Serendipity Moments in Taipei

Just an hour away from Hong Kong, Taipei makes for an excellent weekend getaway for anyone who wants to escape from the materialistic, modern, and hectic culture of Hong Kong.  Although they typically share the same weather, with horrid humidity and typhoons during the summer, their cultures are actually quite different.  You will experience this just from listening to how each of them speak their languages.  Hong Kong people when they speak Cantonese are much more rough and aggressive, whereas Taiwanese speak their Mandarin in a very gentle and polite manner.  Their mannerisms and the way they walk reflect this too.

This trip around, I made it a point not to do any research on what to do or what to eat in Taipei.  Influenced by my cousin in law’s quote about how we don’t get lost and discover anymore, and that we all end up doing the same thing as covered by blogs and Instagram, I decided to just go with the flow and discover any restaurants by chance. Continue reading Serendipity Moments in Taipei

Chinese New Year in Taipei

Taipei’s a great city to go to, especially coming from Hong Kong, as it makes a great 3-4 day trip.  But compared to Hong Kong, everything is so much cheaper there… food, nightclub, transportation etc.  Actually I was very surprised by how much more country side it was compared to Hong Kong.  I can’t wait to go back to Taipei soon.

But one thing for sure, I won’t be going back during Chinese New Year.  This trip was back in 2012 end of January, and because Taiwanese people were also celebrating Chinese New Year, most of the stores there were closed!  In fact, it was frigid and it was constantly raining, so it made everything worse.  The weather was always gloomy as well. Continue reading Chinese New Year in Taipei