Guide to Matsu Islands, Taiwan: another must

Matsu Islands 馬祖列島 On the far east coast of the Taiwan Strait, just off the coast of China’s Fuzhou city lies the Matsu Islands, and archipelago consisting of primarily 5 inhabited islands. It is part of Taiwan. While not as close to China as Kinmen, it is still very close and you can see the…

Guide to LanYu, Orchid Island, Taiwan: The most unique outer island

This post is a continued catch up post of the various trips and “re-discoveries” I had in Taiwan during my 6 months COVID hideout there. I had previously posted about Green Island. At the end of August 2020 I had a chance to venture out to the other Southeastern outer island, one of Taiwan’s most remote…

Guide to Green Island, Taiwan

I have just returned to the United States, sadly, after spending a wonderful 6.5 months back in Taiwan as a COVID refugee. During my time home, I was able to expand my Taiwanese horizons and visit many new places. Taiwan has been a COVID safe haven and domestic travel this year has boomed. One such…

Review: Sinasera 24, Changbin, Taitung, Taiwan

Intro As mentioned in my previous post on AKAME in Pingtung, Taiwan, on this trip back home I have traveled outside of Taipei to dine at a few restaurants. Another one is a full destination restaurant: Sinasera 24. What I mean by that is that you go there for the meal but you also stay…

Review: AKAME, Contemporary Indigenous Taiwanese; Best in Taiwan?

Intro Ever since I returned to Taiwan in March of this year to take refuge, I have been eating nearly nonstop. From new and old favorite street stalls and hole in the walls. To attempting to eat at most of the new haute/ tasting/ creative type restaurants that have popped up in the last 4-5…

Journey to Kinmen Island 金門: A Must in Taiwan

This past week I took a 3 day 2 night trip to one of Taiwan’s major outer islands, Kinmen Island. It was my first time to Taiwan’s outer islands. Kinmen is simply incredible, and has become my favorite domestic destination in Taiwan. Filled with history, tradition and true old-school Taiwanese‬ flavor and friendliness, yet fully in…

The Marriott Taipei and Garden Kitchen Restaurant

The Marriott Taipei [Scroll down if you just want to read about the food!] Taipei’s newest hotel had its soft-opening in July this year and will officially open sometime this month (at least from the last I heard). The Marriott Hotel Taipei is located in Dazhi, right by the Miramar shopping center and across the…

Taiwan: Northeast Asia’s Underrated Gem

Thought I’d share a great article written about Taiwan. Indeed a unfairly underrated destination that is too often overlooked. Yet it has so much to offer, chief among which is the food. But like the NY Times, which ranked Taiwan as the #11 place to visit in 2014, said, its urban/rural within 1 hour of…

Sun Moon Lake, Taiwan

Sun Moon Lake: hey all, Two weekends ago I made my 3rd visit to Sun Moon Lake in Nantou County in Central Taiwan. This is one of Taiwan’s most popular and famous tourist spots and it isnt surprising to see why. The name of the lake comes from the shape of the lake, one side…