Nature makes us happy. It’s why we seek the outdoors, and look for untouched wilderness. Lonely Planet’s coverage on hiking to wild hot springs as the latest trend has been picking up much interest amongst visitors to Taiwan, though these activities of finding paradise are of no secret to the island’s residents.
Natural Taiwan is really as good as it sounds. While some secret gems require a world of effort to get to, others are surprisingly accessible. It’s not everyday you come across newly uncovered rock pools and a waterfall metres away from a road, minutes from other popular attractions. Fei Cui Valley (翡翠谷) has been incredulously overlooked. Continue reading →
I’m heaving a bag of rice onto a forklift and I think I almost pulled a muscle. At 50kg, the rice bags were the heaviest set of weights I’ve ever attempted to lift. I looked at Guang-Hui and he cocked an eyebrow at me with a knowing smile.
Giovanni and Coco Filippini greeted me with an ice-cold bottle of San Pellegrino bubbly water as I sat in their kitchen. Still dripping with hot sweat, I could already tell it was worthwhile taking a trip in the unforgiving heat for another visit to the island’s most underrated Italian restaurant.Continue reading →
Sometimes late at night near Shida night market, you’ll find an old man selling hand-grilled corn from a rickety street cart.
He makes them made-to-order. The cob is layered with three sauces, slathered with a wooden paintbrush. He regrills the corn with each new layer, controlling the flames with his wrinkled but nimble hands. Once blackened enough by the coal (though never burnt), he hammers a bamboo skewer into the centre, and presents it to his waiting customers with a semi-toothless smile.
This is his only trade, selling corn on the cob for sixty years more. And still selling strong.
Taipei is covered in a blanket of grey, making it seem chillier than it really is. Despite it being three in the afternoon, the day seemed to be over as we scootered down the quiet back streets of Xinyi. Today I’m not venturing too far, which is uncommon when I have my mind set on some urban exploration. But the ease of getting to this place only makes me more perplexed that I haven’t come across this place earlier. Continue reading →