Our trip to Lalashan was filled with excitement and anticipation as we had heard of its beauty from a taxi driver whom we met at a previous home stay. Indeed what we had experienced on our 3 D2N proved true. After Taoyuan airport, we were transported to the cool, refreshing air. The winding drive was a breeze as we were mesmerized by the lovely landscape and savoured every minute of it.
At FuYam, every minute was filled with activity; easy going, unhurried; not dictated by any timetable. It was really relaxing, reflected in the WELCOME sign to “Slow down your life”.
Luck was our side and our room faced the mountain view. AWESOME is the word. Each morning, we were greeted by the chirping of birds and the rustling sound of the waterfall below us: music to our ears! Looking out of the window: the blue skies, a group of birds in the distant trees and pink and white sakura blooms dotted the landscape: a sight to behold!
Hospitality, warmth and sincerity are words to describe Mr. and Mrs. Chung and Brian who made us so welcome.
Mrs. Chung, a remarkable lady together with the Indonesian helper ensured our meals were taken care.; When the food was presented, it looked simple but after tasting them, it reminded me of my “late grandma`s cooking”. How lucky we were to taste such delicious home cooked food. Every meal was sheer joy. Food need not be complicated to taste good with preserved “mui choi” with minced pork, black bean sprouts with shredded chicken and boiled mustard with tangerine sauce. As I enjoy cooking, Mrs. Chung was very forth coming to share her cooking skills.
Brian, good looking and speaking impeccable English, made sure we were in good hands. He reminded us and made sure we had enough clothing, raincoats and umbrellas to challenge the trek up to the mountains. Nightly on our way back to our room, he would remind us to take care as it was wet and dark. My wife was so touched by such small details but it speaks volumes of the young man.
Mr. Chung was personally attentive towards all his guests and nights were relaxing! On the first night, the home stay had up to 20 but he made sure he sat around with each group after dinner, sharing wine with each and Peach liquor for those who preferred it. Indeed, the home made sweet and peachy drink was intoxicating…. In between bouts of “cheers!” he shared details of how he established the home stay, the difficulties in its initial years and minute details of for example how Mrs. Chung had to bring each stone… Both worked hand in hand to make it a remarkable and yet admirable success.
There was never a dull minute at the home. Agogo, the toy poodle making so much noise clamouring for Brian`s attention and the cutie pie, Armani. Xiao Hua, Mrs. Chung`s pet cat which was just satisfied on the sofa, waiting to be stroked. And of course the old faithful, Kiro, the Labrador which will follow one around. With the four companions around, there was so much fun: just playing with them.
The second morning was unfortunately raining but Mr. Chung was determined we got to trek to view the Cypress trees. Dressed with raincoats, armed with umbrellas and cameras, we, together with the locals braved the rain and trekked towards our goal. At each beauty spot, we captured them. The park is really scenic for photograph buffs. Surprisingly, the rain did not deter us from appreciating the beauty of nature. There was a lady cradling an infant with an umbrella and a toddler in a pram…. Beauty beckons….is really true.
That afternoon, Mr. Chung led us and three of his friends for an exploration of the vicinity. He is so familiar with it and knows every nook and crevice and we were told to work for our dinner. He taught us how to pluck the tender bird nest fern shoot and our group thoroughly enjoyed it.
A truly unforgettable home stay experience and hopefully we can revisit in the near future.
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