7 May, 2008 in Chinese culture, Tainan
Koxinga Shrine Festival 2008-16.JPG

347 is a special number, Buddha knows why, so Tainan decided 347 years for Koxinga’s conquest of Taiwan is a good occasion for a grand event to celebrate freeing the island from the Dutch. Koxinga, otherwise known as Cheng Kung (/Gong) is an extremely important figure in Tainan, almost if not already at the position […]

6 May, 2008 in Taiwan
08-0420 5-3

This was one surreal afternoon I wasn’t excepting. Turns out the small Holocaust museum in Tainan County’s Bao An is doing a ceremony to celebrate 60 years for Israel’s independence and so they invited me to help them out. I didn’t really imagine I’d turn into a Hebrew teacher anywhere in Taiwan, teaching Taiwanese …

4 May, 2008 in Tainan
Tainan Flower Market-2.JPG

Last weekend, while I was driving down Nan Men road I noticed there’s a market there that I haven’t paid attention to before. Turns out it’s the Tainan flower market, where one can find a great variety of flowers and plants for dirt cheap. I parked my scooter, walked around a little and took some […]

2 May, 2008 in Taiwan

Hey, this kind’o seems familiar …   Me : Hi, do you speak English? Taiwanese : <embarrassed look, seeking someone else in the area> Eh, eh, hmm… eh, English, no… sorry. Me : It’s just that I’m a bit lost. Taiwanese : Lost, oh, I see, that’s too bad. Me : …

30 Apr, 2008 in Chinese culture, Taiwan
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 …

29 Apr, 2008 in Kaohsiung

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 …

28 Apr, 2008 in Tainan

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 […]

27 Apr, 2008 in India, Itineraries
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 …

26 Apr, 2008 in India
Delhi to Rishikesh.JPG

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 […]

25 Apr, 2008 in India
Around Mumbai.JPG

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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