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  • Indonesian lifeguard fights expulsion

    TAIWAN News
    1 Aug 2015 | 7:53 pm
    Wong Tu Tjie, a 51-year-old Indonesian, is facing repatriation this month for overstaying his visa. Many migrant civil groups and Wong’s close friend launched a
  • Online fashion retailer Zalora back in Taiwan with new vision - Focus Taiwan News Channel

    TAIWAN news - Google News
    1 Aug 2015 | 6:03 am
    Focus Taiwan News ChannelOnline fashion retailer Zalora back in Taiwan with new visionFocus Taiwan News ChannelIn an interview with CNA in Taipei Thursday, Zalora Group Managing Director Michele Ferrario said that while Taiwan's e-commerce market is highly developed, many fashion brands remain unavailable online, leaving consumers underserved for certain ...and more »
  • Fashion retailer Zalora, with a new vision, returns to Taiwan

    China Post Online - Taiwan , News
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:04 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - Asian online fashion retailer Zalora announced its return to Taiwan on Thursday, with company executives saying they are ready to make their mark in the country's multibillion-U.S.-dollar e-commerce arena.
  • Overworked Chang advances to semi-finals

    Taipei Times
    31 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
  • Whatever its color, rare 'blue moon' catches the gaze of astronomy buffs

    Taiwan News
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:25 pm
    Astronomy buffs in Taiwan yesterday observed a rare "blue moon," which refers to the appearance of a second full moon in a calendar month and a saying that dates back to the American Farmers' Almanac, rather than referring to the color, the Taipei Astronomical Museum said. Just don't expect it to be "blue," museum researcher Chang Kuei-lan had said, noting that it would look like any other full moon.
 
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  • Online fashion retailer Zalora back in Taiwan with new vision - Focus Taiwan News Channel

    1 Aug 2015 | 6:03 am
    Focus Taiwan News ChannelOnline fashion retailer Zalora back in Taiwan with new visionFocus Taiwan News ChannelIn an interview with CNA in Taipei Thursday, Zalora Group Managing Director Michele Ferrario said that while Taiwan's e-commerce market is highly developed, many fashion brands remain unavailable online, leaving consumers underserved for certain ...and more »
  • Taiwan's LCD TV shipments down over 8% in Q2 year-on-year - Focus Taiwan News Channel

    1 Aug 2015 | 3:57 am
    Focus Taiwan News ChannelTaiwan's LCD TV shipments down over 8% in Q2 year-on-yearFocus Taiwan News Channel1 (CNA) Shipments of Taiwan-made liquid crystal display (LCD) TVs fell more than 8 percent in the second quarter from a year earlier as Chinese TV brand Haier cut orders placed to Taiwanese contract makers, according to Taipei-based Digitimes Research.
  • Taiwan's GDP Growth At Three-Year Low As China, Tech Industry Cut Gain - Forbes

    1 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Taiwan's GDP Growth At Three-Year Low As China, Tech Industry Cut GainForbesTaiwan in the second quarter didn't come close to reaching the government's GDP growth forecast issued only in May, underscoring pressure from the easing expansion in mainland China's economy and inventory build-up in the electronics industry. Taiwan's ...
  • 4.5-magnitude earthquake jolts northern Taiwan - Focus Taiwan News Channel

    1 Aug 2015 | 2:14 am
    Focus Taiwan News Channel4.5-magnitude earthquake jolts northern TaiwanFocus Taiwan News Channel1 (CNA) An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.5 on the Richter scale shook northern Taiwan at 3:36 p.m. Saturday, according to the Central Weather Bureau. The epicenter of the earthquake was about 6.3 kilometers north of Yilan County Hall at a depth of ...
  • Taiwan receives nearly 5 million inbound visitors in H1 - Focus Taiwan News Channel

    1 Aug 2015 | 1:07 am
    Taiwan receives nearly 5 million inbound visitors in H1Focus Taiwan News Channel1 (CNA) Some 4.99 million people visited Taiwan from overseas in the first six months this year, with 55 percent of them coming from China, Hong Kong and Macau, according to the latest figures released by the Ministry of the Interior (MOI) Saturday.
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    China Post Online - Taiwan , News

  • Fashion retailer Zalora, with a new vision, returns to Taiwan

    31 Jul 2015 | 9:04 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - Asian online fashion retailer Zalora announced its return to Taiwan on Thursday, with company executives saying they are ready to make their mark in the country's multibillion-U.S.-dollar e-commerce arena.
  • MediaTek profit hits nine-quarter low

    31 Jul 2015 | 9:04 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - MediaTek Inc. (聯發科), one of Taiwan's leading integrated circuit designers, saw its net profit for the second quarter of this year falling to a nine-quarter low due to the slow season effect.
  • Curriculum debate may see extra legislative hearing

