• Travel & Culture

    Restless In Tainan

    Tainan is the oldest city in Taiwan and was formerly the capital during the Qing Dynasty. Today it is known for its centuries old fortresses and temples. During my trip to Tainan, we visited both old and new landmarks. There was only so much we could see and do in 1.5 days so this is a short list, but I'll definitely be adding more to it the next time I make my way down there again! 

  • Travel & Culture

    Restless in Chiayi

    There's still so much of Taiwan I haven't explored so I took the opportunity to do that during the 228 Peace Memorial Day public holiday. My friend and I drove down south to Chiayi 嘉義 for the first night and then Tainan 台南 for the second night. Read on to check out the places I went to!

  • Finance

    Money on My Mind: Saving Money While Traveling | Annie

    February was a good month! I spent a lot of time with family over Chinese New Year, eating at home and playing mahjong. I even won some money! The rest of the month was pretty uneventful until the end of the month when I went on a long weekend trip down south to Chiayi and Tainan. Posts about those cities will come out soon! In the meantime, take a look at my expenses this month and share some things I did to save money on my travels.

  • Health & Fitness

    First Time Making Cinnamon Rolls

    Sometimes I have the urge to bake things after watching cooking videos on social media. One: because it looks delicious. Two: because it looks easy to make. And three: because it's a fun challenge. Read some of my tips for you first time cinnamon roll bakers out there that will help you succeed!

  • Diaries

    Why I got Reconstructive Surgery Again | Part 3

    This is a continuation of a mini-series I started about my journey with microtia. If you don't know what microtia is or haven't read the first post yet, click into this blog post to read more. This blog post talks about gaining confidence after surgery and learning something new about my hearing.

  • Finance

    Money on My Mind: Back to Budgeting | Annie

    I haven’t written down my expenses in a long time so I thought it was time I started it up again. It helps me figure out where my money is going and what I can do to improve my spending. I go through phases where I’ll be really frugal and only spend on the necessities to spending more on things I want without too much thought.

  • Diaries

    2018 in Review | Annie

    I can’t believe the year is almost over in TWO DAYS. 2018 was definitely better than 2017. I spent a lot of time in 2017 doubting myself, caring too much about what others thought of me, and not enough time taking care of myself. In 2018 I put myself out there and I am slowly starting to find myself again.

  • Travel & Culture

    Restless in Taichung

    I’m not the type of person to plan anything for my birthday but this year my friend and I went on an overnight trip to Taichung and Miaoli to celebrate my birthday. It went from “let’s drive to the beach and sleep overnight in the car” to a full-blown trip.

  • Diaries

    Sharing My Biggest Secret | Part 1

    Last week I had my third reconstructive ear surgery and implanted part of a bone conduction hearing aid behind my left ear. Most of you who know me probably don’t know this about me: I was born with unilateral microtia and aural atresia. I have never openly shared this to the public, especially to the Internet, until now. With this huge recent change in my life and being the most comfortable in my own skin that I have ever been, I’m ready to share this part of me that I’ve kept to myself.