Ghost Month in Taiwan – The Hungry Ghosts of Isla Formosa

The Taiwanese are a naturally superstitious people, and this is particularly evident during Ghost Month in Taiwan, also know as the Hungry Ghost Festival. Continue Reading →

Travel South Korea: St Patrick’s Day in Seoul

Guest Author: Caroline Hosey, An Adventure of the Seoul When I think of March back home, I think of collecting seashells on the beach, Azalea flowers blooming, and of course the infamous St. Patrick’s Day parade. For those of you who are unfamiliar, Savannah, Georgia hosts one of the biggest St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the world. As a young girl, my father and I used to walk in the parade together, and throughout my college days, I always looked Continue Reading →

Lao Mythology: The Myth of the Toad King

Bang Fai, otherwise known as the Rocket Festival, is celebrated every year in northeast Thailand and Laos. Ask anyone who knows anything about the Rocket Festival and they’ll probably tell you that Bang Fai are launched every year in April to bring rain.

This centuries old tradition is said to have its origins in an ancient story known as The Myth of the Toad King. However, what’s strange about this myth is that it seems to imply the opposite of what Bang Fai is all about. It says that rain brings the rockets. As presented by Yasothon and Nong Khai: Continue Reading →

2008 Taipei Toy Festival

The Mira Department Store at Core Pacific City Mall (京華城)(also known as The Living Mall) in Taipei hosted the 5th annual Taipei Toy Festival early last month. The show, which ran from July 10-13th, brought thousands of insatiable toy collectors of all ages and uber-cool vinyl toy designers from around the globe through its doors. The crowds were insane. Imagine (if you’ve been) one of Taipei’s night market. The entire event was buzzing like a horde of bees. I had Continue Reading →