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

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

Going to the Moon without Leaving the Earth: Yehliu Geopark
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Going to the Moon without Leaving the Earth: Yehliu Geopark

Yehliu geopark’s lunar-scape looks exquisitely alien, but if the blistering heat doesn’t bring you back down to earth, the throngs of tourists certainly will. Charlie and I undoubtedly enjoyed the fantastical geological formations and tranquil seascapes, yet for me it was certainly an enjoyment tinged with longing. I wished I could see the place by … Continue reading

Inside the Teapot: Hiking in Jinguashi
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Inside the Teapot: Hiking in Jinguashi

Climbing inside a teapot sounds just like something out of Alice in Wonderland to me. Of course, Teapot Mountain is quite different to the hallucinogenic landscapes of Lewis Carroll’s world but it’s just as enchanting. In the early morning sunshine, we made our way to the base of the trail, which is a 10-minute walk … Continue reading

What to Do in El Nido and Around
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What to Do in El Nido and Around

As you know, travelling to El Nido was no easy ride, but once you get there, your effort certainly reaps reward. El Nido – Spanish for ‘the nest’ – is tucked a moon-shaped bay of the Bacuit archipelago and acts as a nest for travellers wishing to explore the surrounding islands, cliffs and coral reefs. … Continue reading

Green Island: It’s Really Green
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Green Island: It’s Really Green

Green Island (Lǜ Dǎo) certainly lives up to its name, it is hugely lush, covered in dense green forest and surrounded by gleaming ocean. The small volcanic island sits off the east coast of Taiwan, so is of course accessible by ferry, or as its been termed elsewhere “a vomit boat.” Armed with motion sickness … Continue reading

Cultural Musings at Lanyang Museum
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Cultural Musings at Lanyang Museum

One typhnoony afternoon, Charlie and I made use of a rare Thursday afternoon off to visit the peculiar Lanyang Museum in Wushi. The museum of Yilan’s history and culture boasts slanted architecture, serene grounds, curious dioramas, and, excitingly for dairy-starved foreigners, fro-yo! The museum was overstaffed, meaning we spent a frustrating five-minutes attempting to find … Continue reading