Category 'Taiwan'

I Have Stuff

It’s been a little while since my last blog post, in which I lamented my lack of stuff, and also span you a rather long-winded yarn about a painful incident involving an ingrown toenail. To be frank, I’ve been suffering from a lack of inspiration, rather than a lack of things to write about. I went to Tainan with Ting and Karisa… during a holiday around the beginning of October, and I absolutely loved it. I’ve been to some
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I Want Stuff

The past two weeks have been a complete and utter mess. After a brutal summer where I somehow managed to avoid spontaneous combustion… and melting into a dank puddle made up of my own sweat, the seasons began to change. I was able to walk outside for five minutes and not have perspiration dripping down my face and thinking, “why did I even bother to shower?” The air became cool, strolls became pleasant and not an exercise of finding the
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Taipei Stop By Stop #3: Li Family Mansion @ Sanmin Senior High School

The Li Family Mansion (蘆洲李宅古蹟) , sometimes referred to as the Li Family Abode (and sometimes spelled Lee), isn’t somewhere I’d ever really planned on visiting in Taipei. However, strolling through Taipei Main Station, I noticed a sign extolling the virtues of the Luzhou branch of the Xinlu MRT line (it splits off in two after Daqiaotou station). Naturally I became curious, and in the spirit of my first two… Taipei stop-by-stop posts, decided to head to Sanmin Senior
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I Think I’m Obsessed With LINE

Every country has a free messaging app that’s more popular than all the others. The UK has Whatsapp. South Korea is crazy for Kakao Talk…. China has WeChat. Some countries prefer Viber. Here in Taiwan, LINE is the free messaging app of choice, and you know what? I’m completely and utterly obsessed with it.   When it comes down to the fundamentals, LINE isn’t necessarily better than the other apps I’ve mentioned. OK so it’s better than Viber, but
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The Best Things I Ate In September

September was a magical month. I started it off in the UK, surprising my mum at her wedding, which was a whole surprise in itself (confused? read this). Then it was off to Singapore… with Ting for our first international trip, heck our first trip outside of Taipei, together. Then there was a fair bit of travel within Taipei itself in September, heading to new neighbourhoods and seeing what they had to offer. Oh and of course, there was
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50 Notes On Flying Premium Economy

On my recent birthday trip to Bangkok, I decided to treat myself on the journey there and back, and flew in EVA Air’s premium economy class. Sure, it wasn’t business class, but I mean, the word PREMIUM is in there. Plus, I’d never flown in any class above economy before. I’d never accumulated enough miles for an upgrade, either – I was on my way with Emirates, until their delays and attendants with piss-poor attitudes caused me to take my…
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Sunday Night Word Vomit

My contract as a teacher here in Taipei is almost half over. I truly love this city, its people, its organised mayhem, its relative open-mindedness and its food. The cafes, green spaces, gay bars and public transport. Yet, half a year comes with questions from people that didn’t exist after just a few months here. The dreaded question that I don’t quite have the answer to yet: What’s next?   Things have been all change here recently. Right after publishing…
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Delving Into Din Tai Fung

Thanks to the good ole’ interwebs, before I’d even landed in Taipei this January, I had people constantly recommend one place to me as a must-eat venue: Din Tai Fung. A dumpling den extraordinaire, Din Tai Fung is known for its xialongbao… (小龍包), a kind of soup dumpling, but I’d been resistant to go. I’d heard from friends in Taipei that it was too expensive and overrated – 90NT per dumpling? No thanks. However, after being caught in a sudden
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Taipei Stop By Stop: #2 Little Burma in Nanshijiao

Little Burma, located near Nanshijiao (南勢角) MRT station, at the beginning/end of the orange/yellowy line (the one that splits off to Huilong and Luzhou, if you look at a map), is a place that I’d been wanting to check out for a while. I heard about it from a guy I went for a drink with while he was pulling his pants back on in the morning, telling me that he was going to check out the Burmese market. …
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I’ve been living in Taipei for over half a year now. Just over seven months to be precise. I have no idea where that time has gone – it’s flying by, and frankly I find it terrifying that in just four and a half months, Christmas will have been and gone and it’ll be time to ring in 2015. Yes, I’m being that guy today. Which reminds me, I should really start buying Christmas presents soon, likely exotic looking ones…
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