Category Archives: Anthro & Society

Tea Sampling in Taipei, Taiwan

Following a lead in Lonely Planet about the “oldest tea selling shop in Taipei”, I took the #306 bus to the Daqiaotou bus stop right in front of Lin Mao Sen Tea Co. It looked so different from the image on Google Street View where it could have been taken years ago. I was greeted by a very modern-looking shop with the standard large, airtight cans for rows and rows of different teas. They also had beautiful teaware and tools. Continue reading Tea Sampling in Taipei, Taiwan

For the Love of Old Markets

Whether on a vacation or on a business trip, I make it a point to visit the local public markets to get a sense of what its like to really be part of that place. Usually the produce is grown by farmers nearby, and the fish and meat are brought in fresh early in the morning or even kept alive on site, butchered as ordered. You also get to feel how the economy is doing by the quality and variety of what’s available, what the locals’ favourites are… oh! And their level of cuisine tolerance, too! Continue reading For the Love of Old Markets

Dilemmas of the Pet Loving Traveller

If there is one thing that prevents me from being a nomad forever, it is my love for my pets. In fact, I would go as far as saying that most of the big decisions in my life have been made with my pets in mind, always considering my proximity to them and their well-being. Its not easy to enjoy your new found love of pho in Vietnam when your mind is back home, worrying about the simplest things like whether or not their caretakers have been providing your dogs and cats with fresh water twice a day. Continue reading Dilemmas of the Pet Loving Traveller

Superstitous Practises on Edible & Potable Things for the New Year

Writing about this just popped into my head after one of my friends wrote on his Facebook “What if, after all the superstitious things people do on New Year’s Day, it turns out that your entire year is determined by the quality of your first poop of the year?… I wonder if there any pseudo scientific studies on this shit“. It’s definitely something to think about! But you do end up wondering why a lot of cultures fixate on superstitions on food (and its remnants) in particular. I’d go as far as saying that we have made cultures around food, or perhaps food itself made cultures just like this new study on “How Beer Created Civilisation“. For a long while we thought that our early ancestors cultivated grain in the pursuit of good bread, but it turns out that the development of bread-making was a consequence of experimentation of grains from its cultivation for beer-brewing. Continue reading Superstitous Practises on Edible & Potable Things for the New Year

Pick a Language & BE GOOD AT IT!

Something to digest for the general food & tech nerds out there who loathe the task of explaining their work to the rest of humanity. I’ve been there once, but realised how everyone should not just be fluent in a language (any language) but be very good at it. Its hard for people whose work doesn’t directly require being a good communicator to accept that they are also required to be one, as everyone should be able to share their thoughts & ideas effectively simply because they are part of society. Continue reading Pick a Language & BE GOOD AT IT!