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.
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!
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.
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.
The 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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