1 Oct, 2007 in Chinese culture, Taiwan
Confucius day at Tainan Confucius Temple-6.JPG

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
NCKU Moon Festival BBQ-50.JPG

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
Monkey Mountain Tainan County.JPG

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
Anping Eternal Golden Castle-11.JPG

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
Salt Mountain Tainan county-58.JPG

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 […]

13 Sep, 2007 in Asia, China, Chinese culture

Damn, Russel Peters is hilarious. After finding out about Russel Peters, I couldn’t stop watching his show and rolling on the floor listening to his insights about Asians, Chinese folks and Chinese language. You gotta check Russel Peters out: What’d you think? good stuff, eh?

11 Sep, 2007 in Taiwan
Dayout to Kaohsiung-1.JPG

Last week, some of my Chinese school friends and I spent a day out in Kaohsiung. My teacher grew up in the area and was kind to take us around and show us to some of of the local sites. Having a local guide show you around makes all the differences. My Austrian friend, who’s been […]

9 Sep, 2007 in Taiwan

After all this time, my Chinese is still pretty basic. If someone talks really slow and using everyday words with out any slang, weird accent or some Taiwanese, then I might be able to get most of it, or at least give a good guess by combining the words I do recognize with the body […]

8 Sep, 2007 in Taiwan
Tainan flat-11.JPG

Finally, today, after a month in Tainan, I signed my contract for an apartment. Let me see… I must have probably looked at over 20 apartments, and each of those has opened a new door into some strange bizarre Taiwanese culture and peculiar life in Tainan. I owe a big thanks to my London guardian […]

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