Category Archives: Travel

Book Reviews: Beijing Tai Tai

As a Taiwanxifu, a ‘daughter in law’ of Taiwan, I have spent over a decade and a half learning about Taiwanese (and Chinese) culture.  I love Taiwan, its convenience, amazing food, quirky finds in back alleys, mix of modern architecture … Continue reading

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Eating fishball soup at Danshui

In the movie “Good Morning Vietnam”, Robin Williams’ character and is taken on a trip to eat some local street food.  His new friend Tuan cheekily orders fishball soup with a hot chilli sauce.  “I didn’t know they had balls,” … Continue reading

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Supertrampstars Elaine and Vicky

I started blogging to help bridge my own Australian/Western culture and Taiwanese culture.  Many people I have met, including close friends and family, know nothing about Taiwan: they either think it is ‘Thailand’, or else that it is a dangerous war … Continue reading

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Sales Shopping at Xinyi Place

It’s annual sales time, and if you are looking for a bargain then Xinyi New Life Square is the place to be.  

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My new e-bike

Yesterday, Mr Taiwanxifu bought me a special birthday gift by request — a gleaming new e-bike.

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For seafood lovers

I have just celebrated my 40th birthday.  Unlike my 30th birthday (why is it that women often feel the need to have achieved success by 30?), this anniversary felt both grownup and relaxed.  And one of the highlights was enjoying … Continue reading

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Family visit to The Great Roots Forestry Spa Resort

Whenever I arrive back in Taiwan, I always transfixed by northern Taiwan’s greenery during the drive on the way home from Taoyuan Airport.  The hills plunging down to the highway seem so lush and dangerous, as if the jungle wants to … Continue reading

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Centered on Taipei Magazine article: Shin Yeh 101

Check out my recent article in the August edition of Centered on Taipei Magazine, where I review Shin Yeh 101. 

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Taiwanxifu returns

I have been away from cyberspace for a while, but I have now returned.  I had a short work trip to Beijing, and while I was there I came down with a cold.  Strange how the change of seasons always … Continue reading

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Romance in the Taipei Botanical Gardens

Today is the Qixi Festival (七夕節) — commonly referred to as ‘Chinese Valentine’s Day — which falls annually on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month. 

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