Category: Taiwan

Here are a few random Taipei smartphone pics that I posted on Instagram during my latest stint in Taiwan, thought I should post them here too because screw Instagram (I’m in Japan right now for the Rugby World Cup, see …

A few random Taipei pics Read More »

I’ve been back in Taiwan for a few months now, and most of what I’ve put on the blog has been new & updated hiking content (see here). But obviously I’m not hiking every day (just once a week usually), …

Life in Taipei: this and that Read More »

Apropos of nothing much, here’s a bunch of views of Taipei 101 all taken during hikes I’ve done in the 3 months since coming back to Taiwan. The weather’s generally cloudy here in spring so most of them weren’t taken …

Taipei hiking: a dozen views of Taipei 101 Read More »

I recently came back to Taipei and have been getting some hiking in before the insane heat & humidity properly kicks in (already starting to do so). Main focus has been to redo a bunch of hikes I did last …

Life in Taipei: hiking updates Read More »

Taipei was only founded in the late 1800s when Taiwan was part of the Qing Empire, and the city walls were pulled down a short time later in the early 1900s when Taiwan was part of the Japanese Empire. The …

Life in Taipei: the old city wall Read More »

Fucking bugs. Fucking cockroaches, fucking flies, and fucking, fucking, fucking mosquitoes; one thing you’re always going to have to put up with if you go live in the Far East is all the damn bugs. If you’re in Korea or …

Life in Taipei: Stumpy the Lizard Read More »

If you’re travelling in Taiwan, you may notice that shop staff seem particularly keen for you to take your receipt; you may even notice members of public scrambling to scoop up discarded receipts from the floor. The reason is the …

Life in Taipei: the Taiwan Receipt Lottery Read More »

This little bit of public art in Taipei’s Zhongshan District depicts a scene from a Chinese proverb, which tells us that though a hare may be faster than a snail, a snail will still win a race up the wall. …

Life in Taipei: a Stroll Around Zhongshan Read More »

As a former resident of Japan who moved to Taipei, it was fascinating to see the Japanese influence on this originally Chinese culture, Taiwan having been colonised by the Qing Empire in the late 1600s and then the Japanese Empire …

Life in Taipei: Remnants of the Empire of the Sun Read More »

I’m not sure why I stopped and snapped this picture at the time, but it captures a really typically Taiwanese scene – the guy doing the dishes in the gutter after the restaurant’s closed for the night, the lanterns, the …

Life in Taipei: Qilou Buildings Read More »

Xiaolongbao (小籠包, literally ‘little basket buns’) are a specialty of both Shanghai and Taipei – small dough parcels of pork and soup, they’re like bite-sized explosions of delicious joy in your mouth. Originally from Shanghai, xiaolongbao became a local staple …

Life in Taipei: Xiaolongbao at Din Tai Fung Read More »

This week saw the release of Ghost In The Shell, a live action Hollywood remake of the classic (1995) Japanese anime movie (itself based on the original manga by Masamune Shirow). The casting of Scarlet Johansson in the lead role caused some …

Ghost In The Shell: chasing ghosts in Japan, Hong Kong, and Taiwan Read More »

Taiwan‘s night markets (夜市, yeshi, pronounced “yeah she”) are popular with locals and tourists alike, and you should definitely try to visit at least one while you’re there. Every night market is a good place to sample lots of different Taiwanese …

Taipei Night Market Guide Read More »

Snake Alley is an infamous covered shopping arcade attached to Taipei’s Huaxi Street Night Market (華西街夜市, Huaxijie Yeshi) which was notorious for prostitution (before it was outlawed in the 90s) and is known for being the place to go if …

Snake Alley, Taipei: Then and Now Read More »