Fantasy island vacation

Who hasn’t fantasized about being shipwrecked on an island? Quiet, solitude, and the struggle to survive. Sounds like a really good vacation. Unfortunately, most of us will never get the chance to actually be shipwrecked on an island, but two weeks ago I came the closest that I’ll probably ever get. Orchid Island is a two-hour boat ride (or […]

Heart of Asia

When I first came to Taiwan, the plan was to stay for six months, but in the back of my head I hoped and knew it would be longer because: 1) I wanted to be here longer (that’s not a real reason). 2) I felt like it would be longer (that’s also not a real […]

Cat cafe in Taipei!!

I went to a cat cafe today. Was everything covered in hair? Did it smell bad? Did the animals get all up in my food? Was the food gross? No, no, no, and no. Dog and Cats Cafe is a cozy little joint in Taipei. There are 15 cats, 2 dogs, and 1 bird. It felt […]

Sporty Gordy

“Have you ever played baseball?” “No.” “But you are American!” NOW Taiwan Dad was asking the hard questions. It hadn’t been so hard for him to recruit me onto his softball team. He’d called earlier in the week and asked, “Gordy, can you come to my softball game this Saturday?” I replied, “Will there be food? — […]

Taipei Museum of Drinking Water

Drinkable water is the only type of water that people should drink. However, most of us take for granted that the water we drink didn’t start that way. That’s why the museum of drinking water. People have been drinking water for forever. Why not a museum? This building is Naboo-worthy. And wedding-worthy. And cosplay-worthy (or is this another […]

Looks like crap

POOP IS FUNNY. POOP-THEMED RESTAURANTS ARE VERY VERY FUNNY. Note: To fully enjoy this post, you need to know that squatter toilets are common in Asia and what they look like. Voila. (But never ever this clean.) Just like any good joke, poop jokes have to be surprising, out-of-place, and so wrong they seem right. And that’s why […]

How boring is your life?

I am a BOMB teacher and all my students love/adore/want to be me. Even so, what I really live for is the weekend. The thing is, living in the city is a drain: it’s loud, smelly, crowded, and full of concrete. I have to get out into ~nature~ once a week to rejuvenate. Taiwan still has a lot […]

MONKEYS GOT HATERS TOO

I went into a jungle the next day. By Kaohsiung is a small mountain called Shoushan and it’s a designated national park. I had been there and explored a bit the day before when Taiwan Grandma dropped me off, but I saved the heavy hiking for the next day. I was very excited to go because there were supposed […]

Fancy in Taiwan

Life here in Taiwan is just like life back there in America. I have a Taiwan Mom and a Taiwan Dad and they feed me and take me places and tell me I’m the most handsome. We live in our Taiwan house, which is really a two-story apartment on the top floor of a really tall […]

Picture vomit: Taiwan

These are some pics I took of some places I went during my last week in Taiwan. 😉 Sun Moon Lake Wen Wu Temple After being in the big city for two weeks, it was nice to bust out and get into nature. We (my fellow white American teachers and I) were able to visit […]