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Is Living in Taipei City All It’s Cracked Up to be?

10-10-2017

I lived in Taipei for 7 years.  Is it all it’s cracked up to be? Yep the first couple of years were enjoyable…that’s granted but suddenly and slowly I started to realise think is it…

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Taipei Lantern Festival

30-01-2017

This year's Taipei Lantern Festival will take place around the Beimen (North Gate) area and Section 1 of Zhonghua Road.  These areas can be accessed via Biemen or Ximen MRT Stations.  The lantern Festival will…

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A Good Dentist Near Guting

23-01-2017

Address - No. 69, Section 1, Heping West Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, 100.  台北市和平西路一段69號.Opening Hours - Morning. 早診10:00~13:00,Afternoon. 午診14:00~17:00,Evening. 晚診18:00~21:00.Phone - (02)2394-0123Closest MRT - Exit 8 Guting Station, 5 minutes walk. 古亭站8號出口步行約5分One Christmas while I was teaching, some…

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New Year at Taipei 101

29-12-2016

Its approaching that time of year again where everyone goes mental, watches some fireworks, gets blind drunk and wishes everyone a Happy New Year.  I think the whole world knows one of the best places…

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A Good Dermatologist

14-11-2016

Address - Close to 77 Shida Road, Near Shida University, and Shida Night Market.Back in the UK I had any amount of problems with Psoriasis and Eczema but since moving to Taiwan they haven't effected me much,…

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英式西服 - Ying Shi Shirts

30-10-2016

Address - No. 94, Section 4, Minsheng E Rd, Songshan District, Taipei City, 105.  台北市松山區民生東路四段94號1F.Facebook - Ying Shi Shirts Recently I changed jobs and now I am eventually out of the Buxiban game(Hurrah, Hurraaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!)  This is exceedingly…

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Spot Cinema

25-10-2016

Address - Zhongshan North Road, Section 2, No.18, Taipei City For years upon years since I came to Taipei I have went past this cinema that is in a fancy looking white building that stands out like…

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Bose Quiet Comfort 25

24-09-2016

Quite a few months back my headphones broke, and I decided that I was finally going to splurge a load of cash on a very good pair.  I was specifically looking for a pair where…

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100NT Quick Haircut

09-07-2016

People new to Taiwan often ask me where do I get my haircut.  Well for anyone who has met me, you will all know that I am slowly/quickly running out of hair so now I…

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Good Scooter Shop on Tingzhou Road, Zhongzheng District

05-07-2016

Address - 188, Section 1, Tingzhou Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City.I had been looking for a good scooter shop close to my home for a long time, when one night heading home late from work I…

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Help With Finding a Chinese Tutor

07-04-2016

Your new in Taiwan, you don't know what is going on or being said...so you want to learn Chinese but you don't have the time to go to class.  Then the next best thing you…

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Dragon Boat Festival

27-03-2016

Dragon Boat Festival will be on June 9th this year.  The date changes every year as it follows the lunar calander, here is a bit of history of why it all started and also my…

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Chineasy - Excellent Book for Beginners

26-03-2016

I came across this book when I was browsing for new material to learn from.  When I saw it I wish this book was around when I was a beginner and even though I am…

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Excellent Taiwanese Movies

26-03-2016

Watching movies are a great way of helping learn chinese.  I have picked up loads of new words and phrases from watching movies, but I must admit most of it is mainly foul language that…

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The Association of Burkinabe Students in Taiwan Football Tournament

25-03-2016

The Association of Burkinabe Students in Taiwan are hosting another soccer tournament and are inviting teams to join.  The tournament takes place in Taipei, and is in its 4th edition.  If you want to join…

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Pirate Fest at Waiao Beach

24-03-2016

Drifters Pizza Pub are hosting a pirate festival at Waiao beach early next month (9/10 April.)  This looks to be a really exciting event.  We are not sure if you need to turn up dressed…

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Sony Waterproof MP3 Player

20-03-2016

So I normally go swimming quite often and while I was swimming one day this girl swam past me and looked like she was rocking out to some tunes on her MP3 players.  I was…

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Old people on scooters in Taiwan

18-03-2016

The old people who ride around Taiwan on their scooters are some of the most annoying people on the road. There are many reasons for this, but I will explain a few now.  These are…

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Kavalan Whiskey

18-03-2016

When I went home last year I found out that a Taiwanese Whiskey was named the best single malt at the 2015 World Whiskies Awards.  My grandad absolutely loves whiskey and I knew he would…

