Fish Sauce Vats in Phu Quoc

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These gigantic vats contain a mixture of anchovies, salt and water that lay fermenting for over a year. A specialty in Phu Quoc island, Vietnam.

temple voting station in Taipei

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Counting and tallying the votes in public at a local voting station, which also happens to be a temple. They made a point of showing the empty box when they took the last ballot out.

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I noticed the liquor shelf for the first time at this restaurant in our neighbourhood, and thought it was strange that nearly half the bottles were the same. Then realized that each bottle had a name scrawled on it in sharpie… The bottles are being saved for their repeat customers! 😂 (really great restaurant btw, good for groups)

liquor shelf at 品味鮮小館 老彭的菜

品味鮮小館 老彭的菜
No. 150, Section 4, Xinyi Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
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taipei dusk

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My camera phone does not do this justice, so I’ll just have to keep in my mind’s eye how cool the moon was, peeking over Taipei 101 today.

taipei 101 moon


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Fried chicken curry set at a new Japanese restaurant nearby. Really hit the spot. The guava and orange slices were a nice touch.


No.62 Tong’an Street
Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei 9-in-1 elections

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From my mailbox on a Sunday — you can tell elections are next week.

These are the so-called “9-in-1” elections. I don’t really understand why it’s the number 9, but anyway, this is the first time that there will be 7 referendum questions that can be voted on, in addition to the local elections. So in my district in Taipei, you would vote for mayor (out of 5 candidates), district councillor (25 candidates!), and your neighbourhood representative (3 candidates).

I’m eligible to vote for the first time, and I want to because of the referendum questions on same-sex marriage legislation in Taiwan. There have been a lot of anti-campaigns (seemingly run by old women) on the streets lately. Case in point, this brochure was also in my mailbox today, instructing people on how to vote on particular referendum questions (#10-12).

referendum questions 10-12

#10: Do you think legal marriage should be limited to a man and a woman?
#11: Do you agree that within elementary and middle school education, the Ministry of Education and schools should not implement the gender equality education regulations, including education about same-sex relationships?
#12: Do you agree that there should be separate legislation (outside of the civil law institution of marriage) to protect the rights of other long-term relationships, including same-sex relationships?

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