Taipei In A Wrap

In Asia, everything is cute or compact. What’s cute is usually compact as well: miniature toys, toy poodles, girls… but what’s compact is not always cute. The room I stayed in at my distant uncle’s over the summer was a Taipei standard. Oh, an 8 x 10′ box, perhaps? The…

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Sloppy Firsts in China

My social media capabilities are incredibly limited seeing that I can’t check my Twitter, Posterous, Tumblr, Facebook or Friendfeed. (I’m not sure if this is all censorship or half a connection problem, since the wifi bars just so happen to go down whenever I check those sites.) I can, however,…

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Like Cape No. 7 But Better

To truly experience Taiwan, you’ve got to get out of Taipei and go down South, preferably to Tainan. And to better understand what it means to be “really Taiwanese”, I would recommend watching Cape No. 7, a film about a Southern young man who goes to Taipei for better prospects,…

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Degustation: Afternoon Tea at the Mandarin Oriental

Wednesdays are chocolate buffets. I happen to dislike chocolate, but my sister’s a total fan and my mom’s been dying to eat at the Oriental, so alas…I just played the part of the unashamed photographer. Think of this as a documentary piece or dissection of one choco-filled afternoon.

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Waves of Snoring

Not traveling with a tour group or the entire family has its benefits and disadvantages. On one hand, I can read until sunrise, sleep until 4pm, then spend the rest of the “day” in a public food court with free wifi. On the other hand, some days can be a…

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Thai Spices

What’s hotter than Bruneian sand? Singapore weather. What’s hotter than Singapore? Bangkok’s male population. What’s hotter than Thai men? Thai food, of course. Ouch…the roof is on fire. Within the last five days, I’ve flown from the sandy shores of Brunei back to the busy streets of Kuala Lumpur, then…

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