Who are the Betel Nut Beauties?

This guest blog is by Ava Apollo. When she’s not writing for MSW, she’s blogging about adventure travel at bemytravelmuse.com.  Have you ever found yourself taking a drive down a roadside in Taiwan, when out of the corner of your eye you catch a scantily-clad la mei (“hot” girl) working behind glass walls? Whether you have or not, I bet now you’re intrigued. I was on a bus heading out of Taipei a few years ago, staring out the window as I Continue Reading →

Book Review: Keeping Up with the War God – Taiwan, as It Seemed to Me by Author Steven Crook

For travelers who are interested in delving beneath the surface of Taiwan’s main sightseeing attractions and flashy neon facade, British author Steven Crook demonstrates that there is more to Taiwan than meets the eye. Continue Reading →

Taiwan Culture Video: Ghost Month in Taiwan

The Chungyuan Festival(中元節) follows the lunar calendar and this year, the festival, which is also known in Taiwan as “Ghost Month”, beings on July 15th. On this day, the door of the underworld is open for spirits to enter the world. Continue Reading →

Through the Dragon’s Eye

We were heading home on the bike the other day and were crossing a bridge, when I noticed some extremely bright lights on the far bank. For us to even notice a bunch of extra lights in the neon world of Taipei is pretty rare, so we figured we’d better see what all the fuss was about. Sure enough, it was a big fuss. We’d been lucky enough to stumble on some sort of Taoist street festival. There was enough Continue Reading →