Taipei – Delicious Tradition Wrapped in Modern Metropolis P.1

I was born in Taipei, Taiwan.

My family moved to LA when I was young; I was a first grade child that didn’t even fully grasp the magnitude of what was happening until we walked out of our home for the last time, and I vaguely remember standing around waiting for the elevator with my mom and my older brother while my dad was already downstairs waiting with the car.   I have no recollection of the words we said to each other as we got into the elevator for that one last ride, but I do remember the feeling like I was a spec of dust, just floating above our heads, waiting emotionless to land in another part of the world with all the naivety of a child.  I felt neither excitement nor fear.  I cannot say the same for my older brother, who by then was definitely old enough to understand the magnitude of moving to a country where you don’t speak the language.  At all.

Fast forward a decade or two and here I am, a full grown adult with an indescribable fondness for her home country and visits quite frequently every chance she gets.

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Taiwan’s got a very unique blend of cultures due to its history; it’s got a bit of Japanese, Western modernization, and an populace proud of its democracy.  And Taipei the capital, is one of the most modern and technologically advanced cities in the world; not bad for a tiny little island!

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Taiwan’s ‘White House’

It’s became an annual thing for my boyfriend and I to visit, he cannot get enough of the food.  We typically go in the off season, just after the summer and back to school craze.  The plane tickets become pretty affordable, and the only people you need to fight off while trying to do anything fun are the mainland Chinese tourists.

Enjoy these shots from around the city.

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The secret to why Asians are all skinny – fresh produce and home cooked meals.  It’s like a farmer’s market, except here it’s just…the market.

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product-market-meat-alice-typenu-taipei-tripchicken-produce-market-alice-typenu-taipei-tripThe market is seriously something else and must be experienced in person.  From vendors yelling at each other and customers alike to the sounds of butcher knives hitting the blocks, everything just assault your senses as you see fish scales flying everywhere as you hear live chickens clucking and it gets pretty overwhelming and awesome at the same time.

Happy Martin Luther King Jrs Day everyone, I hope I have successfully teleported your mind to another world for a little bit up there.  Part two of my trip will be up sometime this week.  Enjoy the day!

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  • These are great shots except the ones with dead animals. I know that such photographs are so common in Asian cultures but I think I will never get used to it.
    Kisses,xx
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  • Amazing photos, i’ve always wish i could visit there once and now i’m planning for my trip at the end of this year <3

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  • Arabella

    Such beautiful photography, you really have a great eye!

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  • Thanks for reading Viviene! I celebrate it just enough to get those red envelopes!! 😉

  • Thanks Morgan! Yes good thing my parents decided to do it while my brother and I were still relatively young so the transition was easy!

  • Do try to go, you’ll LOVE it!!

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  • Oooooh Taiwan!!! I definitely want to go there soon! It’s so close to Singapore and yet I’ve NEVER been there! Everyone keeps talking about the food, I just want to go there and eat forever.

    Velveteencockroach

  • Amazing post dear! I want to travel there!!
    XX

    Mónica Sors

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  • Morgan Gifford

    I’ve moved state to state, but I can’t imagine moving from another country! You’re so fortunate to be from such a beautiful place. I loved your photos!
    The Rad Wife

  • Thank you for sharing Alice 🙂 Moving must be tough but I’m glad the decision was a right one. Going back to our home country does feel special deep in the heart. Oh since you have Taiwanese roots, how are you celebrating the upcoming Chinese New Year?

    Happy Thursday dear.

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  • Amy Ann

    Thanks for sharing these snaps! I’m so glad you get to visit so regularly.

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  • You’re more than welcome M 😉

  • Thanks for reading Violette!

  • It’s definitely worth it if you can plan one!

  • It truly is. Thanks for coming by!

  • Thanks for reading!

  • Nada

    lovely photos 🙂
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  • Maggie

    What a great post!! I’ve always wanted to visit Taiwan!

