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Asia » Taiwan » Taipei February 14th 2015

I recently traveled to Singapore for my mother's 80th birthday. While looking for mileage award flights back from Singapore to Honolulu, one intriguing option popped up: Singapore to Taipei and then to Guam on EVA Air, and then connect in Guam onto a United flight to Honolulu. I knew at booking that EVA Air had a co-branding arrangement with Hello Kitty, so I hoped that at least one of the flights would be on a Hello Kitty jet. I was disappointed that the Singapore-Taipei flight was not Hello Kitty themed, but we did get a Hello Kitty Chinese New Year greeting on the video screen: On arrival in Taipei, I discovered that one gate in the C-pier was decked out in the finest Hello Kitty kitsch - phone booths, play area, world clock, and others. On ... read more
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Taipei Airport
Taipei Airport

Asia » Taiwan » Taipei February 14th 2015

Since my last entry at the end of November there has be little free time. The major stretch of time for the school year came and went and I got a lot done. We went to some parks with cousins and friends. New years came and went and we went back to the hot springs in Xianing. My duties of substitute teaching came to an end in January and from here on in I will only have the roles of department head of Business and Technology, Registrar, and my new title as Curriculum Designer. My new position will bring me full circle to the curriculum designing experience I had when I first got into the field of education 15 years ago. The holidays quickly approached and Meili said her first words! Her first words were "bye ... read more
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Asia » Taiwan » Taipei » Da'an February 6th 2015

Welcome! So.... I finally had the time to get this up and running so here it is. I will post here as often as I find time for and am able to, figured this might be a good way to share my experiences and look back on them, whilst not taking up everyone's Facebook news feed and the people that are interested can read this. The first month has been great... WOW!! I just typed the first month, already the time has flown! I have been busy while here and I am pretty well settled finally.. I have an apartment and my room is put together and looks kind of like home now. Put one on the board for me. Next line of business, is beginning work; still two weeks out from the start of training ... read more

Asia » Taiwan January 13th 2015

For my second visit to Taiwan, I had twice the amount of time. However, with family on both sides to visit, we also had twice the amount of people to visit! I was able to visit several new places, including Yilan,TaipingMountain, and the outskirts of Kaoshun. While I still felt like I was back in the motherland, my experience this time was much more recreational. This means more food, more sightseeing, and more night markets! Highlights include a restaurant inTainandedicated to making my favorite dish – seafood porridge. I want to thank all our family who hosted us, we are truly thankful and can’t wait to see you again!... read more
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Asia » Taiwan » Ruifang December 21st 2014

Jiufen, Taiwan is located in the North-Eastern region of Ruifang District of Taiwan. Once a booming and prosperous gold mining town, today Jiufen serves as a popular marketplace during the day and a sleepy town illuminated by street lights at night. The town has become a very popular destination for people living in Taipei who wish to escape the hustle and bustle of the big city and relax amongst the tea houses and cafes that offer stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. My trip to Jiufen began on a sunny Saturday afternoon where I had plans to meet a friend and some of his co-workers who were traveling from Taichung. Because of different teaching schedules and travel arrangements, we agreed to meet in Jiufen at a hostel where we had reserved rooms. The trip from Taipei ... read more
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Asia » Taiwan » Taipei December 19th 2014

I have been living in the outskirts of Taipei, Taiwan now for a little over four months and have been playing with the idea of writing a travel blog for some time. Rather than sitting around during my free time between classes, I decided that I would finally get working on it. I think that instead of just getting into writing about my traveling experiences I should tell you a bit about myself and why I’m currently in Taiwan, so here it goes. I arrived at the Taoyuan airport of Taiwan on the morning of August 12, 2014 with a mean case of jet lag and a deafening voice in my head telling me that I had just made a huge mistake...but I also felt more alive than I had in my entire life. Just four ... read more

Asia » Taiwan December 16th 2014

-SP- Bueno, al final me sobro tiempo en Keelong. Me han dicho que eran unos 3000 o 4000NTD para el barco, asi que he salido de la terminal al banco a por pasta, y me he comprado comida y chocolates para el viaje y para china. A las 4 he comprado el ticket a China, finalmente ha costado menos de 3000NTD. Me han puesto una mesita en una esquina en la terminal, algo asi como mi oficina, para perder el rato con el internet. Hoy habia muchos guardacostas taiwaneses, y habia un grupo grande de chinos, todos hombres de en torno a los 40. Yo pensaba que eran un grupo de deportados o algo asi. A mi un taiwanes me ha dicho que son la tripulacion del barco, pero para que necesita un barco asi a ... read more
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Asia » Taiwan » Kaohsiung December 16th 2014

Is there Christmas in Taiwan? Well, kind of. You can see decorations hanging in front of/in restaurants, or places of entertainment, but the decorations are not as common and ubiquitous as in the US. Co-workers mention Christmas sometime at the school I work at, and the kids sometimes randomly sing a few traditional carols (about Santa), and in the department stores you can hear sacred carols including "Silent Night" and "Away in a Manger". When I went to a stationary store, I even saw some signs that said, "Jesus is Born". So, yes, there are signs of Christmas, but very little celebration. You can feel that most people have no interest in Christmas. This is not to give a sad blog entry, and I'm not trying to be negative. However, fact is fact. At 94% Buddhist, ... read more

Asia » Taiwan December 15th 2014

-EN- Is quite hard to find information about the Ferrys in and out of Taiwan, and prices. I travelled there in November 2014 and out in December 2014. I hope that the info can help some fellow traveller Ferry Fuzhou-Taiwan via Matsu (1) From Mawei (Fuzhou, China) to Matsu (Taiwan) --> Price 300RMB (more or less 50USD), sailing 6 days on the week, at about 8 in the morning, takes about 2 hours. Luggage free of charge. (2) From Matsu (Taiwan) to Keelong (Taiwan mainland) --> Price 1000NTD (30USD), sailing everyday, about 8 in the morning, takes about 10 hours. Luggage free of charge NOTES to (1): First issue is to find where the hell the Ferry Terminal is. The locals have no clue either. It is in the north end of the container terminal, you ... read more
is this a ferry??? (Mawei - Matsu)
Taima (Matsu - Keelong)
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Asia » Taiwan December 15th 2014

-SP- No, no habia internet, pero el resto muy bien. Por la noche ha hecho mucho viento norte y ha mpezado con la lluvia, ademas la temperatura ha bajado a unos 10-12 grados. Asi que a cubierto estoy mejor. A las 5:30 han llegado dos viejas con el cassette de taichi a los soportales, y me he levantado porque ademas hoy toca cambiar un radio de la rueda trasera, ya he roto 7 u 8 en dos meses, todos de la rueda trasera, y todos menos uno del lado de los piñones y practicamente 5 de ellos en exactamente el mismo punto, creo que es un problema de fatiga de materiales, pero como tengo muchos radios ire sustituyendolos segun se rompan y a ver si eso me da 10000km mas. A las 7 en marcha, con ... read more
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