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Ranting and Complaints of Life in Taiwan

Orchid Island: The Emerald of Southern Taiwan

A single canoe floats in the ocean as the sun rises

The Orchid Island, also known as Lanyu, is the jewel of Taiwan. Unlike Green Island (another island in the Pacific and much closer to Taiwan) which is known for its hotels and well-furnished tourist attractions, Orchid Island is the place to go if you are a nature-lover and prefer things the “natural” way. Continue reading


October 18, 2012 Posted by | Good excuse for photos, Trips | , , | Leave a comment

The Power of Tradition: Matsu Pilgrimage (II)

The Crowd Walking on the Remains of Firecrackers

Free Food?!

Imagine this: an 8 day pilgrimage that takes you over a distance of 300 kilometers across numerous municipalities and all you have to do on the way is walk – all food and drink are provided by devout followers along the way. Continue reading

June 14, 2011 Posted by | Good excuse for photos, Trips | Leave a comment

The Power of Religion: Dajia Matsu Pilgrimage of Central Taiwan (I)

Placing one's belief at a obvious place

How powerful is religion?

For the disciples of history, religion is a moving force that has created significant impacts upon the human race, and continues to do so even today. The power of beliefs can influence individuals in ways that could not be explained by simple rationality. Continue reading

May 5, 2011 Posted by | Trips | 2 Comments

Sakura Trees in Wu Lin Farm

Cherry blossoms in full bloom

When most people hear the key words “spring” and “Japan”, the image of cherry blossoms often comes to mind. Most visitors to Japan during this period are often mesmerized by the beautiful sights of sakura trees in full bloom, raining pink- and white-colored flower petals in response to a strong breeze. Continue reading

March 12, 2011 Posted by | Trips | Leave a comment

Fire, Water, and Lantern Festival


Young men carrying the sedan of a local diety as they run across the charcoal

When talking about the Lantern Festival, there’s an old saying in Taiwan that goes “Sky Lantern of the North, Bee Rockets of the South.” In fact, these two are Taiwan’s two unique lantern festival celebrations. Continue reading

March 3, 2011 Posted by | Trips | Leave a comment