An Expat Guide: 5 Tips to Finding an Apartment in Taiwan

Seeing as we are moving next week to a new apartment (hello ginormous kitchen, yoga room, and modern bathroom! Yay!), and due to the fact that our previous landlords are mean, mean, no good, people, I was inspired to write this post to help any newbies to Taiwan in need of an apartment. We’ve all […]

Dragon Whiskers 龍鬚菜

When I first moved to Taiwan, I had major withdrawals from kale and brussel sprouts as they are not grown on the island. Yes, I could probably find them in an expensive international grocery store, but seeing as this is not sustainable, I choose not to purchase them. The good news is, the withdrawals resided quickly after […]

An Expat Guide: Filing Taxes in Taiwan

Yay taxes!!! But no, really. Yay taxes!! In Taiwan, taxes are a good thing for expats, as we always (well, almost always) get a nice chunk of change. And unlike the tedious and lengthy process in the U.S., filing taxes in Taiwan is simple and quick. How to file your taxes in Taiwan: 1. Get your […]

The Taiwanese Diet Vs. the American Diet

I want to take a moment to talk about my struggle with eating healthily while home in the U.S. this past month. Many of you might know that I am a vegetarian. In Taiwan, it is effortless to be a vegetarian, as there are more than 1,500 registered vegetarian restaurants on the tiny island. In […]

An Expat Guide: On Death in Taiwan

Dominic and I returned home safe and sound from the U.S. a couple of days ago. Tired, yet wired from all the caffeine and excitement of being back, we stepped out of the taxi, unloaded our luggage, and walked into our apartment building. Upon arrival, we sadly found out that one of our security men, […]

20 Reasons I Prefer Teaching in Taiwan Over Honduras

This past year I have been living and teaching in Taiwan, which has proven to be a refreshing change of pace from the small village I lived in previously in Honduras.  And although comparing the two countries is like comparing a cactus to a camel, it doesn’t take a genius to realize that Taiwan is […]

An Expat Guide: Visiting the Dentist in Taiwan

When living in Honduras and Indonesia, I understandably saved a visit to the dentist for my occasional trips home. But with Taiwan recently being voted as having the world’s best health care system, there is no need for me to postpone. My last visit to the dentist was exactly two weeks before moving to Taiwan, […]

The Day the Pollution Mysteriously Disappeared

Yesterday in Kaohsiung, an odd thing happened. Every Kaohsiungian awakened to clear blue skies, and fresh, crisp air. I don’t know where all of the pollution went, but I’m grateful either way. In light of the clear day, Dom and I went to the top of Monkey Mountain to watch the sunset. I’m glad we […]

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Sunrise at the beach in Dulan, Taiwan. About the Photographer Dominic Le Croissette has spent many weeks touring the north-west of Thailand by motorcycle, on bikes ranging from a 100cc Honda Dream to a 650cc Kawasaki Ninja and almost everything in between. He currently lives in Taiwan, where he spends his free time exploring the […]

Taiwan’s Foreign Police: Protecting Expats Everyday

Are you an expat in Taiwan who is in trouble? Has an employer, doctor, or someone wronged you in any way? Perhaps they are playing the “language barrier card” in order to take advantage of you. Well if this is you, then I have good news: There is such a thing as the Foreign Police, […]