Bakery roulette Wednesdays

Here is the second instalment of my bakery roulette happening in Taipei every Wednesday during a hungry lunch hour after class. It is a bit late as I have been fasting on a organic farm down South.  So to break my healthy week I have brought a very unhealthy item. Upon appearance it looks like it…

Hualien. A city of contrasts in the clouds

My first trip out of the bustling polluted flow of Taipei was a journey to Hualien, a city on the East coast of Taiwan. Hualien draws tourists year round because of Taroko Gorge/太魯閣國家, a 19km long natural wonder whose marble is gouged deep by crystal blue waters. Taroko rises from sea level up to 3400m, luring in hikers from afar….

Bakery roulette Wednesdays

There are many weird and wonderful things one notices when living in Taipei. The Anti-spywear detection in public female toilets, seafood dishes usually arriving smothered in pink mayonnaise, the animated green man at the traffic light that looks like he is doing the ‘Don’t mention the war’ walk from Fawlty Towers, the toilet themed restaurants where you can pretend…

A gay day in Taipei

This Saturday was a very vibrant and colourful day in Taipei. It was Gay Pride this weekend, the biggest march of its kind in the East. On average about 70 000 people parade through the heart of the city. Taiwan is arguably the most liberal Asian country when it comes to sexuality.  Those from less accepting nations make the journey to…

Finding walls chapter 2

My first week in Taipei passed by in a sweaty haze. Each night was punctuated with the hand making its regular appearance, disturbing my already disturbed sleep. I decided it was time to meet the man behind the hand, and then think about finding a room with four walls. I knew Wilson finished work at 11pm so I forced…

A room without a wall

I had arrived in Taipei. Hit by a furnace of hot air as I left the icy blasts of air conditioning in the airport, I jumped into a taxi that was to take me to my destination West of the city. The darkness of night hid most of the surroundings as I struggled to make out much beyond…

A new chapter…

So this was it. I sat at the airport staring at my ticket to Taipei. I had made it. I was leaving London, my home for the last four years. A city in which I had changed a lot, or perhaps the city had changed me.  A place where I had formed deep friendships and worked in…

Can I cook?

Recently I have been baking a lot of cakes.  A frequent pass time for many, but I have never thought of myself as the domestic/culinary type. Before I just enjoyed eating.  I have only really gotten into cooking in the last year, any previous attempts have been thwarted by a lack of patience,  research and…

Exploring a city of contrasts

I recently returned from a trip to Hong Kong. I have never been to this dynamically modern and traditionally welcoming city for more than a week at a time.  It has always been a quick, frenzied stop off on one of my many voyages to China.  This time I had three long weeks to explore…

“The greater the risk, the more the reward”

I have had a unproductively productive day. Four hours exercise, eating good food. What have I achieved? Another day down feeling quite content. I just came across a short Q&A session with Juliette Lewis in The Guardian. I admire her very much as an actor/actress. I agree with and am reminded by two of her quotes…

A film about facing the inevitable

I finished my run of the BFI London film festival with the charming film Dear Doctor (2010) by female director Miwa Nishikawa. Set amongst rich green rice fields, the lush cinematography is a stunning backdrop that makes up the small village in the remote countryside of Japan. The premise of the film is about a…