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 […]

North Korea

Military Parade in North Korea. About the Photographer Priscilla Van Rooyen is an expat living in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, where she spends her time as a yoga instructor and English teacher. She is originally from South Africa. Do you have a photo you’d like to submit for Photo of the Week?  Please send it with your […]

Dulan, Taiwan : Art and Aboriginal Culture

If you are cruising north from Taidong on Highway 11, you will come across the village of Dulan. Although small and perhaps a bit too easy to miss, one really should make an effort to stop, as Dulan hosts some pretty cool art and aboriginal culture. Here you will find an abandoned sugar mill turned art […]

Taitung, Taiwan: Exploring the East Coast

Forget Kenting as being Taiwan’s Hawaii. As a matter of fact, just forget Kenting. Located in between the lush green mountains and the deep blue Pacific, the Donghe District in Taitung (about 15 miles north of Dulan) easily earned a spot on my Top 5 Favorite Beach Destinations. Reasons Why I Prefer Taitung Over Kenting: […]

Alishan, Taiwan

Sunrises. Fresh air. Stars. Cold weather. Misty blankets of clouds swirling around mountain peaks. Alishan is a magical dream world. And better yet, for those of you living in Kaohsiung, it can easily be done in a weekend. (Click HERE for a Google Map) Coming from the smoggy and smelly city of Kaohsiung, it’s as if […]

A Day in Kaohsiung

Thinking about moving abroad to teach English? Considering Taiwan? If so, check out this short video made by an expat living in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. It gives a little glimpse of what the city has to offer. About the Videographer Mariet Heese is an expat teaching English in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. She is originally from Western Cape, […]


A family in Luang Prabang, Laos. About the Photographers Mark and Stefy are two Italian backpackers photographing and writing about their experiences around the world with love. Check out their site at Born2Travel for tales of adventure as well as backpacking tips. Do you have a photo you’d like to submit for Photo of the Week?  Please […]

Stood Up By Soulik

Typhoon Soulik made her way to the island of Taiwan this Saturday, ravaging the North with high-force winds and torrential downpours. As responsible adults, Dom and I made preparations for the storm by purchasing batteries (which I was told by my boss are pointless because Taiwan’s power NEVER goes out), food, and wine, in the […]

Things I Miss About Teaching Abroad

This post has been written by guest blogger, Laura Ambrey. It’s been a few years now since I’ve left the ESL teaching game… Sometimes I miss it. Here’s why: I miss… the cultural immersion. In no other job or travel experience did I have such instant involvement in the culture. Working with and teaching Indonesians […]

Zongzi (Rice Dumplings)

Dragon Boat Festival occurs on the fifth day of the fifth month of the lunisolar Chinese Calendar. This year, the date fell on June 12. It’s not known for sure exactly when the holiday began, but the general consensus is around 278 BC. I didn’t take part in the Dragon Boat racing, but I did take part […]