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    China Post Online - Taiwan , News

  • 46 feared dead in Penghu plane crash

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:08 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - A TransAsia Airways (復興航空) passenger flight crashed near the Magong Airport on Penghu Island yesterday, with the transportation minister confirming 46 missing and feared dead and 12 injured as of press time.
  • UK gov't wants financial talks with Taiwan: NDC

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:08 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - The United Kingdom is hoping for a roundtable conference with Taiwan that would lead to closer bilateral financial cooperation, according to the head of Taiwan's National Development Council (NDC 國發會), who recently returned from a visit to the UK.
  • Typhoon Matmo leaves 13 injuries, no fatalities

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:08 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - Thirteen people were reported injured as a result of Typhoon Matmo, which hit Taiwan yesterday morning, the Central Emergency Operations Center (CEOC) announced yesterday.
  • New York festival set to screen Taiwanese films

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:08 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - Four Taiwan-produced films will be screened at the upcoming 37th Asian American International Film Festival in New York, with each showing a different side of Taiwanese society.
  • MOTC heads up investigation of GE-222 tragedy

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:08 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - In the wake of a crash landing by TransAsia Airways' passenger plane, flight GE-222, Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) instructed the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) to investigate the accident and take the lead in future official matters.
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    The View from Taiwan

  • Backyard Sanity break: Answering a question

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:43 pm
    Went to the backyard to take a sanity break today. Ordinarily I don't shoot leafhoppers, but this shot was so lovely I broke my rule.Last month I shot these aliens in my backyard. Posting on Facebook, someone opined that they might be ladybug larva.Sure enough, I caught one in mid-transformation today. Hard to tell, but I think it is turning into......something like this._______________________[Taiwan] Don't miss the comments below! And check out my blog and its sidebars for events, links to previous posts and picture posts, and scores of links to other Taiwan blogs and forums!
  • Just to get the flavor of central Taiwan; Courtney Donovan Smith's Roundup of our news

    23 Jul 2014 | 6:01 am
    Kenting, four years ago. BREAKING: Fuxing Air plane crashed in Penghu. Reports still in, but apparently of the 54 on board, 6 were sent to the hospital. 48 didn't make it.+++++++Courtney Donovan Smith of ICRT posted to Facebook:My report this morning on ICRT was a laundry list of nepotism, corruption and criminal behaviour by politicians...and I only cover Taichung, Changhua and Nantou. Son of Nantou County Assembly Speaker arrestedThe son of the Nantou County’s legislative speaker has been arrested along with 8 subordinates. The 39-year-old reportedly had been running a violent racket…
  • Robert Sutter Rocks on China

    21 Jul 2014 | 8:35 pm
    Danger lurks behind every leaf.Robert Sutter, the longtime US government Taiwan specialist, nails it in a brilliant piece saying, essentially, it's about time the US actually imposed some costs on China for its behavior. He then goes on to lay out some of the actions that the US can take. That the piece is at CSIS, a corporate establishment thinktank which usually advocates unicorns and rainbows for China, is even more impressive. The key point for us is the Taiwan part [emphasis mine]:2)Taiwan is an area of acute sensitivity for China; one where the United States has several options to…
  • Just some links

    21 Jul 2014 | 6:28 am
    Typhoon to make landfall on Wednesday. Typhoon track as of noon on Monday. Central Weather Bureau typhoon link._____________Daily Links:Explanation of the Point System for foreigner grads of local universities to find local jobs: Winkler. Note that last line has useful translation.SOAS roundtable on Sunflower movementBill Hayton with another strong piece on China's bizarro-world claims to the South China SeaForbes on the Confucius InstitutesLocal Vietnam government to compensate big Taiwan steel firm_______________________[Taiwan] Don't miss the comments below! And check out my blog and its…
  • Northern Cross Sanity Break

    20 Jul 2014 | 6:34 pm
    Resting in Lower Baling with my good friends Kenji and Jeff.Saturday and Sunday I ignored my currently enormous workload and rode one of favorite routes, the Northern Cross Island Highway from Yongning Metro to Yilan Train Station with my redoubtable friends Kenji and Jeff. Click on Read More to see more....ROUTE NOTES: This is an easy two day ride. From Yongning Metro, the last stop on the blue line, head southwest on the 3 until you reach the 108. You can head all the way to the alternate 7 but then you have to fight the traffic on the alternate 7? TRICKY PART: Follow the 108 (Zhengyi Rd)…
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  • 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…
  • I Can’t Believe It’s June!

