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Back To Blogging, Finally

A few months ago I deactivated this blog because I wasn't happy about it. Over the years I had been writing too many posts about news and politics, and I felt that this was no longer the kind of personal blog I wanted to create at the beginning: a place for me to share my thoughts and experiences about my life in Taiwan, Hong Kong and other parts of East Asia.

For a long time I didn't know what to do, but in the end I came up with a solution. I set up websites (synglobe.net and china-journal.org) and transferred all of my 'serious' posts there. This way I can use my old blog to relax, have fun and talk about simple things that might be interesting to people who have never been to Taiwan, Hong Kong etc and are planning to come here to travel, study or live.




I won't be writing as often as before, but I will be updating this blog from time to time to share some thoughts about East Asia.

In my next post I will write about a topic I've been wanting to talk about for a long time: my impressions about customer service in Taiwan.


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