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  • Sunflower Girls arrive at Tamsui after 54-day kayak trip

    TAIWAN News
    23 Aug 2014 | 9:05 pm
    A group of 17 girls aged under 18 spent their summer vacation by moving across water around Taiwan with kayak and finally completed this tough
  • Taipei, Shanghai schools hold cultural exchange concert

    China Post Online - Taiwan , News
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:01 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - Taipei Municipal Zhongzheng Junior High School's (台北市中正國中) Chinese orchestra recently visited Shanghai Zhenru Junior High School (上海真如國中) to exchange thoughts on music and to hold a concert at the Zhang Zheng cultural center (長征文化中心).
  • Spurs rally to win in Cyprus; Tigers lose in Belgium

    Taipei Times
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
  • Where pets replace children

    Taiwan News
    23 Aug 2014 | 7:33 am
    Novelist Karen E. Bender has been out of town; her husband, Robert Anthony Siegel of UNCW's creative writing department, has been off in Taiwan on a Fulbright Fellowship.
  • Chemical Company Apologizes After Deadly Explosions in Taiwan

    NYT > Taiwan
    4 Aug 2014 | 1:26 am
    The chairman of LCY Chemical Corporation said that he “solemnly apologized to society” after 28 people were killed and more than 300 were injured in blasts that the authorities said were caused by leaks from an underground pipeline carrying a...
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    China Post Online - Taiwan , News

  • Taipei, Shanghai schools hold cultural exchange concert

    22 Aug 2014 | 9:01 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - Taipei Municipal Zhongzheng Junior High School's (台北市中正國中) Chinese orchestra recently visited Shanghai Zhenru Junior High School (上海真如國中) to exchange thoughts on music and to hold a concert at the Zhang Zheng cultural center (長征文化中心).
  • US dollar closes lower on Taipei forex at NT$30.02

    22 Aug 2014 | 9:01 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - The U.S. dollar fell against the Taiwan dollar Friday, shedding NT$0.032 to close at NT$30.020 after the local market staged a strong rebound, lifting demand for the local currency, dealers said.
  • Taiwan to protest the alleged change in status in Germany

    22 Aug 2014 | 9:01 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) yesterday said it will continue to lodge protests with Germany against a German government unit's alleged downgrading of Taiwan's status in its designation of the country.
  • Tool exports up in first 7 months

    22 Aug 2014 | 9:01 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - Taiwan's machine tool exports during the first seven months of the year were up slightly from a year earlier, an industry group said Friday, primarily because of the low baseline set in 2013.
  • Ice Bucket Challenge goes wrong

    22 Aug 2014 | 9:01 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - A charity stunt that has grown into a social media phenomenon went terribly wrong for four Kentucky firefighters when a fire truck's ladder got too close to a power line after they dumped water on college students who were taking part in an Ice Bucket Challenge.
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    NYT > Taiwan

  • Chemical Company Apologizes After Deadly Explosions in Taiwan

    4 Aug 2014 | 1:26 am
    The chairman of LCY Chemical Corporation said that he “solemnly apologized to society” after 28 people were killed and more than 300 were injured in blasts that the authorities said were caused by leaks from an underground pipeline carrying a...
  • Videos Capture Terror of Deadly Taiwan Explosions

    31 Jul 2014 | 10:08 pm
    On cellphones, security monitors and dashboard cameras, the residents of Kaohsiung captured the terrifying series of explosions that rocked their city.
  • Gas Suspected in Fatal Blasts That Jolted a City in Taiwan

    31 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    At least 25 people were killed and more than 260 injured when the southern city of Kaohsiung, Taiwan’s second largest, was rocked by blasts that sent flames surging into the streets.
  • China's Leaders Draw Lessons From War of 'Humiliation'

    28 Jul 2014 | 1:59 am
    The 120th anniversary of the start of the First Sino-Japanese War has unleashed a spate of images, speeches and official commentary drawing lessons from China’s defeat.
  • Taiwan Leads Team Event

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Yani Tseng made a 12-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to give Taiwan a sweep of the top-seeded United States team in the first round of the International Crown an event in Owings Mills, Md., that features 32 players from eight countries.
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    The View from Taiwan

  • A few links

    23 Aug 2014 | 6:53 am
    This macro shot with my Sony DSC RX100 II turned out to be really nice.I've begun work on a book on biking here with a couple of well known local expat riders. So expect blogging to take a hit. Exhausted today, enjoy some links....__________________Daily Links:Foreign Policy notices the Hong Kong-Taiwan connection against China. A good review of the events. Don't miss comment from TECO in the comments section.Why the F-35 is ideal for Taiwan. It's nice to imagine, but the purpose of the discussion of F-22, F-35, etc, is to derail the whole idea of getting fighter aircraft, since the US will…
  • Alishan by Scooter

