Monthly Archives: April 2015

Brunch at The Hart & The Hunter on Melrose Avenue

I helped plan a little weekend trip to Los Angeles with a group to celebrate a birthday. We went from Little Tokyo (Daikokuya Ramen, Japanese American National Museum), Koreatown (Wi Spa, Ttu Rak Korean Cuisine), Melrose Ave (The Hart & The Hunter Brunch, Shopping, Pinks Hotdogs). As we were planning I started getting worried about […]

Ttu Rak – Koreatown Los Angeles

I recently went to Ttu Rak, a small Korean restaurant that shares the little plaza with Boba Time, Tom n Tom Coffee, and Paris Baguette in Koreatown, Los Angeles. There is valet parking there, like most other plazas in the area. But street parking wasn’t very difficult to find when were there (at about 8pm on […]

My Taipei Taiwan Itinerary

Taiwan: January 28, 2015 to February 7, 2015 Day -1: Leaving Home Day 0: Arriving in Taipei Day 1: Meeting up Friends and Exploring Our first full day in Taiwan happened to be my sister Green After the Rain’s friends last day in Taiwan. We met up with Sebas (we met up with him in South Korea […]

MaoKong Gondola Hello Kitty

Maokong Gondola 貓空纜車 in the rain

Maokong is a popular hiking destination located in the south eastern region of Taipei. For hiking enthusiasts, you can hike all the way up Maokong (from Chengchi University) but for those who just want to make it to specific destinations in Maokong the Maokong Gondola is the best option. The Maokong gondola runs from Taipei […]

Taipei 101

Taipei 101 on a Rainy Day

There is no way you can miss Taipei 101 in Taiwan. It’s the tallest building in Taiwan, and nothing comes close in Taipei. To me Taipei 101 sticks out like a sore thumb, or I guess looks like one big stalk of bamboo. It was the tallest building in the world from 2004 to 2010. […]

Jiufen Old Street 九份老街: A Mei Tea House 九份阿妹茶樓

When I asked my cousins about Taiwan and what their favorite destinations where, Jiufen Old Street 九份老街 was one of their recommendations. To be exact he called this place the shopping mall on a hill and then showed me a picture. I had to do a little bit of searching before I finally figured out what […]

Yehliu Geopark

Yehliu Geopark 野柳地質公園: Oddly Shaped Rocks and a Little Hike

The Yehliu Geopark 野柳地質公園 is a major tourist destination in Taiwan and this is where we found unique rock formations and lots of tour groups. Even at the entrance, the Geopark was packed with people. Don’t be mistaken by the picture on the right, that’s not a line to get in. It’s just a lot […]


Tamsui (Danshui) 淡水: Street Food and Lovers Bridge

This was our only day in the sun! (It was gloomy and rainy every other day we were in Taiwan) We ended up spending a lot more time here then we had originally anticipated because the sun made us so happy. We ended up spending a lot of time at Tamsui Old Street and Waterfront 淡水老街 and the Tamsui Fisherman’s Warf 淡水漁人碼頭.

Chiang Kai Shek Memorial

Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall 中正紀念堂

We walked to the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall after our traditional Taiwanese breakfast at Fu Hang DouJiang. Because of the direction we were coming from, we ended up at the back entrance of the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall rather then the front entrance where the MRT (Mass Rapid Transit System aka the subway) stop […]