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Spring Scream: A window on Taiwan’s music culture

Entering its 22nd year, Spring Scream is the longest running music festival in Taiwan. It was born when a few expats brought a dozen bands together on a southern beach back in 1995. Now, it’s a three-day music festival in Kenting National Park on the southern tip of the island, featuring 200 bands spread across eight stages — nearly all of them local, including Taiwanese and expats. read more

When in Rome…

Back in 2013 I started out on a European roadtrip with my parents in Rome. Later in France, one of our friends described it as a "village" in comparison to Paris. I think that's part of it's appeal. I can't wait to come back some day and wander the narrow alleys while taking espresso shots and admiring all of the ancient architecture. Here are some snaps from my weekend in Rome, all taken with a Canon 6D and 24-105L. read more

A Few Days in Paris

Exactly one year ago, I took a roadtrip through Europe with my parents. Towards the end, we spent several days in Paris. It struck me as a very grand, hip, diverse, energetic, beautiful, and cultured city. Here are some visual impressions I took away from it. read more

Meizhou: Capitol of Hot Springs and Hakka Culture

MEIZHOU is often overlooked in the treasure trove of travel options in Guangdong Province. But the city is just as rewarding as other more popular locations such as Chaozhou, Qingyuan, and Shaoguan. Whether for the Hakka culture, hot springs, or simply to explore new...

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No Sex, Booze, or Beef: Phuket Vegetarian Festival

I was supposed to write this article more than one year ago, but I finally got around to it. Didn't make the Veg Fest this year, but I will try my best to get there next year. It is truly an amazing experience! Not sure why they chose that shot as the leading image, but oh well. Read on... read more

Shantou: Home of China’s only Cultural Revolution museum

Note: I'm not sure why they subtitled this article like they did, as isn't Chaozhou the home of Chaozhou culture? Oh well, I digress. I need to get back to this city and check out that museum... Jesse Warren, April 14, 2008, Shenzhen Daily MOVING down the checklist of...

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Searching for Surf in Fujian

During the National Holiday in 2009, I set out with a mission: find surf along the coast of Fujian. With a typhoon approaching, it was the perfect time. I used google maps to find a few places which I thought might have surf, and set out to find them.The first place...

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Return to Quanzhou: China’s friendliest city

Jesse Warren, February 18, 2011, Shenzhen Daily PLAYING second fiddle to its bigger and richer sister city of Xiamen, Quanzhou is often overlooked, but for no good reason. This city in southeastern Fujian has all the history, art, culture, entertainment, and...

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Quanzhou: China’s former maritime capital

Jesse Warren, October 26, 2009, Shenzhen Daily FOR years, Chaozhou has remained my regional destination of choice. A small, charming town rich in history, culture, cuisine, and friendly people, it never fails to provide an exciting weekend getaway. But after five...

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