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As the heat peaks in the early afternoon, recess into the breezy sycamore-canopied street of Da Xue Lu (大学路). Along this rue are a few cafes of shabby chic nature, but the crudely painted brown stone one located across the street from the art gallery is the oasis to take pause. China’s [...]Continue Reading →
After all the carcinogens I consumed from writing Pit Stops: Beijing’s Best Barbecue, you’d think I’d had my fill. While the weather is hot, I’ll flock with the lot towards open flame grills charring flesh. Chances are, you’re no different.
Just around the corner from Qingdao’s old Catholic church on the hill, locals [...]Continue Reading →
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I never had a chance to travel internationally while in college. I once chose love over a semester abroad in Italy; there are few things I regret in life. I kick myself for this one. After I graduated from university, I traveled to Spain where one night in a Barcelona hostel [...]
After a week of grey skies threatening then granting pouring rain, much of which Beijing thirsts for, eyes of both weather and work storms find me on a train to Qingdao of Shandong region. I pack three-day essentials except my laptop; it’s bad enough I can’t break from my iPhone or a wifi connection.
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Beijing, China — Last night, while on the subway, I thought I heard something really beautiful on the radio. Subways don’t play the radio in Beijing, not to my knowledge. The music stopped. Then it started again and walked my way.
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Tainan, Taiwan — Tainan has great eats! Peikwen’s friend from university has a father who lives in Tainan and much to our luck… he’s a foodie. Uncle Yang is from Tainan. He knows the good from the mediocre and how many generations a shop has been around with their zǔchuán [...]Continue Reading →
There’s no appetite to find where none has been lost.
After snacking on dānzǎi noodles (擔仔麵) at Du Hsiao Yueh restaurant, and other dishes rendering me full, a short walk to the Tainan Confucius Temple only a block or two away isn’t enough to work off lunch. The walk through the temple grounds didn’t help [...]Continue Reading →
Taipei is a bit rainy, so a small trip out to Tainan where the weather is sunny, though cool, was in order. Tainan is a city known as “the City of Snacks” (小吃城). In addition to the wide variety of food available at night markets, the city also has an abundance [...]Continue Reading →
Hong Kong – Hong Kong airport is not a bad place to be stranded. Fortunately, I’m not stranded and just here for a seven-hour lay over. In the meantime, I’ll nosh on my favorite Cantonese foods, window shop, eat a little more, and muse over free Internet (sans the ‘Great Firewall’).