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Top 10 Awesome things in Taiwan that you probably didn't know

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It has been a couple of months since I left Taiwan. Taiwan is like a small thread on the world map but often ignored by Western travelers. However, Taiwan is still surely a cool place with its own instinct scent of charm. I have a strong passion for finding such hidden gems inside an unfamiliar world and integrating into the local culture with getting surrounded by just the locals. My desire just worked when I arrived in Taiwan. I was in the middle of just the Taiwanese flocks in not only downtown Taipei of all the touristic destinations but also multiple spots off the tourist trail. All the experience lets me come up with this article to puzzle up the pieces of my Taiwan trip memory. Just a piece of my writing saved to be shared! Here are the TEN interesting things I took notice of while having such great days in this nice land. 

Off the Shifen Old Street in Taiwan during CNY

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If you are craving for a real sense of the local culture in such exotic locations all over the world, you should engage into their festivals. Festivals are truly the most memorable events scattering throughout the year in each community. Getting to see local customs and traditions can somewhat be interpreted as cracking shells of living creatures to take the hidden gems out. I just arrived home last week after four nights surfing in Taiwan. Yes, I choose the word “surfing” but not “traveling” just because four days is like a flicker of flame with me jumping in for a few seconds then getting out real quick. However, I tried to scour Taiwan for its most enchanting places that I could hardly resist dropping by. One of the most well-known destinations that I must highlight is Shifen Old Street located in Pingxi District. It is where Taiwan Lantern Festival, a must-see festival featured on National Geographic, is annually held on the evening of the first full moon of Lunar New Year (15th of …

Five Interesting Things in Myanmar

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Mingalaba MYANMAR! Myanmar (Burma) is absolutely one of the most must-visit and undiscovered countries in the world. I strongly recommend you should travel to Myanmar if you ever have a chance to set foot on Asia. Unlike Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam or any other countries that have been already affected by the booming of the globalization in Southeast Asia, Myanmar is truly a local destination full of mysteries unexplored. Having just connected to the outside world after 50 years isolated, this golden land is like a charming princess moving out from the castle for the first time. This article covers the most fascinating things that I have ever seen during my adventure in this beautiful country - Myanmar. 
#1 People are deadly addicted to betel nuts When you arrive in Myanmar, I'm pretty sure that you will be first impressed by the Burmese spitting out red saliva with their teeth stained black. Don't be shocked at it! If you drink tea or coffee, people here chew betel nut…

A Mini Guide to Eating in Hanoi

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Vietnamese cuisine offers an extraordinary cluster of gastronomic delights throughout a foodie adventure. It is an insight into an unforgettable concoction of a boundless variety of ingredients blended in the balance of sweet, salty, sour, hot and spicy flavors. Hanoi is one of the most famous cities in the world for foodie connoisseurs. You will never go out hungry in this capital all day and night as you can definitely fill up on in different places from food street vendors, centuries old Vietnamese food stalls located in hidden corners, to unique Western-style restaurants. As a food lover, I always seek for the greatest gems in Hanoi, sticking to the list of the most distinct foods served in the best restaurants. Here are the must-try dishes I would highly recommend you dine on during your stay in this city.
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Beef pho at Pho Thin. Photo by me +Maze Vietnam A bowl of Pho is what Vietnamese people often breakfast on. Pho is the symbol of Vietnamese gastronomy, reflecting the unique…