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A Trip To SanYi, Miaoli (Taiwan)

Posted by on May 5, 2014 in Blog, Travel

March 5th, 2012 – I went to a place in Taiwan called SanYi in Miaoli County. According to Wikipedia it’s a rural township located close to mountains. I went to SanYi to climb a beautiful mountain and destination. Along the way there were paddy fields and greenery everywhere. It’s really a site to see. Here are a few photographs that I took along the way with my now defunct camera: This is almost half way up the mountain. I love this photo. The reflection is perfect. Beginning. The two photos above are pictures of my doggy in Taiwan. She’s called Maoji and is a Maltese crossbreed. Isn’t she cute? 🙂 Spectacular view of Miaoli (Taiwan) I hope you enjoyed my images! 🙂 The trek up this mountain is well worth it. The view and scenery is just wonderful, and...

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Holiday Calculator – Cost of Living Abroad

Posted by on Apr 28, 2014 in Tips & Advice, Travel

NatWest has recently created a travel tool called the ‘Holiday Spending Calculator’. And this tool essentially compares the cost of everyday items in 25 capital cities around the world with London. For example, a litre of milk will cost you £1.48 in Beijing whilst a litre of milk in London would only cost you £1.06. Or that a taxi trip on average will cost you £2.75 in Beijing and in London £12.00. It’s these vast differences in prices that informs you how much it’ll cost if you travel to any of these locations. Why not give the tool a try...

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A visit to London’s Olympic Park in Stratford

Posted by on Apr 21, 2014 in Blog, Featured, Travel

I recall seeing the Olympic stadium being built during early construction stages before leaving this country and I wanted to the see the games in person, but jetted off to the island of Taiwan where I then spent the next two years of my life studying and working. During this time, I missed the Olympics and didn’t really care for it too much, but it was quite a big deal in Taiwan, especially as there was that whole fiasco surrounding the sort of flags that were being displayed around London for the Taiwanese Olympic team (officially, the Chinese Taipei team). Now that I’m back in the UK, and specifically living in Stratford, I thought it would be quite the opportunity to visit the Olympic park, as it has only just been opened to the public. Here are a few pictures...

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Finding a place to live in London

Posted by on Apr 12, 2014 in Featured, Opinion, Tips & Advice, Travel

I’ve been looking at moving house and very recently found a place. But unfortunately the deal fell through as the landlord decided that they he would favour a member of his family in place of me. This is a small setback, but just means I’ll have to live where I’m currently staying for a while longer. I thought I’d post up a few of the sites that I’ve been using to look for places. First up is SpareRoom.co.uk. Advertised as the UK’s #1 Flatshare Website and touted as the #7 website in the Business and Finance – Property industry via Experian – HitWise, it’s likely you’ve heard of SpareRoom. If not, then it’s definitely a website that you should use. My favourite feature on SpareRoom is their Map Search function that allows you to interactively find spare rooms in houses and flats via...

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Travelling into Central London

Posted by on Jul 3, 2013 in Featured, Travel, Updates

There are perks with living in every country, but then there are general things that you discover that make working somewhere a pain in the butt. When it comes to working/interning in London, the transport aspect of life goes downhill once you start traveling at peak times. Just imagine a train packed with people, with the train stuttering at many points, and constantly stopping at different stations for a 30-40 minute duration; and because of the fact there are so many people, there are no seats, expect cramped conditions and definitely don’t expect the air conditioning to actually do its job. On that last point, I actually questioned myself as to whether I should bring my coat to work. It’s abysmal, and there is probably nothing that can be done to fix this situation because packed trains mean profit and...

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A terrible first day back in London

Posted by on May 16, 2013 in Travel

Terrible. Just terrible. It’s not because of the over the top prices for the transport, namely the Underground and buses  No, it’s not because the WiFi is not free at Heathrow Airport and because of that I was unable to contact anyone. It wasn’t even the flight being late by an hour and it wasn’t even the crying baby on the A380-800 airplane via Malaysia Airlines for the 16 hour duration to London. All of that didn’t bother me as much as the following: Today was terrible as my suitcase broke. That might not seem serious, but when your luggage weighs 30kgs, it becomes a serious problem. The airport loaders must have broken my bag as the wheels axles were bent, and in the end the thing broke and I was left dead in the water lugging around 30kgs of my worldly items. Here you can see the...

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Free electric and WiFi at Taipei’s Taoyuan airport!

Posted by on May 15, 2013 in Travel

Okay, so I haven’t traveled much around the world and Taiwan is likely the first place I have traveled abroad to in years; well, other than South Korea and Hong Kong. Anyways, I came extra early to the airport because, well, I’m paranoid like that. I have a lot of free time, so why not make use of the time and post on this blog from the airport. Admittedly, this is the first time I have posted on a blog through an outside WiFi connection, especially at an airport. I’m currently using Taoyuan’s “Free Airport Internet” and it’s working great. Of course, the connection is not 100% or like I had in my home in Taichung but it’s definitely adequate and it’s uploaded all the pictures I’ve taken relatively quickly. Viewing my options Casually charging my laptop I don’t know what...

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Food shopping in Taiwan (大買家)

Posted by on May 11, 2013 in Featured, Travel

I usually go to this supermarket called 大買家 or Da Mai Jia (English name: Save and Safe) and its surprising how the supermarkets in this country are very western. I also like the fact that there are many different companies who have supermarkets dotted around Taichung. Although admittedly Carrefour, the massive French company dominates the supermarket scene, but there is definitely competition. While Tesco used to be in Taiwan, and traded all of its stores in Taiwan to Carrefour for all of Carrefour’s stores in Czech Republic, there are still many other independent and other companies operating supermarkets here. Examples range from Costco, the massive American branded store, and the Japanese Matsusei supermarket. Here are a few pics I took inside Da Mai Jia: As you can see supermarkets in Taiwan are very similar to that of those in western countries or namely the United...

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Taipei 101 – On The Inside

Posted by on May 4, 2013 in Featured, Travel

Here are a few pictures I took on my trip to Taipei. I went to Taipei 101 and it was quite fun. Although. admittedly, the place is suited towards those with money. It has all the big brand names in there, and I don’t mean Nike, Adidas or Puma. This place is well catered for people who buy expensive things like GUCCI, Rolex, Tommy Hilfiger etc. Anyways, it was great. I didn’t realise that so many Japanese people travel to Taiwan. There were hundreds of them inside!   Some of these pictures are old and have been taken with my...

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5 things to do in Taichung

Posted by on Apr 10, 2013 in Featured, Tips & Advice, Travel

Taiwan is a beautiful place; however, as a person who has lived 2 and a half years of my life in Taichung, the middle of Taiwan, I feel that I need to give tips and ideas to those who would like to visit this dear island and this great city. So, in this I’ll be detailing things to do and places to go. This article will be more suited to those who are planning to stay in Taiwan for quite a while and whether you’ll be working or purely studying then this article will, hopefully, be suitable for your needs. As I’ve lived here for quite a long time, I’ve come to know Taichung quite well and when I compare it my home city in London, the first thing I compare is price. Taichung is by far cheaper and...

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