Typhoon Maria (latest updates)

July 10, 2018

Status as of June 11, 12:00 The storm was already downgraded during the night and no longer poses a threat to Taiwan. Status as of June 10, 23:30 if you live in the north of Taiwan you have surely already noticed the arrival of the typhoon! Here are the latest updates regarding work/school closures. While …

Paperless banking with O-Bank

January 25, 2018

O-Bank! Originally established as Industrial Bank of Taiwan in 1999, the bank was restructured into O-Bank at the beginning of 2017 to enter the retail banking market. Instead of copying the old fashioned model where tons of paperwork is required to open an account and for many operations, O-Bank decided to provide completely digital services. …

Amaroni’s Makes a Memorable Debut

January 22, 2018

When I heard that Amaroni’s was going to set up in Xinyi District’s Breeze Songgao, I was happy. I was even happier when I was invited to come in the week of their Grand Opening to check out what they’re bringing to the table, both literally and figuratively. In a nutshell, they’re bringing the Italian-American …

To Catch a (Bicycle) Thief… AGAIN!!!

December 17, 2017

  In August of this year, I wrote a piece on the theft and recovery of my bicycle, and the apprehension and arrest of the thief. Little did I know that the story wouldn’t end there… About a month after the bike thief was finally captured in front of a police station, I received notice from Taipei …

Michelin guide to have a bilingual edition for Taipei

November 08, 2017

Recognizing Taipei’s diverse and outstanding restaurants, the Michelin company announced in this press release, that the guide will have a Taipei Edition next year. “The diversity and quality of the city’s culinary scene, combined with its strong potential for development in the years to come, convinced us in our choice to set up in Taipei …

Dutch, Swedish and Japanese beef now allowed in Taiwan

November 06, 2017

The barbecue season of Taiwan usually falls around the mid-autumn-festival (October 4 in 2017). Just two weeks before, Taiwan’s government has announced that cattle raised in Japan, The Netherlands and Japan is now allowed for import, ending a long-standing (and unnecessary long) ban. That’s right, the Wagyu beef at your last “Yakiniku” (grilled meat in …

Taiwan passes act with improvements for foreign professionals

November 01, 2017

After Taiwan’s Cabinet approved a bill (draft bill in English) to attract skilled foreigners in April 2017 (Taipei Times | Focus Taiwan) the Executive Yuan also proposed a draft Act for the Recruitment and Employment of Foreign Professional Talent (過外國專業人才延攬及僱用法) to consolidate the legislative amendments required to change the talent retention system (EY details). There’s …

Snakebit in Taiwan

August 25, 2017

I was photographing the ghost money burner at Fulong’s Sea Goddess Temple and getting some spectacular backlit results. Camera on tripod over shoulder, I headed back to the Fubar restaurant, owned by my friend Etienne.  Just as I was crossing through the small path between the undergrowth, ZAP!  Damn, a wasp just stung my leg!  …

To Catch a (Bicycle) Thief

August 07, 2017

A story about having my bicycle stolen in Taipei City last night. It’s a long tale, but the ending is sweet. Before sunset, I rode my 2014 Giant Anyroad into Taipei City from my home in the suburbs. I was meeting my wife at a McDonald’s at a busy intersection above the Guting MRT Station, …

Lotus Hill, a great community just outside of Taipei

August 07, 2017

I’ve lived in Lotus Hill longer than I’ve lived anywhere, in Taiwan or elsewhere, for that matter. After 20+ years in Taiwan, after having lived in the rural south, and again in the hustle and bustle of Taipei City, there’s nowhere I’d rather be. than in this easily overlooked corner of Xizhi District. Here’s why: …

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