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?
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
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
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).
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