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Everything Home Bar - Get more out of your night in

17-03-2016

What is EverythingHomeBar.com?I'm Matt and as you can see, I like a drink or two. I especially like having a drink at home, in comfort, surrounded by my friends, my own things, with my own music…

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The Hardest Two Things to Find in Taipei/Taiwan

15-03-2016

Every time I am out and about I am confused why these two much needed public things are quite impossible to find at times.  You need to have been here for a long time to…

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What is polite? What is Not? Some key Differences with Taiwan and the U.K

15-03-2016

I am going to talk about some of the differences between living in England and Taiwan and what is considered polite and not polite.  Have a read through and let us know what you think.People…

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Help With Finding English Teaching Work in Taiwan

13-03-2016

If there is anyone interested in coming to teach English in Taiwan we would highly recommend it as a highly valuable experience.  Taiwan is a great country with loads to see and do.  It has…

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If you can't Catch the Bin Man

16-02-2016

Some of you may have the same problem as me and for a long time you didn't know what to do about constantly missing the bin man due to work.  Every day I would race…

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You know you have lived in Taiwan for a long time when...

15-02-2016

When I first came to Taiwan there were a lot of things I didn't understand or get.  Sometimes I would just think they were outright weird!  Other things I just didn't understand because I was…

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New Baby Snacks

30-01-2016

So the other day at work one of my student's parents who has just had baby, and after she had her baby she gave me and my co teacher a box of cakes.  I thought…

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200NT Notes

27-01-2016

This might seem to be a bit inconsequential but loads of people who are new at the country and rock up at work or footy always ask me the same question about the 200NT notes.The…

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Chinese Medicine Clinic

23-11-2015

Address - 30 Heping West Road, Section 1. (Close to Guting MRT Station)I have had issues with my feet, and ankles for a long time.  I went through the process of going to loads of different…

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Where to Buy Taiwan Football Shirts

11-10-2015

Address - 台北市士林區大南路401號1樓. No. 401, Danan Rd, Shilin District, Taipei City, 111Phone - 02-28830553Website -http://www.asics-tw.com/If anyone has ever looked to buy a Taiwanese National football shirt they will know how difficult they are to find.  Well this shop…

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Sports Betting

06-10-2015

149 Dingzhou Road, Section 2, Zhongzhen District, Taipei City. (This is the address of the shop I normally go to.) So I am like most blokes who watch sports.  I like to have a bet on games…

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Taiwanese Saving Seats Tactic

03-10-2015

Today and a few times in the past recently I have tried the scabby Taiwanese tactic of saving seats in coffee shops, fast food places, and other similar establishments by leaving bags, books, and other…

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Taipei / Museum of Contemporary Art-Hong Kong Contemporary Art Exhibition

08-09-2015

 ▶Website http://www.mocataipei.org.tw/Address | No.39, Chang'an W. Rd., Datong Dist., Taipei City 103, TaiwanMRT | Danshui Line, Zhongshan Station, Exit R4Bus | 216, 217, 218, 220, 224, 247, 260, 287, 310 Zhongshan Market Stop▶AdmissionGeneral admission 50NT20% discount…

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Lehua Night Market - Yonghe

19-08-2015

Close to Yongan Market MRT StationTonight I went to one of the best night markets in Taipei, it is the big one in Yonghe(Lehua) which is very close to Yongan Market Mrt Station. Personally I think…

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Premier League Pass

15-08-2015

So if you are living in Taiwan and love the premier league, but haven't already heard about Premier League Pass then you must be in some kind of bubble.For 3000NT roughly you can watch every…

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Central Weather Bureau - Best Place to Check Weather Warnings

06-08-2015

If you don't know by now I don't know where you have all been.  Especially if you are currently living in Taiwan but the biggest Typhoon of the year anywhere is heading directly for Taiwan.The…

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The Best Places to Buy PlayStation and Xbox Games in Taipei

02-07-2015

Guanghua Electronics Plaza (opening time - 10am to 9pm.  Closest MRT - Zhongxiao Xinsheng.)Taipei City Mall (Opening time - 11am to 9.30pm.  Closest MRT - Beimen, or Taipei Station)There are two good places to buy…

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GoGoRo Smart Scooter

19-06-2015

GoGoRo Website Today while riding around Taipei I came across a stand where they would let you have a test ride of the GoGoRo Smart scooter that is currently being pushed a lot in Taipei.…

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Imagine Dragons Taipei Gig

29-05-2015

Imagine Dragons seemed to be one of the last year's most popular bands and they are coming to Taiwan. The gig will take place at Nangang Exhibition Centre, which has its own MRT Station at…

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Taiwan Gig Guide is Gone!!!

