Our schedule for the day would be light and easy especally for my mom who is 70+ years old and still picking tea leaves or doing farm works. Traveling to her was of time and consumed money. She likes working on a farm all day and without complaining but traveling for some distances was unbearable. She complained that she could not walk too long because her knees were not good. Some of my sisters had a tendency to spoil her instead of encouraging her to take a walk as an exercise. The definition of enjoying life is totally different between me and my mother.
However, I understand her past and appreciate her working hard to raise 6 children. She grew up in a generation which women were less educated or received no education at all. They were also asked to work hard and sacrifice themselves for glory and to respect their husbands and their husbands' families without any questions. There was not gender equality in her time. Also when they get old, they have to embrace the change of the social norm and the society. The younger generations are not taught to work hard or have to sacrifice themselves to respect their husbands and husband's family. The young generations receive more education. There is more gender equality in the younger generations. So for my mom's generation, they have to learn and adjust their thinking to accept the ways of their daughters in laws' thinking at home. Also they lose their absolute authority as a mother-in-laws for governing their sons and sons' families.
|The view of Tainan city in the early morning from our hotel room.|
|The was the entrance to the Ten Drum Cultural Village which was not too far away from Zenda Suites that we stayed the night before.|
|The entrance fee was NT$ 300 per person. This location of the village originally was an old retired sugar cane refinery. The highlight of the village was a drum performance at 10:30 am and 3:00 pm.|
|Drum Museum exhibited drums from East Asia Countries.|
|Visitors could interact and perform on this fictitious dream stage.|
|The village offered a short train ride which used to be a sugar cane transportation railroad. Now it is converted to a tourist sightseeing train.|
|A group of kindergarten students were waiting for the train ride. The train ride would run for a group of 20 people and above. If there were some seats available, individual travelers could get on the train for the short ride.|
|Talking to the performers|
|This was one of the restaurant sections which used to be a railroad car to give its customers a sense of privacy. This was not a place for tasting a traditional or gourmet Taiwanese food. There was no restaurant surrounding in this area.|
I just found out my camera had some problems after taking photo during the drum percussion performance.
|Next to the Ten Drum Cultural Village was the sugar cane factory store which sold ice creams and popsicles. We won't escape this place.|
|This was the children park section.|
|This was the playground which was very simple in the children park. We only stayed at this park for 30 minutes. However, we will be back once the museum is done and opened to the public.|
Visiting Persimmon Factory in Chiayi County
|Persimmons' skins were peeled and were prepared to put into the dry processing room.|