Chocolate Lover Paradise

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Knowing that I enjoyed very dark chocolate, I was taken to downtown Taichung to check out and old ophthalmic hospital, Miyahara (宮原眼科 / gong yuan yan ke). Long gone are the days of checking out people’s eyes though. This building has…

Getting My Seafood Addiction On

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Before I went to Taiwan, I asked for recommendations from my friends. One of the top recommended places to dine was Addiction Aquatic Development (上引水產 / shang yin shui chan) located near Songshan Airport (松山機場 / song shan ji chang). Addiction…

A World Apart, But Still Familiar

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In another post, I explored some contrasts between US and Taiwan culture. While there are differences, there are a lot of reminders of how prevalent western culture still is. Here are some of my observations: The really popular mobile games…

Mascot Love

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With so many brands competing for attention in Taiwan, logos often take the back seat to adorable mascots (吉祥物 / ji xiang wu). It’s hard to walk around without seeing a mascot emblazoned over windows, walls, and street signage—each, gently…