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Being Irish in Taiwan During COVID-19

There’s been one analogy to explain the relationship between the world and COVID-19. The world is the Looney Tunes coyote running off a cliff, and only by failing to look down, does the coyote fail to fall. Well, that’s pretty much the state of the world as of October 2020. Spikes of COVID-19 across the […]

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Why I Chose Taiwan Over China – A Matter of Respect

Friends, strangers, and taxi drivers often ask me, “why did you come to Taiwan,” and the short answer is simple; I got a scholarship to study my master’s in NCCU. The long answer? I didn’t want to go back to China after experiencing Beijing for a year. I know that can come off as a […]

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COVID-19 — When The World Needed Taiwan

As COVID-19, or as it called commonly in Taiwan, Wuhan Pneumonia (武漢肺炎), continues to ravage the world, Taiwan continues to be one of the few countries that held back an almost unstoppable force of nature. As of writing, we are fast approaching nearly 1 million cases of coronavirus worldwide. This number was unfathomable 3 months […]

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Landlords Discriminating Foreign Nationals in Taiwan Sucks

I think most foreign nationals in Taiwan have dealt with some level of discrimination when it comes to renting. That’s not to say you won’t find amazing landlords or a solid place to live. You can. However, the pathway to finding a place isn’t always so easy, and I’ve experienced some pretty weird landlords that […]

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#1 Nihao’s It Going-isms

I decided to compile a list of things that I’ve either said on Nihao’s It Going? or with friends. Usually, I post these on the Facebook page as statuses and people generally like them. I decided to pull them all together and add new ones here. If y’all enjoy these little Going-isms, I’ll post some […]

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Why I Will Probably Never Vote in Taiwan

One aspect of living in Taiwan long-term that I don’t like is the high likelihood I will never be able to vote in any type of election. Whether it be for the local government or for the president, I’m probably going to be relegated to being a taxpayer with no say. But hey, I knew […]

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The Geographic Cure – How Not to Live in Taiwan

For many of us, the contemplation of a better life being elsewhere is a comforting thought. Heck, many expatriates and immigrants in Taiwan probably had a yearning for life elsewhere because, in their minds, it’s new and different. This mindset is called the “Geographical Cure,” and it’s a means for many of us to fall […]

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YouBikeGate 2019 – Foreigners Being Forgotten About in Policy-making

The Taipei City rental bike company, YouBike, recently made the decision to offer insurance for users. This insurance came at a price, and it wasn’t just monetary. Foreign nationals that weren’t already registered on YouBike were unable to register for the service, and foreigners that were already registered would not be given the insurance locals […]

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