    31 Jul 2015 | 9:04 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平) announced yesterday that a meeting may be held to discuss an extra legislative session to debate the controversial high school curriculum guidelines, after talks between Education Minister Wu Se-hwa (吳思華) and student protesters fell through.
  • Shares of Far Eastone boosted by CNS deal

    31 Jul 2015 | 9:04 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - Shares of Far EasTone Telecommunications Co. (遠傳) moved higher Friday morning after it clinched a deal a day earlier in preparation to acquire a stake in Taiwan-based cable operator China Network Systems Co. (CNS, 中嘉網路), dealers said.
  • Farglory 'concedes' to City on construction of Taipei Dome

    31 Jul 2015 | 9:04 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - Taipei Deputy Mayor Charles Lin (林欽榮) declared “victory” in an interview yesterday, claiming that Farglory Group (遠雄) had agreed to a holistic security-check standard for Taipei Dome as well as three security improvement recommendations made by Taipei City.
 
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    Taiwan News

  • Whatever its color, rare 'blue moon' catches the gaze of astronomy buffs

    31 Jul 2015 | 8:25 pm
    Astronomy buffs in Taiwan yesterday observed a rare "blue moon," which refers to the appearance of a second full moon in a calendar month and a saying that dates back to the American Farmers' Almanac, rather than referring to the color, the Taipei Astronomical Museum said. Just don't expect it to be "blue," museum researcher Chang Kuei-lan had said, noting that it would look like any other full moon.
  • Int'l theater network to keep HQ in Taiwan

    31 Jul 2015 | 4:21 pm
    The International Organization of Scenographers, Theatre Architects and Technicians , one of the world's largest networks for theater professionals, will keep its headquarters in Taiwan until at least 2020, the Ministry of Culture announced Friday. Culture Minister Hung Meng-chi and OISTAT president Louis Janssen inked a cooperation agreement at a ceremony in Taipei that day, allowing OISTAT to continue its stay in the country until 2020.
  • Fashion retailer Zalora, with a new vision, returns to Taiwan

    31 Jul 2015 | 12:16 pm
    Asian online fashion retailer Zalora announced its return to Taiwan on Thursday, with company executives saying they are ready to make their mark in the country's multibillion-U.S.-dollar e-commerce arena. In an interview with CNA in Taipei Thursday, Zalora Group Managing Director Michele Ferrario said that while Taiwan's e-commerce market is highly developed, many fashion brands remain unavailable online, leaving consumers underserved for certain types of products.
  • Taiwan's students storm education ministry in Taipei in protest...

    31 Jul 2015 | 9:06 am
    Aftab is student editor at The Independent and is keen to give the student community a voice. He has previously worked as editor-in-chief for Scotland's largest independent student publication, The Journal.
  • DPP aiming to have a go in five constituencies

    31 Jul 2015 | 4:51 am
    SINGAPORE: Just two years after he revived the dormant Democratic Progressive Party , Mr Benjamin Pwee, 46, has keen ambitions for the coming elections, saying he has corralled enough potential candidates to gun for five constituencies. While the secretary-general did not divulge the identities of his entire slate of 15, Mr Pwee said the teams he intends to field are made up of, across the board, professionals, managers, executives and technicians in their mid-30s to late-40s.
 
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    The View from Taiwan

  • Hung Campaign Blues + Links

    31 Jul 2015 | 5:38 am
    A roadside shrine.The campaign of Hung Hsiu-chu found a campaign manager this week (KMT news organ): KMT Presidential candidate Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱)’s campaign headquarters have begun to gear up. According to informed sources, Yiin Chii-ming, a former Economics Minister and president of National Policy Foundation, the KMT think tank, would be Hung’s campaign manager. Hung’s campaign office has also announced new spokespersons this morning.Yesterday, Yu Tzu-hsiang (游梓翔), Hung's campaign office spokesperson, said that Yiin had participated in discussions of Hung’s policy…
  • Hegemonic Warfare Watch: Fun Fun Fun over the Senkakus

    31 Jul 2015 | 4:03 am
    A lonely road somewhere in Chiayi.A piece in The Diplomat observes that China's bogus ADIZ over the East China Sea was used to turn back a Lao Airlines flight...A little-noticed report published earlier this week in Air Transport World showcases one such case. Although considerably ambiguity continues to surround this incident, according to that report, a Lao Airlines flight flying from South Korea’s Gimehae International Airport to Laos was asked to turn back by Chinese air traffic controllers and complied. The report notes that the Chinese air traffic controllers told the aircraft that it…
  • Taitung: Miramar Expanding Ring of Destruction Halted