28-05-2015

When I first started this website, one of the first sites I wanted to share with you all was Taiwan Gig Guide. This was always one of the best resources for foreigners to find out…

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Muji Design Your Own Notebooks

23-05-2015

While out and about in Taipei today, and in general hiding from the rain.  I came across something I thought was very fun.  You can design your own notebooks.  You have to first buy the…

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Revolver Bar

09-04-2015

Address - 中正區羅斯福路一段1-2號.  No.1-2, Sec. 1, Roosevelt Rd, Jhongjheng Dist, Taipei City.Open Time - MON-FRI: 11:00-03:00/04:00 SAT: 11:00-05:00/06:00 SUN 11:00-3:00Revolver is currently one of the most popular bars in Taipei.  This is down to it's cheap booze that is…

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Lucky Book store

31-03-2015

Address - Heping East Road, Section 1, no.182-183, 2nd floor.Phone - 0283695556-8The missus told me about, and bought me books from this shop ages ago when I first arrived in Taiwan and was mad keen about learning…

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Chinese Medicine Doctor. Great Acupuncture

28-03-2015

Address - Heping West Road, Section 1, Number 3.  (In front of Nanchang park - Close to Guting MRT) Phone - (02)2367886This Chinese medince clinic is excellent.  Anyone who knows me, will know that I have been having…

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Erlend Øye Taipei Gig

20-03-2015

Erlend Øye, 1 part of the great band Kings of Convenience will be playing in Taipei in March.  Like I advised in the past, if you like going to gigs do make sure you check out the…

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Market O Brownies

19-03-2015

The missus has been buying these brownies ever since I came to Taiwan.  They taste good for being relatively cheap 79NT for 4 brownies which is a special offer at Carrefour.  I just got informed that…

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Good Tea

18-03-2015

These are the two green teas I often drink in Taiwan when I am at home, and I think they are both brilliant. They are green teas from different parts of Taiwan (I assume going…

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Beyond Beauty: Taiwan from Above

17-03-2015

I highly recommend this documentary movie.  It is very similar to the BBC series Planet Earth.  It shows all the beauty of Taiwan.  The over crowded cities, the beautiful countryside, and the amazing mountain areas. I…

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Taroko Sports (Batting Cages)

16-03-2015

新北市新莊區中正路621號.  621, Zhongzhen Road, Xinchuang District, New Taipei City. (This is the one we went to.)Phone - (02) 2908-0621Website - Taroko Sports website click hereIt took us a little while to find the building with the batting…

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Go Go Rise Gigs

15-03-2015

Go Go Rise are a great up and coming Taiwanese band.  I like them a lot, they might all ready be big in the indie/underground music scene here, but as I don't have loads of…

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Taiwan Gig Guide

14-03-2015

This is the best place online to check out what gigs are going on in Taipei and Taiwan.  Its always up to date, and has English and Chinese.  Look at the top right when you…

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MMA and Brazillian Jiu Jitsu

13-03-2015

Address: 170 Roosevelt Road (near Gongguan MRT Station) Website: www.wu-ja.comAs I was strolling around Gongguan I walked past a window with blokes bashing each others heads in.  The place looked great fun so I thought I…

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Whose Books (second hand books)

12-03-2015

Address: Roosevelt Road, Section 3, no.308-1, 2nd floor, Taipei City (there is also another shop close to Shilin MRT Station.)  台北市羅斯福路三段308-1號2樓Phone: 02 2363 2168This is by and far the best second hand book shop I have…

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Second Round Cinema

11-03-2015

Address: Tonghua Street, Lane 24, Number 1 (Xinye Anhe Station.)Price: 130NT (150NT on Saturdays) The Second Round Cinema is an old movie theatre where you can watch every movie they are showing during that day if…

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Music Venue - The Wall (Gongguan)

10-03-2015

Address: Roosevelt Road Section 4 #200 B-1Opening Hours: TUE-SAT: 15:00-23:00Phone: 0229300162Website: http://www.thewall.com.tw/The wall in Gongguan is one of the best indie music venues in Taipei City.  They have all types of bands playing at the venue, from international indie…

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Looking for an Apartment in Taipei

09-03-2015

Looking for an apartment in Taipei is a tough job.  It requires skills of persistence and determination.  There are many obstacles to over come by being a foreigner.  First of all if you don't speak…

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