~18th March 2014~
|Welcome to Xinbeitou~!|
golden arch of Xinbeitou, the blend in of old and new. An old style arch which stood stall surrounded by more modern designed apartments. I prefer this place rather than where we were staying in Xinsheng North Road, the red-light district of Taipei, I would call it so whether you agree with me or not. A day in Xinbeitou is definitely not enough what more, we had only a few hours in hand and we have another destination after Xinbeitou on the same day itself.
Something to ponder upon with our Malaysian education system. I have seen school kids and even high school students at various places of interest during schooling hours, in their school uniforms with their school teachers. There weren't many school trips back here. I have been to Kuala Lumpur with the whole class accompanied by two teachers when I was 16. Over in Taiwan, I think they believed in a balanced education, where work and play come hand-in-hand. All work and no play make those kids turned into dull, boring and unimaginative and completely not creative youngsters. Are we producing geniuses? No, we're not. We're not even producing good competitive quality students. The complaints about PT3 were baseless. If the students have studied properly and used their brains and seen more instead of just doing more paperwork, they would have learnt better and better able to cope in the change of examination style. Whose fault? Teachers fault? Education department's fault? Teachers' fault? Actually, all were at fault~! Students do not even know the basic that they should know. They know not of what has been taught. Either they have been sleeping or the teachers are not doing a good job. The change is a good one, a change that will make the students put on their thinking caps. But the learning environment of just getting stuck to the books with so little information, ought to be revised. The children in Taiwan and China and also in other parts of the world, no doubt they were spending their school hours at the amusement park, I guessed they learnt more than our students. I say,"Release the kids out to learn through observation~!" If you think our teenagers are hooligans and could not be controlled, then I will let you know that all over the world whether American kids, Australians kids, Chinese kids and Taiwanese kids, they are all the same... all little tykes.
|The dog lover...|
Yo, mama~! A dog in a pram? Okay... in a blanket conclusion, some dogs live a better life than humans. I bet that dog must have air-conditioned room for hot summer nights and also processed imported dog food which cost than human food. I love dogs but I would never take my dog out in a pram, walking around town or maybe because Malaysia doesn't allow dogs in most public places, so I do not have such habits. Hmmmm.... I only put my doggie in the bicycle basket and cycled around the badminton court in front of the house. But my doggie slept on the bed with me with his own pillow and plush toys. My doggie did have a few items to his name. He has his own treasures.
|Where to go in Xinbeitou?|
|Free leg-dipping in hot spring drain...|
|Hot spring water from the source....|
|The fellow contributors to the river...|
|Read it if you are able to...|
|Uncle very eager to leg-dip in water...|
|Uncle completely satisfied~!!|
|Public hot spring bath...|