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Unsafe Korean forged aluminum cookware

After I received a quite unsatisfactory reply to a complaint, last Sunday I thought I finally had a bad experience with one of the...

Panicking at the very last moment?

During the worst phase of this seemingly endless pandemic, I was still living temporarily in Spain, where a lethargic, fatuous and incompetent Leftist government...

Dealing with the dead in Taiwan and Germany

According to the Chinese Lunar Calendar, Tomb Sweeping Day, also known as Ching Ming Festival, one of the most important holidays in Greater China...

Pilar Primo de Rivera, female leader in Franco’s Spain

The leader of the only female mass organization in Francoist Spain, the Women's Section (Sección Femenina, SF) of the Falangist movement, which was Fascist in its...

A long lunch with a contemporary witness

Today I was invited for lunch by a 90-year-old lady at her home in the neighborhood. She is mentally and physically still quite fit...

Jim Eagle has landed in Washington

After more than two months in power and therefore later than any other President of the United States, Joe Biden on March 26th, 2021...

Three culture shocks

Although I consider myself a man of the world who can easily adapt to different environments rather easily, I have actually suffered three culture...

Remembering the 2011 Japan earthquake

Not the deadliest, but by far the costliest natural disaster in world history happened on March 11, 2011, when a magnitude 9.0 earthquake, the...

Why I stay away from the hyped Din Tai Fung restaurant chain

Despite being in every guide book about Taipei in any available language, for me Din Tai Fung is probably the most overrated eating place in...

Some reflections on the occasion of my 300th article in less than a year

While I was still living in Taiwan, some people asked me to start writing a blog because they thought that I had many interesting...

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