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My first encounter with Canadian cuisine

I don’t often visit Western restaurants in Taipei, but Whalen’s on Anhe Rd. is one I will probably come back to.

Maybe it’s simply because it is a Canadian establishment, and therefore has a slightly exotic aura for a Central European like me, but Whalen’s does some thing rights that I tend to dislike about other Western restaurants in Taiwan:

  • Interesting food options you cannot get everywhere
  • A pleasant dark-wood interior design that doesn’t feel fake
  • Prices that are not ridiculously expensive
  • Laid-back, unobstrusive service
  • You will leave feeling sorry that you were not able to finish it all

First, let me say that I probably would not have thought of visiting Whalen’s had the owner not contacted me and invited me over for this review. So, full disclaimer, I didn’t have to pay. But I probably would not have regretted it either. Anyway, kudos for recognizing the power of the blogosphere and online rep.

Whalens Canadian Restaurant Taipei

Whalen’s is strategically located on Anhe Rd., so everyone who regularly (mehr…)


It’s all about Taipei!

Many Taiwanese netizens are ridiculing a campaign video of Sean Lien (連勝文) meeting a group of foreigners over lunch. Lien is the KMT’s Taipei City mayoral candidate. Me, I am not sure what to make of that video. So I invited two fictitious friends over for a discussion.

Sean Lien foreigners 連勝文 外國人

A friendly debate

Mr. Blue: So I just saw that video of Sean Lien’s lunch talk with foreigners.

Mr. Green: The one everybody is making fun of right now? That currently has 158 likes and 3019 dislikes on YouTube?

Lien Youtube Screenshot

Yeah, I don’t think that’s really fair. (mehr…)


Plane crash in Magong (Taiwan), dozens dead

This is bad. Most people in Taiwan were happy that typhoon Matmo gave them a day off today and spent the day at home, watching strong winds and rain through the windows. Now in the evening comes the shocking news that around 7 p.m. a passenger plane crashed in Magong (Makung), capital of Taiwan’s Penghu islands (Pescadores), while attempting an emergency landing.

It’s not clear yet which part the weather conditions played, but right now it’s hard to think of different reasons. (mehr…)


Ingenious motorbike for wheelchair users

As you know, scooters are Taiwan’s most important and most popular means of transportation. Why should wheelchair users be excluded?

At the Chiayi High Speed Rail station, I recently came across this vehicle:

Scooter for Wheelchairs Taiwan

(click to enlarge)

Isn’t this great? They basically took a scooter, sawed it in half and (mehr…)


You haven’t seen a Taiwan calendar like this

Okay, I know it’s already March, but you probably still want to take a look at this very special 2014 photo calendar: Foreign students in Taiwan dressed up and had some really nice photos taken.

Foreign Students Taiwan Calendar

I recently met some of the people behind this project at an event at Ming Chuan University in Shilin.

Their calendar could be a nice present for your Taiwanese or non-Taiwanese friends!

It features 12 gorgeous glossy photos that (mehr…)


Let’s talk about Taiwan on YouTube

If you are interested in Taiwan and spent any time on YouTube recently, you probably noticed some very popular videos in which foreigners share their opinions about Taiwan, for example “Taiwanese Girls Are Not Easy” or “Taiwan’s Unreasonable Working Conditions”.

These videos are not only massively successful, they also offer perspectives on a lot of interesting questions. So who is the person behind this new voice in Taiwan’s social media sphere? I decided to find out and ask him why he is doing it.

Although this guy is the face of many of Stop Kiddin’ Studio’s most viewed videos, he is not the director.

American Taiwan Youtube Guy

Responsible for the videos is 30-year-old Johnny Chiang, a Taipei native who recently (mehr…)


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