Category 'Taiwan'

Taipei Stop By Stop: #1 Yuanshan Station

Today marks the start of a *drum roll please* brand new series on the blog! Much like my other widely celebrated series ‘Places I Lessthanthree‘ and ‘Fantasy Five…‘, this one – Taipei Stop By Stop – won’t have a set schedule for being published, so keep your eyes open. Also as I type, I realise that the previously mentioned series weren’t exactly widely celebrated, but more among the lines of there to use when I can’t
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Spirited Away To Jiufen

I did it. On March 18th, two months and two days after moving to Taipei, I finally made it out of the city to somewhere other than Taoyuan Airport. The destination? Jiufen (九分), a town along the northern coast of Taiwan that’s famous for its architecture, location, and inspiring Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli masterpiece, Spirited Away…. Pretty much every single person I’ve met in Taiwan has mentioned Jiufen as a destination to head to, so I thought, well, why
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Longshan Temple: The Redux

Longshan Temple blew me away on my first trip to Taipei, back in 2011, and I wrote a whole post about it then. Every now and again, there’s a place that, cliche as it sounds, simply takes your breath away. Longshan Temple is one of them. In France, Versailles and the Musée Palais du Garnier floored me due to their opulence, largely due to the fact that they used all the gold. The Brandenburg Gate in Berlin…, the Spanish
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Taiwanese Breakfast Food Heaven

I’d be surprised if, in every post I’ve written about Taiwan, there hasn’t been a photo of Taiwanese breakfast food of some sort: bacon pancakes, milk tea…more bacon pancakes. The food culture here in Taiwan has more western influences on it than its other Asian counterparts, thanks to Taiwan having been colonised by both the Portuguese and Dutch in the past. Taiwanese breakfast isn’t just rice and side dishes (I’m looking at you, Korea), but rather things like pancakes, hash…
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Sunny Days In Taipei

I booked my one-way ticket to Taipei on October 15th, 2013, along with a cheapy AirAsia fare to appease immigration and allow my boarding pass to be issued – which was fortunate, as the lady on the transfer desk at Heathrow Airport was pretty no-nonsense. The three months that elapsed between booking the ticket and getting on the series of planes that would transport me to Taipei were an odd mixture of excitement, uncertainty and nerves, mixed in with a…
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My Top 10 Bodily Discharge Moments From Around The World!

Warning: this post contains way too much information about bodily discharges. I mean, I hope you figured that out from the title of the post, but it’s worth repeating just in case. If you’re squeamish, it’s probably best that you click away from this post now. Go and read about that time I stroked all the pussies in Seoul. Or now that spring is approaching, look at pretty pictures of crocuses… that I took in Harrogate. Maybe even perk yourself
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The Difficulties Of Dating As An Expat-Slash-Traveller

When you travel a lot, dating is never easy. I think most (single) folk who travel long-term would agree with me on this one. Meeting someone is never really that difficult. The traveller is cast in the role of the exotic foreigner, whirling through cities and towns, a care-free spirit with no ties, not wanting to be bound by any one person. In Colombia, I’d get stopped in the streets by people telling me how beautiful my blue eyes are.…
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7 Lovely Libations From Around The World

Recently, my fabulous blogger friend DJ wrote a post about a drink called sekamehu, a kind of Finnish juice drink that he had in, well, Finland. It sounded delicious, and that got me thinking about the beverages I’ve imbibed around the world. Some were delicious (more on those in a little while), some not so much, like the coconut juice I swilled down to try and rid my mouth of durian… aftertaste, or what can only be described as
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Brunch At The Barbie Cafe In Taipei

The Barbie Cafe in Taipei is a place where dreams come true. Well, your dreams come true if you’re an obsessed fan of Barbie, like certain travel bloggers… I know. However, I don’t fall into that category. But one category I do fall into is a lover of all things cheesy, bizarre and adorable, so when I stumbled across the Barbie Cafe while walking around Taipei’s Zhongxiao Fuxing area, I knew I had to go. As fate would have it,
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Hey Expat, Don’t Judge Me Because I’m An Expat

Life as an English teacher in Asia is pretty damn good. The salary enables you to live comfortably, teaching (even in a cram school) is a fairly well-respected profession, and you get to experience another culture while essentially being paid to entertain and delight children, and tricking them into retaining a foreign language in the process. Sure things aren’t always ideal, but overall, I have a pretty sweet deal here in Taiwan, ditto for over three years in South Korea,…
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