There are many wonderful travel guides for Taiwan as a whole (such as Lonely Planet, Rough Guide, National Geographic, Discovery, etc.) with heaps of useful information for those visiting the island for a short time. However, those wishing to make Taipei, Taiwan home will be quickly frustrated by a lack of detailed information in English for long term residents.
The sole living guide available (Taipei Living) is written for families with the financial and logistical support of the breadwinner’s employer. If you plan to bring children to Taiwan or work for a multi-national corporation that provides relocation services, Taipei Living is a useful tool. But those coming to Taiwan to teach English, study Chinese, or train in a martial art have very different needs.
This site and the companion book aim to fill these gaps.