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  • President to pay respects to ROC expeditionary forces

    TAIWAN News
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:22 pm
    Taipei, Sept. 2 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou will visit the Martyrs' Shrine in Taipei Wednesday to pay his respects to
  • Politicians register their candidacies for the end-of-year elections

    China Post Online - Taiwan , News
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:03 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - Several hopefuls in the Nov. 29 election officially registered their candidacies Tuesday, including Taipei candidate Sean Lien (連勝文) and Taichung incumbent Jason Hu (胡志強) of the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) and Kaohsiung incumbent Chen Chu (陳菊) of the Democratic Progressive Party.
  • Serena into quarter-finals, Bouchard out

    Taipei Times
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
  • Taiwan's initiative included in APEC energy ministers' declaration

    Taiwan News
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:51 am
    Taipei, Sept. 2 A proposal by Minister of Economic Affairs Duh Tyzz-Jiun on trading of liquefied natural gas among Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum member countries has been included in a declaration on energy issues issued Tuesday during the APEC Energy Ministerial Meeting in Beijing, a Ministry of Economic Affairs official said Tuesday.
  • Taiwan leader says he backs democracy for Hong Kong

    Taiwan News latest RSS headlines - Taiwan's News.net
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:48 am
    Taipei (AFP) - Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou, who initiated detente with China, on Tuesday threw his support behind Hong Kong's push for democracy -- calling it a core value shared by ...
 
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    China Post Online - Taiwan , News

  • Politicians register their candidacies for the end-of-year elections

    2 Sep 2014 | 9:03 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - Several hopefuls in the Nov. 29 election officially registered their candidacies Tuesday, including Taipei candidate Sean Lien (連勝文) and Taichung incumbent Jason Hu (胡志強) of the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) and Kaohsiung incumbent Chen Chu (陳菊) of the Democratic Progressive Party.
  • Gov't set to grant more tax deductibles to families on middle and low incomes

    2 Sep 2014 | 9:03 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - The government may model South Korea's real estate tax system to grant more tax deductibles to middle- and low-income families, while having the rich pay more taxes.
  • Local market dives, hacking hurts Apple stocks

    2 Sep 2014 | 9:03 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - Shares in Taiwan took a dive Tuesday after the rally seen a session earlier as Taiwanese suppliers to Apple Inc. came under pressure, dragging down the bellwether electronics sector, dealers said.
  • Overseas medical reimbursement reaches NT$169 million: NHIA

    2 Sep 2014 | 9:03 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - According to statistics published by the National Health Insurance Administration (NHIA) yesterday, there were 70,000 reimbursement applications for overseas medical treatments in the first half of 2014 and the total amount reimbursed reached NT$169 million.
  • Ma backs pursuit of general elections in HK as Beijing fumes

    2 Sep 2014 | 9:03 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - Democracy and the rule of law are the core values of Hong Kong, and as it pursues a general election, the event is being closely monitored in Taiwan and will receive the full backing of the Taiwanese, said President Ma Ying-jeou yesterday.
 
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    Taiwan News

  • Taiwan's initiative included in APEC energy ministers' declaration

    2 Sep 2014 | 10:51 am
    Taipei, Sept. 2 A proposal by Minister of Economic Affairs Duh Tyzz-Jiun on trading of liquefied natural gas among Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum member countries has been included in a declaration on energy issues issued Tuesday during the APEC Energy Ministerial Meeting in Beijing, a Ministry of Economic Affairs official said Tuesday.
  • OMA's Taiwan Theater Reaches Construction Milestone

    2 Sep 2014 | 10:51 am
    The Taipei Performing Arts Center, designed by OMA Architecture, has topped out this week in the Taiwanese capital.a a First revealed by the firm in 2009, the design is comprised of the 1,500-seat Grand Theater, an 800-seat Multiform Theater, and an 800-seat Proscenium Playhouse.
  • Supreme Court upholds death sentence against killer arsonist

    2 Sep 2014 | 10:51 am
    Taipei, Sept. 2 The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the death sentence against a man who was convicted of killing five people more than two years ago when he set a house on fire.
  • Taiwan president says he backs democracy for Hong Kong

    2 Sep 2014 | 7:50 am
    Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou on Tuesday threw his support behind Hong Kong's push for democracy - calling it a core value shared by Taiwanese people.
  • Taiwanese socialite Justin Lee faces claims he drug-raped 60 women

    2 Sep 2014 | 4:05 am
    Models and celebrities among alleged victims of banker's son said to have picked up victims in clubs, drugged them and filmed his assaults A Taiwanese socialite was taken into custody yesterday for allegedly drugging and raping more than 60 models and actresses and even videotaping the assaults.
 
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    The View from Taiwan

  • Suddenly everyone discovers the Taiwan-Hong Kong Link

    2 Sep 2014 | 4:36 am
    Nothing like the mountains of Chiayi.Kinda comical to watch the web suddenly come alive with the realization that Hong Kong's fate will influence Taiwan's response to Beijing's annexation drive. Oxford Analytica says Hong Kong's fate will drive Taiwanese to resist China. Even Fox News notices. What do they think we've been doing over here? All of us watching Hong Kong from here have been saying this for years. On this blog, for example, post of October 28, 2012:Taiwan's future?: Hong Kongers fed up with Chinese, lack of control over their own fate, identifying more strongly as Hong…
  • Links + Ma the Irritator + Bonus Ebola Paranoia = Something for everyone

