The Perks of Working Abroad

This article was first published on Expats Blog by Jenna Longoria The unemployment rate is 5.5% in the United States, 5.2% in England, and a whopping 10% in Ireland. In many countries, it’s the same sad tune. But this article is not about the politics of the situation, or who is to blame. This article […]

Kaohsiung’s Jade Market

Ladies and gentlemen, I have finally found the Crystal Headquarters of Kaohsiung: The Jade Market. And don’t let the outside fool you; what may seem ordinary on the outside, is far from plain on the inside. The Jade Market is filled with crystals of all sizes, shapes and colors. One can find mala beads, jade […]

Winter Pollution Blues

In mid- October a magical thing happened in Kaohsiung: the summer heat was carried away by a crisp, cool breeze. Commutes around town no longer ended in a sweaty, sticky mess; stops at the intersection were no longer unbearable in the hot midday sun, and everyone around town was in an overall jolly mood. This […]

Hong Kong in 3 Days. No Guidebooks. No Expectations.

I recently had 3 days to kick it in Hong Kong. Seeing as my time there was to be short and sweet, I opted out on any planning. My only intention for the trip was to take a break from teaching, and enjoy one of the most exciting places in the world while doing so. Okay, […]

Moon Festival

It’s Moon Festival time in Taiwan. So what the heck does that mean? Well, from what I have gathered it’s like the 4th of July, but instead of the “Amuuurica F*ck Yeah” rants, there are moon cakes. Lots and lots of moon cakes. The Moon Festival, also known as Mid-Autumn Festival, takes place on the […]

Taitung Sea Art Guest House

I can’t get enough of Taitung. Last weekend was my third visit, and once again, I was amazed by the enchanted scenery of mountains, trees, green vegetation, and the almighty Pacific. This time around, I stayed at the Taitung Sea Art Guest House, and I will definitely be returning. In Honduras, my home away from home […]

Thanks to Fellow Expat, Taiwan “RE-THINKS” Pollution

Kudos to fellow expat teacher Daniel Gruber for bringing attention to the trash epidemic in Taiwan (and shining some much needed light on the expat population). Gruber, from Hawaii, just completed a cycle trip around the island of Taiwan, but instead of solely sight seeing, he also picked up trash along the way. During his […]

South Korea

Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul, South Korea. Photo taken with a Nikon D7000. About the Photographer Brian Hammonds is a photographer and world traveler from Tennessee. He has been traveling and working abroad for the past three years, visiting 26 countries in the process. To check out more of his stellar photographs, check out his portfolio. Do you have […]

Ghost Month

Ladies and Gentlemen, watch your back, because it is Ghost Month in Taiwan. According to Chinese Tradition, the seventh month of the lunar calendar is Ghost Month, in which ghosts and spirits come out of the lower realm and visit Earth. In keeping with tradition, people pay homage to their deceased ancestors (who are believed […]

JinLun Hot Springs, Taitung

On our recent weekend getaway, Dom and I visited JinLun Village in Taitung County.  I’m currently training for a half marathon, so my muscles are quite sore from all the running, and I was aching (literally) for a soak in some healing mineral water. The journey by motorcycle from Kaohsiung took exactly 5 hours. 3 hours driving […]