The air quality today in Taipei is a RED 115 – UNHEALTHY! I have never had allergies before but I have them now! Sneezing, blowing, itching, stuffy nose, watery eyes. People tell me it is the Mongolian sandstorm blowing in leaving sand particles in the air and creating a brown cloud of pollution all over Taipei. People say, added to that, there is a sandstorm from Japan that has blown in bringing lots of pollen. Great! The thing to do, (people say), is to put some small pine trees on your yangtai to clean the air as it comes in. Hmm, why do I feel this is not going to do it for me? I have two big Honeywell aircleaners going full blast in my house and I still feel bad.