    15 Jun 2014 | 8:52 am
    Photo by MJ Klein It’s June!  I haven’t even posted anything for May.  That doesn’t mean that nothing has been happening of course. But things are rather routine, which is probably a good thing.  My Sigma lens has stopped working and I need to send it back to the factory for rebuilding.  My 6 year old computer finally got so slow that I broke down and got a new one.  We’re planning a trip back to the USA, and of course we’ll be writing all about that.  Phoenix is growing up so fast.  She is learning new words every day and she’s getting so tall.
  • Phoenix Goes to the Beach

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    Photos by MJ Klein We took Phoenix to the beach here in Taiwan, for the first time. We had bought her some new toys for playing with sand, and we wanted to show her how to use them.  Once we filled up the wheelbarrow and showed her how to dig in the sand, she started enjoying herself. To be honest, we were appalled at the condition of the beach.  It was littered with cigarette butts (what is it about smokers that makes them think their butts are not trash to be disposed of properly?), glass and other garbage.  In fact, it was difficult for us to find a place clean enough for her to play.
  • Some New Phoenix Photos

    11 Mar 2014 | 8:41 pm
    Photos by MJ Klein Sorry for the light posting of late.  There is a lot going on that I can’t tell you about just yet, but there are some good things in the works that will be coming up soon.  In the meantime, I’d like to share some recent photos of Phoenix, who is growing up so fast!  Enjoy! Phoenix with an aunt and uncle. With Hui-chen’s father. We got Phoenix a little backpack that has a leash on it, because she tends to run away and it’s not safe just to get her do that.  The backpack looks like a clownfish and it’s so cute! Her hair is getting a little…
  • Craig Ferguson’s Travel Photography Essentials

    13 Feb 2014 | 8:13 am
    Our friend Craig Ferguson has released a new eBook.  From his website: Travel Photography Essentials is an eBook designed to get you up and running with travel photography. From beginner level right through to enthusiast this 98 page book was created in response to many requests for such a resource. Within the pages are sections covering basic settings, composition and techniques as well as advice regarding pre-departure preparations. The bulk of the eBook though is taken up with subject oriented advice. Covering a range of common travel photography scenarios including people, landscapes and…
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    The Daily Bubble Tea

  • 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
  • Meet the Mushiking

    Todd Alperovitz
    6 Jul 2014 | 9:01 am
    Our Rhino Beetle rides a Tyrannosaurus The morning after moving to our new home I noticed a visitor crawling outside on the screen of our living room window. Upon closer examination I noticed it was a beetle. I brought it in to show the kids and put it back outside on the screen once they lost interest. It remained there for a few days so I talked my wife into allowing us to keep it as a pet as it obviously likes our house and there wasn’t much for it to eat on the screen. It seems happy in its terrarium and spends most of the day under the soil I added. It often comes out at night to…
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    Fili's World

  • The Hague : Netherlands

    20 Jul 2014 | 12:26 pm
    While in the Netherlands, I spent my first night at the Hague. Didn’t do much homework, so wasn’t sure exactly what to expect but the town was quite charming, with lots of history and the mandatory canal atmosphere. The location of my stay was next to the Haagse Bos park, so I started my day with a walk along the park and then went on to explore the city with a long stop over at the MC Escher museum (more to come).   Here’s a bit of my impressions of the city :   The Haagse Bos park       Location :     Exploring around The Hague city…
  • Nabatean Mamshit National Park : Southern Israel

    9 Jul 2014 | 2:51 am
    The Israeli southern desert is filled with historical treasures. The Nabateans ruled the trade roads across the desert and left some wonderful cities behind that are still standing today. Mamshit is the smallest of those, but still spectacular and well-worth your visit. A quick half an hour from Beer Sheva and on the way towards the dead sea pretty much in the middle of no-where is a fascinating historical archeological site. Naturally, the site is now a UNESCO heritage site, well maintained and well explained.     The Israel Nature and Parks Authority has the intro : Mamshit, a…
  • Musée Mécanique Pier 45 : San Francisco

    7 Jul 2014 | 1:10 pm
    A small hidden gem in the lovely pier area in San Francisco is a museum of old game machines, before video games came to be, when things were a bit more naive and simple. It’s quite remarkable what you could do with a bit of machinery and creative vision, some of those games are just as entertaining as what we have today.       The story behind this place is detailed on their website, go have a look.   Lots of fun machines in there…                                   There are a…
  • Sea Lions at Pier 39 : Fisherman’s Wharf San Francisco

    4 Jul 2014 | 7:04 pm
    Lots to see and do in beautiful San Francisco but one of the main tourist attractions is the waterfront which includes several lively piers with lots of shopping and entertainment options. Pier 39, Fisherman’s Wharf, is probably most famous for sea lion sightings where you can see them by the dozens, chilling out, occasionally crying out and fighting with each other over the best sun tanning spot. I could probably watch these lovely animals for hours.     Aside from that there are lots of cheesy cafes and restaurants, with random entertainment acts in the main square. You…
  • Haikou walk & snack streets : Hainan

    2 Jul 2014 | 1:41 am
    Hainan is the tropical getaway of China, it’s as closest you’ll get in China to nice beaches and tropical weather. Most people coming in to Hainan go straight to Sanya, to get a taste of highly commercial overly crowded beaches, but you can also go into the cheaper Haikou airport. I was’nt sure what I can find in Haikou, but I thought I’d rather explore that area before going down south to the more commercial part. Alas, Haikou isn’t much to look at, another typical Chinese city, and the most important attraction – if anything – is food. So I took a…
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