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The Year of the Dragon Fashion Must Have: the Baby Bump

This year — 2012 — is the Year of the Dragon in the Chinese Zodiac. Occurring once every twelve years, Chinese consider the dragon year the most auspicious zodiac sign. Despite Taiwan’s technological and scientific advances, in some ways it … Continue reading

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African deli

Some readers may have observed my obsession with a Taiwan soap opera called ‘Inborn Pair’.  I am currently experiencing listlessness similar to withdrawal symptoms, with the final of the 84-episode series having aired on Monday night.  (The series was extended by four … Continue reading

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Chungtai Monastery

On a recent visit to the scenic Sun Moon Lake in central Taiwan, we detoured on our way back through Puli so that we could visit Chungtai Temple (中台山).  The Chungtai Chan Monastery vies with Foguangshan (near Kaohsiung) as one of the … Continue reading

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Lonely Planet: Taiwan in top ten countries to visit in 2012 because of cycling

Earlier this month, an on-line article on the Lonely Planet website listed Taiwan in the top ten countries to visit in the world in 2012.  Taiwan’s ranking came in at 9th place.  The article praised Taiwan as follows: Taiwan has … Continue reading

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Good coffee, great view, fierce dog: 216 Chateau

Last weekend, my husband took us on a family drive to a cafe.  And it was no ordinary cafe.  Knowing that I have been begging him to take us somewhere up in the hills to escape the heat, he chose … Continue reading

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Moon-Gaze — Formosa Moon Cakes

Last week, in what was probably a pre-arranged signal in Taiwan’s culinary baking world, mooncakes suddenly appeared.  One minute they were hard to find, and the next they were everywhere.  A popular gift ahead of the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, they … Continue reading

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The Hungry Ghosts

Today is an important day in Taiwan’s lunar calendar:  the mid-way point of ghost month.  Ghost month falls annually on the seventh month of the lunar calendar.  This year, the dates are almost a month apart from the Western, solar calendar (i.e. … Continue reading

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Xiaolongbao at the Luodong Night Markets

I still salivate when I remember the food we ate on our recent family holiday adventure to Yilan.  Although Yilan is not far from Taipei (we live close to the Xinyi tunnel, so we can be in Yilan in under an hour), … Continue reading

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Yilan for Lovers: Gama Cafe Shop

On our recent family holiday to Yilan, my husband (Sam) and I managed to sneak out one night for a few hours after our toddler, Austin, went to sleep.  Don’t worry, there was someone with him and in any case, … Continue reading

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Afternoon tea at Evergreen Hotel, Jiaoxi

During our recent holiday to Yilan (Ilan), we enjoyed a pleasant afternoon indulging in afternoon tea at the Evergreen Hotel in Jiaoxi.

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