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Backpacking in Taiwan: 17 Things to see and do in Xinying (or Shinying!)

Today is a long awaited overdue post. You will hear me mention the barely known city of Xinying (Shinying) in Taiwan a lot on here. Xinying? It’s easily in my top 10 cities from my travels, and I reckon it always will be, my trip backpacking in Taiwan in 2009 was a turning point and Read more about Backpacking in Taiwan: 17 Things to see and do in Xinying (or Shinying!)[…]

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10 Places I LOVE Which Aren’t Even In The Lonely Planet!

I use the Lonely Planet Guide Booksquite a lot when I travel and I like them. Usually they are correct, mostly they are useful but sometimes they are horrendously wrong and ill-informed. As soon as they go to press they are out of date, as prices go up, bus timetables change, visa regulations change etc. Read more about 10 Places I LOVE Which Aren’t Even In The Lonely Planet![…]

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Thirsty Thursdays: Tapioca Tea in Shinying, Taiwan

First up readers, bloggers and internet users, I owe an apology but it ain’t my fault thankfully! Being a travel blogger is glammed up as being an awesome job and I do my best to make it sound double cool, but believe me that’s only because we only cover the good stuff – when we Read more about Thirsty Thursdays: Tapioca Tea in Shinying, Taiwan[…]

Leaving Shinying (Sinying/Xinying) Behind For This Lifetime…

Memories are emotional. “Saudades” as the Portuguese, Brazilians and Angolans say…that lingering, sentimental emotion associated with a place, a time, a person, people, a memory, which but for the invention of a time machine, WILL NEVER BE REPLACED. That’s a globe of planet earth above, one which I found on my first day in Shinying, Read more about Leaving Shinying (Sinying/Xinying) Behind For This Lifetime…[…]

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Backpacking in Taiwan: Shrimp Fishing in Xinying

It was another random Friday night in Shinying and surely this one has to be one of the most enjoyable Friday nights of all time. We went Shrimp Fishing in Taiwan! Really! It was suggested to us on the Thursday night, whilst at the night market with two of Neil’s workmates – Binh and David. Read more about Backpacking in Taiwan: Shrimp Fishing in Xinying[…]

Watching Czech Republic 0-0 Northern Ireland…in Shinying, Taiwan

It was the first time I would ever attempt to watch a Northern Ireland match on the internet, and the first time I would be in Asia when we have a match. I gave up travelling to Northern Ireland away matches back in February 2009, when life changed forever. It is a pleasing aspect in Read more about Watching Czech Republic 0-0 Northern Ireland…in Shinying, Taiwan[…]

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Friday Night in Shinying: Barbecue, KTV, Bowling…

Friday nights in Shinying became “party nights”, where we would do something a bit different or special, all tied in with the Taiwanese culture and this gave us the opportunity to meet yet more local people. I’ll now comment on our first Friday night in Shinying, where we had a barbecue for dinner, went ten Read more about Friday Night in Shinying: Barbecue, KTV, Bowling…[…]

Backpacking in Shinying/ Sianjing/ Shinjing/ Xinying, Taiwan

Ask an average traveller where Shinying is and they probably won’t have a clue. Spelt in many different ways by different people, I’m not even sure if my spelling would be understood by the locals here. The city itself is situated on the south west region of Taiwan, it is in between the mountains and Read more about Backpacking in Shinying/ Sianjing/ Shinjing/ Xinying, Taiwan[…]