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, […]

Chinese New Year Day 13: Happy Birthday Guan Yu

I’ve noticed a trend, and I’m sure you have noticed it too. It seems to be that everyone and their mom’s birthday takes place during the Chinese New Year. Today the birthday of Guan Yu, also known as the Chinese God of War, is celebrated with-you guessed it- fireworks. Who is Guan Yu? Guan Yu […]

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 […]