    31 Jul 2015 | 1:03 am
    Location of the Miramar (lower left) and new development (center to right)(from Taitung Protest)The Miramar hotel development (background) has come to symbolize everything that is wrong with development on the east coast, which is rapidly being wrecked by developers. Today Taitung Protest posted on Facebook:You’ve heard about Mei Li Wan, now they are trying to build Mei Li Two (then 3, 4, and so on, ‘until there’s no more room up there’) in the foothills of Dulan Mountain, just 100 metres north of Miramar.A delegation of local environmental activists, led by leaders of the aboriginal…
  • Student history curriculum protester commits suicide

    30 Jul 2015 | 8:19 pm
    Taiwan was rocked yesterday with the news that a student protester, facing likely prosecution, committed suicide, allegedly after an abusive, pressuring visit from the principal of his school and zero support for his actions from his parents. In traditional style, he killed himself via carbon monoxide poisoning by burning charcoal, a favorite suicide method in Asia since it does not mar the body and is supposed to be painless (2007 post). Just the souls of those who learn of these senseless tragedies.The dead student had intended his suicide to drive action, and sure enough, protesters…
  • Student Invasion of the Ministry of Education becomes major political issue. Good. + Links

    27 Jul 2015 | 1:08 am
    Where does it go? Somewhere deep into Nantou...Noah Buchan commented in an excellent editorial in the Taipei Times:A culture war is raging in Taiwan, and it has been going on for decades. It is a time when Chiang Kai-shek (蔣介石) statues still cast shadows in public parks; when denials of Han privilege course through the media; when the Ministry of Education (MOE) snubs its nose at the courts and pushes through China-centric adjustments to curriculum guidelines — ones that euphemize the Japanese colonial period; and when the nation’s largest political party believes that it still…
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    The Daily Bubble Tea

  • Tung Blossoms in Miaoli

    Todd Alperovitz
    11 Jul 2015 | 7:19 am
    I think I’ve finally recovered after my family went on a day-trip to Miaoli with my mother-in-law and a bus full of her coworkers about two and a half months ago. If you are unfamiliar with a Taiwanese group day-trip they mostly follow the same exhausting formula: one interesting stop followed by half a dozen boring ones. In addition, the karaoke on the bus only has one volume – deafening. Here’s a small collection of photographs from my favorite of our stops – The Hakka Compound [客家大院] in Tongluo Township [銅鑼鄉] to see the Tung Blossoms [油桐花].
  • May Instagrams

    Todd Alperovitz
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:18 am
    Welcome to the May edition of my Instagram favorites. This small collection includes images from Yilan, Miaoli, and Nantou! Contemplating Door #1 or Door #2 GOYB The New Neighbor Looking up on Planet Earth
  • The Jhongsing Village Lotus Ponds

    Todd Alperovitz
    20 Jun 2015 | 8:23 am
    This spring I only managed to visit the Jhongsing Village Lotus Ponds once during their blooming period last month. Here’s a few photographs from that hot, sunny day in May. Previous trips to Jhongsing Village’s Lotus Ponds: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2008.
  • April Instagrams

    Todd Alperovitz
    9 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    The April edition of my Instagram favorites contains images captured Taichung, Miaoli, and Nantou! Enjoy! The Origin of the Universe   Leave Room for Macaroons Reflect Taiwan High Speed Rail – Taichung Station The View from the Summit Lights Are Gonna Find Me Strike a Pose
  • March Instagrams

    Todd Alperovitz
    7 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The better-late-than-never March edition of my Instagram favorites contains images captured Yilan County, Taipei City, and Nantou County! Enjoy! Looking Up Cruising Blue Tang A Shaded Bench Living Wild
 
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    Fili's World

  • Frida Kahlo Museum and Coyoacan : Mexico City

    visions
    7 Jul 2015 | 2:31 pm
    A bit off the tourist beaten track and the touristic historical center down in the southern parts of Mexico City is Coyoacan, a pleasant area most famous for the neighborhood where two of Mexico’s most well known Mexican artist couple resided – Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. Besides the colonial architecture in the Jardín Centenario square and the wonderful street food and markets nearby, you can visit the Museo Frida Kahlo where Frida spent the last few years of her life and Museo Diego Rivera-Anahuacalli where Diego’s studio used to be with a large collection of…
  • Great Pyramid of Tenochtitlán and Museo del Templo Mayor : Mexico City

    visions
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:57 am
    Lots was going on in Mexico City long before the Spanish stormed in. At the center of modern Mexico City at the heart of what’s referred to as the historical center (Zocalo) stood a great Aztec temple. Dating back to 14th century and signifying an important lost culture, the sight is now a UNESCO heritage site. The Templo Mayor museum will allow you to walk between ruins of this once magnificent temple and imagine all that was lost. The Spanish did a heck of a job turning the temple into a pile of stones, so to fully appreciate the place you’ll either need a good tour guide or a…
  • Metropolitan Cathedral and Constitution Plaza : Zocalo Mexico City

