Get Spirited Away by the Village of Jiufen in Taiwan

You only need to visit Jiufen once to see the magic in this place. A small village located in the mountains of Northern Taiwan, Jiufen is located in the Ruifang District of New Taipei City. Continue Reading →

Eating Out in Bangkok – Food, Glorious Food!

Eating out in Bangkok is simply wonderful, and there are no shortage of restaurants and street carts to try out. BBC’s article on The best of Bangkok’s street food reinforces the idea that Thai cooking should be a highlight for anyone visiting Bangkok. Continue Reading →

Lin An Tai Historical House and Museum in Taipei

Lin An Tai Historical House and Museum is one of the oldest houses in Taipei. It dates back to 1783. This traditional Fujianese-style home looks like something straight out of a traditional Chinese watercolor painting. Continue Reading →

The Stunning Temples and Pagodas of Lotus Pond in Kaohsiung, Southern Taiwan

If you’re a temple lover in Taiwan, one of the best (and craziest!) places to visit is Lotus Pond, also known as Lotus Lake. Lotus Pond is a large manmade body of water in Kaoshiung, Southern Taiwan. Its shoreline is liberally studded with many bizarre looking temples and pagodas. Continue Reading →

Balinese Dance – An Ancient Tradition on the Island of the Gods

If you’ve ever been to Bali one of the first things you’ll probably recall is the prevalence of Bali’s unique dance and music culture. Balinese dance routines are an ancient tradition that represent religious and artistic expression amongst the Balinese people. Continue Reading →

The Secret Lives of Taipei Housekeepers

This guest blog is by Ava Apollo. When she’s not writing for MSW, she’s blogging about adventure travel at bemytravelmuse.com.  In the Xin Yi district of Taipei, home to the famous 101 skyscaper, immaculate residential mid-rises owned by the powerful and rich Taipei elite sit quietly amidst the buzz of one of the busiest intersections in the city. At any given time, one can catch a glimpse of young adult females in the windows of these flats and penthouses, cleaning Continue Reading →

Learning How to be a Citizen of the World

This guest blog is by Ava Apollo. When she’s not writing for MSW, she’s blogging about adventure travel at bemytravelmuse.com.  The term “citizen of the world,” or “global citizen,” gets thrown around often in the travel community.  It sometimes seems as though it is used as a rite of passage into the “club” populated by those who fancy themselves part of the jet-setter elite, from nomads who are constantly on the move, to casual travelers who get out once every year or Continue Reading →

The Shock of Reverse Culture Shock

This guest blog is by Ava Apollo. When she’s not writing for MSW, she’s blogging about adventure travel at bemytravelmuse.com.  I had full blown reverse culture shock when I moved home from Taipei.  I’m talking sleepless nights, forgetfulness as to how to operate a vehicle, the feeling that nobody cared I was back, the whole shebang.Yes, I just said “shebang”. The only thing is, I had no idea what reverse culture shock even was before returning home.  Why would it be odd Continue Reading →