042012Sep

Relaxation Mode On

You kinda realize it when you’re walking past people, getting agitated in line, and trying to get straight to the point, which was to relax. Problem was, my mind was still at silicon valley speed. Not quite like New York light speed, but that under the skin angst that you know time is limited. Oh it felt so good to shake that off. Slowly now, one step at a time, enjoy where you are and why you worked so hard to get here. There we go. Now, what better way…

022012Sep

Landing in Oahu

First stop in Oahu and what do should we do, eat. C’mon, 5 hours of flying and having nothing more than peanuts and airline food what did you expect? Not to mention I was nursing a kick to the head by das boot from Supenkuche. So what else to have in Hawaii but Vietnamese food. But this wasn’t your typical Vietnamese place. It may have the words ‘pho’ in it’s name but they make a mean ass ox tail soup that I can’t find stateside. It was good bye dehydration…

232012Feb

Night Market Recap

Taiwan has the largest number of night markets. These are places where road side boutiques and street food come together, a popular place for local friends to meet and eat. So expect large crowds on the weekends. If you haven’t guessed it by now, I’m a fan of these places. Strange though, given how much I hate crowds and long lines to eat. But there’s something about the revelry that puts you in a good mood. Enough to make you tolerate those nagging questions like “What if this isn’t good?”…

172012Feb

Winding Down in Yilan, Sorta

I wish I could say I knew the city of Yilan, because that was where we wanted to go after Hualien. However, we ended up staying in Jaoxi, a town one stop north of Yilan. It was a hot spring town and we stayed at a hot spring hotel that had an outdoor unisex (bathing suits required) hot pool, inside hot pools, and private room hot spring baths. Really good stay given the amount of relaxation due from all the traveling. It felt good to do nothing and soak in…

162012Feb

Misty Hualien

Although having a chance of rain was worse than it raining all day, it did make for a mystifying view of the Hualien mountains. The way the clouds move around the peaks makes me want to daydream all day. Sometime you couldn’t tell if clouds were swooping down from the skies or billowing up from the mountain side. It was as if a mythical battle had finish and the air was damp of fatigue. And here we were, pack animals, wandering through the battle field in marvel of what was…

142012Feb

Kenting with a Chance of Rain

Kenting was a small beach town. It’s made of three areas connected by one road. The main street was the surrounded by the other two areas, meant for people who wanted to stay away from the hectic main area. You won’t get lost here. And actually, you may run across the same people over and over again like us. We met a Dutch couple and bumped into them every time we were on main street. Granted, there’s only one main street. And it was the off season. There were enough…

122012Feb

Sidetracked in Pingtung City

There was a miscalculation in our plans. We took the train to Pingtung City before we realized it was easier to take the bus from Kaohsiung. Instead of doubling back or even continuing south, gambling on catching a bus in Fangliao, we decided to stay a night in Pingtung. What we were looking for was a place that was cheap and close to the station. What we got was a “love” hotel, something we Americans would call a roadside motel, but this was far superior. I’ve walked by these places…

112012Feb

Sunshine in Kaoshiung

We didn’t expect much from Kaohsiung. It was going to be another town on our expedited journey to Kenting. What a miscalculation on our part. I definitely wanted to see more of this city. For starters, the Liuhe Night Market 六合夜市 was good, filled with competing food stalls. That led to some good king prawn eating, freshly cooked and I mean fresh. They were swimming and skewered right before you eyes. Not for the squeamish. But in the end, definitely worth it. Firm and tasty meat after you pull off…

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