Taiwanvore Digest #10 – June 2014

The Kaohsiung subway often outfits some of its wagon to promote special exhibits taking place at the Pier 2 Art Center. This month, I was lucky to find myself riding the Snoopy subway,
The Kaohsiung subway often outfits some of its wagons to promote special exhibits taking place at the Pier 2 Art Center 駁二藝術特區. This month, I was lucky to find myself riding the Snoopy subway, next, I hope to catch the one with the baby Pili Puppets 🙂 .

Summer has arrived with its higher temperatures and a prelude of the typhoon season with Hagibis. Lots of news here and there, so enjoy and bring on the cold noodles and shaved ice! 😎

~ Kaohsiung updates ~

Mango mochi at A-Main 阿綿麻糬. It’s mango season! I went recently to treat myself to their summer special, and the adorable lady-boss was in the corner of the tiny shop hand-making them, all while cheerfully thanking customers for stopping by. A lot of love is put in those mochis, and you can definitely taste it!

Taiwan: World’s Best Coffee Roaster. Taiwan is living up to its much praised coffee scene, and I’ve finally reviewed a coffee-shop worth the visit if you find yourself in Kaohsiung. Café 自然醒 is where this year’s world best coffee roaster does his magic.

Snoopy and Pili Puppets exhibits. Various exhibits at the Pier 2 Art Center 駁二藝術特區 are kicking-off for the summer season. Snoopy will be commemorating his 65th year anniversary, and remember those Pili Puppets 霹靂布袋戲? They’ll also be in town for a showcase, and I sure hope to get a closer look at them.

To pinyin or not pinyin? Early in June, The Economist published a piece on the use of pinyin in Taiwan, creating much debate. I’ve got my two cents on the subject, which I’ll elaborate in a dedicated post, but simply said, I’m not a huge fan of it. Language is a huge part of culture, and as confusing as some street signs can be in Kaohsiung, that’s how I know and feel like I am in Taiwan.

Love, Dadaocheng. A cool new project seeking to demystify Dadaocheng 大稻埕, an historical district of Taipei that deserves much  ❤ . I’m excitingly looking forward to seeing this project grow, and learn more about this area of town for my next visit to the capital. Xinyi, c’est fini!

Visit Penghu now, I said NOW!! Penghu had successfully fought off the development of a casino resort, but won’t escape the call for the development of their tourism economy and has agreed to build a pier to welcome the world’s largest cruise ship, scheduled to operate in Aprile 2016. What always felt like a peaceful and still wild place, will no longer be, so I’m moving Penghu up on my  to-visit places list.

Skritter on Android, Beta mode. Calling all Android users for testing! I’m a big Skritter fan, a frequent user of their iOS app, and jealous to know the Android version will be supporting Bopomofo 注音符號. Also worth mentioning, is the addition of the practice list of vocabulary from the Taiwanese Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language (TOCFL), so if you’re an Android user, you have no reasons not to give it a try.

Taiwan Memories: A Century of Street Hawking 5/16-9/28. Such is the name of the current special exhibit at the National Museum of Taiwan History, a place worth visiting, despite its inconvenient location on the outskirts of Tainan city.

Summer Reading. Here’s one on my list, and you? 😉


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