Travel Day: From Taipei to Singapore

8:30 AM sounds like a reasonable enough time to have a flight. But here is the problem. The recommended time to arrive at the airport for an international flight is two hours before departure time. That means you need to be at the airport at 6:30 for an 8:30 flight. And I know that some people don’t arrive that early, but I almost missed an international flight once when I showed up 2 1/2 hours before departure. I would rather be safe than stressed. Continue reading

I Ate What!? Being the Butt of the Joke in Taipei

You wouldn’t think the escalator ride into the subterranean level of the Shilin market in Taipei would be a trip into horror. After all, when we went there was a Japanese tourist with a baby in a stroller and a 7 year old boy wearing a t-shirt that said “DORK” right in front of us. This was a market geared mainly towards tourists. Surely there would not be an evil lurking below.

But I knew. I had seen it on YouTube . . . and some things you can never unsee! Continue reading

Eight Things to Know About Taipei: Flimsy Advice Based on Shoddy Evidence

I have spent a total of three days in Taipei, Taiwan, which means, of course, that I am now an expert in all thing Taiwanese, or at least Taipei-ese. Wait, is that even a word? Well, never mind, of course I know what I am talking about. So based on my extensive experience running around the city for a few days, here are the things I think you should know about Taipei. Continue reading

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