[VIDEO] Chop Chop TO profile

The moment I learned that a Taiwanese mom was involved in running this restaurant, I knew it was more than just about food. Thanks to my parents for forcing me to go to Chinese school every Saturday for 10 years…because I interviewed Mama Tiao in Mandarin, making sure she was comfortable enough to tell her…

MADE IN CANADA: EP. 3 Peace Collective

Only when you live abroad, do you realize how great Toronto is. While I was away for a few years, the first wave of sweatshirts from Peace Collective with the “Toronto VS Everybody” slogan kept popping up on all my feeds and my friend’s bodies. I had to get one. (Okay, I have two!) We…

MADE IN CANADA: EP 2. Carousel Bakery

I’ve always loved browsing the St. Lawrence Market–the ice wine jelly in the lower level is a great gift to grab on your way out! In this episode, I wanted to find a place inside the market that screamed Toronto. And the “Carousel Bakery” is just the place with their iconic peameal bacon sandwiches. PRODUCER:…

5 Things To Do When You’re Jet-lagged in Taipei

(Photo by: Amy Chyan) TFW you’re nodding off early in the evening the day you land, go back to your hotel to “nap” and the next moment that your eyes blink open, it’s somehow past midnight. You wake up groggy, confused and very hangry. Although Taipei isn’t a 24-hour partying city, here are 5 things…

MADE IN CANADA: EP.1 Wooffles & Cream

I’m thrilled to share the series that I pitched, produced and edited for Yahoo Canada. (With a female videographer–hello!) In the first episode of  Made in Canada , I profile the boss ladies from Wooffles & Cream, who also happen to be my friends from high school. To know our high school’s ethnic breakdown of…

5 Things To Do For Date Night In Taipei

Even if Taipei doesn’t have the most romantic sunsets or breathtaking coastline views like Taitung (on Taiwan’s East Coast), there are still plenty of quaint scenarios you can insert yourself into that mimics a cheesy Taiwanese rom-drama. Below are my 5 Taipei suggestions for a first date or date night with your partner.  1) [EAT]…

5 Things To Do With Girlfriends in Taipei

If your gaggle of female friends is anything like mine, it doesn’t really matter where you are or what you do, your collective group of gal pals will still have a great time being obnoxious and embarrassingly loud together. That being said, it doesn’t mean we don’t enjoy having an itinerary to mosey through, slotting…

I had the best tasting beef (of life) in Toba, Japan

Living in Taipei, I have a lot of friends and co-workers who always rave about Japan. For myself, I never made Japan a goal destination. However, I recently had the chance to visit Toba in Japan – and a surrounding island called Toshijima. (Toba is approximately 3 hours away from Osaka’s Kansai International Airport and Toshijima…

Chronicles of Taipei

Hi Internet Lovers & Haters, Friends & Strangers, I will be starting a series dedicated to Taipei on this site. Whenever a friend visits Taiwan, I have to go back into my inbox and find my list of suggestions for their Taipei rendezvous – I figure why not share it here. Whether it be what…