The Elegant Journey Following the Tracks of Time
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The Elegant Journey Following the Tracks of Time
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Hengshan (Neiwan), Hsinchu
Discover the wonder of the lodging.
Walking through the bustling old streets of Neiwan, as crowds come and go, the flourishing legacy that the small town once enjoyed with the rise of mining and logging industries seem to be rekindled in your mind. As time slips by, the lanes and alleys that used to be occupied by inns are now reigned by silence. But a century-old house with a royal blue appearance attracts your attention – Migration Cafe and B&B, a space that is going to take you to an elegant journey in search of the tracks of bygone days.
An old house exudes reviving energy
Upon gently pushing open the wooden door, the aroma of coffee permeates in the air. An old-fashioned sewing machine and an erhu with broken strings are displayed by the wall, recalling the memories of a bygone era. Looking to the left, you’ll find a wall made of straws and mud. Its gray mottles are like dappled light in the morning mist, bringing the recollection of the old rammed-earth house alive. The hostess, Susu, purposely preserved the historic traces of the century-old house, in order to extend its unique charm into the future. And looking to the right, the wall is painted with powerful strokes of tangerine, chrome yellow, and wave-like pitch black. Holding a cup of coffee, you walk to the back end of the first floor. Outside the window is a sun-drenched patio, its abundant greenery and light reflect on the bamboo baskets and dried flowers hanging on the wall inside. If you get closer, you might even smell the warm scent of sunshine, while the beautiful light flows in through the exquisite stained glasses on the door, adding more delights to your afternoon.
You carefully step onto the creaking stairs and ascend to the second floor. There lies an eight-legged bed left from the old house, which is now decorated with bunches of dried flowers as one of Susu’s ingenious ideas, capturing the moment of time frozen here. By the stairs leading to the private loft, vintage light fixtures are hung on the wall. But when you look up, there is more light pouring in through the skylight that Susu specially built in the original wooden roof. If you are staying here during the rainy season, with the rain dropping on the roof as background music, the space seems more tranquil and your anxiety would just gradually be soothed. Migration is like an unadorned train, with its ever-changing window view, introducing splendid scenes before your eyes.
The glory of the old house has not faded but been revitalized in Susu’s hands, and will be joined by travellers to advance on the path to the future. You pass through the gray hallway, which is reminiscent of an Italian castle, and enter the Room 101 “Morning Fog.” As the herbs are thriving outside the red-brick wall and window, you and besties are sitting on the beige sofa with upholstery of blue and gray pattern, chatting and bantering in the shower of sunshine. Ascending to the loft by stairs, the soft mattresses on the floor are waiting for you to lie down and leisurely enjoy the whole afternoon. Room 102 “Flowers” has sky blue closet and cabinet, which make the intimate space feel more spacious. Snuggling with your other half and listening to the chirps and whirrs of insects out there, both of you will have the same sweet dream. Being led up to the Room 201 “Stars” by a turn at the corner of the staircase, another wonder is waiting for you. The blue-violet window film in the bathroom is like the starry sky, accompanying your shower time as the exhaustion is washed off. With a good book and a cup of heart-warming hot tea, in peaceful Neiwan, you can just savour the time elapsing slowly.
The colorful Waltz dancing on the tip of your tongue
When you come to Migration, you must not miss the hearty dishes prepared by chef Joe and Susu! Let’s start the day with potato cheese toast bricks in the morning. The crispy toast with aromatic butter is stuffed with mashed potato and tangy cheese, which would melt your heart in the sweet and happy rhythm. On the side are grilled shredded cheese with fresh tomato slices, along with a sunny-side-up egg and healthy salad with fruits, adding a bit of lightness to the breakfast. Together the ingredients compose a waltz in the sunlight, making your taste buds spin and dance, savouring the pleasure.
At Migration, the hosts won’t let you leave on an empty stomach, as the lunch and desserts here are also too good to be missed. The meal set performs another jaunty waltz: The first beat presents Joe’s signature dish, Migration chicken curry, which is attentively simmered along with apples, honey, and onions, tantalizes your taste buds once again. On the second beat, take a sip of the honey mint lemonade made by Susu, removing the lingering greasy flavor in the mouth. On the third beat comes the combination of locally flourishing butterfly ginger and panna cotta, delivering the rich yet refreshing floral fragrance as a perfect ending of the meal. No matter which dish, Joe, who has a background of food service, pays great attention to each ingredient and is dedicated to making your taste buds dance with delight.
The reflection of the passing time
Migration is never just a pause in life but an endless journey. Perhaps you can’t stop the time from elapsing, but you can collect the moments in your trip and revisit them in your mind from time to time. Slower the time by growing old with the house, contemplate the aging beauty hidden in the mottled walls, and come to understand the preciousness of the present in the torrential rain of Neiwan. As time passes, Migration will still stand on Heping Lane, with its elegant and entrancing look, waiting for your visit.
Meet the moving story of the host.
