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What do you do and why do you do it?
I currently work as an international sales person in pharmaceutical industry. I bet that pharmaceutical sounds a bit nerdy to some people but actually I found it fascinating by its possibility and complexity. The job requires traveling a often mostly in southeast Asia and Europe. I guess it is another extra bonus!
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?
I used to work in a famous PR agency and I just cannot stand the vibes there, maybe it just not my thing.
Were you born and raised in Taipei? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to Taipei?
Yes, I do.
What’s your current hood in Taipei and what’s the best/worst thing about it?
I live near Dansui area which is the north part of Taipei and near the river. So basically, the view is awesome and I could really have a rest after long day working and getting away from the center of city. The worst point probably is that I need to pay extra electric fee for my dehumidifier because of the rain and the clothes never stay dry!!!
What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?
Well...I believe that it depends on the mood at that moment. For example, I listen to the rock music like Arctic Monkeys (one of my favorite bands) for curing my Monday blue. Wednesday for deep house, let the sexy vibe flows the middle of the week. Friday for EDM, getting ready for the weekend! But if I had a really bad day, Marilyn Manson will definitely be my first choice!
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
Arctic Monkeys-Do I wanna know and Why do you only call me when you're high. Besides, when I miss London (that feels broken heart as well), I will play Hometown glory from Adele again and again.
Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?
I would have to say...Sherlock Holmes is the best TV shows ever. It was so intense, smart and unexpected! I love those series which I can learn something from it and I don't want to blink my eyes even just one second! It will be better to watch it alone just in case that someone is too noisy and make you want to shush them.
Name some spots in Taipei that are good for a Tinder date.
Well...it depends on what kind of the date you want. I would say Xinyi or Zhongxiao area might be better for dressed-up people. And...there are many places you could stay the night and more importantly, the public transportation is way convenient there that you could escape easily, if you know what I mean:).
Which public figure would you want to see “roasted”? (every public figure is fair game).
Probably Taipei 101. Yeah, it does attract most of the tourists but...shopping mall? Come on!
Who’s your hero and where in Taipei would you take them out for a serious hang?
I don't have a particular hero. But I would love to have a walk with Johnny Depp. I might just take him to Yuanshan Park and grasp some wine and tapas, chill and spend whole night chatting. I believe that serious hang shall have serious conversation which no other place better than a wide park could make people be open-minded!
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
Mostly online or thrift shops. I prefer vintage or mix rock and roll style. Sometimes, a little pin up never kills nobody!
What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
It is possible that you could catch me dead anywhere in Taipei. Like wasted dead! But late night street food always brings me back to life! They will heal your soul!
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
I've always want to stay at the 24hrs book shop for 24hrs! But there are always too many people at late night that you cannot really find a place to crush.
Where do you go in Taipei for a casual night out?
Ximen red house area. That is a gay friendly area which is always fun and people there are super nice and kind. Most of the bars have out-door seats which you can enjoy the nice vibes. The street food just around the corner with plenty of choices which you can take away and bring it to the bars (some of them allow it). It will mostly satisfy everyone.
Where would you go in Taipei to celebrate some freaking good news?
Probably a restaurant called Meze. There are only eight seats with seasonal tapas choices. They serve selection of wine and the tapas would really blow your mind. It is a pretty secret spot in Taipei and just invite other seven of your friends together then you have whole restaurant as yours!
What’s your choice of transportation in Taipei and why?
MRT is the best! It opens until mid-night and basically it will take you to everywhere. It is clean, reasonable price and the most convenient way traveling in Taipei.
What are the Taipei spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
I guess it will be night markets. Night markets are always famous among travelers. Basically you can taste all kinds of street foods in one night market. It normally won't come with big portion so just prepare your empty stomach and be adventurous. Let the food surprise you!
What are the Taipei spots tourists should run from screaming?
Many people said if you have not seen Taipei 101, never said that you been to Taipei. Don't trust them, there is not much to see there. Din Tai Fung (the restaurant) is worth to try though but be prepared for the queue!
Tomorrow’s your last day in Taipei. How do you spend it?
I would have a nice brunch with my new or old friends. Then walking through the city until evening. Going to a nice speakeasy bar getting perfect ending for the journey and promise myself that I will be back again.
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
London for sure. There is always a unique vibe in London, even just walking in the Brick lane having a salty beef bagel with a dirty chai latte will make my day. Not mentioned spending whole morning and afternoon in Borough Market on the weekend. I will never get bored with London.