    21 Aug 2014 | 9:48 pm
    The point on the 159 where it becomes stunning.Another ride on one of my favorite routes in Taiwan, the Ten Thousand Year Gorge and Caoling via the 149 and the 149, Alishan via the 149and the 169, and back to Chiayi via the 159. Only this time, my wife and I did it on our sturdy 125cc scooter. Scootering presented certain problems. The last gas station is in Zhushan 60 kms from Laiji where we planned to overnight, while the next one on the other side is in Shijhuo. It is certainly possible to purchase gas in the mountains, but such trade is illegal and sellers are subject to heavy fines.
  • A Cole-Sullivan TwoFer + links

    18 Aug 2014 | 2:12 am
    Out walking the dog, found this beautiful walking stick.Taiwan expert Jon Sullivan with an excellent piece on the DPP, Taiwan identity, social class issues, and politics at The National Interest. He scribes: Notwithstanding underlying trends in public opinion, a spate of recent academic publications suggests that this may indeed be happening. They suggest that a new economic cleavage based on class has not just mitigated national identity, but has replaced it. Because of the unusual equality of growth during Taiwan’s “economic miracle,” combined with the dominance of national identity…
  • Polls and Politics in Taipei

    17 Aug 2014 | 12:43 am
    Another Lanyu pic, because I miss it so much.Over on Twitter the very useful FormosaNation has tweeted round the lastest WantWant poll. Independent and former DPPer Shen Fu-hsiung has withdrawn from the Taipei mayor race, leaving independent Ko Wen-je and KMT scion Sean Lien facing off. WantWant has a new poll out which looks a lot like most of the other polls, giving Ko 39.5% to Lien's 30.1% among those likely to vote. Undecideds are at 25%. When asked who they thought would win, voters had Ko over Lien, 32.5% to 30.1%. Interestingly, these are almost the same numbers for Ko/Lien as the…
  • It's not the politicians, guys II

    17 Aug 2014 | 12:42 am
    From Don DeGlopper's Lukang: Commerce and Community in a Chinese City. It's old, but still relevant. Re the post two below this one It's not the politicians, guys: what kind of politicians do you think these people will elect? What kind of politics will we have in this world? The attack on Chen Chu over the Kaoshiung gas explosion is no different than any other attack on any other politician at any level -- this kind of thing goes on at the local level all the time, it just doesn't get reported because it's "local". All politics is local, as it was famous said, but in Taiwan, even the…
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  • Kaohsiung Gas Explosion Damage

    20 Aug 2014 | 10:02 am
    Geotagged photos by MJ Klein By now, everyone has heard of the gas explosions in the southern Taiwan city of Kaohsiung.  We live far away from there, but my wife’s parents live close enough to have felt the explosions in their apartment.  Recently, I went walking down what is left of a road where a section of the explosions happened. This scene is just one of many places where the road is blocked off to traffic.  It’s because there is no road to travel on ahead. I ignored the police tape and took a walk down the sidewalk like I owned the place.  No one looked at me twice.
  • Attack Of The Pandas!

    13 Aug 2014 | 9:11 am
    Photos by MJ Klein – most photos are geotagged July 20th found us in Nantou again (for a followup dentist appointment for my TMD problem).  The paper-mache pandas were nearby so we decided to brave the crowds and take a look. As you can see, literally thousands of people had the same idea. Poor Phoenix got a stone in her sandal.  She can’t talk well enough to tell us yet, but we could tell because she was walking very slowly and looking at her shoe. We passed through this corridor of signs for a local politician…. and made our way to the pandas.  As you can see, they are…
  • Our Visit to Nantou, Part Two

    4 Aug 2014 | 8:56 am
    Photos by MJ Klein  Most photos are geotagged Picking up where we left off on our last installment, we went to this place to spend the night.  We’ll show you the room we stayed in, and then you’ll understand why we ended up staying here for 2 nights, instead of one!  The English name is “The Solas.” Liyu Lake has a boardwalk around it, and we set out exploring a bit.  There was a wedding on the following day and things had been setup for that. What I thought was cool, are the private houses that line the lake. Not as big as Sun-Moon Lake, I actually liked this one…
  • Flying Cow Ranch

