Category Archives: Taiwan

It’s Chinese New Year!

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The Short Life of Longevity Noodles

In China and Japan noodles are traditionally associated with long life and served at birthdays and for the New Year. I have often wondered how this analogy came about, because if you have ever witnessed some hungry Chinese sitting down … Continue reading

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Water — The Great Silencer

I assume many of us have the experience of sitting by some water, be it a grand ocean or a small pond in the park, and feeling a quietness and silence come across the water that make us just sit … Continue reading

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First Light Painting

I’m not sure what people were thinking when they saw me waving my camera around in circular and triangular motions and then eagerly looking at the results on the little screen on the back. I had heard of painting with … Continue reading

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Taiwan’s Farmland Patchwork Quilt

Arable land is at a premium in Taiwan. Close to 70% of the island consists of rugged mountains and forests, with several hundred peaks reaching 3000m (9800 feet) or more. Taiwan’s farmers have a reputation for being thrifty, hard-working and … Continue reading

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The Pleasure of Waiting

About 100 years ago G.K. Chesterton wrote about leisure. In his view the “perhaps most rare and precious (type of leisure) is being allowed to do nothing.” It was his favorite, because it allowed idleness — in Chesterton’s view, the … Continue reading

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Foot Reflexology Made Easy

If you take a stroll in a park in Taiwan or China you will very likely come across a strange sight. Men and women, mostly middle-aged or elderly walking barefoot on a path made up from large smooth pebbles with … Continue reading

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My Relaxing Hexagon

The Chinese pavilion is an interesting structure. It has no walls, is most often hexagonal, but also round or octagonal in shape and is covered with a curved roof with glazed tiles. You find them in parks, gardens, out on … Continue reading

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Beat the Heat!

Weathermen are saying that this summer has seen the longest period of steaming hot and sunny weather in Taiwan in history. Usually the summer sizzling is interrupted by periods of rain and wind, but this year it has been one … Continue reading

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Life Is In The Clouds

Summer is a scorching affair in southern Taiwan. Over four or five months the temperature hovers in the mid 30s C (90 or above F), and humidity is high. But there are upsides to this weather, such as the many … Continue reading

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