There’s much to love about central Zhongshan, and it isn’t just because it once was Taipei’s centre for business and pleasure. Glamorous hotels, international dining, and large shopping centres may still grace the district, but it is the winding alleys full of boutique stalls and cafes that make this place perfect for a day of moseying about. From Japanese sites of yesteryear, to hidden hubs of art and entertainment, Zhongshan can cater to all interests. Here’s my top 10 alternative spots of areas predominantly west of Zhongshan and Shuanglian MRT station.
Every one, in one small way or another, is a little romantic. Whether you are the type to wear matching outfits with your beloved, or just like spending quiet time with that significant other, it sure feels nice to get romantic once in awhile. For me, it’s about appreciating beauty and sharing a common interest with that special someone. So in the spirit of Double Seven Day (seventh day of the seventh lunar month also known as Chinese Valentine’s Day), here are my seven less-known (and low-cost!) places in Taipei for romance. Continue reading
Unless you’re in the online book-selling business, book stores elsewhere in the world seem to struggle with making ends meet. Competing with the growing demand for the convenience of electronic devices, it is becoming a rare image to see people flipping through binded paper in their soft or hard covers. Thankfully there are still places where book culture is redefining its place in modern society, and reading isn’t just something you should do with a Kinder or an iPad. I love the smell of books and much prefer the motion and feel of turning pages while completely engrossed in a story. I am aware at how contradicting this sounds coming from the owner of this blog, but it is true that reading books seems to be less of a mainstream activity that is only finding its way back into society in recent years. Continue reading