29 Oct, 2007 in Taiwan
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National Cheng Kung University’s Chinese Language Center (NCKU’s CLC) prepared a special treat for the Chinese students this week with a 3 day weekend tour. First day we went off to the places I’m already well familiar with – Confucius Temple, the Taiwanese Literature Museum and a series of old temples next to the Chikan […]

26 Oct, 2007 in Taiwan
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Since I wasn’t feeling at my best lately, friends from all over the globe have been offering me their kind tips and advice on how to improve my health and overall quality of life. When it comes to taking care of my self, I do things slowly, but eventually things work out. I am feeling […]

24 Oct, 2007 in Taiwan
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This is part of what I love about Taiwan. There are so may weird things going on that I completely don’t understand. Driving around on the weekend, John and I came across a long parade from some temple with some beautiful horrible chant kind’o music, lots of Gods, shining colors and smells. I still have absolutely […]

2 Oct, 2007 in Taiwan
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Almost everyday I encounter things here in Taiwan that are very different and a bit special about the way that the Taiwanese do things. Here are some examples. I saw this while driving down a road and I had to stop take a look. This is, eh, indoor Taiwanese fishing. People sitting down indoors around an artificial […]

1 Oct, 2007 in Chinese culture, Taiwan
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At 03:00am the alarm goes off. I just went to sleep not too long before that, so – being a bit fuzzy – I make my way into some cloths and out on the motorbike. The streets are quiet, with just a few 24 hours convenience stores, restaurants and pubs running in street corners. I […]

30 Sep, 2007 in Chinese culture, Taiwan
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Nobody has so far been able to explain to me how it was that the Mid-Autumn Festival turned into the national holiday for BBQing, after making a stop at Hotpoting, but there it is – Moon Festival in Taiwan, as well as in other East-Asian countries like China, Korea, Vietnam etc. is usually celebrated with […]

18 Sep, 2007 in Studies, Taiwan

I’m currently starting my first week of school in NCKU at Tainan on the southern part of Taiwan, supported by the Taiwan scholarship. The Taiwan scholarship offers 30,000NT$ per month for students for a period of 3 years. Usually, when I tell my Taiwanese friends about this scholarship and that I’m studying in Tainan, the response […]

17 Sep, 2007 in Taiwan
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About an hour drive from Tainan to the east is a Tainan County’s Monkey Mountain.   The mountain forest jungle scenery has a lot of temples, big and small, dedicated to different Gods, some with beautiful gigantic Buddha statues.     John was doing field research for me by chit-chatting to the locals about the Chinese Gods, …

15 Sep, 2007 in Taiwan
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A few days ago I went back with a friend to continue my tour of Tainan’s older area – Anping. First up, was Eternal Golden Castle, Fort Zeelandia’s bigger, newer and more modernized fort. Shen, Bao-Jhen, one of famous officials in Cing Dynasty, built it in 1874 and finished in 1876, in order to …

14 Sep, 2007 in Taiwan
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Snow? in Taiwan? Santa Clause? Mid-summer? well, kind of… welcome to Salt Mountain in Tainan County, a somewhat strange and out-of-place attraction about 30-40 minutes from Tainan where you can find two big white-grey ‘mountains’ made of salt. Although a bit odd, I liked it. Going with John and his family, we had ourselves a […]

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