Monthly Archives: May 2010

Kinmen Tales

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Kinmen 金門 2010

After six years, I finally made it to Kinmen (金門)!  Nikki and I decided to break for the border (well, almost) and book a long weekend away from Taipei; our first trip away together. Kinmen (pronounced ‘Jin-Men’), is a curious historical anomaly, situated as it […]

Hello Kitty Pasta

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The apocolypse approaches.

Shopping Taipei

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Taipei Shops 1

I really enjoy walking the back-streets of Taipei, away slightly from the main thoroughfares that sport Starbucks and MacDonalds and the rest.  In the back streets, you’ll find ‘single serving shops’, privately run and often staffed with the elder family members, seemingly set back about […]

Yilan Hiking

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After our company trip to Yilan, Paul and I opted to stay overnight and do a hike the next day.  It was dead good fun to see Taiwan from a slightly different angle for once, and we built up a nice healthy sweat as we […]

Derelict Firing Range

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Derelict Firing Range

It was miserable weather up in the hills today.  Conditions were humid, rainy and chilly/hot in a way that only seems to happen around Taipei.  As a result of the extremely slippery conditions, Mark and I opted to take a different route.  We came across […]

Taipei Flora Expo Preparation

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Taipei Flower Expo Preparation

Even though China got the Olympics, I have to respect the effort that Taiwan put in to host the Deaflympics and World Games; no easy feat.  However, the fact that Shanghai is hosting the World Expo does not justify to me why Taiwan has to […]

Dog in a Basket on a Bike

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Dog in a Basket on a Bike

Dog in a basket, on a bicycle.  That is all.

Adaptable Architecture

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Adaptable Architecture

Taipei tries its best at erecting buildings that have some semblance of style, even if that style is generating a neo-Gothic Greek Revivalist Bali retreat.  But bless ‘em, the local residents get to work modifying, adapting and extending their properties with scant regard for the […]