed to glue their paper on a big black paper. Then the students took apples that had been cut in half horizontally (which revealed the seed star) and used the apples like a stamp.

I mean, you know that when you cut a apple in half horizontally, you see a special design, right? It looks like a star, but the more I think about it, I think it’s supposed to reflect the five petals of an apple blossom. What do you think?

The apples

Apple prints

Painted apples

Creative minds


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