#1 Sydneysider – Manly to Spit Walk

Manly Scenic Walkway

Sydney is such a great city to live in, I decided to share some of the cool things I do here as an expat and to give you some ideas if you ever find yourself wandering down under.  This is #1, of hopefully many, in this “blogging at home” series.  On Thursday I did my favourite city walk in the whole wide world, the Manly to Spit walk, and I got to play with … Continue reading

Working in Taiwan

The Power Nap

A typical day in Taiwan started with me joining the daily commute to the office.  Considering how many people are crammed into such a small island the MRT wasn’t too bad ; if my memory serves me right London underground is far worse in the summer.  I then had a 10 minute walk in the heat and humidity, so by the time I reached the office my shirt needed wringing … Continue reading

Sun Moon Lake

Sun Moon Lake, Taiwan

It’s the weekend and so time to play!!!   The typhoon had caused disruption on the East Coast, so yesterday my colleague and I decided to head to Sun Moon Lake which is located smack bang in the middle of Taiwan.   I got to experience another high speed train, but it only reached a measly 296km/h – not quite up to the European trains :o)  It was a pleasant journey watching … Continue reading

Typhoon Saola

Typhoon Shelter in Taipei

The guide book did not lie when it said August was typhoon season in Taiwan.  The last few days it has rained almost constantly and it’s been very windy has typhoon Saola headed our way.  The government issued an extreme weather warning yesterday and told everyone to stay home, so today Taipei came to a standstill, with nearly all offices and businesses closed.  I took refuge in my hotel and … Continue reading

Afternoon Tea in Jioufen

Jioufen Tea House

Jioufen My colleague and I joined the crowds again this weekend, there are so many people on this small island.  This time we joined the locals in Jioufen, an old gold mining town, set in the hills, with great views of the Pacific Ocean. Jishan street is the main attraction.  An old, narrow street with lots of food stalls to sample, shops to browse and people to squeeze past. The Art … Continue reading