Readers of the popular food blog, HungryinTaipei.com, choose the best restaurants in Taipei. There are many different categories from “Best French”, “Favorite Korean Restaurant" and even "Favorite Restaurant You Will Miss”.
I can’t wait to try out these restaurants. I have only been to 9 of the 30+ restuarants. Apparently I have eating to do in Taipei. Yum yum!
EVERY so often someone asks me: “What’s your favorite country, other than your own?”
I’ve always had the same answer: Taiwan. “Taiwan? Why Taiwan?” people ask.
Interesting article that goes on to explain that countries with little natural resources need to have better education to survive. It seems true, not sure if it’s a causal relationship but certainly there are many examples of this. Purpose brings about innovation. Humans when pressed are capable of amazing things.
Warning, this is a totally biased opinion piece about the city of Kaoshiung. You have been warned :D
So I went to Kaoshiung (correct pinyin: Gāoxióng) for the weekend and had a great time. It is a big city in the South of Taiwan. I enjoyed the heat and the calm. Though still in Taiwan, Kaoshiung feels like another world.
It was hot! The weather was actually amazing. In Taipei, I was wearing my down winter jacket two days before but in Kaoshuing it is as though it is already summertime. Girls are wearing hot pants and the boys are in their t-shirts. It was a welcome change from the wet and cold weather in Taipei.
It is also really flat in Kaoshiung! I rode the city bikes all around the city and was pleasantly surprised that there were no hills. This made biking and drinking beer very convenient.
It felt really relaxed down there. People weren’t pushy when waiting in line. Actually, there weren’t even many lines there. The busiest place I went, Rueifeng night market, was like Shilin night market on a weekday which was nice.
The girls dress completely different from Taipei girls. Kaoshiung girls seem partial to ‘booty shorts’ and sandals while the Taipei girls wear ‘fancier’ clothes like leggings and boots. It could just be that Taipei is friggin’ freezing right now.
I didn’t hear people saying the usual Chinese phrases I hear in Taipei all day like “Duì!” (對), “Zhēn de!” (真的). I later found out that was because most people speak Taiwanese there. So it’d be good to live there because you can be lost in your thoughts without listening to Chinese, but worse because the likelihood of you becoming somewhat fluent in Taiwanese is really low. Mandarin Chinese is hard enough, thank you very much!
Rueifeng Night Market was really cool. It is right near the subway and has very reasonable prices. I also really enjoyed the wider variety of games than the Taipei night markets. I played my favorite night market game there, the mahjong bingo game, but didn’t win.
I also checked out the National Science and Technology Museum (國立科學工藝博物館). The building was large and had a beautiful lobby. It had many hands on exhibits. I would definitely return here again.
Pier 2 art center was amazing! I randomly stumbled onto it while biking around the city. It was an area similar to Huashan Creative Park in Taipei. There are many galleries in this area. There are lots of outdoor murals, sculpures and even some live music. The atmosphere felt very cozy. If I lived in Kaoshuing, I would find myself hanging around this area on the weekends.
Would I want to live in Kaoshiung? Maybe. The weather is amazing but I really dislike having to use a car or scooter to get around. I really love the transportation system in Taipei. I can’t wait to visit this city again and find even more hidden delights of the 2nd largest city in Taiwan.
Shooter.cn is a great website to find Chinese subtitles for movies you’ve downloaded from off of bittorrent.
I need to watch English movies with my Taiwanese wife so you may find this resource as useful as I find it. Other subtitle search engines such as Subscene never seems to have Chinese subtitles, especially traditional Chinese.
When you search, try to match the subtitle file to the exact copy of movie you downloaded.
If you downloaded Star-Wars.axxo.mpg try to search for "axxo" on the results page to get a perfect match to your movie rip. Match the filename as best you can. If you don’t do this, sometimes the subtitles still work but other times they are way off. Good luck!
In the filename and search listings remember! chs = simplified Chinese cht = traditional Chinese
Do you use Shooter.cn? Do you use another website to find Chinese subtitles? Let me know in the comments.