Category Archives: Daily Life & Culture

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

Follow the Kaohsiung Harbor Pilot

Love Kaohsiung? Love boats? Love BIG boats? Love TAIWAN?! 🇹🇼

Then follow this Kaohsiung harbor pilot on Instagram, chong_yang_in, who’s sharing stunning and unique pictures of the Kaohsiung harbor, and its cargo boats which are an inclusive part of the local the seascape, and economy.

Here’s a selection of some favorite ones, which I might update as time goes.


The Kaohsiung Pilot is Present.

Coffee, and a hat adorned with the Hotel sign flag (indicates that a pilot is on board).

Continue reading Follow the Kaohsiung Harbor Pilot

About the 灣生 Wansei

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TAIPEI. 被雨水. 臺北市. Have you noticed something special about this manhole cover? A small detail hinting at Taiwan’s colonial past… it’s adorned by Taipei’s Japanese coat of arms.

灣生 Wansei is the abbreviation for 臺灣出生, a term attributed to Taiwan-born Japanese, during Japanese ruling. At the end of World War II, Taiwan was handed over to the Republic of China, led by Chiang Kai-Sek’s KMT party. All of a sudden, a whole generation of Japanese who had known Taiwan as their only home, were sent back to Japan. A challenging transition for many of them, often estranged by, and victim of discrimination back in the motherland.

Not a lot has been written about this group of people, almost unheard of in Taiwan’s history, and I am fairly new to this subject as well, but here’s a nice article on the Wansei, and this documentary (in Chinese) from Formosa TV. Continue reading About the 灣生 Wansei

Takao Watchkeeper

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Welcome to Yancheng! Although,「鹽埕散步」is a more explicit invitation to take a stroll in the Yancheng district!

Lately, it’s been challenging to press Publish. The stack of drafts keeps piling up, and for various reasons, it takes forever, or never you could say, to wrap them up. I’ve been doing some housekeeping though, and fixed a good amount of broken links, as well as doing minor edits here and there.

Rabbit holes are one of the reasons to blame. It’s amazing all the information out there! I’ll often tweet the link to the more interesting sources, but some deserve more than that, so I’ll share those ones here. Continue reading Takao Watchkeeper