    25 Jul 2014 | 8:57 am
    Photos by MJ Klein (photos are geotagged) Recently, my wife and I took Phoenix to the famous Flying Cow Ranch.  Even though it was a weekend and crammed with people, we had a good time, and Phoenix got to interact with some animals. From the looks of this sign, you’d think that everything was spread out over a couple of KM.  But it’s all compact and easily walkable. We decided to go to the Pasture Animals area first.   This is a zoom telephoto shot of the corral near the barn. A nice rolling hill…. This sign talked about the difference between 2 cow breeds. Another…
  • Our Visit to Nantou, Part One

    17 Jul 2014 | 10:55 am
    Photos by MJ Klein Let me tell you how this happened.  My wife asked me to drive her to Nantou, to a famous temple, which of course, I did.  While we were there, we visited her cousin, who owns a dental clinic there.  Since I have been suffering from a new medical problem that has cropped up, my wife’s cousin was very interested in examining me.  This visit has turned into several visits for followups.  So, without any previous planning, we found ourselves in Nantou on several occasions, and here is what we did on those occasions, broken into segments.  We’d never been to…
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    The Daily Bubble Tea

  • July Instagrams

    Todd Alperovitz
    9 Aug 2014 | 7:59 am
    Here are a handful of images posted to Instagram during July. This installment’s images were taken in Caotun Township, Taichung City, and New Taipei City. That Purple Feeling The Municipality Formerly Known as Zhonghe City – My Old Stomping Grounds How We Roll The Crawler Good Morning Longjing! A Temple in New Taipei City
  • The Jhongsing Village Lotus Ponds

    Todd Alperovitz
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:18 am
    I usually make a habit of visiting the lotus ponds on Shengfu Road in Jhongsing Village several times to photograph during their blooming period which falls between late May and early June. This year was somewhat hectic however due to work obligations and juggling contractors for renovations prior to moving into our new abode. Thankfully, I managed to squeeze in two brief visits late in the season: one with the family and one on my own before work. Looking back at previous year’s posts is interesting to see how the mood of each series is different due to my post-processing tendencies…
  • A Trio of Photos from Guanshan

    Todd Alperovitz
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:50 am
    During our family trip south this summer we drove to Guanshan [關山] in Kenting National Park to catch the sunset. Guanshan is a 150 meter tall mountain and last year was mentioned on a list compiled by CNN as one of thirteen superb sunset spots. Here’s a trio of photos from our visit.
  • Pandas on Tour – Jhongsing Village

    Todd Alperovitz
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:22 am
    Pandas World Tour The Pandas World Tour stopped in Jhongsing Village over the weekend. An outdoor exhibit of pandas [Ailuropoda melanoleuca] and Formosan black bears [Ursus thibetanus formosanus] took over a park near our house. The exhibition spotlights the importance of protecting endangered animals. The 1600 paper-mache pandas were created by French artist Paulo Grangeon. On the Taiwan leg of the tour these pandas were accompanied by 200 Formosan black bears – an endangered species endemic to Taiwan. The significance of the numbers is that there are an estimated 1600 pandas…
  • June Instagrams

    Todd Alperovitz
    10 Jul 2014 | 8:14 am
    In the Garden Here are a handful of images posted to Instagram during June. This installment’s images were taken in Jhongsing Village, Caotun Township, and Kenting. Yellow Fever Bamboo Remodeling in Caotun The Visitor The View at Breakfast Lotus
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    Fili's World

  • Where it all began – China Town : Singapore

    21 Aug 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Not many people know this about me, but China Town in Singapore is where it all began. After traveling around Asia and Australia for quite some time I made my way back through Singapore and that was the first time I encountered a Chinese majority culture with a vibrant lively China Town. Sure, I’ve seen China Towns in New York, San Francisco, London, Melbourne and Sydney, but the one in Singapore felt more authentic and more mainland China style (Mandarin, Simplified) rather than Hong Kong style (Cantonese, traditional). I went to see Chinese opera, I attended a Teresa Teng concert, I…
  • Lung Yeuk Tau Heritage Trail : Fanling Hong Kong

    20 Aug 2014 | 1:01 pm
    When people think of the history of Hong Kong they usually don’t think much further than mid 19th century, but the heritage trails in Hong Kong will take you back in time as far as the 13th century. The first heritage trail I visited was the Ping Shan Heritage trail in the western part of the Hong Kong new territories, and a few weeks before my final departure from Hong Kong on the way back from China I stopped along the way in Fanling to see the second heritage trail – the Lung Yeuk Tau. It was already pretty late, and so I didn’t get to see everything the trail has to…
  • Maritime Museum & A-ma Temple : Macau

