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Taipei 101 Vertical Run/Walk

Throwback to 2015.
12th edition of the Taipei 101 Vertical Walk/Run.

The Taipei 101 Vertical Run/Walk takes place every year, usually in early May. Registration opens about a month before the event, and sells out within a few days.

I signed up for the 2015 edition as soon as the online form was available, the process was pretty straightforward, with an English interface available. The fee back then was 800 TWD for an individual registration.

This is more of a fun than competitive event, unless you’re part of the professional group who races for performance, and a cold hard cash reward. One of them shared some interesting insights on her preparation, and Taipei 101 experience. In it, she alluded to some “monster steps”, which made me think of those huge irregular stone steps going up Elephant mountain 象山, 😱! Continue reading Taipei 101 Vertical Run/Walk

Louisa Coffee, let’s get along?

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Table with a mobile phone holder option.

Louisa Coffee 路易莎咖啡 is a Taiwanese coffee shop chain. Its journey started in 2006 as an independent coffee joint in Taipei, which has since 2012 grown to more than 300 franchises all over the country. The founder previously worked at Starbucks, which you get a little feeling of when visiting any Louisa Coffee, but with a Taiwanese je ne sais quoi. Prices are a tad cheaper than at Starbucks, light food is prepared onsite, the coffee menu also offers pour overs, all of that in a cozy atmosphere (what the brand is aiming for, at least). Continue reading Louisa Coffee, let’s get along?

Gleaning #Taiwan 001

A lot of cool stuff about Taiwan gets shared on social medias. I used to regularly glean some of these bits as part of a monthly digest which silently came to a halt.

I’d like to start again though, to curate a medley of interesting, funny, quirky, or cute content related to Taiwan, or things I come across from the Taiwanese websphere.

I also figured it’d be nice to have a place where I can glance back on things that I’ve Liked across Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, etc… and might as well share it with everyone. 😼 Continue reading Gleaning #Taiwan 001

Food is Medicine

2016 didn’t let go of me so easily. I ended up catching a nasty cold during its last week. An icky cold, one that impairs the mind to think clearly, and weakens the body enough that performing mundane daily tasks can feel so physically excruciating .

It all the more put a damp on my morale as I’m never keen on letting family which are miles away, be worried about my miserable state, and knowing them feel powerless of not being closer to help with the healing process by cooking me comforting food like only they know how to do. Continue reading Food is Medicine

Some caffeinated links

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Merry X’mas from MOS Burger. 🙂

I’m struggling to finish a post, grrr, so I thought I’d take a break from it, and post this quick one to get some thoughts out of my head, and have a small sense of self-achievement from pressing Publish, haha. 😁

I wish I could send a little something (like stationary stickers 😆) to everyone following this blog, or enjoying things (and sometime nonsense) I share on my other social media outlets, but that’s logistically a bit challenging unless I could enlist some little helpers the way Santa Claus does.  Continue reading Some caffeinated links