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The Dogs of Taiwan

They're everywhere. Some are pampered, pushed in baby strollers. Carried around in designer handbags. Sometimes one will even see these posh pups sitting inside restaurants enjoying a family meal. Others are treated as respected pets, trained to ride motor-scooters, walked on leashes. The second group of dogs are treated ... read more

Rhonda Mix

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Gluttony

There's no other word for it. Gluttony - the second and most delicious sin, for which the punishment, according to Dante, is an eternity lying in dirty black slush and freezing rain. Small price to pay for a bite of chocolate cake, right? Well, hopefully they'll consider the big ... read more

Colin Machado

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TBF Friday

Taiwan Beer is the ubiquitous spirit of Taiwan. Any establishment that serves beer sells Taiwan Beer, a few imports, and nothing else. They are the Microsoft of the Taiwanese beer industry, if Microsoft were to merge with Apple. But despite the lack of competition, it is fairly decent beer (Valerie ... read more

Colin Machado

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Shall We Dance?

Around 6:15, I finally, after two months, decided to call up my dad's cousin Tina's friend Paul. I don't know why I had waited so long - certainly not because I didn't have the time. I think it had something to do with my strong aversion ... read more

Colin Machado

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Last Stop - Hsinchu

My time in Taiwan is quickly coming to an end. I am relaxing these last few days with my grandparents, er gu gu, and her dog in Hsinchu. Below: Er gu gu came to Taipei to pick me up. I had lunch with both of my aunts at a small ... read more

Evelyn Cheng

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A Taste of the Western World

Below: The Taipei Fine Arts Museum is hosting a Pixar exhibition for three months. On display were sketches, storyboards, resin models of main characters, and digital images. As is the case for any behind-the-scenes exhbition, this Pixar exhibition lets visitors appreciate just a part of the enormous amount of work ... read more

Evelyn Cheng

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Dansui

Dansui, literally meaning "freshwater," is a thirty minute MRT ride northwest from the Taipei Main Station. The freshwater rivers flow through the region, located on the ocean coast. Dansui is quite different than the city of Taipei. Dingy high-rises stand out in stark contrast with sloping mountains. We have entered ... read more

Evelyn Cheng

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Juming Museum

Thirty minutes on the MRT brings you from crowded Taipei city to mountainous Taipei county. An hour-long ride on the bus from Dansui brought us to Chin-San; about another hour on free local buses finally brought us to our destination: Juming Museum. The 11 hectare (about 27 acres) museum consits ... read more

Evelyn Cheng

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"Hello Kitty Sweets"

Little children, young couples, and camera-bearing parents gather under the pink entrance to the Hello Kitty restuarant, named "Hello Kitty Sweets." Seats must be reserved ahead of time and guests may stay for only two hours. The restaurant keeps to its Hello Kitty theme with purple and pink furniture featuring ... read more

Evelyn Cheng

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Grace Baptist Church

This past Sunday my aunt brought me to her church, Grace Baptist Church. It was founded in the late 1940s by missionaries from Mainland China. Although its first building was funded in part by the Southern Baptist Convention, it is apparently not a Southern Baptist church. Due to large attendance ... read more

Evelyn Cheng

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A Rainy Weekend

Morakot moved slowly across Taiwan dumping twice the annual rainfall in some areas. While the television news showed disastrous flooding and destruction in the southern parts of Taiwan such as Taitung, scattered showers were all Taipei received. The television ran and re-ran clips of a six-story hotel crashing into the ... read more

Evelyn Cheng

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Typhoon

Friday morning I awoke to heavy rain. The typhoon Morakut, Thai for "emerald," is upon us. So we are staying indoors today, eating pizza, reading, watching movies, and updating my blog. Below: Yesterday I went to the Taiwan Baptist Theological Seminary to bring a gift to one of the professors ... read more

Evelyn Cheng

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Taipei 101 and Paganini

Once an undesirable area, the Xi-Yi district is now the most metropolitan part of Taipei, containing leading department stores and restaurants. Taipei 101, the world's tallest complete structure, is located in this area. Nearby is the Sun Yat-sen Memorial. Below: Courtyard between department stores. The department stores in Taiwan ... read more

Evelyn Cheng

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Kaohsiung Food

Tuesday, August 4. Below: Breakfast in Taiwan. The dishes to the left were my aunt's breakfast; the plate to the right was my breakfast. She had egg pancakes (different than American pancakes; the dough is only flour and water) and a filled bun. I had a flat layered bun ... read more

Evelyn Cheng

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Kaohsiung

Monday morning my aunt and I took Taiwan High Speed Rail to Kaohsiung to see my grandparents. Below: Waiting for the train. Below: Inside the High Speed Rail Train. It is quite like an airplane, but without seatbelts. We arrived in Kaohsiung in less than two hours, much faster than ... read more

