Four extravagant feasts later, our Chinese New Year celebration drew to an end. My stomach is still processing all the delicious tomato fried egg, roasted pork belly, pineapple shrimp rolls, and more delicious goodness. My heart is also still recovering from losing big in the annual family gambling ritual. This was my first Taiwanese family reunion in nine … Continue reading Chinese New Year in Southern Taiwan
Tested and proven, Bangkok is one of the most affordable places in the world to go on relatively spontaneous solo backpacking trips. 7 days, NT$10,000 to cover living, food, transport, and plane ticket. Find out how I pulled it off.
It's another Monday, and it's back to the grind of a full-time job in the city. I had the blessing to escape the concrete on a filming assignment in Miaoli for a tourism television series exploring the best foods and attractions in Taiwan. At a Bed & Breakfast we visited, there was a bush that was Taiwanese-swimming-pooled … Continue reading A moment for butterflies
If a city has a village designated to cats (Houton), it's no surprise that Cat Cafés would exist for those who don't have the time to trek to the cat lady paradise. As an distinguished and unashamed cat lady, I am vowing to visit every single one of the massive list of feline-inhabited cafés in … Continue reading The Taipei Bucket List: Cat Cafés
If you're a fellow newly-grad folk faced with financial restraints, you might be interested in finding alternatives of enjoying the city without the cost.
I'm back on the road again - and every journey begins with an obligatory image of the view out of an airplane window from my 15-hour flight to Asia. This is the view over the city of Hong Kong at around 8pm.
The "Floral Bird" pet store, a place to satisfy all your needs for crickets, birds, fish, and massive walnuts...?
How a stroll at the Financial District in Shanghai inspired a short film about the chillest cat on the planet.
There's a place in Shanghai where middle aged men go and feed their pet cricket, bird, and fish obsession.
There must be some secret poker society here in China, because I can't help but notice crowds of card playing at random sidewalks and every park I've visited.
What happens when a historic town that resides along a riverbank becomes a tourist hotspot.
Yayoi Kusama is one of the most influential artists of our time. With her "A Dream I Dreamed" exhibit opening in Shanghai, a famous and rare attraction in an overpopulated city proved itself to be a unique experience all of its own.
An adorable kid feeds pigeons in People's Square, which is like a smaller, Shanghai-version of Central Park, sitting amidst skyscrapers in the middle of the city. We assume the pigeons are purposely planted by the Chinese government, since this is the only place in the city that they are seen.
Two men enjoy their giant swirls of cotton candy in Tian Zi Fang, a maze of boutiques and street food in Shanghai, China.
In the dead season of tourism in Shanghai, shops in Yu Garden remain open and fully staffed despite the lack of tourists. This causes a lot of boredom and quality iPhone time for the clerks.
Tourist attractions in Shanghai seem to appease the tourists not only with extravagant traditional buildings, but also with a little modern familiarity.
What happens to a non-Cantonese speaking Asian in Hong Kong...
“Eventually your life in New York will seem so far away and sometimes you’ll even wonder if it really happened. Don’t worry. It did.”
Move here when you’re 18 or 22, maybe even 24. Come from somewhere else-the north, south, west, Xanadu- and come to realize that everyone living in New York is a transplant. Even the ones who grew up on the Upper East Side end up moving into a place downtown, which, as you’ll soon discover, is like moving to a different city.
Discover the cruel and bizarre world of New York City real estate. End up spending an obscene amount of money on something called a broker’s fee, first and last month’s rent and a security deposit. Cry a little bit in the leasing office but remind yourself that you’re so happy to be here.
Picture hearing a man playing the saxophone outside your bedroom window. End up hearing a lot of sirens instead. Figure it’s okay because it’s New York and you’re still so happy to be here.
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I've grown to like New York a lot, despite the smelliness, the filth, the mean people and the expensiveness. But last week something happened to me that has changed my life.
Happiness is a perspective -- Nothing is worse than having everything you need and want, yet still always yearning for more.
Nothing makes you appreciate your "college days" more than experiencing a full-time job for the first time. Although I do love not having to worry about work after 5pm or pulling all-nighters to finish assignments, I do miss sleeping in and being allowed to skip classes every once in a while. Miraculously getting two … Continue reading The New York routine
If you ask anyone who's ever lived in, visited, or even touched New York, they'll probably all tell you one thing: It's expensive. Upon arrival, I've spent more money than I would for a whole month in Bloomington. Even Goodwill and thrift stores, which are usually my safe haven, are much pricier and stricter. (Another … Continue reading Eating just enough for the city
My arrival to New York has been a whirlwind. I went from awkward uneasiness to falling completely in love with this city. I was greeted with impeccable rudeness from workers in the supposed "customer service" industry upon arrival. The employees in subway stations are the most unhelpful people on the planet, and they will be … Continue reading Culture shock
In less than 48 hours, I will be at the capital of the world, the Big Apple, the Concrete Jungle where dreams are made of where there's nothing you can't do. As a spontaneous decision, my friend and I decided we wanted to go to New York this summer. Neither of us had any internships, … Continue reading Nervous excitement
While everyone else was getting their tan on a beach somewhere, I had the biggest honor of meeting the most incredible people in Japan. It was beyond a class trip, it was historic.
My mother recently sent me an old piece of writing I composed when I returned to Taiwan during the summer breaks after moving to the States. What year or how old I was when this was created is unknown, but the writing serves its destined purpose of documenting a life that I knew I would … Continue reading Home sweet n’ sour home
I was blessed with the opportunity to visit Washington D.C. and witness my first Presidential Inauguration! After 3 full days of constant red, white, and blue, I feel more patriotic than ever. It was also a surprise to see Obama's face literally plastered on every product in D.C. It was like nothing I've ever experienced, … Continue reading Patriotic spirit
Nothing looks better on photos than colored powder and happy people. Last October I volunteered to photograph the annual JB5K, raising awareness for the disappearance and murder of Jill Behrman 13 years ago.
I was doing some spring cleaning of the virtual world before a new semester begins when I stumbled upon some old photography I did for my photojournalism class back in the fall of 2011. The Nikon D3100 malfunctioned while I was there, so I was unable to submit these photographs to my class as it … Continue reading Dancing in the dark
Taiwan is known for the portable eateries you encounter at night markets - the ones who couldn't pass an FDA evaluation if their life depended on it, yet provide the uniquely tasty dish non-reproducible anywhere else on this planet. But there's a hidden gem tucked away in southern Taiwan that is well-lit and sanitized with excellent … Continue reading The favorite restaurant