Santa Monica: Best Things to do on the Beach

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I’m a new Cali local and I’m bringing you my tips for top things to do in my ‘hood–Santa Monica. Of course, I had to show you all the things you can do on my favorite part of this town, the BEACH!

Best Eats: The Newes from America Pub, Martha’s Vineyard

This tavern is pure history–one of the oldest buildings in Edgartown, the locals and visitors pack this charming New England pub for the fresh food and variety of beers. You MUST add it to your list when you visit MV!

Ritual & Ceremony in Taiwan

The Taiwanese culture is based on ritual and ceremony on my tour, I was able to dive right in to the local customs—from meeting a local calligrapher to praying at Longshan Temple to participating in a tea ceremony.

Taiwanese Culture

I’d never been to Asia and stepping into the Taiwanese culture was thrilling, disorienting, embracing and shocking—I loved every minute of it. The Taiwanese Culture amazes—in custom, religious, attitude and lifestyle—and it was beautiful to see and experience.

Countryside of Taiwan

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Though the city’s are exciting, nothing beats the vivid green and bright blue of Taiwan’s rolling countryside. From Jiofen to Hualian—each small town in the Northern Taiwan countryside was not only stunning, but they each had their own charm. When you go to Taiwan, make sure to get outside of the cities.

Taiwan: A Country Profile

For such a small island nation, Taiwan has so much to see, do, eat and experience. From Taipei to Hualian, city to country, hyper crowded to hyper local—we explored it all, with the locals as our guide.

The Food of Taiwan

This lush island nation has so much variety in fresh local products, it’s no surprise that the food is outstanding! From street food to gourmet, famous food chains to home cooked meals, we dive into Taiwan’s food culture.

Night Markets of Taiwan

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My first Night Market in Taipei was overwhelming, sensational and addictive. I was enthralled by stall after stall of the exotic foods, wild clothing and the buzzing energy of the streets. Shillin & Ning Xia are MUST-STOPS in Taiwan—see why.