A Day in Kaohsiung

Thinking about moving abroad to teach English? Considering Taiwan? If so, check out this short video made by an expat living in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. It gives a little glimpse of what the city has to offer. About the Videographer Mariet Heese is an expat teaching English in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. She is originally from Western Cape, […]

Why You Shouldn’t Name Your Kid Captain Hook

There have been many social experiments on the power of a name, and in a nutshell, many have concluded that a name has the capability to set one up for failure or success. I’m not agreeing or disagreeing with this, but I do know that naming your child Captain Hook is probably not the best […]

Stood Up By Soulik

Typhoon Soulik made her way to the island of Taiwan this Saturday, ravaging the North with high-force winds and torrential downpours. As responsible adults, Dom and I made preparations for the storm by purchasing batteries (which I was told by my boss are pointless because Taiwan’s power NEVER goes out), food, and wine, in the […]

An Expat Guide: Getting a Driver’s License in Taiwan

This post has been written by guest blogger, Dominic LeCroissette. Shortly after arriving in Kaohsiung, Taiwan’s second largest city, it quickly became apparent that I needed to find a fast and efficient way of getting around. As one might expect in cutting-edge East Asia (whose cities, by the way, put most of Europe and North […]

Back to the Big City

I’m back in the big city, and everything is as I left it; busy, loud, hot, and polluted. The only thing that has changed is that I am officially a yoga instructor! I will write more later about the experience, but for now, here are some pictures to give you an idea of my last […]

Zongzi (Rice Dumplings)

Dragon Boat Festival occurs on the fifth day of the fifth month of the lunisolar Chinese Calendar. This year, the date fell on June 12. It’s not known for sure exactly when the holiday began, but the general consensus is around 278 BC. I didn’t take part in the Dragon Boat racing, but I did take part […]

Baisha Beach, Taiwan

Baisha is a white sand beach located in Kenting National Park. The past couple of weekends the weather has been rubbish, making a getaway out of the question. But the stars were aligned last weekend, and the elements for a trip were in full force; Dom had just purchased a motorcycle, the weekend had a […]

Honduran Smile

A woman sells tajadas in Santa Rosa, Honduras. Do you have a photo you’d like to submit for Photo of the Week?  Please send it with your name, a one line bio, your website if applicable, and a brief description to jennaroselongoria[at]gmail[dot]com

It’s Getting Hot In Here

It is currently 91 degrees in Kaohsiung, with a heat index of 109; I feel like I am stuck in an armpit. As a native Texan, you would think I’m used to this kind of blistering heat. But one never gets used to this kind of heat; they just get better at grinning and bearing […]

Mango Shaved Ice

Fresh mango shaved ice is a Taipei speciality, but is popular all over Taiwan. Creamier than snow cones and lighter than ice-cream, mango shaved ice is fluffy, and topped with generous portions of fresh mango (currently in season) and condensed milk. Perfect for Kaohsiung’s hot summer days.