I’ve been horrible at updating my blog in the last two weeks, largely because I had not one, but three migraines (偏頭痛, piān tóu tòng) over the last week. I get migraines routinely, about once or twice a month, but these were really bad. I’ve never been as nauseous and sensitive to light, sound and smell as I during these headaches. Ugh. Prescription medication doesn’t work for me, so what I do is take over-the-counter painkillers, swig some Diet Coke (the caffeine helps a bit) and lie down in a darkened room with a cold soda can to my head. It’s so very, very pathetic. Feel free to pity me.

Anyway, there are a few entries I’ve been meaning to write, but in the meantime, here are some photos I’ve meaning to share. The first is of a sashimi set from Hapa Yakiniku Izakaya Bar. I uploaded this photo just so I can bring it up and stare it whenever I want. I’ve never had squid sashimi so fresh and sweet before. I reviewed Hapa for my newspaper here.

Sushi at Hapa in Taipei

I also attended the Chanel Autumn/Winter 08/09 fashion show in Taipei last month. Obviously, it was work related. You think they’d let me in on my own? Hah!

Chanel Autumn/Winter 08/09 Taipei
Photo call

Chanel Autumn/Winter 08/09 Taipei
Singing sister duo ASOS. I live Little S’s golden leaf collar.

Chanel Autumn/Winter 08/09 Taipei
Terri Kwan (關穎)

Chanel Autumn/Winter 08/09 Taipei
The centerpiece of the show was a carousel featuring representations of Chanel classics.

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Chanel Autumn/Winter 08/09 Taipei
I loved these tights.

For more Chanel photos, click here.

Now that style is one of my beats, I really feel like I have to punch up what I wear on reporting trips. I have a pretty good idea of what I like — usually dresses (especially vintage ones) and heels and rarely ever t-shirts, jeans or trousers — but I need to start making sure my clothes are in better order, accessorize more and put on a bit more make up or at least a dab of moisturizer. I find, however, that I don’t like shopping as much as I used to when I was in NYC, which is new for me because I love fashion and dressing up. Part of the reason is that when I was on scholarship, I just didn’t have money to spend and as a result stopped paying attention to what was in the shops. Also, I just plain miss my favorite stores in NYC (H&M, Beacon’s Closet in Williamsburg, American Apparel) and shopping for vintage on eBay (the shipping prices to Taiwan are quite prohibitive). Boo-hoo-hoo. The one piece of clothing I’ve bought over the past two months is a navy blue vintage dress with a lace collar that I got online and had shipped to my parents’ house (they are visiting Taipei at the end of October). When I start finding cool shops, I’ll post about them here — after I write about them for work, of course.