Formosa Moon

Formosa Moon

by Joshua Samuel Brown, Stephanie Huffman
Formosa Moon

Formosa Moon

by Joshua Samuel Brown, Stephanie Huffman


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Formosa Moon is a romantic, geeky cultural journey around Taiwan undertaken by a couple comprised of a seasoned guidebook writer intimately familiar with Asia and a first-time visitor who agreed to relocate sight unseen. Join the couple on their journey of discovery through Formosa, “The Beautiful Island”.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781934159705
Publisher: ThingsAsian Press
Publication date: 10/01/2018
Pages: 330
Product dimensions: 7.13(w) x 9.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Joshua Samuel Brown is the author of Vignettes of Taiwan, How not to Avoid Jet Lag (and other tales of travel madness) and co-author of thirteen titles for guidebook titan Lonely Planet.

Stephanie Huffman is pursuing her Master’s Degree at National Chengchi University. In addition to her studies she is interning at a local puppet museum.

Table of Contents


The Talk

Part One : Arrival and Around the Island

Taipei - A full first day

Taipei - Art, luxury, and massage

Tamshui - Fish Bite Foot

The Northern Coast - A Fairy Cave, UFOs, and oyster omelets

Yilan - A welcome breath of wholesomeness

Yilan - More mature pursuits

Hualien - Hostel stay and an ill-advised exploration

Taitung - But fi rst, an offshore adventure

Taitung - Our whirlwind tour kicks into high gear

Taitung - Up, up, and away

Taitung - Rocking Grandpa and Granny

Taitung - A change in accommodations

Taitung - The moon represents my heart

Pingtung - Passing through

Tainan - The Portland of Taiwan

Tainan - Not the fortune cookie we’d expected

Tainan - Puppets and astrological errors

Part Two : Settling In and Further Excursions

New Garden City - BARK! YIP! YIP! BARK!

Smangus - The winding road to autonomy

Taipei - Keeping up appearances

Taipei - Yo Meltykiss ma?

Taipei - That’s what grad school is for

Taipei - A strange invitation

New Garden City - Late-night scavenger hunt

Yunlin - Lanterns in a puppet town

Gukeng - Coffee-fl avored sausage from a happy pig

Nantou - Dark night of the soul

Sun Moon Lake - A peculiar mingling of love and death

Sun Moon Lake - We fi nd ourselves managing a hotel

Sun Moon Lake - Everything is transitory

Taichung - Weird enough at last

New Garden City - A Sense of community

New Garden City - Exercising with the old folks

Taipei - Retail therapy

New Garden City - We are not gardeners

Taipei - Mr. Ogay’s Table Manners

New Garden City - Now we have a chicken

Tainan - Pirates, prostitutes, and puppets (Oh my!)

Kaohsiung - Failure and success in the L.A. of Taiwan

Houtong - This is cat country

Jinshan - The perfect antidote

Japan - Semi-coda in Kyoto

Taipei - Putting down roots

Acknowledgments, Further Reading about Taiwan, Notes

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"Formosa Moon is more than just another wonderful travel book about Taiwan. It is armchair travel at its finest with a delightful He Says/She Says twist. Like the beautiful island itself, Formosa Moon will surprise and delight you at every turn. You don’t have to know Taiwan or even have any plans to ever visit the place to love this book. But after reading Formosa Moon you might feel compelled to make the trip yourself."

Eve Brown-Waite,

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How a Peace Corps Poster Boy Won My Heart and a Third World Adventure Changed My Life

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