Dali, China- the Russian Kung Fu girl and the ear-shaped lake

She wants to be anyone else. (“Bad Feminist” by Roxane Gay) i spent the first three weeks of July doing SAT prep, and nursing a writing block. so i told myself that i had to travel a bit before August, giving in to the wishful thinking that going anywhere would help. so that was how i ended up in Dali, a city in Yunnan province, … Continue reading Dali, China- the Russian Kung Fu girl and the ear-shaped lake

Kingston: More than just an Exquisite Corpse

I went to Kingston with my parents this Thanksgiving weekend. Last year in Canadian Geography, our teacher loved telling us the sad sad story of Kingston- It flourished and flourished and flourished on the beautiful Lake Ontario, and was the capital of Canada and had the biggest population, and then things started going down. It wasn’t the capital anymore, the population plummeted, and now Kingston … Continue reading Kingston: More than just an Exquisite Corpse

Journey to the West Part II- the Waters

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 II- the Waters

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)