    1 Sep 2014 | 6:57 am
    I love my Tokina 100 mm macro.No blogging today, just too damn busy, but I thought I'd leave you with some links and this unhappy conjecture: lessee... Ebola in Africa... thousands of Chinese workers and investors in Africa... tens of thousands of Taiwanese in China... how long before that circle is closed and we see Ebola here? "Oh, I have pretty serious case of the flu, I think I'll return to Taiwan and have it treated."The Ma Administration's policy of irritating the US continues with its ongoing exhibition of the ROC's mad claims to the South China Sea. It's a constant reminder of how the…
  • Thinking about what is "Taiwan'

    31 Aug 2014 | 6:54 am
    Mango shaved ice after a morning bike ride: breakfast of champions.It's always a shock for people who think about Taiwan in conventional ways governed by the tropes and talking points that are the most important aspects of Chinese soft power to encounter this blog, which rejects all propaganda that supports Chinese imperialism against Taiwan. This most importantly includes the construction of the Manchu Empire as "China", a rhetorical and ideological move whose purpose is to enable Beijing's expansion at the expense of Tibet, Xinjiang, Taiwan, and other areas. The "'Taiwan' was a province of…
  • Ma finds new way to irritate Japan

    31 Aug 2014 | 5:15 am
    My new Sony DSC RX100 II has basically rendered my old Canon EOS 550D obsolete for most of the pics I take, but the Canon still takes excellent macro pics when coupled with the wonderful Tokina 100mm macro.The Taipei Times comments on President Ma's latest drive to irritate relations with Japan...President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) on Friday once again called for Japan to review what he considered an insufficient number of Japanese tourists visiting Taiwan in recent years, the third time he has aired such concerns in the past 15 days....When receiving new Japanese Representative to Taiwan…
  • The Economist: one drop in the tsunami of stoopid

    30 Aug 2014 | 6:33 am
    Another lovely Taiwan riding day.I'm blogging on this because I fear that if you read this article in which the Economist explains why China and Taiwan are divided, your IQ may plummet. Just consider this my small public service in defending the world from the ongoing tsunami of stoopid in the media. Why O why can't we have a better media?The stoopid starts at the very beginning. With the title: "China and Taiwan are divided." But of course, China and Taiwan aren't "divided." The KMT and CCP governments wish to annex Taiwan to China, whose sovereignty over Taiwan is not supported by any…
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  • Sunday At Yong-an

    thenhbushman
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:22 am
    Photos my MJ Klein We’ve been to Yong-an before, quite a few times.  On this particular occasion, we specifically wanted to check out one of those quads (4-wheeled cycle) and take the whole family for a ride. This is the biggest quad they have.  We rented it for the rest of the day and headed out to the road along the beach where I’ve ridden my trike before. Phoenix had no idea what we were going to do, but she was just happy to be outdoors with her parents. We took a water break shortly after taking off.  It was quite hot! In this shot you can see the canopy above.  I wish I…
  • Kaohsiung Gas Explosion Damage

    thenhbushman
    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!

    thenhbushman
    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

    thenhbushman
    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

    thenhbushman
    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…
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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

  • Mountain top Kiyumizu Dera Temple : Kyoto

    Fili
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:05 pm
    To continue my Kyoto temple run, I went up the mountain to visit the lovely Kiyumizu Dera temple. To get to this temple you’ll go through some wonderful yet highly commercialized Japanese old-style shopping streets offering some of the local snacks and cuisine. Once you enter the temple complex and arrive at the temple top, you’ll see wonderful mountain scenery and distant views of Kyoto. The temple is very picturesque and you’ll come across boys and girls dressed up in Kimonos walking around taking traditional Japanese romantic photos. Definitely a charming little mountain…
  • Sentosa Island & Cable Car : Singapore

    Fili
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:19 pm
    Sentosa Island in Singapore is an odd little place. An artificial island built for as a tourist paradise. Over-commercialized, all fake, you’d expect it’ll be horrible and some of it certainly lives up to the expectations but on occasion you can’t help but be impressed with this man-created tropical amusement park monstrosity. The beach area, for example, is gorgeous, despite this being close to the one of the world’s biggest shipping ports. The Gondola/cable-car, though not anywhere near as nice as the one in Hong Kong, does a nice job of making the most out of one of…
  • Around Downtown : Austin – Texas

    Fili
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:10 am
    To sum up my visit to the lovely city of Austin Texas, here’s a wrap up of my posts on Austin followed by a short walking tour around the area of downtown.   My posts on Austin : University of Texas Campus : Austin Art Museums : Austin Texas French Legation Museum : Oldest house in Austin Texas OHenry’s House & Museum : Austin Texas Capitol building : Austin Texas   We’ll start from the river next to the convention center area…           On to the capitol building area with some old houses and catherals…      …
  • The Japanese Gardens of Heian Jingu Shrine : Kyoto

    Fili
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:06 pm
    Kyoto is a city filled with charm. Shrines, temples, castles, historical districts, you can spend weeks going from one attraction to another. To get started with my quick explorations of Kyoto, I’ll begin with something rather mild – the Heian Jingu Shrine . It’s not the most famous, nor is it the grandest or especially beautiful, and it’s rather young compared to everything else, but still – its got its own charm and some pretty impressive gardens. Its location next to several history and art museums makes for an easy access and there’s a long wide road…
  • Rijksmuseum : Museum District – Amsterdam

    Fili
    23 Aug 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Lots of museums all over Amsterdam and most of them are really top-notch, so it you’re a museum fan then you’ll be able to spend days going from one museum to another. A concentration of the best art museums is at the Museum District (Museumplein) which hosts the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, and Stedelijk Museum. Since I was experiencing a bit of art museum fatigue, I chose to just do a quick visit to one of those – the Rijksmuseum, a museum dedicated to the arts and history of the Netherlands. You can expect to find lots of dear Dutch friends like Rembrandt, Van Gogh and…
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