Our Australia vacation was quite the adventure. And like any true adventure it had its highs and its lows. Since I’m a bad news first, good news second kind of gal I’ll cover the low part first.
During the end of our time in Australia we both caught the flu from a friend. I fought it for several days but it dug its claws in and put me in rough shape.
My eyes were so red I looked possessed! A doctor in Singapore filled me up with medications and told me to stay in my hotel room. The trouble was my ear drums were in danger of rupturing if I flew so I had to rest up to recover enough that I could fly back to Taiwan. My trip to Singapore can be summarized by this photo
which is the view out of our hotel room. It was a long three days of self-quarantine. Josh was feeling better so was able to explore the city and visit with friends. He brought me back delicious Singaporean food-a mango coconut rice dessert was my favorite. While visiting our friend Trust he got interviewed about Formosa Moon. The Taiwan News ran an English translation of the article.
Lonely Planet travel writer to publish book about Taiwan
Inspired by our soon to be released book they created a Top 7 list of books about Taiwan.
Top 7 non-fiction books about Taiwan
As for our book, Formosa Moon comes out October 1st. You can pre-order it here.
I’ll cover the awesome parts of our vacation next post.
Josh and I just got back from Australia and what a trip it was. Pictures of Oz soon but in the meantime I’m happy to announce that I got to write a guest blog post for Taiwan Scene again. This time it was on Ghost Month.
Getting the Most from Ghost Month in Taiwan can be read here.
Summer break has arrived and I finally have time to hang out with my sewing machine again. Mostly I’ve been working on my mending pile which had grown considerably this past semester. My first sewing project was tarting up a new summer hat.
I have a pretty pink hat that’s my standard go to but it feels weird to wear if I’m dressed all in green or blue. This option was found in Taipei’s underground mall on sale for $150 NT (about $5 US). The sash came from a dress I recently scored at a clothing swap.
It seemed cute at the time I tried it on but once home the design seemed a bit off. So I’ve been recycling it and am happy with this first result. The flower was a nice score also found underground.
Josh and I took another trip to our new favorite place Oia Cafe. It’s an alpaca and cat coffee shop. Yup, you can sip a latte and pet an alpaca. We made our first trek earlier this month and Josh blogged about it here.
This time we got to bath one of the alpacas, a one year old named Kurosawa, after the famous director. It was not an easy task but Kuro forgave us after we offered him carrots.
This little kitty was my new friend for half an hour during our first visit. He was adorable and I so wanted to take him home! But alas, we’re living pet free for the foreseeable future. Isn’t he adorable?
Living in Taiwan means access to fresh fruit and varieties not easily found in the US. Josh and I scored some cheap durian recently and it was delicious.
Taiwan’s Street Art Comes of Age
For the May issue of UNI Air Magazine I wrote an article about street graffiti in Taiwan and featured artists Mr. Ogay and Rainbow Grandpa. I have loved street art for years so am particularly happy that I got to write an article focusing on the interesting twists Taiwan puts on the art form. Josh and I had the opportunity to meet both artists while traveling for Formosa Moon and both of them appear in our book.
I got to write a guest post for My Taiwan Tour’s blog Taiwan Scene. Inspired by my studies I wrote about Taiwan temples. There’s so much more to learn but this is a good start:
13 Tips for having a deeper Taiwan Temple experience
We recently received the Advance Review Copy of Josh and I’s book Formosa Moon!
It’s so exciting to finally hold it in our hands. Though I will confess it’s a little surreal to see our photo on the cover.
Currently we’re proofreading the book looking for any errors and writing captions for the surprisingly large amount of photos. The book is large too; it numbers 329 pages.
Josh and I recently went up to Maokong to do some proofreading while enjoying coffee and the splendid views.
We had our first interview on James Thomas’ show 4 Seas 1 Family. You can listen to the interview here. The interview was fun to do even with Hazel and Floyd making unscheduled appearances. You can’t stop those two.
Last September I met Vanessa Tseng at the Taiwan International Beauty Show to interview her about her product the Formoonsa Cup. I reviewed the cup on my blog here.
I wrote a feature about Vanessa’s company in the February edition of Topics Magazine. The article is called New Strides in Promoting Women’s Health and also includes a write up about GlaxoSmithKline’s partnership with a Taiwanese company. GSK has developed a new drug to treat lupus and the Taiwanese medical device company has developed a device to allow lupus patients to inject the drug themselves through subcutaneous injection.
In other news Taiwan recently had a rush on toilet paper. Stores across the island sold out and the panic even made international news. I snapped a photo of Josh leaning on some newly stocked shelves and it made Taiwan News’ photo of the day.
Photo of the Day: End of the roll for Taiwan toilet paper panic
There’s some exciting Formosa Moon news on the horizon. Stay tuned!