On Friday we packed our bags, jumped on our scooters and headed off into the wilderness. Here are a few portraits of the people I camped with in Tai An over the weekend.
I still remember my first time. I was a little nervous and afraid but my boyfriend assured me it would be fine. The area had been neglected for a long time and now was the time to discover it. With cameras at the ready we embarked on a journey of exploration. We had to hack [...]
After three weeks away in Europe there was no denying I was homesick, for Taiwan. Back on Formosa I was reminded why. Within a month I had taken a weekend trip to Kenting, been treated to a work trip to Shao Liou Chao and found another abandoned house up in the hills of Tunghai. No [...]
I first visited Kaohsiang when my mum visited last year and wished I could have stayed longer. Since its face lift for the 2009 World Games Kaohsiang is a city to visit. This time I returned armed with a fish eye lens and a whole weekend to explore. Here’s what I came away with.
Kyle had heard of a painted village from a workmate so the day after Christmas we headed to the edge of the city and along the way found some old houses and a lone man with a couch, his hand and a magazine. Just your regular Taiwan boxing day!
An ode to the streets of my first Taiwan home, Changhua. She may not be the cleanest or prettiest of the bunch but she still managed to capture my eye.
North of Taipei sits the old gold mining town of Jiufen. A magnet for Taiwanese tourists on the weekend, its streets are nothing but idyllic. However its home to almost every Taiwanese snack known to man, sweeping views down to the ocean and, if you look hard enough, an old, abandoned house.
I was privileged enough to be asked to take photos at the The Rising Hedons C.D release party. Band photography is still fairly new to me and a little out of my comfort zone, never the less it was fun to try something new! Check out the photos below along with some photos of the [...]
Since July 2008 I have called this island home. From the initial culture shock and sweaty nights this country has wormed its way into my heart. There are so many things I love about Taiwan. Scooter trips out of the city; street side eats; WTF moments, still after eighteen months; and the people. But one [...]
As though amusement parks left to their own devices and entire malls out of business weren’t enough, hidden in the Da Ken wilderness is an entire eerie, overgrown village. Rumours abound of ex carnies and ghostly inhabitants so we decided to venture there ourselves and see what we could find. And we weren’t disappointed….
What do I like to do with my weekends? Jump on my scooter and find something abandoned. Be it old breweries at midnight or factories hidden on buy roadsides, something old and decrepit is always waiting around the corner in Taiwan.
Scattered throughout Taiwan like lost and never found are countless abandoned sites. Times Square an abandoned mall near Dunghai University is one of these past relics. I spent the day dodging alien like intestinal tubes, dog corpses and collapsing walls. See what I uncovered below.
Left for dead halfway up Mt Bagua is the Pei Yuan Elementary school. Since its demise its changed hands more times than a 10NT coin and still sits waiting for its saviour. Its now become a haven for dusty desks, graffiti artists and bird corpses. Check out the gallery below!
The earthquake of 9/21 left parts of Daken a ghost town. Superstitious Taiwanese were unwilling to take their chances with land that had been damaged by it. Left in the wake of the quake was a small Amusement Park that sits at the bottom of the mountains. The rides have been left to break down [...]
A drive is often all it takes to find something worth photographing in Taiwan. A friend had pointed this out to me one day and after further investigation one realises looks can most definitely be deceiving. What appeared to be a rather small and decrepit brick building from the front revealed itself to be a [...]
When I was a kid our local fire brigade would organise a Guy Fawkes night, which almost all of our thousand strong community would attend. A massive bonfire burned all evening, Guy effigies tossed into its hungry flames. Volunteer fire fighters threw lollies to screaming flocks of kids and dozens of sky rockets lit the [...]
Baa, Paa, Maa, Faa. No, the monosyllabic sentence diet of the English teacher hasn’t rendered me inarticulate, rather, I have begun my foray into the Mandarin language. Three hours a week, hidden away in a small corner of McDonalds that doesn’t bother you for not eating, I tackle the Goliath like tongue of the Taiwanese [...]
I’m living in a constant haze. Not the purple one or even that comfortable sort of mid afternoon nap variety. Mine is of the smoggy kind and it permanently sits, like an immovable concrete block in a cloud above Chunghua. It gathers as dust along shelves. It turns anything white into a dull grey. No [...]
Now I am not going to lie. I am somewhat of a food obsessive. Whole daydreams can be devoted to delightful details of an upcoming or past dinner. It has been a true friend throughout my life. And yet I am also rather fussy. And a vegequarian (sorry my fishy friends, I have not yet [...]
On 10/10 weekend 2008 I nearly died. True story. Find out how below. The road twisted and turned. Slim, flaky and unreliable it wound its way like a tightly strung yo yo around the mountain. Inside was tense air. Nervous glances to our left confirmed that yes we were still on top of the mountain. [...]
Back in October 2008 I embarked on my very first cleanse and wrote about the experience. For the last five days I’ve been in a monogamous relationship with tea. I have not looked, have not touched, nay have not even thought (much) about another. It wasn’t easy. It took a lot of convincing. After all [...]
Originally written in October 2008. Navigating the streets for the past few weeks has been a pungent experience. Smoke is in the air and along every road way, on each intersection, outside shops and homes and down every narrow alley fires burn in small rusted bins. Elderly Taiwanese brave the midday heat and sit in [...]
This was written back in September 2009 after I had purchased my very motor vehicle, my beloved scooter. Throwing caution into the wind, my life to the hands of chance, and my body into the fray I have continued down the line of ‘Taiwan’s Rites of Passage You Must Experience’ (official title) and bought a [...]
I first wrote this blog back in July 2008 when I had just arrived in Taiwan. Monday 27 July 2008 and officially supposed to be my first day of the rest of my life in my new career as purveyor of the English language but no! Typhoon Fung-Wong is upon us and the whole of [...]