    17 Aug 2014 | 9:28 pm
    One of the famous tourist attractions in Macau is the old A-Ma temple, which I visited in 2009. This year I had a chance to revisit Macau and the A-Ma temple area and added another missed attraction nearby – the Maritime Museum of Macau. It’s not exactly what I’d call a must attractions, but it has a good intro to the naval history of Macau and the region, also covering some of the religious aspects of being surrounded by water.   So, let’s have another look at the A-Ma temple and take a quick look at the Maritime Museum….       Maritime…
  • Osaka Castle & Osaka from above : Japan

    15 Aug 2014 | 9:27 am
    After a 4 hour night flight with Peach, the relatively new budget airline flying between Hong Kong and Osaka, I had the whole morning to explore before checking in to my hotel to nap back my night, and I decided that my first attraction in the Osaka-Kyoto area would be the Osaka Castle. Definitely one of the top attractions of the city of Osaka, it’s in the middle of the lovely Osaka Castle Park offering a combination of lovely attractions as well as grand views of Osaka city from the top of the castle at the top of the hill. Dating back to the 16th century, it was the grandest of…
  • The odd Tiger Balm gardens of Haw Par Mansion : Singapore

    13 Aug 2014 | 2:38 pm
    The strangest attraction I’ve been to in Singapore is probably Haw Par Mansion, a trip into kitsch and bad taste once intended as an amusement park introducing the wonders to Chinese mythology and Confucianism. It’s way past its glory days, and I visited it was completely deserted. The few Singaporeans I talked to and mentioned going there never heard of this place, though they were naturally familiar with the nearby underground train station, so I guess this is maybe as far as you can take your Singaporean local explorations.         The place has some really…
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    Mark Forman: Photo Land

  • Of Wetlands…

    Mark Forman
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:14 pm
    We got the crazy idea for a family 1/2 day trip out to the Gao Mei Wetlands on a hot July Sunday afternoon. Why crazy-well it was a hot July afternoon and Taiwan places of interest are always super-crowded on holidays and weekends. I thought the sticky July heat would probably help thin the numbers down some, so why not! Gao Mei always appealed to me because of the neighboring windmill farm at Taichung Harbor and just the location of wetlands next to the sea. The light at the shore, the varying depth of water and resulting reflections and textures that appear in the pictures,etc. Ohh,…
  • Inspiration

    Mark Forman
    15 Jun 2014 | 6:12 pm
    Way back when my eyes were young and strong and media was more scarce (pre-internet days) I was voracious reader. One of my favorite genres was detective fiction. Lawrence Sanders had a series of "Deadly Sin" books featuring the sandwich loving Edward X. Delaney. The stories were great but I particularly loved Delaney's sandwich connoisseur aesthetic and the way he enjoyed crafting and eating a good sandwich. Delaney was a New Yorker as I was so there was a real appreciation of good bread which always makes or breaks the sandwich. Today I got inspired to try a creation, a fusion of…
  • Various Forms of Precipitation

    Mark Forman
    19 May 2014 | 6:09 pm
    Twas a rainy day in Taipei-well in all of Taiwan for that matter. This is the monsoon-plum rain season here. In fact we had pretty good weather with even some bright sunshine for part of the day and missed heavy downpours for most of our time there. I had gotten several decent shots up to this point and was just steps away from the Taipei Train Station where we'd find out favorite bakery/coffee shop and enjoy a respite and some refreshments while looking out over the expansive concourse of the train station. I saw this homeless lady who was fairly agitated muttering to herself and spitting at…
  • What Was He Thinking

    Mark Forman
    10 May 2014 | 7:26 pm
    Very pleasantly surprised this was one of my most favorited photos over on Flickr. It is from my archives from a few years back. I don't remember what I felt right after I shot this man. I can guess that I was quite happy because of his beard and hat-2 elements that always draw my eye because of how they help the viewer focus on the face in between. I'm so happy to have the opportunity to take time and sort through older photos of mine and apply my more enhanced present ninja-processing skills. I'm getting a better response that when I initially shared them so I don't think I'm totally crazy.
  • Heavy Heart

    Mark Forman
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:55 pm
    Heavy Heart is the name of the image but I feel light-hearted about updated theme here at this site. OK I'll break down and say blog which has the most horrible onomatopoeic connotations. This location on the internet in any case. Thought the overhaul was long over due. I've been doing a lot of archive maintenance lately. Clearing out wasted drive space in some cases. It's a good thing to increase the levels of self-editing. There are many things to be learned from looking through old photo archives-like "what was I thinking in this one" or "wow-I like what I was thinking, etc." This…
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