Tag Archives: Tamsui

The Rock Cafe 磐石咖啡館: You just must GO!

If you’re anywhere in the Tamsui (Danshui) 淡水 area of Taipei, and you haven’t been to the Rock Cafe, then you have to go.  Honestly, GO!  It’s such a great place!

The Rock is a outreach ministry of YWAM Taipei offering ‘English. Coffee. Truth.’ A great combination!  It’s really the top 2 floors above some shops in the main night shopping street of Tamsui, and is open every weekday evening for free English conversation, helped along with free coffee, and staffed by YWAM workers and volunteers, young people from all over the world.

Last night we took our St. John’s University Chaplaincy ‘Relaxed English’ Student Group down there to check it all out ~ actually it’s so famous that most students have already heard of it, and quite a few have been there.  I like to go once every semester to introduce it to our student group, and encourage them to go there on their own.  For our first-year students, it always helps to go somewhere new in a group ~ and so we did just that….

12 students, 4 groups of 3, and chat chat chat all evening. I left after an hour, but the students continued on for hours after that – clearly enjoying themselves and learning lots of English, making new friends and have deep conversations…

The Rock really is a huge asset, a great blessing for us all ~ and a wonderful place to go anytime, but especially on one of Tamsui’s many many cold and wet evenings in early autumn!

And do check out their facebook page here, pray for The Rock ministry, and for all our students. It’s such a great way to practice English and learn about the Christian faith!

Hadid wins bridge design contest – Taipei Times

We’re getting a new bridge ~ and this’ll be it!

Sinotech Engineering Consultants and German firm Leonhardt, Andra und Partner have won an international design competition to build the Tamkang Bridge (淡江大橋) over the Tamsui River (淡水河) in New Taipei City with a design by Zaha Hadid Architects, the Directorate-General of Highways said yesterday…..

Plan your trip to come and visit, and read the rest of the article here….

Hadid wins bridge design contest – Taipei Times.

新北市淡水區興仁國民小學 Xingren Elementary School Sports Day!

A big celebration weekend ~ it’s Mother’s Day tomorrow and lots of local schools were holding their annual Sports Day today ~ so off we went to our local elementary school, Xingren, to help them celebrate not only Sports Day, but their 99th birthday.  So next year will be a great centenary year ~ 100 coming up!

Alumni of all ages were there too, from the just-graduated up to the oldest – in his 90’s! Lots of VIPs, the Mayor of Tamsui, local councilors, community leaders and heads of other elementary schools all put in an appearance.  Oh yes, and Andrew Charity Foodbank were also there, collecting food for distribution…

We had the National Anthem, flag-raising, performances from all ages and then the sports competition, ending, of course, with the Tug-of-War!

First thing every Monday morning, a group from Advent Church teach the Champions Course 得勝者 (character education) to the children at Xingren, assisted by some of the children’s parents and our students.  It’s a widely-used programme in Taiwan, using stories, games and drama and all sorts of fun activities to help the children to grow in character and become mature.

So today at the Sports Day our team organized a Champions Game – throwing the sticky ball at one of the words on the whiteboard – forgiveness, honesty, thankfulness, obedience, sincerity or dedication – then identifying which of the sentences described the word they had chosen – the end result was a balloon with the word – and all revision of things they’ve learned so far!

A great morning for everyone, lots of fun and games!  Such lovely children ~ some of them came time and time again and went home with a whole load of balloons – and of course great big smiles on their faces ~ YES!

Christina and Matisse are here, definitely here!

Well it was definitely quite a week!  Accompanied Christina and Matisse on their first few days in Taiwan, firstly in Taichung at St. James’ Church and Preschool ~ where amazing welcomes awaited them, St. James at its best!

And then to Taipei for a nonstop 2 days, accompanied by student Jenny…

Friday ~ St. John’s University, Beitou Hot Springs, Taipei 101, tea with Bishop Lai, Tamsui Old Street for massage and ice-cream…

Saturday ~ swimming in the sea at Baishawan, Taipei City – Presidential Palace, C.K.S. Memorial for Changing of the Guard Ceremony, shopping at Ximending, National Palace Museum and Shilin Night Market…

All 4 of us exhausted ha ha – these girls don’t half have some stamina ~ hot springs, swimming in the sea, massage and tons of walking, oh yes and posing for photos!

Now they’re back in Taichung ~ and I’m back in Taipei…. enjoy your stay Christina and Matisse!

Fish ‘n Chips in Tamsui… yep, the real thing!

Launching a restaurant selling ‘Traditional British Food’ right in the heart of a culture where food is the ultimate obsession is not for the faint-hearted…. but this is it!

Tamsui’s 英國奶奶 Britshake restaurant, run by Amy and her husband is really a brave venture, but of course the food is great and Amy charms everyone by her vibrant and lively personality, so there’s queues of satisfied customers lining up for photos with her….

Amy comes from Lincoln in England and with her Taiwanese husband is determined to change Taiwanese perceptions of British food.  So armed with chef qualifications and plenty of experience, determination and friendliness, she has set up in the middle of Tamsui’s main shopping street where the evenings are buzzing with life and activity….

Fish ‘n Chips, Fish Pie, Cottage Pie are the 3 main dishes, plus milkshakes, potatoes, soups and teas…. all made in true English style…

Last night I took Louise (who’s actually Canadian, but close!) for Fish ‘n Chips, and she found one of her students working there – so there were plenty of photos ha ha!

A tiny restaurant with a great heart and wonderful atmosphere, and of course – excellent food ~ and if you’re in the area, do go and visit!