    visions
    5 Jul 2015 | 8:35 pm
    My tour of Mexico City started at the Centro Historio, the historical center district, where many of Mexico’s historical tourist attractions are concentrated. Arriving at my B&B quite late, I set off for a walking tour of the area, first heading towards Zocalo to see the Constitution Plaza and the Metropolitan Cathedral – icons of Mexico City. The area has served as an important meeting area since the Aztecs, and there are some very interesting ruins still to be seen in the area, but till this very day it serves as place for political protests – most times against the…
  • Rosson House Museum at Heritage Square : Phoenix

    visions
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:22 am
    Last Christmas eve, I found myself stopping over at Phoenix Arizona with some time to visit some of the local attractions. But, being Christmas eve, the city was dead quiet and so all the places I visited were completely empty, with me being the sole visitor. When visiting the Rosson House Museum at the Phoenix Heritage Square I got a private one hour tour by the local guide taking me through the house and explaining everything about the house. Truth be told, I am not one of those people who likes private tours, I don’t like the commitment and I keep feeling like I am either wasting the…
  • Monasteries and Churches walk through Cologne Old Town

    visions
    28 Jun 2015 | 9:58 am
    The grand Cologne Cathedral is the most famous attraction in Cologne, but the old town offers quite a few other lovely historic churches, monasteries and cathedrals to see. A walking tour of an hour or two should be enough to visit the highlights, and so here’s what I saw during my visit.   Great St. Martin Church             Location:     Sankt Maria im Kapitol        Location:     Alt St. Alban            Location:   It’s a lovely area, and whether you’re aiming…
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    Mark Forman: Photo Land

  • Geometry

    Mark Forman
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:12 pm
    This was taken a couple of years back in Lukang, Taiwan. One of my favorite cultural spots in Taiwan and consequently a place I like to visit repeatedly. This is inside the Long Shan Temple which is a great location to shoot due to it's distinctive architecture, scale of the place and the lighting it offers at different times of the year and day. Not long ago I shared a thought that occurred to me with a visitor that I also brought here: "there's something about places that experience a lot of human traffic or interaction. They seem to store and reflect the energy of the people that have…
  • I’m the King of the World Yo!

    Mark Forman
    8 Jun 2015 | 4:32 pm
    Holy blow the smoke out of the cobwebs Batman! It's been a while since I posted here. Yeah the usual distractions-real life, other social media blog killing sites, etc. How have you all been. I have been spending a lot of time going through my archives. Talking about blowing off the cobwebs. This is from 2011 one of my most prolific years-was shooting pretty much every weekday morning after dropping son off for the bus. What I'm enjoying and feel worthy of mention is that three are many decent images that are getting enhanced TLC from me due to my improved photo ninja post-processing skills.
  • Rubick’s Cubed

    Mark Forman
    26 Apr 2015 | 6:07 pm
    Some days you and the camera are one. Something closely approximating that in any case. It's hard to explain but when you're in that zone it's a lot of fun and kind of effortless. Other times the camera seems to way a million pounds and is enjoying your misery and inability to come up with anything substantive. I guess this is true of any creative process. This day was a good one and numerous images from this session pleased me. I also put one of my favorite manual lenses back on-Pentax Super Takumar 55 1.8 from the good old film days. This is in the IZhong area of Taichung which is one of…
  • So Wasup

    Mark Forman
    11 Apr 2015 | 5:11 pm
    I know it's been a while since I've posted here, ranted in your ear, hopefully stimulated you through an image or some words and some music, etc. been busy with work which has been a lot of new product design for others and also for myself. Have a look at this on new IPhone grip system I'm getting ready to introduce. My photos are getting more and more experimental(or not). Basically I'm focusing more and more on shooting whatever impression I had at the moment. Less focused on what image or types of images will get likes or pluses on social media sites. Pretty liberating actually. It always…
  • What’s Up With That?

    Mark Forman
    15 Mar 2015 | 5:31 pm
    One of the nice things about having your own site is that you can just rant and shout into the abyss with abandon. If passer's by want to join in-well that's great. If they want to shake their heads out of pity or disgust, well that's ok too. This was from a day where it was pissing down rain-I know you couldn't tell from the picture. I wear glasses so going out in the rain offers some inconveniences and challenges. My camera is weather-proofed so that is less of an issue. I have auto-focus lens on so I can hold umbrella in one hand and camera in the other. I did manage to keep most rain off…
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