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 […]

Life as an English Teacher in Taiwan

Wow. This has been a crazy couple of months. It’s been tough picking up and moving to a brand new city, but well worth it. Dom and I have been in Taiwan less than 2 months, and already we have jobs, an amazing space to call our own, and can already say a handful of […]

Yanshui Fireworks Festival

The full moon has been known to make people do crazy things.  Good thing the final day of the Chinese New year is always planned to fall on one. It’s my theory that the spell of the moon is one of the reasons the Taiwanese have the balls to jump into a sea of fireworks […]

Chinese New Year Day 14: Let’s Blow Stuff Up.

The Yanshui Firework Festival takes place tomorrow in Tainan, located 40 km north of Kaohsiung. Also known as the Beehive Rocket Festival, it has been deemed the 5th most dangerous festival in the world. The event is compromised of bottle rockets, ritualistic dancing, and good food. Who could ask for anything more? But to make it to […]

Chinese New Year Day 11 and 12

These days are very quiet and uneventful. Traditionally, these were days of rest and relaxation in the company of family. But in our modern day world, there is no time for sleep; everyone here is back to the grind. The only thing to do now is wait for the grand finale: the Lantern Festival, which […]

Chinese New Year Day 9: Blow Out Your Neighbors’ Windows

  Jade Emperor, they say it’s your birthday. And by they, I mean the industrial sized fireworks that went off by my building this morning at 7 am. My boyfriend and I (in our half- asleep state) surely thought we were under attack. One would think we would be used to it by now, what […]

Chinese New Year Day 8: The Eve of The Jade Emperor’s Birthday

Today is the eve of the birth of the Jade Emperor, the ruler of heaven. At midnight, a few will light incense and give food offerings.However, tomorrow is the day when most will set up altars in their homes with offerings for him. The last few people still remaining on holiday will finally go back […]

Secret Beach is Surprisingly… Still A Secret

We found a another slice of paradise: Secret Beach. Secret Beach is a hidden gem rarely frequented by the Taiwanese (minus a few fishermen) and I’m still in disbelief that it exists. And good news is, this time it’s in our hometown, so no 40 mile cycle ride required. I can get there in less […]

40 Mile Cycle Ride to Paradise

I love it when the road leads to paradise. Yesterday, Dom and I set off on a 40 mile cycle journey from our town of Kaohsiung to Kenting Beach. Not a bad view. Now, I just need to buy a decent road bike. Believe it or not, my trusty stead for the day was a […]

Well, Good News is I’m Employed.

The first few days in Kaohsiung were daunting.- a lot more so than I expected.  However, what will be will be, and my faith that everything will work out the way it should still runs thick. Plus, Dom and I have managed to keep a pretty positive outlook on the whole situation. I guess when I […]