5 Things that make me grumble in Taiwan
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5 Things that make me grumble in Taiwan

I love Taiwan a lot and there are certainly more things that I like than that I grumble about. That said, there are 5 things that really get me about life in Taiwan. These mostly come from being born and bred as a sensible, picky-eater and weather-conscious Brit. Scooters Driving on the Pavement This really … Continue reading

125 Years of Adventure & Discovery: National Geographic Exhibition
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125 Years of Adventure & Discovery: National Geographic Exhibition

Founded in 1888, National Geographic has spent 125 years leading scientific research projects, telling stories from across the world, and photographing incredible nature and people. To celebrate its achievements, Taipei’s Huashan 1914 Creative Park is hosting an exhibition of Nat Geo’s most moving and inspiring photographs. Inside, the exhibition is split into separate galleries which … Continue reading

12 Reasons why Taiwan is a good place to call Home
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12 Reasons why Taiwan is a good place to call Home

Taiwan really is overlooked both as a tourist destination and as a place to call home. This little known island in the Pacific Ocean is rarely recognised as independent from China but it is an entirely different place and environment. So here’s our run-down of 10 excellent reasons why moving to Taiwan could improve your … Continue reading

Hot SPOT: Taipei Film House
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Hot SPOT: Taipei Film House

If you knew me at university, you’d know my life revolved around early morning Taiwan cinema film screenings which are characterised by their incredibly slow style. I’m yet to meet a Taiwanese person who likes Taiwan cinema, but equally I’ve probably not been talking to the right crowd. And if the right crowd is anywhere, … Continue reading

Nangang Bottle Cap Factory: An Abandoned Hive of Street Art
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Nangang Bottle Cap Factory: An Abandoned Hive of Street Art

If you can call this derelict building, strewn in murals and spray-painted artwork, an art gallery, then this is the best art gallery we’ve ever been to. There’s no tour guide to make existential comments, no sign-posts to direct you in a clockwise circle and no polished wooden bench for you to sit on. Instead, … Continue reading

Dreaming of Childhood: Jimmy Liao at Yilan Park
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Dreaming of Childhood: Jimmy Liao at Yilan Park

Jimmy Liao’s artwork seems to reach our eyes wherever we go. Luke and I wandered through a gallery of his illustrations back at the International Children’s Folklore Festival, and captivated by some of the pictures, even bought a print. Since then, we’ve both taken our Kindy class on a school trip to Yilan park, where … Continue reading

A Forgotten Blog: Rainbow Village
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A Forgotten Blog: Rainbow Village

Rainbow Village is an old military-dependents village transformed by Huang Yung-Fu, an 86-year-old man with a paintbrush. The settlement began suffering from dereliction, urban decay and abandonment. On the verge of being forgotten, the village was transformed by this self-taught street artist who decided to bring some colour back into the place. Originally Huang Yung-Fu … Continue reading