The next few months for me are extremely deadline driven. I basically eat, work and sleep, with a little bit of a break on Sundays and Monday afternoons. Currently, I’m wrapping up projects from the previous year, while simultaneously working on new ones. It’s now gotten to a point where I’m having trouble keeping track of all my notes from each project, and I have papers flapping everywhere at work and at home. My solution for now is that I just put everything in one notebook, and use dividers to demarcate between each project.
I don’t know about you, but I never use up an entire notebook from start to finish with just one subject, so this method is a good way for me to get maximum mileage out of one notebook. Plus, the tabs are removable, so I just move them further back if I need more pages for a particular topic. Such a simple solution, but I’m not quite sure why it took me so long to figure it out!
Another noteworthy mention for October is that I’ve also started receiving paper magazine subscriptions again. I had forgotten how luxurious it feels to page through the pages of a magazine. (Somehow swiping pages through an iPad screen doesn’t quite feel the same). Currently, I have subscriptions to Monocle and The New Yorker. Monocle is a monthly issue, while The New Yorker is a weekly issue. It feels so decadent to read them at a quiet coffee shop on Sundays.
One of my absolute favorite moments of this month was seeing “A Star is Born.” Quite honestly, I went for Bradley Cooper, but I ended up being absolutely awestruck by Lady Gaga. I bought the soundtrack off of iTunes as soon as I left the theatre, and have been listening to it on repeat since.
But in addition to being enthralled by the music, what also resonated with me was the underlying messages of the movie; your accomplishments in life depend on your own hard work and dedication, but also by the types of people that you choose to surround yourself with. Those people can contribute and support your ascent, or send your hurtling to your descent. At the end of the day, you hope that the person that you care about the most sees you, understands you, and admires you for the person that you are, and for whatever your contribution is to the world.
Information: Heritage Bakery and Cafe Pop Up Shop, Xinyi Mistukoshi Department Store, B2 level.
Heritage Bakery and Cafe: Hankou Street, Section 1, No. 73-2, Taipei City, Zhongzheng District| Phone: 02 2311 1079| Website: |台北市中正區漢口街一段73號之2
Today, I interrupt all regularly scheduled programming to bring you the important news that Heritage Bakery has a pop up shop! I’ve written about Heritage previously. Their dreamy pink guava chiffon cake constantly pops up in my daydreams… The great news is that until October 31st, you can find some of their classics right in their pop up shop, in the A4 building, B2 level of Mitsubishi department store.
The pop up shop is located in the food court level of the A4 building. Even though it’s a small shop you will be able to find their signature desserts, such as the guava chiffon cake (Guava Delight) and carrot cake, and also their decadent cinnamon rolls. Two new types of cake that can also be found exclusively at the pop up are the Pink Guava Cheesecake and their caramel chocolate cake.
My role for most, if not all family gatherings is to “bring dessert.” In the past, on occasion, I would either bake a vanilla bundt cake, or a honey cake. In more recent times, I would whip up a quick batch of blueberry and lemon friands. I love baking for these occasions, and I love watching my family members enjoy my desserts.
However, when the mid-Autumn moon festival rolled around this year, I was knee high in paperwork and other sundries of life, and simply could not find a spare moment to bake. I thought of staying up late the night before to whip up something quick, but I couldn’t quite muster up the motivation or energy to do even that. In my fog of exhaustion, I suddenly remembered a delicious slice of chocolate cake that I purchased on impulse on my way home after a tedious work meeting.
Information: Paper & Tea| Address: Zhongshan North Road, Section 2, Alley 36, No. 18, Zhongshan District, Taipei, Taiwan| Phone: 02 2523 9860| Hours: 11:00am-9:00 pm| MRT Station: Zhongshan, Red or Green Line| 中山區中山北路二段36巷18號
One of my favorite places in Taipei is the Zhongshan (中山）area. It’s not as crowded as some areas in Taipei, and there is always something new to discover in the many lanes and alleyways off the main road. The time, we visited Paper & Tea, which is a combination eatery and homewares shop.
The start of September was marked by torrential downpours~ afterwards, it seems like all of the city has been washed shiny and clean again. I think I appreciate the clear (and slightly) cooler nights even more after a few hours of lashing rain.
Information: Minuit| Address: Nanchang Road, Section 2, No. 207-1, Taipei, Zhongzheng District| MRT: Guting Station (Green line) Exit 2, 1 minute walk |台北市中正區南昌路二段207-1號（捷運古亭2號出口步行1分鐘）
One day, I noticed an intriguing ad on Facebook… something about a secret dessert place…where they only serve desserts at midnight? I did a little sleuthing online, and found out it was quite a complicated process, involving lining up at midnight, in a dark office building, which to be honest, sounded a little creepy to me. So I promptly forget about the idea. However, a few months, later, I saw this video on their Facebook page, announcing the opening of their shop. Curiosity got the best of me, and I knew I had to visit!
I was relieved to see that the shop now has a front door located on the first floor. The shop is open on Wednesdays from 2pm-7:00 pm, and from 4:00 pm to midnight on other days of the week. It’s just a takeaway shop, so you pop in through one door, order the dessert that you would like, and rush home to eat it before the cream melts.
Information: Eggs’n Things |Breeze Song Gao Branch, No. 16 Song Gao Road, 1F | 02-2725-101| MRT: Taipei City Hall, blue line
When I first moved back to Taipei we really didn’t have that many choices for a brunch. Fast forward a decade, and we are now absolutely spoiled for choice, and some of my favorites are Sarabeth’s and Daylight. One of the newest brunch places to add to my list is Egg’n Things. Eggs’n Things is conveniently located in the Breeze Department store, Song Gao branch. It opened this past July and lines were out the door for about a month or so. The fervor seemed to calm by August, and there was just a short 2 minute wait for a table, around 1:00pm on a weekday.
Egg’n Things originated from Hawaii, and now has branches in Japan and Singapore. After a quick glance at their websites, I think the menu in Taipei is modeled more after the Japanese version, rather than the American version.
I always have mixed feelings about August. On one hand, I want to clutch at the tail end of summer and shriek “summer, don’t go!” Because with the end of summer, my workload and office hours increase by two-fold, and I feel like my freedom is severely curtailed. But, on the other hand, I want to give the roasting weather of August the boot, and enjoy wearing sweaters and drinking hot beverages again. The bright side to this month is that I think I achieved a little work-life balance and hopefully it will carry through to the months to follow.
This month, I took a trip that was just long enough for me to feel refreshed and inspired. This photo was taken during a ferry trip to Tap Mun. I guess the tour guide really wanted to make sure our group got our money’s worth, because he had the captain steer us all the way to Shenzhen, before looping back to Hong Kong. The waters were choppy, but the view was quite spectacular. At the time, I was definitely a bit scared, and kept an eye out for the life jackets hanging above our heads, but now I’m glad that I got to see such an stretch of sea. (Such an expansive view makes me feel that some of those niggling little problems in life are very small in proportion).