Try to Be an Authentic Traveller

Authenticity in tourism is a questionable concept.

Two ways to examine the degree of authenticity within your experiences might be,

‘Are there any locals there, or is it just for tourists? – other tourists make it less authentic.’

I was hitch-hiking/couchsurfing/fucking a local.’ 

My own experience actually gives me more thoughts on authenticity. Continue reading Try to Be an Authentic Traveller

[Academic Travel] Smoggy Beijing, Clogged Peking

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Imagine learning Chinese (中文) here!

[Travel]

No one cares about the academic conference actually. No one! Even my advisor who also attends this conference shows more concern about tourist attractions in Beijing than presentation, I can tell…

Beijing itself does not sound like an attractive travel destination, though it might be for people with strong interest in peeling back the layers of history or investors ready for an adventure. I am in Beijing only because I need to do presentation in a linguistics conference which happens to be held in Beijing. Continue reading [Academic Travel] Smoggy Beijing, Clogged Peking

Hello Canberra!

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24310681783_30025d97ff_oThough Sydney is not the final destination. Its beautiful coastlines are worth mentioning. Sunshine, a spectrum of dark and light aqua colors have already got me in the holiday mood! The transfer from international to domestic airport is smooth thanks to my uncle. I take a Qantas small plane flying to Canberra, where ANU is located.

Continue reading Hello Canberra!

Farewell to Taipei: a feeling of nostalgia

Almost after midnight, I walk along Shida Road before reaching the entry stairs leading to the flat. Most shops are about to get closed at 11 and a few are dimly lit, with the staff ready to pull down the rolling grilles.

There is the noise of traffic and if earlier, Fur Elise can be heard from garbage trucks, beckoning citizens outside. The sight and smell are tempting, but I am too used to notice their existence. Continue reading Farewell to Taipei: a feeling of nostalgia

Why should a dentist-visitor feel blessed in Taiwan?

Seeing a dentist is not a pleasant experience, and dental charges cause even more severe suffering. Yet the Taiwanese has long been oblivious of taking dental care as a luxury. 

My teeth had been getting along with me since the last routine teeth cleansing. Unfortunately, the third wisdom tooth was coming in sideways: I need to get it removed soon; my front teeth would become crooked otherwise.

The tooth removal process is one of the most torturous periods in life, during which I have weird proximity to the hands of a middle-aged guy, rubber smell coming from his medical gloves and clinking sounds altogether make this feel like a century long experience. The charges? NT$ 100 (USD 3.3), including three-day prescribed antibiotics and NSAID. Continue reading Why should a dentist-visitor feel blessed in Taiwan?