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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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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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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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Win a working summer holiday at a L’Hotel de Chine hotel in Taiwan

The L’Hotel de Chine Group, a luxury international five-star French hotel with Asian influences, has launched a competition to encourage young people to travel to Taiwan.  The prize is a ‘working holiday’ in Taiwan for up to a month, with the … Continue reading

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Forest Baths in Jiaoxi Hot Springs Park

A few weeks ago I took a day off from work to spend with a good friend who was visiting from Australia.  It was a beautiful, early spring day so we decided to head for the hot springs town of … Continue reading

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An afternoon drive to Cape Bitou

Over our Christmas break we headed off for an afternoon drive.  We didn’t have any firm destination, and being a bit disorganised set off fairly late after lunch.  But within 45 minutes of driving north we hit Taiwan’s spectacular Northeast coast. I … Continue reading

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Hualien’s Seven Star Bay Revealed

During our family road trip to Hualien, we stayed overnight at Cisingtan (Seven Star Bay, 七星潭).  Many people have been to Hualien, it is after all a ‘must see’ place in Taiwan, but few have visited Seven Star Bay.  Most … Continue reading

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Taiwan’s Great Ocean Road

Years ago Sam and I did a road trip to Adelaide via the Great Ocean Road along Victoria’s rugged coastline.  Sam quite liked the Twelve Apostles, but for the most part he thought it all a bit ho-hum.  How could … Continue reading

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Of Tainan and Temples

We recently travelled down to Tainan to visit my homestay family, the Chens, who I stayed with from 1997 to 1998.  It was only a fleeting visit, and the main purpose was to “gang eng”, or give thanks, for our baby boy.        … Continue reading

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Taichung: The heart of Taiwan

The week before last I was in the central Taiwan city of Taichung for a work conference.   Although it was a work function, I still managed to get out and about a little bit.  Well, not much, but we did … Continue reading

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