I’m JONNY

“THERE ARE NO BAD PICTURES; THAT’S JUST HOW YOUR FACE LOOKS SOMETIMES.” – ABRAHAM LINCOLN

I am the person on the left of the picture. 

I also have my more “professional”  blog called Mr Jonathan Jones where I talk more about analytics, tracking, Google Data Studio, and Search Engine Optimisation. 

This is more of my personal blog where I’ll talk about my travels and more personal matters. 

So who am I? 

I’m a half British & half Taiwanese person living in London and I like to travel and have some ambitious travel goals for 2020. I created this blog a while back when blogging seemed to be the cool thing to do in 2010. However, time and work have got in the way, hence I’ve not been able to blog as much as I’ve wanted to blog. 

Here’s hoping that will change in 2020 and beyond. I’ll be travelling quite a bit this year, so I’ll hopefully have a lot of interesting posts up on this site. 

January 2020 – Running & Fitness

Originally created on January 1st, 2020: Updated daily until the end of January. I've decided that I will be keeping a log this year of all the runs that I've done this year by day and have a blog page for each month of the year. This blog post specifically will be...

Saint Espresso & Kitchen, Kentish Town

Hanging around or about in Kentish Town? Want to go somewhere nice for brunch? Why not stop by over at Saint Espresso kitchen, just a 1 minute walk from Kentish Town underground station. The cafe is usually quite busy on the weekends and at around lunch time, so...

Hot Wok Kitchen, Archway

If you are looking for a peng place to eat, and that's close to Archway or Upper Holloway, then look no further than the restaurant that is Hot Wok Kitchen.It is a Japanese restaurant that serves excellent food and in fact, I'd say they are the best Japanese...

London Marathon 2015 – Training & Thoughts – 42.1km

This is more of a retrospective post, looking at how I managed to do the London Marathon on April 26th, 2015. The London Marathon was my first, and currently only marathon that I've ever done. It holds a special milestone in my life, given all the issues I had gone...

A run through Primrose Hill, Kentish Town & Camden – 6.03km

Today I ran 6.03km, which is the longest distance I have run so far this year. It was a slog, and it wasn't easy, but I'm getting back into it having now completed 4 runs this month. I started off where I live in Tufnell Park, headed down through Kentish Town, then...

What weight is a good weight to get back to?

As part of my plan/goal for 2020, I want to lose weight and get jacked up. I've gone through quite a journey, historically speaking, and given my sort of bumpy road of losing weight, then gaining weight, and then being content, and then not being content with my...

Becoming a Taiwanese national through descent…

Originally posted Sep 6, 2011. Updated: Jan 3, 2020. Once Taiwanese you will be required to serve 12 months as a conscript in the Taiwanese military. Anyways, this blog post is essentially just the process you'll go through to get all my documents verified by two...

First run of 2020 – 5.89km

I have not run properly in a good while so I found today's run quite tough actually. It was definitely not an easy run - given that Christmas and New Year's had me eat a lot of food and frankly, I've not been eating with health in mind - let's just say. So as part of...

Happy New Year #2020 from London

It's now officially 13 minutes past, and we're well into 2020. For the past 3 years, I've been going to Hampstead Heath Park with Victoria Levine, to celebrate with the many hundreds that turn up to watch the London firework celebrations from afar: Here you can see a...

A Trip Away to Amsterdam

In November I went away with my other half, Victoria Levine, to Amsterdam for the very first time. We stayed for about 4 days, and the trip was certainly an experience. Central square in Amsterdam Ever thought of setting up your own rubber duck shop? This shop here in...

5 Things To Do In Taichung

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...

A Couple of Days in Berlin

I'll be working for Forbes in the new year, officially starting on the 11th of February, 2020. I am really excited about the role, and what it will entail. In light of my new job, my soon to be new employer flew me out to Berlin for the Berlin 30 under 30 event and to...

Gallery & Travels

I will be travelling and taking pictures quite a bit in 2020, so below you’ll be able to see the pictures I’m sharing and also see all the trips that I’ll be going on and that I’ve been on. 

A Couple of Days in Berlin

A Couple of Days in Berlin

I'll be working for Forbes in the new year, officially starting on the 11th of February, 2020. I am really excited about the role, and what it will entail. In light of my new job, my soon to be new employer flew me out to Berlin for the Berlin 30 under 30 event and to...

White Water Rafting in London (Lee Valley) Review

White Water Rafting in London (Lee Valley) Review

I went white water rafting at the Lee Valley White Water Centre as part of a group for my friend's birthday. I was rather nervous about doing this as I had never done white water rafting in my life. The Experience The experience and professionalism of the staff was...

Never live with a live in Landlord

Never live with a live in Landlord

I'm actually fuming at the moment. I love when I can write a post on here that comes from the heart and soul. So I live with a live in landlord or a resident landlord and it has been an utter nightmare to live in this place. I mean the house is nice, my room is nice...

Wandering Around London

Wandering Around London

Living in London can be amazing at times - especially if you live in Zone 1, where you can conveniently walk to locations that are full of joy and happiness. Today I went on a little wander around the city after having gone to the gym for around an hour and a half....

A Trip To SanYi, Miaoli (Taiwan)

A Trip To SanYi, Miaoli (Taiwan)

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...

A visit to London’s Olympic Park in Stratford

A visit to London’s Olympic Park in Stratford

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....

Fitness & Health

I’ll be taking my fitness in 2020 very seriously. Below are all of my latest blog posts on where I am with my fitness and the point of which I’d like to get to. I’ll be doing triathlons, half marathons and short distance runs throughout the year, so I am quite excited about what I have coming up.

Tough Mudder 2019

Tough Mudder 2019

From getting zapped to dunking your entire body into freezing cold water, Tough Mudder this year was amazing. This was my second time doing Tough Mudder as I had done Tough Mudder, 2014 - one of the first Tough Mudder events held in London (none of the events are...

Tough Mudder 2014

Tough Mudder 2014

Tough Mudder: a 12 mile obstacle/assault course that I had just completed yesterday with a bunch of other people I went with. It was utterly brutal with obstacle after obstacle putting your mental thought to work as to whether you can continue or not. Or in...

Weight timeline from 16th of December to now

Weight timeline from 16th of December to now

This post was meant to be all about my fitness and health; however, I've had to shift this towards a more distracting matter. It's to do with living in a house share. I have mentioned this issue in specifics in an article entitled "5 Reasons Why I Hate House Sharing"...

New fitness routine at the gym + I now weigh 72kg (wtf!)

New fitness routine at the gym + I now weigh 72kg (wtf!)

That's right ladies and gents. I now have a fitness routine that I'll be doing every time I attend the gym, which will be around 3 - 4 days a week. But before I get into that, I'd like to first mark my weight in this blog post. I now weigh around 72kgs, which is kind...

Balaam Leisure Centre – I’m now a gym goer!

Balaam Leisure Centre – I’m now a gym goer!

I’m officially a gym goer now. I signed up to a gym that is very local and is only 7 minutes walking distance from where I live. Last week I had a tour of the place and I pretty much liked it from the start. It’s funny as I did a Google search for this gym and there...

My stamina seems to fluctuate

My stamina seems to fluctuate

I've just taken a shower, after having exercised in the park for around 40 minutes, and I feel as though my stamina fluctuates. Some days I can run for longer periods and some days I'm absolutely flustered. In all of my runs I try to push myself and I can usually keep...