Category Archives: Made in Taiwan

Thoughts from an Industrial Designer living in Taiwan.

Final Graveyard Ride

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I have had some of the best days of my 20s up in the hills around Taipei – the days spent up there rooted in my memory. That’s why I was so delighted that, after six years of pestering, Ken finally decided to come up to […]

Seven and a Half

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After seven and a half years, I will be leaving Taiwan. I leave behind some true friends, and a beautiful island I have come to call ‘home’. It has been a wonderful, deeply formative experience; one that will never leave me.   Don’t think of […]

Bali Conclusion

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Perfectly sandwiching my arrival at Dell three and a half years prior, Yuyin and I decided to swap one Pacific island for another. Ostensibly to celebrate the wedding of Nelson and Christina, it was also a great opportunity to catch up with old friend Rich […]

Taiwan Central Cross Highway By Bike

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This is the big one: 248km, 5,072m of climbing, peaking at a mighty 3275m. Taichung to Hualien by bike, with my friend and colleague Tony. Bisecting the ridge of mountains that run down the centre of the island, the most direct route leaves Taichung and […]

UK Return

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Views across the peaks were not spectacular, but a good reward for the climb (and even better preparation for a pint at the pub).

Sadly, last month we received that Granny, Catherine John, had passed away. A central figure in our family, her influence permeates through her children, her grand children and now their own families. Her creativity, humour, voracious appetite for news and love for her family, will […]

Wulai River Tracing

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Taiwan’s natural environment is a wonderland for outdoor sports; I have long said that it could be an Asian version of New Zealand. Some sports, such as cycling and hiking, already have a strong foothold, but the scale and breadth of the natural resources on […]

Cloudgate – Annual Outdoor Performance

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Cloudgate (雲門舞集) are an institution in Taiwan; and one of its most treasured cultural exports. Combining traditional Asian and Chinese motifs, they combine them in extraordinary ways, mixing digital media, human-scale calligraphy, old folk tales and contemporary dance. It’s always a challenge to get seats for […]

Nenggao Mountain Biking – The Return

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Nenggao has been the ‘nemesis’ ride for the group for the last two years, attempts thwarted by typhoons and bad weather on two attempts: last year we even made it about a third of the way in before we had to turn around and high-tail […]

Alamere Falls Hike

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The day after our kitsch night out, we planned to escape the city and head for the hills. Joining friends from Facebook and Google, we drove over the Golden Gate and into Marin County. It was all very odd with Abe and Armando; we are […]

Jazz Hands

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Explaining why three male, unmarried room mates from Taipei were in San Francisco for ‘entirely independent’ reasons, raised some eyebrows amongst the people that we met. But honest, Abe was visiting family, Armando was jetting through en-route to Austin, and I was leaving Texas on […]