Evelyn Cheng

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Pictures

Below: The National Concert Hall outside of the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall. Er gu gu and I came here to listen to The University of North Texas A Cappella Choir conducted by Jerry McCoy. \ Below: Carl Becker and Sons Violin Shop inside the National Concert Hall.   Below: Vending Machines.   Below ... read more

Evelyn Cheng

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The Legend of the White Snake

Opera. In my mind the word conjures up mental images of opulent women singing falsetto. Taiwanese opera is quite different. The quite slender actresses and actors dance, sing, act, and even perform acrobatics. For this show the main charactesr dressed in Oriental robes with long, wide sleeves. They spoke in ... read more

Evelyn Cheng

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Bread of Life Christian Church in Taipei (Taipei Ling Liang Tong)

Bread of Life Christian Church, known as Taipei Ling Liang Tong in Chinese, is the largest church in Taiwan. It is an independent, charismatic church. Once a month er gu gu joins the praise team there. The praise team consists of about ten vocalists, two keyboard players, a drummer, a ... read more

Evelyn Cheng

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Hello Kitty and Eslite

Today er gu gu and I went to Taipei. After washing our hair at the beauty salon, we went to a store that sold Hello Kitty products. There were Hello Kitty versions of evertying from stationery to dressers to toilet paper. Below: The Hello Kitty bag. Imagine the largest Barnes ... read more

Evelyn Cheng

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IC Radio 97.5

Today I spent the day with er gu gu at her workplace, a Christian-founded radio station called "IC": I Care. I Can. I Change. The radio station seeks to educate the people and encourge them to preserve the earth by first instructing them to have good character qualities. IC also ... read more

Evelyn Cheng

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Hsinchu

On Wednesday morning my aunt and I took the bus from Taipei to Hsinchu to see my other aunt who I call er gu gu (second aunt). Below: On the bus. My grandparents live in Kaohsiung, but they are staying with her this week so I had lunch with my ... read more

Evelyn Cheng

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Night Market

During the day the NingXia market is quiet and empty, but once evening comes the roads are blocked off to make room for rows of stands selling all types of food including fruit, seafood, barbecued meat, ices, smoothies, and tea. Other stands sell Sanrio-themed products and household wares. There are ... read more

Evelyn Cheng

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Out and About

*Due to traveling from Taipei to Hsinchu, this post is a few days late The earliest settlers of Taipei came to the region over a hundred years ago. Many of them opened Chinese herbal medicine stores that are still open today. Below: Chinese herbal medicine store Below: Roadside stand selling ... read more

Evelyn Cheng

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Taoban Restaurant

Last night my cousins, my uncle, and I went to Taoban Restaurant for dinner. Each person chose what he or she wanted for each of the six-courses. I ordered the following: Salad: Asparagus and something else with sauce.  Soup: Pumpkin base with tofu and chicken.  Rice: Salmon rice ball.  Mulberry ... read more

Evelyn Cheng

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Shopping

On Monday my aunt and i had lunch with my uncle and cousin at the department store's food court. It was hard to decide what to order due to the great variety of food. I finally decided, upon my aunt's recommendation, on a dish of curry chicken and ... read more

Evelyn Cheng

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To Market

This morning my aunt and I rode her motorcycle to the dentist's office and the market. Below are parked motorcycles.                       Below is an apartment across the street from my aunt's apartment.                              Below are pictures from the market. This was my first motorcycle ride. It was fun weaving between ... read more

Evelyn Cheng

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Thoughts

 Below are some pictures from the airport. First is the exit sign in Tokyo-Narita. Below that is a picture of some stuffed animal tourists that a child lined up at the window in Louisville. At the bottom is a fountain in Detroit. On the airplane the movies were fairly decent ... read more

Evelyn Cheng

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Arrival

This evening I arrived in Taiwan after spending the over twenty-four hours traveling from Louisville to Detriot to Tokyo-Narita to Taipei. But I am here at last in my aunt's home with my two cousins. The airport in Detroit is quite well-designed; we ate an early lunch at Chiji ... read more

Evelyn Cheng

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Taiwanese Surprises

Creepy Crawlies  I was sitting in my room and a wasp flew onto my neck. The windows had been closed all day. Crane flies in my shower, after I had stripped down to butt naked. Crane flies in the urinals. Flies in the urinals. Cockroaches on: my roommate's laundry ... read more

Austin Y

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I think I'm turning Taiwanese

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Jason Joiner

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Taiwanese children Speaking (among other things)

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Jason Joiner

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Shit In My EYE

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Jason Joiner

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Installment 1

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