Category 'Taiwan'

Adopting A Dog In Taipei, Or Yazhou’s Story

I’ve never really had a dog before. Well, that’s not entirely true. I grew up on a farm, and there were always dogs around. Nell, Floss, Towser, Betty, Boothroyd, Nipscrew, Scooter, Misty, and now Poppy and Doodle. But they were never my dogs so to speak. I played with them, but didn’t take care of them – that was the domain of my dad. Whenever a new litter of puppies was born, Harry and I would spend a few weeks…
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My 2015 Travel Plans

In keeping with the theme of my last post, which was about my fourteen favourite things of 2014…, I was going to call this post something like ‘The 15 New Places I’ll Visit In 2015′. Then I realised that my job involves teaching children, and I very much need to be in the country to do that. I also realised that I live on an island, so any international travel I want to do involves a flight, and I
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My 14 Fave Things From 2014

It’s the end of the year now. The very last day to be precise, a day where everyone is making resolutions on how they’ll better themselves in 2015, and where every blogger is frantically typing out some kind of year-end post because they’re too full of cake and booze to write anything else. I’m not one of those bloggers, though. I wrote this post yesterday, mostly because I’ll spend most of my New Year’s Eve on a plane heading back…
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The Bumper 2014 Round-Up Post

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, something on something and la dee doo mittens…OK, so I might need to watch The Sound Of Music again as I don’t seem to quite have the lyrics down. As you’ve no doubt already guessed, this is a 2014 round-up post about a bunch of my favourite memories and moments from the past year. Raindrops and whiskers are definitely not among my most-liked things of the past twelve months, however. I really don’t…
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How To Say Merry Christmas In Chinese

So, I’m back in the UK right now, and I’m typing this post to you from my dad’s home in Leathley…. Today has involved fish and chips, a full English breakfast (at lunch), spending lots of time with some adorable dogs, and my family, and my niece, and drinking a fair bit of cider and prosecco. Yet, I still plan on bringing you some useful information, and this post revolves around how to say Merry Christmas in Chinese. How
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I Broke Less Than 80% Of My Resolutions. Huzzah!

Waaaaay back at the beginning of the year, on New Year’s Day to be precise, I wrote a post outlining fourteen resolutions… that I planned on keeping in 2014.  Some of these I kept. Some I completely forgot about less than a week after I published the post. Yet I feel it my duty to update you on how things went in 2014 on that front, so you can all trust me and bask in my honesty and integrity as
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Lehua Night Market: 樂華夜市

Lehua Night Market is my new local night market. Which should tell you something, if you pay any attention to my blog, because it didn’t use to be my local night market before (that was Jingmei…). How do you wind up with a new local night market? You move, of course! So yes, I moved apartments, and my new place is glorious and I no longer have to sleep in the same room as a refrigerator, but more on
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Exploring Yingge: Pots But No Parrots

Thanks to my merciless working schedule, I haven’t been able to explore as much of Taiwan as I’d have liked to. When I say merciless, what I mean is I don’t have two consecutive days off, so at the moment, my trips outside of the city are severely limited, unless there’s a public holiday involved, or I use my precious vacation days, all of which have been allotted until my contract renews in February next year. With restricted options, I…
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My Fave Chinese Characters That Look Like The Things They Represent

I know I usually do Foodporn Friday posts on this day, Friday. I tell you all about things like the best stuff I’ve eaten recently, and classy French food, and fried chicken. Occasionally other people will write the Foodporn Friday posts, and write about things like classy French food, and stuff that isn’t fried chicken…. But way before the existence of Foodporn Friday, the last and most glorious weekday used to be reserved for the Friday
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Taipei Stop By Stop #4: Jiannan Road

So, remember that totally awesome series that I started, in which I explore Taipei by getting off at random MRT stops? No? Well pause for a moment, and go to refresh your memory here, here, and here…. There’s Burmese markets, an old family mansion, and a temple with all the gold lurking within those there posts.   Done? Are you back here now? Please say you came back and didn’t get distracted by things like videos of
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