Monthly Archives: April 2006

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Blimey! I’m 27! The detail I will remember will surely be racing around town attempting to arrange a last minute emergency Visa for China, but realising there was less than 6 months on my passport … hence an emergency application to the Hong Kong Embassy […]

April Showers

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Taiwan – a small rainy island in the north Pacific – has some similarities to the UK – a small rainy island in the north Atlantic. In the UK, April brings with it that marvellously mischevious weather where it is impossible to guess the required […]

Spring Scream

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Kenting’s ‘Spring Scream’ is the highest profile music festival in Taiwan. So, along with Erin and a few friends we winged our way down south to the sunshine – thankfully free of the stifling humidity that plagues Taipei. I am doing a little experiment using […]

Canned Heat

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The humidity has arrived. There is no escape. … but a fantastic, brilliant mountin bike ride took me to a peak covered in clouds … and it was so cold we were shivering. The weather systems in Taipei are very strange. Indeed, we spent ten […]

Masked Ball

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One very strong cultural difference here is the way people wear masks when they are ill, to prevent other people catching the infection. Quite a nice sentiment I think, and practical. According to friends that were here during SARS, it was a deeply unpleasant time. […]

Pressure Points

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I had a nice walk in the spring sunshine today to Ximen. I saw rather an interesting shop sliding door which caught my eye. Initially, I thought it was for accupuncture, but it turns out it was for a fortune teller. Essentially, palm-reading … but […]