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  • Wonderful post♥♥♥

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  • M

    Stunning photos! Thank you for sharing~

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  • Kelsey&Kenecha

    Such great shots 🙂

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  • Sofia

    Looks like a beautiful place! Hope to visit one day!

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  • Taiwan looks like a really nice and beautiful country! I’ d love to go there!

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  • Beautiful pictures ! It makes me want to visit 🙂

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  • lovely lesson! i really want to visit taiwan! (:

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  • Adi

    What a beautiful city!! Stunning photos!

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  • Super cool post and nice blog, dear!
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  • Beautiful photos of the rich culture Taipei has to offer!

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  • Awww happy to hear that Yuka! I took it for granted when I visited frequently as a student with summer breaks; now that those days are gone and visits are rare, it makes me nostalgic too just looking at my own photos 😉

  • Definitely, those old school produce markets is definitely high up on the scale of culture shock from a Western perspective. Thanks for stopping by!!

  • Thanks for stopping by!!

  • Thanks for reading Maireem!

  • Do plan a visit, it’s very easy to get around Taipei even if you don’t speak the language!

  • Thanks for reading babe!

  • I was born there too and have visited a few times in my life. I love it there so much! this post makes me so nostalgic!

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  • I love how you noticed that! Most people get really confused between Taiwan and China; Taiwan has its own democratic government much like the West and I think that’s what makes the public behaviors and perception different from the mainland China.

  • Haha yes the secret!! Thanks for reading!

  • Luckily I was really young and didn’t really understand what was going on. During grade school I actually hated my parents for making me stay there every summer and keep up my Mandarin; I wanted to be in the states where my friends were! But now I’m obviously super glad; I can read and speak fluently but can’t write, it’s enough to get me around and about.

    Looks like you were even younger when plucked from your home country! Have you had a chance to visit Korea?

  • Thanks Katie! Yes those chickens are just….out there.

  • Siffat Haider

    Your pictures look amazing! The last two with the raw meat are kinda crazy, but I’m sure it was a cool experience to see it there so casually lol!

  • Alice

    Wonderful pictures, Taipei is an amazing destination! Would love to visit it!
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  • what an amazing adventure! cool photos!

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  • Great travel post! Would love to visit this enriching place someday 🙂 -Maireem

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  • oh… such a great city! It is in my bucket list, not the top of the list, but some day…
    Great photos dear. … and I love your new home (=blog) here….
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  • Love all these photos!! Great post dear!!
    Xoxo,
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  • love these street shots! 😀

    Have a great week!
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  • Taiwan is a beautiful place and you should be lucky to call it one of your homes. Definitely on my list of places I need to go in my life. Lovely photos, by the way! <3

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  • Interesting city!! Love all your photos!
    Have a good day. Xo

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  • Thanks Danielle! Yes I really encourage it, it’s a very tourism friendly country!

  • Thanks for reading Miri!

  • Thanks Amber!

  • Congrats on your new space!

    What an interesting story… glad you’ve had positive experiences in the States, but that you still go back to your motherland :o)


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  • Miri

    Wonderful article! Thank you for sharing, Alice!
    Hugs,
    Miri

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  • danielle

    i love your photos, i would absolutely love to visit taiwan one day!

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  • Homemade food is the best ! 🙂 We also make food at home most of the time and only go out for special events like Birthdays 🙂

    I have never been to Taiwan but I have some friends from there and they are really nice.
    They are so much more soft spoken than my Chinese friends

    xo
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  • Konstantina Antoniadou

    That’s an amazing post. I can’t imagine how leaving your home country must be. ( I have always been wondering why the majority of Asians are skinny, now I know why!)
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  • Rae

    This post was so lovely to read. I cannot imagine what it must feel like to know that you are leaving your home forever to live in a new land withe a new language. The same happened to me actually, but I was only 4 months old when I was adopted. Taipei looks very interesting and I am sure you have this incredibly visceral connection to your homeland. I know I have one to Korea even though I do not remember it much. Beautiful photos as well.

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  • Great photos! That last one with the chickens is wild!

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