We had an air-raid drill today

Taiwan, for decades a pawn on the geopolitical chessboard, has become something more like a bishop or a knight, a much more strategically important piece in the game.

The sounds of Taiwan

After the church bells of Switzerland, the first sound we noticed in Taiwan was the chime that announced the arrival of the garbage truck.

What (not) to wear in tropical weather

When I reached the client’s office all my dignity was gone. Dripping from head to bare-feet, the receptionist hurried forward saying ‘you can’t come in here!’

What does gourmet mean?

Why would any society make high quality, delicious food for some people, and low quality, not-delicious food for others?

Microsoft can learn from Taiwan

In Hong Kong and Singapore we found paying tax was pretty much pain free. Austria was a bit more complicated. Switzerland was the worst. Taiwan was best of all.

When you speak, I understand!

For a tone-deaf foreigner attempting to speak a language with four tones, this was high praise indeed. Speaking Chinese is difficult.