Seeing Taiwan Through My Sister’s Eyes

It’s exciting when someone visits us in Taiwan. Seeing Taiwan through someone’s eyes for the first time is rewarding, especially when it’s your sister. Continue Reading →

Christmas Light Show in Banciao City, Taiwan

Christmas comes to Taiwan once again, and this time, it showed up in a glorious display of lights in Banciao City near the Banciao Train Station. There are several areas throughout Taiwan that set up Christmas lights and decorations for pedestrians to enjoy, but I think the best Christmas light show is in Banciao. Continue Reading →

Photo Moment: Something Wicked and Dark

  Creative juices are flowing this month.  I’m snapping photos like crazy and have spent the last two weekends wandering through textile markets and bead stores.  I’m revisiting my old design days in anticipation of having some truly knock-out jewelery for the wedding. I’m tackling my own veil as well, which should prove to have some interesting results, since I’ve never made one before. I guess I’ve got my finger in every pot.  I’m dibbling and dabbling with anything and Continue Reading →

Before and After Photos of Typhoon Sinlaku in Banciao

Banciao on a sunny day in Taiwan is beautiful. This is what we normally see outside our windows every day. I snapped this first photo to give you an idea of the amount of water we had dumped on us last weekend. It’s been a week since the fury of Typhoon Sinlaku swept through Taiwan, causing millions of dollars in damage and putting thousands of people in harm’s way. Continue Reading →

Our Court Ruling and Threatening Phone Calls

I thought that my first blog back from vacation would be about Penghu, but after sitting down to write this morning and receiving two threatening phone calls, which have set my teeth on edge and have me angrier than hell, I guess my Penghu posts will have to wait. Last week, I posted about some problems we’ve been having with a purchase that we made several months ago. In a nutshell, we bought a second-hand car. The car has broken Continue Reading →

Dealing With The Taiwanese Court System

A few months ago, John decided to buy a second-hand car. He found one on Taiwan Yahoo auctions after several weeks of searching and contacted the owner in Taoyuan to go and have a look at it. The owner had an English-speaking friend who was kind enough to translate for John.  When John arrived, he spent several hours looking the car over and test-driving it. After he had looked it over, the owner suggested taking it to a garage to Continue Reading →

Come To My Window

This one is my personal favorite from last night. John and I are rarely home on weekends for very long.  This one was an exception.  I was hoping to go to Hukou to see my friend, The New Hampshire Bushman, but I’m still feeling weak from my ordeal.  I thought it was going to be a super boring weekend indoors, and I’ve been feeling quite poorly because I have a brand-new camera and haven’t been able to put it to Continue Reading →

A Shooting and Murder at Taipei Sky Domes

I can’t think straight. Oh how I wish, I wish, I wish I could read the newspaper! Yesterday I came out of my building to a mob of reporters at the front entrance. I wandered around the the side of the building and came across another group of them. I thought there might be someone famous in the building but it turns out that there was a drug-related shooting in our building yesterday!!!!! I left to go and meet John Continue Reading →

Electric Blue Sky in Taiwan

Recent weather activity in Taipei and Banciao have produced some unexpectedly clear and dazzling blue skies over the last few days. You can feel the change in the air when a typhoon is approaching. The winds gather up and blow the pollution out and away. The air is super-charged. It smells fresh and clean. I love being outside just before a storm. Normally, most of the skyline is grey and smudged because of the smog and pollution. When there are Continue Reading →