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
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
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
Publication On Indiana Daily Student It’s hard to stroll the streets of Taiwan without seeing a few skinny dogs digging through the neighborhood dumpster. It’s no secret that this country has long suffered a serious stray dog problem due to the lack of animal shelters. But one family is trying to fix the problem, 800 … Continue reading A home for the abandoned
I'm slowly running out of photos to use from my old archive. I suppose my laziness is finally catching up to me. Perhaps it's time for me to finally dig up some time and focus on some new photography. With taking 18 credits this semester, it's going to be a stretch. Until I finally whip … Continue reading Random Hobo Teepee of the Day
It's official - dead week has wreaked havoc. I'm running on two hours of sleep and can already see tonight to be just as sleeplessly spent. Two projects due on Thursday and I stupidly picked up a full length story for IUSTV about the protests at J.P. Morgan information session to be due on Sunday. … Continue reading Random Dead Flowers of the Day
This is the sky of Pingtung City, Taiwan, taken from the 14th floor of NPUE. It looks pretty from far off, but when you get close, you'll see all the trash, betel nut spitting and stray dogs. It's where I grew up, so I guess I'll always be critical. Taken August, 2011.
(Above is nightscape of Taipei city at around 3 a.m., a picture that can only be taken by tresspassing to the rooftop of Chiantan Youth Center.) This summer was amazing. I got to spend two and a half beautiful months in my "motherland" and got to take a sip of the Taiwan's coolaid of fun (now I'm craving … Continue reading I have this thing for rooftops and sunrises.