Family Visit, Week One

My parents and brother finally made a visit back to Taiwan to come see me. They haven't been back in nine years, and to them, Taipei has changed so much. We've been eating a lot this past week with me taking them out for the good places I know and with our scores of relatives … Continue reading Family Visit, Week One


Not-So-Happy New Year

My New Year's Eve celebrations started off reasonably well. We headed to a club, which was going to be a good time because it's been ages since I've been clubbing. We got there before midnight, mingled a bit, then went back outside to see the Taipei 101 fireworks. After the really short display, we went … Continue reading Not-So-Happy New Year

Poker Face

I went and played in a poker tournament tonight. I did so well that I got 18th place! (Out of 20 people, but that's a minor detail.)My boss started this poker thing. They set up tournaments at this bar, Tone 56, and you can play for free. The goal is to rack up points to … Continue reading Poker Face

Birthdays and BBQ

This weekend was a bit ridiculous. It was birthday-party-night on Friday, so Jen, Miller, and Neal had their birthday shindig at A Bar, which was pretty chill considering it was all-you-can-drink for $500NT. The bar was downstairs, and then upstairs was a lounge place with Karaoke and darts.These are the boys we hang out with … Continue reading Birthdays and BBQ

Dry Air and Alcohol

I finally have a dehumidifier! The amount of water it takes out of my room is ridiculously large. Where was all of that water before? And the constant sound of the water dripping makes me have to pee. But now, I hope that it will control the mold growing on my walls, and already my … Continue reading Dry Air and Alcohol

Beer and More Beer

Last night, we went to the Taiwan Beer Factory Bar, which is a warehouse in the back of the factory filled with picnic tables and a stage. There was food options and freshly made Taiwan beer. I definitely am digging the just-brewed beer. It's a crisper and cleaner taste. That bar closed at midnight, so … Continue reading Beer and More Beer

Self Defense, Anyone?

Last night, I went to Brass Monkey for $1NT beer night. Seriously (insert shameless plug), from 9pm-10pm every Tuesday all through February. Generally, it was a good time.I heard a story though last night. My friend came to Luxy to hang out with me last Saturday. His brother and other friends went to Room 18. … Continue reading Self Defense, Anyone?