a day for the chinese-ness in me: Laba Festival

I guess you know you don’t have a life when you’re writing a blog post about congee… 😀 Yesterday was 腊八节, Laba Festival, a Chinese traditional holiday that my family celebrates every year.  It is on the eighth day of the twelfth month on the lunar calendar. On this day, my family goes to temples to worship, and then we eat Laba congee. Growing up in a … Continue reading a day for the chinese-ness in me: Laba Festival

Journey to the West Part I

Northwestern China is the Yukon Province of PRC. It’s a lot less developed than the coastal part of the country where I grew up. Nobody goes to northwestern China expecting a Maldives vacation. It’s a solid amount of road travel, fierce gusts of wind, hours and hours of gobi* desert populated only by dusty thorny shrubs, tiny hotel rooms and the dry climate. It’s mysterious … Continue reading Journey to the West Part I

Can You Paint with All the Colours of Taiwan- Downtown Taipei

This August I went to Taiwan. And ever since I got back I’ve been regurgitating on the texture and colours of the place. We spent a lot of our time in Taipei. Taipei is a bit different from what I expected, in that the city is much older than what I pictured. Ximending Shopping District We spent four nights in Ximending, a popular shopping district. … Continue reading Can You Paint with All the Colours of Taiwan- Downtown Taipei

The Backpacker’s Guide to Taiwanese Food (Part II)

“So what did you do during your time there?” “I ate.” That is usually regarded as the irresponsible answer, signalling you’re not up for listing all the sightseeing and the fun adventures you had during a trip. Yet the case would be different if it’s Taiwan we’re talking about. “I ate” would be the most honest answer, because a trip to Taiwan is the perfect … Continue reading The Backpacker’s Guide to Taiwanese Food (Part II)

The Backpacker’s Guide to Taiwanese Food (Part I)

Taiwan is probably home to a hundred times more types of food than Pokémons. And for every Pokémon stop that you come across, there are probably like twenty authentic Taiwanese restaurants. I’ve been trying to keep a list on my phone of all the food I tried so far in Taiwan, but it’s growing out of control. So next time when you go to Taiwan, here’s how you’re … Continue reading The Backpacker’s Guide to Taiwanese Food (Part I)

Green veggies? Or Cream Cookies?

In response to Daily Post’s daily prompt, green. “If I ask for your chocolate this week, tackle me.” I told my roommate. That’s just one of my numerous desperate attempts to “stay healthy”. But all of these attempts turn out to be somewhat sketchy… which is just a euphemism for failing. When I am running and dying on that treadmill, and listening to the “Into … Continue reading Green veggies? Or Cream Cookies?

Meat and Bread- The Nerve to Be Simple

In response to Daily Post’s daily prompt- Nerve. A food review. Yup, a sandwich shop today taught me the bravery to be just simple. It’s called Meat and Bread. “Oh that place! It’s on Google Maps. Meat and Bread. I think they do sandwiches.” I said, and my parents and I rushed across the street before the signal light turned red, and voila! We pretty … Continue reading Meat and Bread- The Nerve to Be Simple