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A Walk Through Vancouver’s Chinatown

June 24th, 2014

As a kid, I spent a fair bit of time in Vancouver’s Chinatown, both with my parents and my grandparents. We’d go down there to grab some lunch and to do our grocery shopping. Unlike the more “supermarket” approach that we have today, shopping for groceries back then was much more about piecing together just […]

Dining at Din Tai Fung in Taipei 101, Taiwan

June 17th, 2014

There are few Asian food items that are quite as iconic as the humble dumpling, particularly because it comes in so many different forms from so many different cultures. And for a lot of people, the xiaolongbao is king. Literally translated as the “bun” or “dumpling” from a small steaming basket, the typical xiaolongbao is […]

Travel Tuesday: RF Hotel Taipei, Taiwan (Video)

June 10th, 2014

When traveling through a city like Taipei, you have no shortage of options when it comes to where you want to stay. On the higher end of the scale, you have hotels like the W Taipei with nightly rates sneaking up on the four figure range during a show like Computex. And then, on the […]

Shen Yen Teppanyaki Restaurant in Yilan, Taiwan

June 9th, 2014

It’s no secret that there are many great places to eat in Taiwan, regardless of the kind of budget that you have. That being said, most of these places don’t need you to book a table as much as six months in advance, but that is exactly the case when it comes to Shen Yen […]

My Taipei Free Public Wi-Fi Experience

June 6th, 2014

I’ve been in Taiwan for just under a week and a half now. Prior to leaving for this trip, I took a look into some of my options for mobile Internet access in Taipei and one of the intriguing options was the Taipei Free Public Wi-Fi service. You Get What You Pay For It sure […]

Travel Tuesday: Monarch Skyline Hotel – Luzhu, Taoyuan County, Taiwan

June 3rd, 2014

When you travel to anywhere in the world, one of the bigger decisions that you make is where you’re going to stay while you are there. Some people prefer to go as budget as possible, saving their money for excursions and adventures. Other people indulge in more luxurious lodgings, pampering themselves with more amenities and […]

Designing the Perfect Techie Backpack

June 2nd, 2014

When I travel, particularly when it comes to trade shows like Computex and CES, I find myself spending much more time thinking about the kinds of gadget and gear that I’m going to bring than considering all the other things that I should be packing. I can always pick up another shirt or a toothbrush, […]

Off to Taiwan for Factory Tours, COMPUTEX Taipei and Good Eats

May 27th, 2014

It’s been three years since I last visited Taiwan, so it may take me a little time to re-familiarize myself with the place. In previous trips, I’ve spent the majority of my time in the city of Taipei itself, because that is where the COMPUTEX trade show is hosted. This trip will be mostly the […]