To Read Or Not To Read ‘Incensed’ By Ed Lin

The question about “to read or not to read” Ed Lin’s novel ‘Incensed’ turned into the question “to write or not to write” about it after I had finally read it. After all, it is the sequel to ‘Ghostmonth’, which I already enthusiastically recommended reading before. Sequels always run the risk of not being able…

Taipei Streetart Tour (2)

Looking for streetart is like treasure hunting: The journey is the reward. Every time I head out for exploring new streetart, the treasure I find is often not only a beautiful mural or wall painting, but the whole area around. A perfect example for this is Treasure Hill (寶藏巖 baozang yan) near Gongguan in South…

Days By The Sea

I have always loved the sea. In South West Germany, where I grew up, the nearest seaside is more than eight hours train ride away. Maybe that is why I have a thing for islands. No matter Great Britain, Japan or Taiwan, I feel good knowing that the ocean is not far away and nothing…

On The Trail Of Jimmy’s Art

A train running above your head in the air, flying deers, a witch on her broom in the metro and a giraffe looking out of a train station are some of the curious phenomena you will encounter when following Jimmy Liao’s art in Taiwan. As mentioned in a previous article, I really like the dreamworld…

Enjoying The Lights: Lantern Festival

When the moon is shining full and high in the sky for the first time in the new Lunar Year, many coulourful lanterns start lightning the streets of Taipei and other cities in Taiwan and China. The Lantern Festival 元宵節 (yuanxiaojie) marks the official ending of the Lunar New Year celebrations. This year we went…

Baby On Tour With Taipei Metro

Travelling on Taipei metro feels like a trip to a bright future, especially when you come from Berlin and travel with a baby. The driverless metro trains are always on time (at least I have never encountered a delay) and so clean that you feel like you could eat off the floor. There are very…

Embrace The Cliché: Pork Knuckle And Fortune Cookie

The first thing I did when I returned from my first stay in Taiwan was going to one of these touristy restaurants near the Old Bridge in Heidelberg and eating pork knockle. I had never eaten pork knuckle before, but one year after being asked in almost every small talk about this “typical German food”…

Our Lunar New Year: Welcoming The Year Of The Dog

I always thought: Being in an Asian-European relationship = more occasions to party, jippie! Chih-Wei’s reaction to my enthusiasm to celebrate every Taiwanese holiday, however, had always been “no need” or “boring”. Till the day Little One appeared on the scene. Suddenly he started to read a lot about Taiwanese traditions and food, eager to…

The Power Of Taiwan’s Nature

I wake up because my bed is shaking. The fan at the ceiling is shaking as well. An earthquake. The second one I can feel since I am here in Taipei. I look at my baby daughter who is peacefully sleeping next to me and shout for Chih-Wei. He opens the door to our room…

Travel Via Reading: “Ghost Month” By Ed Lin

You are planning to go to Taiwan and are looking for a book that gives you an entertaining introduction to the country? You miss Taiwan and need something to take you back there, well, at least mentally? Or you simply like travelling the world via reading? If you can answer only one of the above…

Taipei Streetart Tour (1)

In a city like Taipei, where everything seems to follow a strict discipline to maintain cleaness and order, you would not necessarily expect any significant streetart culture. In fact, apart from certain private premises, streetart used to be illegal until the Taipei city government introduced certain “streetart areas” in 2007 , probably realizing that a…

Walking Dazhi 大直: Taiwan In A Nutshell

Jetlagged, after days of rain and only 10 degrees dealing with a cold, we decided not to leave our home neighbourhood Dazhi 大直 for the first week here in Taipei. Staying at home would not have been a good option either, as Little One is an outdoor adventurer, who gets excited as soon as she…