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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...

Mr. Salmon and his friends like to sponge

On March 16th, 2021, household registration offices all over Taiwan were suddenly flooded with people applying to change their name to include the two...

Astrological signs still relevant in Taiwan

One big advantage of Chinese culture that I slowly learned to appreciate is the relative absence of religious fanaticism, so widespread in Islam and...

Sleepy Joe, “Blowin’ in the Wind”?

How fragile US President Joe Biden really is became obvious again when on March 19th, 2021 he stumbled twice before falling over the third time...

No elevator during a forgotten holiday

Yesterday, while we were smoking on our balconies, my neighbor had to remind me that today, March 19th, Saint Joseph's Day, is a public...

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...

Blue cheese and stinky tofu

One of the big differences between cultures is the food that people with a completely diverse historical, geographical and social background usually consume. What some...

A very long journey back to Taiwan

I actually started to prepare my return to Asia last June when I got in touch with some old colleagues working at Taiwan’s Representative...

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...

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