Wearing refreshing summery attire and tying her hair in a long ponytail, she welcomed you with a lively smile and led you into this century-old house, which embodied her dedication and passion. Susu, a Hakka girl from Hsinchu, loved everything in her hometown and endeavored to revitalize the cultural and artistic trend in Hsinchu. Thus, at age of 25, she opened up Migration Cafe and B&B in the small town of Neiwan as a starting point and begin this journey toward her dream.
Take the sideroad as the shortcut to the destination
In the beginning, Migration was actually not a mooring planned in Susu’s life. After graduating with a degree in landscape architecture, Susu started her career in the industry. Back then, she dealt with government tenders daily and gradually became tired of the life that never varied day after day. So she decidedly left the field of landscape architecture that she had worked for about three years, and threw herself into the cafe and lodging business, which was closer to her inner longing. Returning to her hometown, Susu applied her expertise to create the unique Migration Cafe and B&B.
In fact, the enthusiasm of entrepreneurship ran in Susu’s family. Susu’s father, right after he finished the military service at the age of 18, entered the trade of interior decoration as an apprentice and strove all the way to this day. And her mother, who followed her passion for hairdressing, ran a successful business through the word of mouth of the housewives. Even Susu’s sister, along with her boyfriend, also opened a drink shop “PIN.Drink” in Hsinchu. As grown up in such free-spirited family, whether at the time when Susu pursued higher education or planned to open Migration, her family never tried to interfere with her decisions, but gave their full support and became the strongest backing for her.
Susu smiled and said that her parents loved to take the children to travel around, and on holidays, they used to camp in the mountains and enjoy the beauty of nature. Even now getting old, the parents still embraced their wanderlusts, and Susu was infected by their life philosophy of enjoying travelling. When she was in college, she had the chances to collect the wonderfulness around the world through the classes she took. Now she decided to chase her own dream, Migration became the kaleidoscope of her practice of life. She would apply what she learned and the experiences collected to the space of Migration, and share with the travellers a splendid time here.
The blueprint of dream drawn by family and friends
“I made this piece of furniture with my dad!” “The hair-care products in bathrooms were recommended by my mother as a hairdresser.” “The murals here were painted by me and Joe, along with two other friends!” Susu introduced each corner of the old house and the stories about the helpers behind the scene with gratitude. Built from scratch, borrowing the parents’ expertise and with the help from many versatile friends, Migration has been the dream catcher woven by Susu and her family and friends. It captured the moments of life and realized the gentle imaginations in Susu’s mind.
When walking into Migration, one would find the eight-foot bed and sewing machine from the original old house, now being preserved under Susu’s good care. In the bathroom, the porcelain jars with stone grain brought back from abroad were used as the toiletry dispensers. And the stained glasses mounted on the door brought in dazzling streams of light. Migration was loaded with ingenious ideas and creativities, and represented the accumulation of the fragments of Susu’s life, just like a colorful palette. It was never a still-life painting, but an ever-changing scenery. Every bit of appreciation of life would be transformed into a colorful element, revitalize the memories from the past, and enrich the time of travellers’ visiting.
Keep going and bring the small town to life again
In addition to her family and friends, Susu’s lover Joe was also an indispensable partner of Migration. As the chef of Migration, Joe always put a lot of consideration into each ingredient, while Susu, wearing a sweet smile, stood by his side as his teammate for experimenting with new dishes. Being absorbed in the work, their figures just composed the beautiful and peaceful silhouette in the kitchen. The couple’s coordination was demonstrated through Joe’s signature dish, Migration chicken curry. Being simmered for a long time, the excellent combination of various ingredients produced rich aroma and smooth texture, while the mellow flavor just lingered in one’s mouth.
Susu’s dream was like a seed floating slowly in the air and eventually found its habitat in Neiwan, Hsinchu. As the love from the people by her side nurtured her courage for moving forward fearlessly, now the dream has dug the land and rooted in with strong roots. Susu hoped that, with Migration as a starting point, it could help Neiwan, a small town with long-lost charm, to regain its identity and legacy. Maybe one day, as Neiwan thriving again, the hometown of Susu would ride on wings of dreams and soar aloft as well.
Guests: 2 people
NTD 2,400 ~ 3,800/room
Breakfast included, Afternoon tea included, On the 2nd floor, Indoor 26 m2, In-room bathroom, Separate bathroom and toilet, 1 king-size bed, Up to 1 extra person (without extra bed) (more)
Guests: 2 people
NTD 2,000 ~ 3,000/room
Breakfast included, Afternoon tea included, Indoor 13 m2, In-room bathroom, Separate bathroom and toilet, 1 double bed, Extra person is not allowed (more)
Guests: 4 people
NTD 4,000 ~ 5,800/room
Breakfast included, Afternoon tea included, Indoor 40 m2, In-room bathroom, Separate bathroom and toilet, 2 double beds, Up to 2 extra person (with extra bed) (more)
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No. 18, Heping St., Hengshan Township, Hsinchu County, Taiwan
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