Chieni

Chieni was born in Taiwan and moved to the States permanently when she was 12. This means she grew up both in Taiwan and in the US. Now she looks at Taiwan both as an insider and an outsider. She is an insider because she speaks the language and knows some of the customs. She is an outsider because she doesn’t always understand the customs. She has a beautiful little girl now to show off to her family and the locals.
Taiwan's Peace Fest 2009 Review

Taiwan’s Peace Fest 2009 Review

This year’s Peace Fest was set in the village of Sanzhan in beautiful Taroko National Park. Now in its 5th consecutive year, Peace Fest 2009 was the best yet for many reasons. First, the location was unbeatable. With lush green mountains draped with wispy clouds and an azure stream as backdrop, the music and good […]

Ghost Day 9-5-09

Ghost Day 9-5-09

Today is the 15th day of the seventh Lunar month, otherwise known as Ghost Day, a day people gather to burn incense and hell money, and lay out lavish amounts of food to feed hungry ghosts. During the seventh lunar month, the gates of hell open up to allow ghosts of the deceased to roam […]

The President’s Red Envelopes

The President’s Red Envelopes

It’s 6:50 AM. I am standing in front of a classroom door at an elementary school. Inside the room, there’s a flurry of activity as clerks sit in tiny classroom chairs counting endless stacks of colorful paper. I was early enough to be the first in line. This made me thankful but also made me […]

Reflections on a Taiwanese Christmas

Christmas came and went and I got to thinking, how was it that I came to learn the true meaning of Christmas in Taiwan? When I was little, there was hardly any mention of Christmas in Taiwan. Maybe a few decorations were put up at the department stores but that was it. No one I […]

The Many Flavors in Taiwan

It should come as no surprise that people have different tastes. Whenever I am in a different country, I always like to browse through the supermarket aisles to get a sense of what people like to eat. Here in Taiwan, it’s interesting to find that although we can buy the same brands of certain foods […]

Siteseeing Guide: Taipei

Here are some questions that were answered by our friend Chienni McCullough. Cebu Pacific airlines has an in-flight magazine and they were scouring the web, searching for great information about site seeing in Taipei and and found this site. Here are the questions that Chienni addresses in her informative article. Taipei 1. Best breakfast, and […]

Woman in the Moon: Chinese Moon Festival 2008

Woman in the Moon: Chinese Moon Festival 2008

Where I came from, summer time is the season for barbeques. And the holiday that is devoted to grilling food is the all-American, patriotic, Independence Day. Nothing to me is more American than searing meat over hot coals on the 4th of July. Here in Taiwan, BBQ season comes much later. The holiday where families […]