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3rd July 2011 Sunday
Ling Yun Yen
Today was a Sunday. Mr Yu said he would drive us up to a place in the mountain and asked if I had been to Ling Yun Yen. I told him I had been to many places around the Alishan Masiff. But I might not have known the names of all the places I had been to.
Regardless if I had been there or not, it would be good to go there again.
So the three of us got into his car for the drive.
We headed to the foot of Alishan Masiff and was in the JuChih district, a district that I covered during the search for Tinkerbell in BanTienYen in end 2007. As said by me then, JuChih was a huge area and so daunting to me when I saw that then. I had not realised JuChih was even larger than what I thought. I told him I had not been in this part of JuChih.
We entered a small village. To stop for breakfast and to buy some fruits to enjoy later up in the mountain at Ling Yun Yen. Ling Yun Yen translated loosely to Spirit/Soul of the Cloud Knoll. I liked the ring of that name.
you can see the balding patch in Tink neck
Of course, Tink joined us for breakfast
We then continued on that winding road up and up the side of the mountain. It was not all just hard driving. We stopped now and then, to buy more fruits from roadside folks selling plums from their farms. And just to get out of the car to look around and enjoy. And to fly Tink
In above shot, I tried to fly Tinkerbell to Yu. She took off. Flew about halfway to Yu, and then turned back to land on me. That was a very nice surprise. Yu was also nicely surprised and pleased that Tink still had this affection for me.
We reached Lin Yun Yen. To find a temple was on that place too. With the name of Soul of Clouds Knoll, it was fitting to have a temple there to give worship and respect. Especially as part of the temple was set aside for Taiwanese doing mountain climbing in that area to rest and to cook and to eat.
We drove up in bright sunshine. Almost as if a switch was clicked, clouds rolled over fitting to the name of Soul of Clouds Knoll.
Clouds and even rain would never deterred Taiwanese from climbing about and enjoying mountains
Yu and I preferred to enjoy by sitting around with other folks there and having the fruits. From time to time, sharing the fruits with Tink.
Tink was spoiled rotten by us and others there taken in by Tink.
I think if you were there too, you would come running with fruits in hand for her as well.
Recalls were done to help Tink burn off the food she stuffed into
Folks there helped to shoot the shots.
A most amusing incident was seen in the video below. I was cueing Tink to fly to me. She did, then changed her mind , and flew beyond me to Yu behind. I was surprised, and very pleased for Yu that Tink showed she is her own self. And she decided to fly to him instead. I was talking about that in Chinese to others and you can hear the delight and laughter in my voice.
The 3 generations of a Chan family were so enchanted by Tinkerbell. I was asked how long I have been with Tinkerbell. I found I could not really answer them. I do not think any meaningful answer can be made. Tink was with me from 2002 to 2004. Since then, you all knew I made visits back ranging from a week to a month. I explained all that to them. I guessed that was about the strangest thing that they have heard. Elder Chan nodded and said nothing back when I asked him how to count how long I have known and been with Tinkerbell.
They were so pleased to be shot with Tinkerbell
4th July 2011
Yesterday evening when we got back. I noticed the bottom half of the harness that was attached to the line and swivel joint came loose. The simple knot made on the harness was pulled out by Tinkerbell. I quickly whipped that with a length of Dyneema and thought nothing more.
In the morning after breakfast with Tinkerbell, we made our way to LangTang again. As said before, my weak left arm and fear of any accident and being dragged through the garden of pain dissuaded me from going further and onto the winding mountain roads.
When I reached LangTang and taking Tink off the perch, I had a huge shock when I saw the harness dangling in a most unnatural way. One loop of the body loop was undone by her and she was basically free. I quickly tied the loose end of the body loop to the other loop to make safe the harness. We were out already, and we might as well enjoy that day. I knew I had to do what I should have done later when we got back home, to make good harnesses for Tinkerbell.
You know I did not just gooey eye Tinkerbell at edge of LangTang. I read. I enjoyed very much Scott Lynch first book, The Lies of Locke Lamora. I very strongly recommend that book to those who love reading. I then tried to find the follow up book, Red Seas under Red Skies. I could not find that in Singapore, an English speaking and using country. I was so delighted to find that book in Taipei, in a bookshop in Taipei 101 the highest building. A country where 99% find it painful to use English, I find the bookshop to have even more English novels than in Singapore.
Next to that book is John Blofeld's book. John Blofeld is the man who helped me find my own roots.
He love China, went to China at early age and lived in China and the monasteries and temples before WW2 and helped bring the spiritual knowledge in a way I could comprehend and appreciate. John Blofeld was shamelessly plagiarised by many authors. Books by Deng Ming Dao have such uncanny resemblance to the works of Blofeld in parts that really matter. Other parts read like a B grade movie garbage.
