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Of Banks and Dinosaur Fossils in Taipei

Almost directly across from the National Taiwan Museum entrance at 228 Peace Memorial Park is the Land Bank old building. Now, I know what you’re thinking:
“A bank. How exciting.”

It is. First off, it’s a great example of colonial-era architecture of which there are not many. More importantly, there is a large exhibition hall inside…


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Beetles, the Caterpillars of Asia

I grew up in a somewhat rural area near Los Angeles, California. As the area was relatively (relative to LA) undeveloped, certain wild plants such as milkweed were commonplace. California is also on the North American monarch butterfly migratory route. Add milkweed abundance to butterflies and I grew up surrounded with caterpillars. Caterpillars were my first-person cycle of life lesson.

Christmas in Taipei, Xinyi Vieshow Village Edition 1

Taiwan is not a country that celebrates Christmas. For them, the major point in the “Holiday Season” is Chinese New Year (This coming February 14th). However, mix a nearby International trade center, a nearby major hotel, a nearby major tourist attraction, and a high street shopping complex and you get an area of Taipei that decorates and publicly celebrates what is generally a ‘Western’ holiday.