Wednesday, August 27, 2014

American-born Chinese

In Taiwan, ABCs (American-born Chinese), CBCs (Canadian-born Chinese) and other-BCs have unique situations they must face here. It's a bit difficult to explain unless you've lived in Taiwan, but someone posted the following succinct explanation on

ABC wants to teach English => no way, he is not a foreigner!

ABC can't speak Chinese => what a traitor! / shameful Banana! / Americanized!

ABC becomes a celebrity => the pride of Taiwan!

ABC misbehaves => what a disgusting foreigner! foreigner foreigner !!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

"Six years in Taiwan" trip to Taidong

I first stepped foot in Taiwan on April 15, 2008.

To celebrate my anniversary, I took a 3-day 2-night scooter trip along the east coast to Taidong (Taitung). This helped me prepare for my around-the-island tour coming up in two weeks.

The views along Highway 11 are breathtaking!

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01taidong 6 year anniv

知本國家森林遊樂區 (Zhiben National Forest Recreation Area)

Of course, photos inside the hot spring are prohibited. However, I managed to slyly snap a shot. The bathers are not wearing clothes in the photo, so I am only posting a link here if you want to see (faces have been altered to maintain anonymity).

The owners were super friendly!
剛剛好生活民宿 (Gang Gang Hao Sheng Huo B&B)

I recommend the soup dumplings and dry noodles at
海草健康輕食館 (Seagrass Light & Healthy Restaurant)


Marino's Kitchen

Dulan Crap