One part of the Wheel of Life caught my eye. He talked about LiBai, the ancient Tang poet that I named my greenleaf bird after. In http://shanlung.livejournal.com/124435.html I wrote one of his poem
Mountain heart question and answer
You ask me why I dwell in the green mountain;
I smile and make no reply for my heart is free of care.
As the peach-blossom flows down stream and is gone into the unknown,
I live in a world apart that is not among men.
I did not add the context of that poem until Blofeld jotted my memory.
LiBai was send into exile in the mountains. The Tang Emperor had change of heart and send an emissary to Li Bai to recall him back into the wealth and glory of the court. LiBai declined and that was his reply.
The balding patch on Tink neck can be better seen.
Blurry shots of Tink flying to me.
We eventually went to lunch, at yet another canteen I found nearby.
After lunch we went to the twin pavilion area of LangTang.
On the way back from the twin pavilion area, I took a shot of the favourite place by LangTang that we have been to so many times. From the other side.
The moment we reached home, I made her two new harnesses. I could find only two shoelaces left for that purpose earlier.
You do know how the Tinkerbell UltraLite harness was done. If not, go read
Tinkerbell Harness for Piper
Later on, I realised my luggage bag had a shoelace of blue and white checks tied on it for easy indentification during airport retrieval from the carousel. And that was made into another Tinkerbell UltraLite harness too. Identification of my bag on carousel was a lot less important than Tinkerbell comfort and safetly via another harness for her.
Mr Yu love the new harnesses. And the combination of different color could be used to aid easy threading of the harness.
5th July 2011
We went to RenYi Tang. The reservoir just after LangTang. Tink was in her new harness. Other folks there spoiled Tink when they learned she loved lychees.
Then we went off for lunch
And back yet again to LangTang
and demolishing of ciggie box
followed by dinner with Chiayi friends. That I had no hope of paying and hosting despite many pleas from myself. This became very very embarassing to me.
Came back after dinner to find Tinkerbell sleeping above the door. She changed from the bookshelf to top of door sill.
With papers to capture her morning poop below
6th July 2011
I got worried about the balding patch on the neck and thought Tink should be given a good bath.
Mr Yu gave her a shower. You can see the nice new harness in blue and white checks on Tink. Tink loved showers.
After which she dried out.
Then it was breakfast with Tink. We then rode over to the Chiayi Special school that I wrote about in
That was a school of mentally disadvantaged kids. This school was near where we stayed in Chiayi. I came often with Tinkerbell especially after I realised Tinkerbell knew those kids were special and she delighted them so much.
I had not been back to this school since those early times in 2004.
I went into the admin building. None of the teachers were from 2004 and had not known of us. I explained myself. They were happy but told me it was school vacation for that week and all the students had gone home and would not be back until next week. By which time I would have gone.
They graciously told me I could walk about in the school ground.
Goodbye shot of that special school
In the evening was yet another dinner, hosted by Shi (Zorro) in his house.
The quality and quantity of wonderful Taiwanese home cooking I was subjected to was hummbling. All from Tinkerbell flying away that first time and my meeting of Yu family and then his friends.
Mr & Mrs Shi with Mr Wu (Halftail the Bimbo)
7 July 2001
Like a dream, that week went by so quickly and it was the last day.
I had to say goodby to Tinkerbell and scritch her for the last time this year.
Mr Yu then send me to the Chiayi High Speed Rail station for me to get back to Taipei
More photos in Flickr folder Tinkerbell Summertime2011 -Being with her Part 2
LiBai mash making.
About 300 grams of beef mince, with 200 grams of chicken mince and 150 grams of dried anchovies(for the calcium). That was all done up to the kitty mash formula I wrote about in
Pakistan//Tinkerbell Kitty Mash//Dommie at the beach Ramadhan 2010 //Villa walkabout 2
Instead of the almond and brazil nuts, about 100 grams of human grade groundnuts(peanuts) were used.
Making of Tinkerbell Mash
Morning with Harry & the decision// Sultan of Oman Palace// Tinkerbell Mash Batch 7
suri - Read "Conditioning clicker day 3 - and some tips on suris"
milli - read "Found the perfect treat and Yingshiong first "step up""
if you forgotten about clicker training
Tinkerbell Legacy - VH parrot and Clicker Training Rant 06
Some thoughts on clicker - The initial experience with Tinkerbell
Clicker training and bonding with Tinkerbell
To Shanlung-Charlie and clicker training
Charlie and clicker training - beyond touch target //LiBai on finger and in slow motion videos —
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