Mu-An Chiou


Clear blue sky, mountain in the background and trees in the front.

Came to bother my friend’s family again. 35°C.

Brunch spread with bread and cold cuts.

Got more compliments from a pro baker ♥︎ Kümmelstangen got love.

Trees in front of a restaurant.

Greeneries in Taipei is out of control #3.

Lots of plants on two sides of a tiny alley including in the alley.

Greeneries in Taipei is out of control #2.

Lots of plants in front of a shopfront (not a plant shop) from floor to ceiling.

Greeneries in Taipei is out of control #1.

Two sanma nigiri one with pickle onion, another with ginger and green onion.

サンマ ♥︎ loooooooooove.

Duo candle warmer lamp by KIMU Design on a stool by two books against a concrete wall.

Sneak peak. :)

A cow patterned cat lays on a chair looking directly at the camera.

Dobby sits next to me and stares.

Man sitting on a stool intently watching something inside of a narrow storefront with an extra large traditional good fortunate poster behind him.

Stinky tofu!

Rainy Taipei, blue roll-up door, orange bin, sky blue bike, wet asphalt.

“You live in a very local neighborhood.”

A crumble pie on a plate stuffed with pineapple and roselle.

A traditional German style(???) Ananasstreuselkuchen mit Hibiskus.

10 types of flour arranged in no particular order on three stool.


woman holding a bag of brezeln and kümmelstangen.

Yumi holding all the bread!

Pretzels with pumpkin and sunflower seeds on a baking tray.

Seeds seeds seeds.

5 pretzels on a baking tray.

Look at these beauties.



A brunch spread. Kümmelstangen, brezeln, assorted fruits, veggies, cold cuts, coffee.

Siri, play the playlist on Spotify called “having brunch in a European café”

A close-up of a tree fern.

筆筒樹 aka Flying Spider-Monkey tree ferm???

A man and a woman both holding a breadstick in front of the kitchen on a dining table.

A couple discussing the deliciousness of Kümmelstangen with considerable enthusiasm.

Two women and a man using chopsticks to pick up cooked food out of a pot.

“Hey let’s take a ShutterStock photo.“ people eating hot pot at home.

Top down shot of a hot pot with platters of vegetable and meat and one single woman’s hand holding a pair of chopsticks.

Hot pot at mine!

kümmelstangen on a baking tray ready to go into an oven.

I am really getting the hang of this. I am!!!!

Woman wearing a yellow dress standing in front of a row of bright yellow chairs.

“We grew, in spite of everything.”

platters of braised meat, vegetables, bread, and grilling equipments.

I bribed friends with bread to get into this exclusive barbecue party.

Me taking a selfie in front of a traffic mirror shouldering a squash bag.

Copying new friend Erica Fuestero.

5 pretzels on a wooden plank on top of a stainless steel counter with dried flower bouquets as decorations.


Close-up shot of a row of Kümmelstangen.

Be better.

Four kümmelstangen on a baking tray.

I gave it my best.
“Looks lovely.”
Does lovely mean looking like what a Kümmelstangen should look like?
“Yes, I think they look very authentic.”

One way street with tall trees along both sides and cars parked on one side on a sunny day.

@ 民生社區

Mirror selfie between a friend and I in a dimly lit coffee shop.

Step 1. Meet for coffee / Step 2. Talk for 5 hours / Step 3. Take a detour through the city park. ♥︎

Across the road a view of the outside wall of CKS memorial hall in Taipei which have bright blue ledge trimmings.

The blue.

Plate of pretzels, four original, three sesame.

More pretzels nobody asked for.

Basket of Kümmelstangen. Not very well made but OK.


A Joss Paper Drag Boat looking majestic.

Burn money to receive money. Checks out.

Entrance to Cimetière militaire français de Keelung. Lots of trees, modest entrance with signs in both French and Mandarin.

“Wait, how does this has anything to do with us?” - Two people bad at history, in front of Cimetière militaire français de Keelung. Sino-French War

View of the East China Sea from the North East point of Taiwan. Just ocean and a blue sky.

嚨洞 (Nâ-tāng). Facing a bunch of waters.

Clear sky, power lines, blue deep blue ocean. The Keelung coastline.

For a few hours I focused on how nice it’d be to not drown instead.

Tiger Spring couplets captioned “two tigers” (nursery rhyme derived from Frère Jacques) plastered on a dry wall with various coats of monochrome paint and a pipe crossing the wall diagonally, some intelligible graffiti, and a couple-stories tall tree connecting all the way up to the tree grown on the roof of the building.

Taiwanese mix-match at work.

An old building named “new wonder company” with contemporary window illustrations and overgrow blossoming blushes on its side.

中山 too hip to many girlies.

An no entry sign hidden behind bushes.

Shy no entry sign.

A giant Banyan tree stood on one side of a pavement with its branches extending and covering the top half of the photo.

5 massive Banyan trees in this tiny dead end alley way?! Taipei Tree Preservation Program #1633

A piece of paper with the text “Slippery Pavement” attached to a traffic cone on the edge of a tiny playground on a sunny day. There’s also an empty park bench.

Slippery pavement.

Roof of a white finely tiled building with overgrown trees against a blue sky backdrop. Power lines, scattered clouds.

I decided it is OK to just post a photo of the sky here.

Overhead shot of three pretzels, one covered in sesame, one covered in pumpkin seeds, and one lightly salted, in a row on a irregularly shaped wooden board, on top of a dark walnut stool.

I baked Pretzels.

Exit 1 of the Tamsui MRT station in New Taipei City during the day with skylight and shadow falling onto the red brick walls and pillars and people hanging around in the background.


A small waterfall in focus in the background, blurred lush greeneries in the foreground.

Smell of sulfur.

Interior space featuring smooth white walls, curved corners, and soft shadows.

At Taichung National Theater for the Hiroki Nishiyama exhibition.

Upward shot of a building exterior featuring smooth gray walls and white inset areas under a gray sky.

National Taichung Theater.

Exterior of a structure with gray walls and white curved inset area linking into french windows.

National Taichung Theater.

An aged dark green wooden panel, with a white poster reading Portrait, Yuktamura Solo Exhibition, stood in the front yard of a small, old, white structure.

One of my favorite spot in Taichung: 綠光+ marutë.

A sign read Petit été under a clear blue sky.

Haven’t been here for 6 years.

Four women and a man talking around at a table in a restaurant with one woman in standing in an apron.

Conversations with friends™.

Top down shot of a restaurant bar counter with a single staff working on food, and four women customers sitting in front of finished bowls of phos.

Petit été. ♥︎

Various electric paper lamps and room dividers in an atmospheric setting.

KIMU Design.

A lamp designed by KIMU Design in a dimly lit room floating above a leather couch.

KIMU Design.

On a corner of a street there sat three gray transformer boxes with grimacing faces drawn on them.


Two road reflecting mirrors on the pavement with signs reading “beware”.


A sculpture, of giant golden hand holding what looks like aluminum rods or straws floating in space, on the side of a finely tiled building in white.

Straws, anyone?

Workers covered head to toe mowing grass under the MRT lines.


Top of an old residential building with rusted iron structure and a row of lively potted plants. Bright sunny day.


A woman wearing a scooter helmet buying fish from a vendor with bright yellow and green tarp.

Fish vendor.

A small dog with its tongue out on bright blue leash.

Dog is hot.

Sunny day. Entrance to a traditional market in Taipei, with street vendors, greeneries, and a arch named after a temple.

Beitou Kinlung Market.