From the monthly archives: "February 2015"

14 foods overseas Chinese miss the most

Yes definitely as an overseas Chinese Canadian, I would say I miss all 14 of them =)

I think no matter where you are from, you will miss your home town’s food.  But in the end, I still think mom’s cooking is the best!  Love you mom!

Share your thoughts below in the comments.  This is an interesting article, read the article below.

Ingredients are easy to transport, but feelings of home aren’t. Nor are certain specialties that only taste their best in the place they were born. With 56 ethnic groups, eight recognized major cuisines and countless cooking styles, this menu of Chinese favorites could run longer than a finely pulled noodle. But these 14 dishes are almost guaranteed to waken the homesick bug in most mainland Chinese living or traveling abroad. […]

Tens of thousands of hopefuls hurl oranges at Hong Kong wishing tree

A family taking pictures of their wishes, which are tied to plastic oranges, in the remote village of Lam Tsuen on Feb 19, 2015. — PHOTO: AFP HONG KONG (AFP) – Carnivals and fireworks are Hong Kong’s trademark Chinese New Year celebrations, but tens of thousands of people also travel to a remote village to hurl oranges at a tree in hopes of making their wishes come true. In a tradition stretching back more than a century, visitors to […]

In Asia, Tastes of the Sea

Sushi in Tokyo The chef David Kinch writes about a meal in Tokyo that changed his mind about sushi. During a 2008 visit to Tokyo , a friend surprised me by taking me to lunch and walking me unknowingly into Sushi Mizutani. I had heard of its chef, Hachiro Mizutani, a one-time student of the legendary sushi chef Jiro Ono and a national treasure in his own right. Sushi Mizutani had recently received three Michelin stars. But I failed […]

Big Yang Theory: Chinese year of the sheep or the goat?

Is it a sheep or goat?  I thought it was always a goat!  What do you think?

Happy Chinese New Year everyone!

A woman takes photographs of sheep at a sheep cafe in Seoul on Feb 6, 2015. The coming Chinese lunar new year has stirred a debate over which zodiac creature – sheep or goat – is the correct one. — PHOTO: REUTERS BEIJING (AFP) – Sheep or goat? China’s coming lunar new year has stirred a debate over which zodiac creature is the correct one – but Chinese folklorists dismiss the fixation on animals as missing the point. Traditional […]


If you’re looking for a great break from Taipei city life, then a day trip to the Maokong Tea Plantations is highly recommended.  Maokong being a mountainous area in the southern edge of Taipei is famous for it’s tea plantations.  Similar to the Cameron Highlands in Malaysia, because of it’s high elevations, the rich moisture in the soil, and cool temperatures, this makes it an ideal place to grow tea.  In fact Maokong supplies pretty much most of the tea to the entire Taipei region.     Read Full Article →

taipei emergency contact

I’m going to keep this post short and to the point.  Here is a list of emergency contact information in Taipei.

Save, print or bookmark this post for your future reference.

Better yet, share it out with your friends on Facebook as well…pass the word as this information is not readily available on most other travel guides even though this is extremely important information that travelers should be aware of.

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taipei weather

If you are planning a trip to Taipei, you need to take note on which season you are traveling in.

Taiwan is a sub tropical country, and therefore you will experience 4 distinct seasons.  And each season has its own weather conditions you need to be aware of so you can prepare for them.

Taipei can have some pretty extreme weather from time to time, so don’t get stuck in bad weather!  or at least be ready for it when you arrive.

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Top 3 Night Markets in Taipei City

Taipei has some of the finest night markets in all off Taiwan, actually probably in all of Asia as well.  There are hundreds of night markets scattered throughout the Taipei area, and each has its own character and charm.

If you are pressed for time, then here are the top 3 night markets to visit in Taipei City.  Try to at least visit one of them, because you haven’t been to Taipei if you haven’t visited a night market.

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