Yilan

Yilan makes for a nice 3-day weekend destination from Kaohsiung, and if you are living in Taipei,  it can easily be visited in a normal weekend or even on a spontaneous day trip. There is something for everyone to do in Yilan: hiking, surfing, paragliding, or simply relaxing on the beach with a good book. It […]

New Beginnings

We escaped the evil landlords and moved our things to a new and improved apartment down the street. I don’t know how we have accumulated so much stuff in only 14 months, but in our defense, most of it is practical: pots, pans, and other household items that we can leave behind when we leave for […]

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 […]

An Expat Guide: Finding FREE Legal Advice in Taiwan

Hopefully this post is not relevant to your life, but if for some unfortunate reason you have been taken advantage of in a business deal by your landlords, employer, etc, then you might need to find legal representation. Recently, I wrote about Taiwan’s Foreign Police, and how the very threat of calling them won me an instant […]

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 […]

TEXAS: Photos from the Hill Country

I used to get annoyed when people asked me if I rode horses, shot guns or went to the rodeo when they found out I am from Texas. But being away from Texas for so long has made me increasingly aware of  just how true many of these stereotypes are. Yes, I am from Texas. […]

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 […]