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Expo Shanghai

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“China, meet World.  World, meet China.” It’s statement is pretty clear. World Fairs and Expositions are a chance for the nations of the world to trade ideas and peddle their cultural and industrial wares.  This year’s show, held in an emergent and increasingly confident Shanghai, […]

Land of the Rising Sun

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Well, it’s been a while, Shanghai, but it’s good to be back; a great night out with Gerhard and the Shanghai design mafia, and home in time to see the sunrise from the 49th floor.  I might regret this tomorrow! Before I head out. Macdonalds […]

Taikang Road

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So I am here in China for the first time in six months or so; at least since joining the Latitude design team. I am here during Expo, and I will be sure to take the chance to go and take a look at it […]

Kinmen Tales

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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 […]

Shopping Taipei

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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 […]

Derelict Firing Range

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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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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 […]

Adaptable Architecture

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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 […]

Kenting 2010

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Kenting – summed up in a single photo! Though the departure was a little more hectic than I was originally envisioning, it was my pleasure to jump on the HSR down south and join Michael and Tanja for a weekend of summer sun in Kenting […]

Cat Burglars

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The door was locked. The cats, beyond the door sounded like they had just knocked something over. “Silly cats.” Taking out the key and turning it in the lock, I didn’t get the usual three-stage series of weighted clicks; instead just a solitary single rotation, […]