A Beautiful Witch’s Cauldron: Beitou Hot Springs
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A Beautiful Witch’s Cauldron: Beitou Hot Springs

Beitou hot spring valley was named paktaaw (witch) by its aboriginal inhabitants because the constant rising steam and strong sulphuric smell gives it the appearance of a witch’s cauldron. Aquamarine water, misty warmth and surrounding lush greenery – it’s the most beautiful witch’s cauldron I’ve ever heard about. Wandering up the hill, you eventually reach … 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

Top 10 Things To-Do with One Night in Kenting
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Top 10 Things To-Do with One Night in Kenting

Heading to Kenting in a hurry? Here’s our quick and rough guide to Taiwan’s tropical southern tip. This is our top ten things to-do each described in ten words or less. Enjoy! Rent a scooter You’ll need wheels to get around quickly and easily. NT$400 Enjoy Kenting beach First beach of the main-strip, mostly deserted … 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

Why Kaohsiung was an Unexpectedly Awesome City
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Why Kaohsiung was an Unexpectedly Awesome City

Going all the way from LuoDong on the East coast to Taipei in the North to then take the HSR down the West coast to Zuoying (on the outskirts of Kaohsiung) to Kenting at the very South of Taiwan is a long journey. Rather than ruin a whole day with long-winded travel, we decided to … 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