30 Apr, 2008 in Chinese culture, Taiwan
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A-Mei Zhang Hui 張惠妹 : Aboriginal Taiwanese Mando-Pop music

This is the 4th post on the topic of Taiwanese music and musicians. Previous posts include : Mandarin Chinese music – More great singers I listen to in Taiwan – Wong Faye, 陳綺貞 Pop Chinese music in Taiwan continued : Joi Chua (蔡淳佳) and Jay Chou (周杰倫) Taiwanese music – Recommended Mandarin …

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This, I wasn’t expecting. Big Buddha up on the mountains I’ve seen before in Thailand and HK, and since the Taiwanese I asked didn’t seem to think much of it, I didn’t think it would be anything special. Fo-Guang-Shan with the tall Buddha, surrounded by thousands of tiny golden Buddhas and just next to …

Even after living here in Tainan for a few months I keep discovering great new parts of Tainan in a way that makes me wonder how come I’ve never been there before. I sometimes just ride around with a friend or two, some Taiwanese locals, insisting to take a new road I don’t know till […]

Around India in 24 days - a trip summary

It took a while to finish all the posts about India, but now it’s finally concluded. Here’s the course of my trip plotted on a Lonely Planet map. Following are the India posts about my 24 days around India: India – day 1 – landing in Mumbai – Colaba and Fort …

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India was an adventure, and I had some good times, but I think that looking back the one thing that I really appreciate about this trip is having the opportunity to spend some quality time with my father. We didn’t really have a chance to do it this often, and now that we don’t see […]

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Last days of the trip I spent rediscovering Mumbai, which I kind of ran away from in my first day in India, hoping to catch a more relaxing country-side beach-side chillout. To get a good overview of Mumbai, my dad resulted to having a private tour-guide join us, who thankfully was English fluent and quite […]

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From Bangalore, our final stop before heading back to Mumbai was Cochin. My dad was hoping to spend a quiet weekend where there’s somesort of a Jewish community, and Cochin certainly has the longest history of a Jewish community anywhere in India with the tourist attraction “Jew-town” (a name I feel utterly uncomfortable with, bringing […]

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Bangalore, as a general example of southern Indian cities, is a reminder that India can be different. More modern than Mumbai, more open than Delhi, cleaner than any of the other cities, Bangalore was a refreshing look at big Indian cities. Boys and girls holding hands, the ladies dressing up with cleavage, and all in-general […]

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Udaipur has great potential – with two lakes in the middle of town that almost looks picture perfect. Some day, when the Indians decide they want to clean up the lakes, it’s going to be a great city to live in.    But right now, hate to spoil it to you, there are …

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The trip wasn’t well planned. We were too lazy to plan anything ourselves and ended up totally relying on agents that seemed like they knew something but as we executed their plan we always found out that they had their agenda. The drive day from Jodhpur to Udaipur through Ranakpur and Kumbhalgarh was a bit […]

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