When I was a student I don’t think I ever even heard the word internship, let alone felt the need to do one during my summer holidays. Whenever I required some cash to supplement my pocket money or grant (yes, I was lucky enough to go to university when they still existed), I would simply go and get a job – picking up lifelong lessons about the world of business along the way while collecting discarded trolleys in a supermarket car park, selling petrol and cigarettes in a gas station, and gutting turkeys in a slaughter house.
As one of the most famous and popular temples in Taipei, I decided that the Longshan Temple would be an excellent testing ground for our VPai Clip 720-degree camera platform last weekend. Continue reading VPai Clip 720-degree camera at Longshan Temple
When Eslite (誠品) opened its first store on Dunhua South Road in 1989, I rapidly became a loyal customer not just because of its great selection of books (many of which were unavailable anywhere else on the island) but also its great ambiance. Continue reading Retail past and future at Eslite Spectrum Songyan
It feels great to be back in Taipei despite the searing heat and humidity. A bowl of beef noodles was enough to blow away the final traces of jet lag. Continue reading Beef noodles and Blue Bottle coffee
The densely-populated suburb of Luzhou (蘆洲) isn’t exactly at the top of any lists of Taipei tourist hot spots, but the street market around the Baohe Temple (保和宮) and Yonglien Temple (湧蓮寺) does have a certain chaotic charm to it with its colorful stalls and raucous vendors. Continue reading Taipei Explorations: Luzhou
When I was walking around Dihua Street (迪化街) on Saturday, I couldn’t help wondering whether the Taipei City government has missed a trick in its gentrification of the area. Continue reading Smart Gentrification?
A spectacular view of Hong Kong Harbour and Kowloon from my hotel room, marred only by the constant drone of drilling from a construction site almost literally under my nose. Continue reading Hong Kong Harbour
Located on Dihua Street, the delightful Xiahai Chenghuang Temple is home to statues of the Taipei City God Chenghuang and his wife, as well as a legendary Chinese matchmaking deity and 600 other gods. No surprise therefore that it is said to have the highest statue density of any temple in Taiwan (though I am not sure who measures such things). Continue reading Taipei Xiahai City God Temple