Taiwan July 2016 [Day 7 & 8 – Taipei, Taoyuan]

This is post 7 of 7 in the series “Taiwan Summer 2016: North, East Coast” Taiwan Day 7 & 8 – Taipei, Taoyuan Day 7 – Beitou (Ketagalan Museum, Beitou Hot Springs Museum, Thermal Valley), Danshui (Old Street, Chocolate Wonderland), Ningxia Night Market, Wellcome Supermarket Day 8 – Breakfast at Yonghe Beancurd 永和豆漿, super amazing…

Taiwan July 2016 [Day 6 – Hualien, Taipei]

This is post 6 of 7 in the series “Taiwan Summer 2016: North, East Coast” ​Taiwan Day 6 – Hualien, Taipei Puyuma train to Taipei, Maokong Gondola, sunset at Elephant Mountain Hiking Trail, Tonghua and Linjiang Night Markets This is a relatively short and easy day because we were exhausted from all the walking from…

Taiwan July 2016 [Day 5 – Hualien]

This is post 5 of 7 in the series “Taiwan Summer 2016: North, East Coast” Taiwan Day 5 – Hualien Breakfast at 山東豆漿大王, long walk and river swimming at Mukumugi 慕谷慕魚生態廊道, lunch at Liyu Lake, slow trek at Ch’in-nan Recreation Area, dessert at 豐春冰菓店, watching children catch clams at Lichuan Fisheries, boat-watching at 向日廣場, ocean viewing at Hualienhuanbao Park, sunset at Qixingtan, cake…

Taiwan July 2016 [Day 4 – Taitung, Hualien]

This is post 4 of 7 in the series “Taiwan Summer 2016: North, East Coast” Taiwan Day 4 – Taitung, Hualien Breakfast at 早安美芝城-台東活力正氣店, Liji Badlands, Beinan Site, Peinan Cultural Park, TRA train to Hualien, Pine Garden, tea break at insanely cheap 公正包子, sunset chilling at Qixingtan, dinner at ultra huge 花蓮東大門夜市 Dongdamen Night Market…

Taiwan July 2016 [Day 3 – Taitung, East Coast Ocean Road]

This is post 3 of 7 in the series “Taiwan Summer 2016: North, East Coast” Taiwan Day 3 – Taitung, East Coast Ocean Road Breakfast at 早點大王, Jhihben Recreation Park, National Museum of Prehistory, Seafood Lunch at 漁港小吃部(富岡), Xiao Yeliu, rock pool exploring, Water Running Upwards, Dulan Sugar Factory,纏記舊街東河包子, Sanxiantai, Oyster mee sua, Tiehua Music Village…

Taiwan July 2016 [Day 2 – Jiaoxi, Taitung]

This is post 2 of 7 in the series “Taiwan Summer 2016: North, East Coast” Taiwan Day 2 – Jiaoxi, Taitung:  Breakfast at Hu Xü bun shop 鬍鬚包子, TRA train to Taitung plus lunch, dessert at Minoice 美濃冰品, Xin Yuan Chang tea shop and museum 新元昌製茶廠,Luye hot air balloon, Taitung Night Market, Carrefour and dinner…

Taiwan July 2016 [Day 1 – Taoyuan, Jiaoxi, Toucheng, Yilan]

This is post 1 of 7 in the series “Taiwan Summer 2016: North, East Coast” Preamble This is a couple trip my husband and I took to Taiwan. We self-planned everything (no tours, no packages), just a credit card, internet, Changi Recommends WiFi router or Taiwan Sim card, international driving licence (get yours from AAS),…

How do we measure our children’s worth?

​In Singapore, our children attend primary school for six years from the year they turn six. At age twelve, they sit for the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) administered by the Ministry of Education (MOE). From now till 2020, PSLE T-scores are calculated upon a cumulative total of 300, and each of the 4 subjects…

Someday my dreams won’t come

If you ever want a drama series that doesn’t make you feel good, watch Mr Robot. It’s one darn depressing, introverted, sceptical, false hope-kinda show. You can be brilliant, but you’re still a pawn of this world, tossed around by bigger things, stuck in quicksand of debt – money, time, sleep, self-love etc. You never…

Stanchart Robbery and The Importance of Security Assessments

The recent robbery of $30,000 from Stanchart was big news among my friends, while the countless reminders about being vigilant against terrorist attacks are already relegated as background noise (yawn!). Source There wasn’t even a security guard at the Stanchart branch yesterday when the robbery happened – CCTV enough meh??? This is unheard of in…