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 […]


A sunrise glance over Sabah Malaysia from Low’s Peak, Mount Kinabalu. About the Photographer Jonathan Eck is a recent graduate from the University of Georgia, and is currently teaching English in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Do you have a guest post you’d like to submit for a Photo Essay or Photo of the Week?  Please send it […]

Koh Ngai, Trang Province, Thailand

2 longtail boats float on the water in Koh Ngai, Trang Province, Thailand. About the Photographer Brien Silver is a world traveler and teacher from Texas. He is currently teaching English in Thailand. You can check out tales of his travels on his blog  Sabai Jai Yen. Do you have a photo you’d like to […]

The Power of Maybe in Employee/Employer Relationships

It’s been one year since moving to Taiwan, and one of the most important things I have learned is the power of the word “maybe“. I’ve noticed that most Taiwanese are extremely non- confrontational and indirect. This is especially true in employer/employee relations.  I am a pretty direct person, and sometimes probably a bit too […]

Tengjhih National Forest

Tengjhih National Forest is a hiker’s dream. Located in the mountains proper (ranging from 500-1500 meters above sea level), it is a welcome pocket of fresh air and nature. Better yet, it is only an hour and a half scoot from Kaohsiung. There are many hiking loops to choose from; the one we completed on […]

10 Tips For Driving A Scooter In Taiwan

This is a guest post by blogger Dominic Le Croissette. If you are planning on moving to Taiwan or just making a visit, the chances are high that you’ll find yourself astride a scooter at some point. Whether you’re crossing the city between teaching jobs or beach-hopping on the Kenting peninsula, here’s what you should know […]


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 […]