Young & Hungry / 10 Days in Hong Kong

Young & Hungry / 10 Days in Hong Kong

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photos via my immensely talented friend Jamie Kao of bytuesday

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Hong Kong blindsided me. It all happened so fast. I’ve never given the city much thought – for many Taipei expats, Hong Kong is alternately a destination for a three-day weekend of no-limits decadence and indulgence, or a convenient destination for a visa run. I personally had a vendetta against the city, being completely…

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Vignette A / Ekerö, Sweden

Vignette A / Ekerö, Sweden

I chose to go work at a Swedish farm for the summer because it seemed just about the farthest thing from Taipei I could possibly think of. It was no great escape—living in Taipei was my bliss, my constant, never-changing bliss. Falling asleep to the puttering of motorbikes, waking up to the lilting chatter of the ladies at the corner breakfast store regardless of month or season. There wasn’t a…

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Tresors de La Mer 上引煮海 at Aquatic Addiction Development

Tresors de La Mer 上引煮海 at Aquatic Addiction Development

One of the little pleasures unique to Taipei that I always seem to forget about is the abundance of amazing Japanese food. Whether it’s due to Taiwan’s past as a Japanese colony or the immense gusto for all things culinary that seem to be as much of a proof of Taiwanese citizenship as the Taiwanese passport itself, it is undeniable that Taiwan has some damn good Japanese joints. Personally…

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On Changing The Thousandth Girl into A Personal Blog

On Changing The Thousandth Girl into A Personal Blog

Some people don’t understand what it means to be a lifestyle writer or blogger. As lifestyle writer and editor, I help create the illusion. A big word in the industry is “aspirational”. To be the kind of perfect city-zen that gets up promptly on time to make it to brunch (ha!), goes to all the right cultural events, stays in only the chicest hotels.

To blog about life, though, is an entirely…

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Cafe de Riz

Cafe Riz isn’t the best Japanese restaurant in Taipei, nor is it the most reasonably priced for its purported target market of “casual” corporate lunchers  (if you work at an office job Taiwan and are able to pay out 800 NT for a bowl of chirashi on the daily, please contact me via my blog contact form & we can discuss setting up an interview for me with your workplace right away).

Everyone hyped…

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Tresors de La Mer 上引煮海 at Aquatic Addiction Development

Tresors de La Mer 上引煮海 at Aquatic Addiction Development

One of the little pleasures unique to Taipei that I always seem to forget about is the abundance of amazing Japanese food. Whether it’s due to Taiwan’s past as a Japanese colony or the immense gusto for all things culinary that seem to be as much of a proof of Taiwanese citizenship as the Taiwanese passport itself, it is undeniable that Taiwan has some damn good Japanese joints.

Personally…

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Don’t Lose Face, or My Skincare Routine

Don’t Lose Face, or My Skincare Routine

Recently, I’ve become obsessed with studying the routines of the most skin-conscious women in the world: the Koreans. Make-up is one thing; I can’t deny that many of the LA girls I grew up with have got the smoky-eye look on lock. Skincare, however, is a whole different sphere, and one I believe is infinitely more important than nailing that perfect cat-eye.

While visiting Korea a few years ago,…

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Taiwanese Cold Noodle Chronicles 涼麵

Taiwanese Cold Noodle Chronicles 涼麵

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I arrived in Taiwan right on the heels of a tumultuous semester in New York City. As any working New Yorker can attest, those carefully Instagrammed Soho brunches and glam cocktail hours in sleek downtown bars are a rarity rather than the norm.Most of my New York life was spent sprinting towards the D train with deli sandwich or everything bagel in hand,  hoping that there wouldn’t be some kind…

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Getting Personal About A Life in Progress

Getting Personal About A Life in Progress

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(image c/o Park & Cube)

The thing is, I’d like to be a good, responsible blogger. I always mean to sit down with a cup of coffee and get through the alarming number of backlogged photos and posts-in-progress in my queue; I always mean to update my Facebook page more often. However, with the rainy season descended upon Taipei in all its humid glory, I find myself doing fuck-all lately. Instagrams…

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