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The Western recycling expert meets his Eastern master

Recycling in Taipei is nowadays very strict, even more than it used to be when I moved out of the capital in 2014 to...

A sign of life from Taiwan

Dear readers, after a long break I decided to show a sign of life on my 54th birthday. While I'm still in strict confinement...

Another important notice

I’m glad to inform my readers that, God willing, my planned return to Taiwan WITH MY TWO CATS MAX AND LENI will take place...

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...

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...

The Taiwan Lantern Festival 2021, also affected by COVID-19

The Lantern Festival is a Chinese cultural tradition which dates back to the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 25) and is celebrated on the fifteenth day...

Valencia made me appreciate my cats even more

I feel very relieved, as yesterday I finally received the notification from the competent quarantine authorities that next week I will obtain the permit...

Attending my first wedding in Taiwan

The big cultural gap between East and West also became evident to me when shortly after my return to Taiwan in May 1999 I...

Festive money in Chinese culture

First of all, I would like to wish my readers a very happy Year of the Ox, which hopefully will be significantly better than...

Progressive Taiwanese politician survives recall vote

Huang Jie (born 1993) is a independent female councilor in Kaohsiung, Taiwan’s biggest port and third largest city, and a former member of the...

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