Touring Taroko Gorge and Hualien

When we were researching online and asking friends and family what we should do in Taiwan beyond visiting Taipei, a unanimous suggestion was always to go visit the Taroko Gorge in Hualien county to take in some of Taiwan’s beautiful natural landscapes on the Pacific coast. So that’s where we headed next. We were warned […]

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Feeling at home in Tainan

Next up for us was to take one of Taiwan’s high speed trains down to the southwest coast and visit Tainan, Taiwan’s oldest city. The decision to visit Tainan came a little bit on a whim, mainly because I was told by another mother in Toronto who was originally from Taiwan that if she could […]

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Family time in Taipei

Spending a week in Taipei with my mother and sister was a wonderful way to start our vacation. We knew the kids would need some time to adjust to the 12 hour time difference (as would we!) so having some familiar faces and extra hands was a huge help to us. Jesse also very much […]

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Chanmans take flight!

We are back on the travel circuit but this time with 2 kiddos in tow. For those who didn’t already know, we have decided to take advantage of our parental leave time off and travel for 12 weeks together as a family. Our first stop is Taiwan where we will be joining PoPo (my mother) […]

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A Beautiful Beach Haven in Bai Xep

Jesse does pretty much all the research and planning for our trips, so when he told me that he was thinking of going somewhere other than Phu Quoc (where we’d originally planned to spend our beach time in Vietnam), I assumed he had his reasons. Traveling with Daniel creates additional criteria we have to play […]

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Sleepless in Saigon

  When Jes and I began our big 6 month trip in 2013, it took us about 5 days to actually acclimatize to the new time zone and pace of life. We were in Bangkok at that time, and I remember that we’d get so exhausted by mid afternoon that we would go back to […]

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