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 →

White Day: Another Day of Love in Taiwan

Lovers in Taiwan have not one but three Valentine’s Days to celebrate, which just goes to show you that Taiwan is a little island big on romance. People celebrate the Western Valentine’s Day on February 14th, the Chinese lunar Qi-Xi on July 7th of the lunar calendar, and the one that originated in Japan, White Day. Continue Reading →

A Taiwanese Christmas Story To Remember

Holidays are a busy time for everyone and that’s why I’m posting these pictures from our school Christmas show a little late. To be honest, I dumped them into the wrong file on my computer and forgot where I put them. The school rented hundreds of costume for all the students who participated. Some of the costumes were quite appropriate. We had angels, elves and Santa’s everywhere. We also had an odd assortment of Easter bunnies and other wild animals. Continue Reading →

Event: A New Year’s Eve Celebration in Taipei

New Year’s Eve is always a conundrum. What to do? What to do? Last year, John and I went to Taipei 101 to see the fireworks and were nearly trampled to death. This year, we figured if we were going to be trampled to death, we wanted to do it in style. After talking with Joanna and Range last night, we’ve decided to attend the New Year’s Eve party at the Sunworld Dynasty Hotel in Taipei. Here are the particulars Continue Reading →

Christmas in Banciao

Photo: Paper by Design Just like every year, the holiday season brings us joy, peace, a lot of year-end reflecting, a whole lot of fun, Christmas festivities and a few extra inches around the waist. John and I have been planning a Christmas dinner for ten of our close friends in Taiwan. Last year, we worked on Christmas Day and we never got around to having a real Christmas dinner. This year, we were bound and determined to celebrate Christmas Continue Reading →

It’s New Year’s Again…

Three New Year’s celebrations are a lot to handle in a few short months.  In addition to our New Year’s festivities in January and our mountain retreat vacation over Chinese New Year in Taiwan, we were also able to add another New Year’s celebration to our ever-expanding repertoire this year.  Over the weekend, we celebrated Khmer New Year on the beaches of Sihanoukville in Cambodia.  The entire sky along the beach was lit up with hundreds of firecrackers being set Continue Reading →