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 […]

How to Avoid the Toxic Air in Taiwan

Yoga bag, keys, and my cool new air filter mask. Just your everyday necessities for a day out in the city. Yes, I might look like the creepy guy from Silence of the Lambs, but at least I’m breathing in cleaner air. And with the current hazardous air quality in Taiwan, I’m totally cool with looking […]

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 […]

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 […]

Taiwan: More Progressive Than You Think

Yes, yes, we get it. Everything is made in Taiwan; Toyotas, Canons, Snuggies, most likely any crappy plastic toy lying about. Hell-even my  Lululemon yoga pants are made here. It’s no surprise Taiwan gets a bad rap for being a country with only manufacturing to offer. When people think of the country, they most likely envision […]

Anti-Nuclear Protesters Take Over the Streets of Taiwan

An estimated 68,000 Taiwanese protesters took to the streets this past weekend in opposition to the construction of what may be Taiwan’s 4th nuclear power plant. The “Nuclear Go Zero” protests took place all across the country, and were followed by an all night vigil in which the participants stayed up until sunrise. I could see […]