125 Years of Adventure & Discovery: National Geographic Exhibition
Arts / Culture / Exhibition / Museum / Taipei / Taiwan

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

A Beautiful Witch’s Cauldron: Beitou Hot Springs
Culture / Food / Getting Around / Hot Springs / Rivers / Taipei / Taiwan

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

Hot SPOT: Taipei Film House
Arts / Clothes / Culture / Drawing/Painting / Exhibition / Film/Cinema / Food / Getting Around / History / Markets / Taipei / Taiwan

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

The Closest to Michelin Starred we’re ever Going to Eat: Din Tai Fung
Culture / Dumplings / Food / Good Eats / History / Organic/Local / Recommendations / Red Bean / Street Food / Taipei / Taiwan / Vegetarian

The Closest to Michelin Starred we’re ever Going to Eat: Din Tai Fung

Din Tai Fung is probably the most famous restaurant in Taiwan. Being famous for food in Taiwan is actually a more common expression than you would think. Here, there’s a street vendor, stall, eatery or restaurant that is famous for something or other at nearly every turn. The stall famed for the most crispy spring-onion … Continue reading

Nangang Bottle Cap Factory: An Abandoned Hive of Street Art
Arts / Culture / Drawing/Painting / Exhibition / Getting Around / History / Markets / Nangang / Taipei / Taiwan

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

Going to the Moon without Leaving the Earth: Yehliu Geopark
Beaches / Culture / Hikes/Trails / Parks / Taipei / Taiwan

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