Posts Tagged ‘taiwan’

Chthonic, Download 2013

So that was another minor bucket list item checked off: being with a band at Download. We only got to see one day of the three because of assorted logistical issues, and I spent all of it backstage either taking photos or being like water. For Chthonic, it was a special show, they brought over […]

Emirates Air Line – London Dangly thing

Last week, on I believe the second day of public operation, and on a crazily gusty day, when we happened to be on our way to Greenwich, we took the new cable car thing. I’ve done cable cars in Taiwan, knowing they’ve survived earthquakes, but this gave me a high degree of palm sweat, especially […]

Street photography competition

A street photography competition caught my eye. I shoot constantly when out and about and have a huge number to choose from. A category is “world” and having spent six months in Taipei I can make a selection from there. However, my world is now Camden and I can choose a set I’ve shot since […]

Sleeping on the job

Reading this post on OzSoapbox about the work ethic in Taiwan, prompted me to post this set. He talks about the work ethic there underpinning your cheap crap and to an extent it’s probably true. Equally, the folks there I know are not salarymen in the Japanese sense but outsiders: musicians and artists. As usual. […]

UK Immigration System – a suggestion

As anyone who knows me knows, we’ve been working on getting my girlfriend a UK fiancĂ©e visa. This was a fairly Byzantine process that had some pre-requisites: like me getting my divorce finalised. Dammit. Well, that was only five years in the making and thanks to my previous girlfriend for at least getting the process […]


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Taiwanese food

I may rag on Taiwan for many reasons but food isn’t one of them. Just look at this little spread and click through to flickr for the annotations. So good. Related Posts:Street photography competitionFrom the inside looking out: cheeky fagCanon S90 Taipei Street NightPrimrose Hill GreengrocerHoutong – Cat Village

Houtong – Cat Village

At its peak, Houtong was a thriving and often fatal mining town, at its height under Japanese rule. Now, it’s silent and decrepit. BUT! It’s now a super duper tourist attraction because it has, wait for it, CATS! Yes, there’s a bunch of semi-feral cats and people now tour out to pet them. Oh the […]

Taiwanese food

Taiwan has its ups and downs: trade huge cockroaches, typhoons and earthquakes for epic scenery, hot springs and great food. Taiwanese food draws from all regions of China, Japanese food it inherited from the occupation and many others besides. Here’s a good selection we had at a restaurant at the Sogo department store. To me, […]

Easily pleased – Demotix Front Page

It seems that when I’m in Taiwan I end up involved in newsworthy stuff giving me the opportunity to post to Demotix. The folks I know here are politically active, concerned that Taiwan maintain its independence and countering the propaganda from China regarding Taiwan’s status. This activism extends to maintaining strong links to others who […]

Taipei Sky – Colour or B/W?

So we had the torrential rain again. If you look at the satellite picture, Taiwan is surrounded by cloudless ocean and there’s a blob of cloud parked over the island. Ho hum. Still, it just cleared and we got a lovely bit of golden hour sun. I dashed up on the the roof and shot […]

Stunning golden waterfall, Jinguashi

Taiwan isn’t short of natural wonders: from hot springs, to alien coastline to soaring mountains. This one is a little special. This is a little down the hill from the Jinguashi disused gold mine and shows what happens when copper leeches into the water. Rather purty, no? I have more pictures of the mine, but […]

Shi-Da purveyors of deep-fried goodness

This is a paradoxical country: everyone eats hugely and widely, yet on the whole, people remain resolutely skinny. Which I think says much about the Western diet. This stall in Sh-Da night market is our occasional stop-off for cauliflower, mushroom, tofu and chewy fishy thing, lighty battered, deep fried then powdered with salty pepper and […]

Yeliou volcanic rock, Taiwan

On a geographic note, Yeliou is volcanic rock carved by the waves into interesting shapes. There’s a famous “queens head” formation but we didn’t make it out that far as it was too hot! Gov’t info here: On a photographic note, this is B/W from the D300 with the 50mm f/1.8 lens. Rather good […]

Taipei 101

Yesterday we ticked off one of our last TODO items in Taipei: Taipei LOL. No, really, look at the sign. It’s an actual LOL-building. Anyhow. It was briefly the tallest building in the world and is still impressive considering it’s in a pretty active earthquake zone. The view? Meh. What’s to look at? The swampy […]

The big blue room

It put in an appearance today. Which was nice, so rather than being 35C and disgustingly humid, it was 39C, breezy and relatively dry. The cloud came over and denied us a proper sunset. Good excuse to bring out the 12-24mm lens though 🙂 Related Posts:Taipei Sky – Colour or B/W?Street photography competitionChanneling Ansel – […]

From the inside looking out: cheeky fag

Cheeky fag outside Salty Peanuts cafĂ©. Been a bit uninspired these last few days. There’s something about 40C temperatures that just drains the will to do anything. Related Posts:Street photography competitionTaiwanese foodCanon S90 Taipei Street NightHoutong – Cat VillagePapaya tree: resurrection

Japanese colonial house, Taipei

These fascinate me. These kinds of buildings, which I guess can best be described as bungalows, are dotted around Da-An, our area of Taipei. They once housed important people of the Japanese occupation era and are now generally neglected and hidden behind high walls. After the Japanese left, many of these passed into the hands […]

Taipei, Shanghai and Futai Street Mansion

I learned another little snippet of Taiwan’s torrid history today. We visited Futai Street Mansion near the main station and saw the Shanghai exhibition there. It turns out there’s a close link between Taiwan and Shanghai. When the Japanese took over the Chinese concession in Shanghai, it opened up Taiwanese exports of the usual sugar […]

Taipei, protest against the ECFA

Taiwanese politics is complicated. If even the BBC can get it wrong with the “when Taiwan split from China in 1949” canard, you know you’re in trouble. Let’s go back to the beginning. Taiwan’s troubles began long before the first Austronesian peoples arrived. Taiwan was originally volcanic and its tectonics can best be described as […]

Taiwan has four seasons….

Too hot, too wet, mosquitoes and earthquakes. Sometimes all at once. Related Posts:Canon S90 Taipei Street NightAfter the rainStreet photography competitionJapanese colonial house, TaipeiTaipei, Shanghai and Futai Street Mansion

After the rain

The traffic lights outside our apartment reflecting nicely on the tarmac. Looks like we’re set for a week of this with 30C heat. To be viewed listening to this. Hopefully one day the sun will come out again. Related Posts:Taiwan has four seasons….Canon S90 Taipei Street NightStreet photography competitionJapanese colonial house, TaipeiTaipei, Shanghai and Futai […]

Yilan and Hualien road trip

We finally did it: rented a car and hit the East coast. A 750km round trip over 5 days took us first to Yilan then to Hualien. We ate lots of fish straight out of the pacific, saw aboriginal art, stayed in some lovely B&B’s, saw stunning landscapes, white water rafted and generally lounged around. […]

Danshui – Taipei’s Boardwalk

Today was sunny so we took the MRT out to Danshui. Whilst not actually being on the sea, it has all the trapping of seaside-ness including arcades, fried stuff and tat shops. The nearest parallel in the UK I can think of is Southend. Still, we had a nice 5km ramble up towards the shiny […]