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  • Taiwan, Germany raise quota for working holiday program

    TAIWAN News
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Taipei, Nov. 24 (CNA) Taiwan and Germany have increased the quota for their reciprocal working holiday program to 300 people
  • Commercial Times: Who's to blame for Taiwan's slow FTA progress? - Focus Taiwan News Channel

    TAIWAN news - Google News
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:14 pm
    WantChinaTimesCommercial Times: Who's to blame for Taiwan's slow FTA progress?Focus Taiwan News ChannelThe Kuomintang-led pan-blue camp insists that the delayed ratification of the Taiwan-China trade-in-services agreement has hampered Taiwan's efforts to open free trade negotiations with other countries. The Democratic Progressive Party-led pan-green ...Taiwan's trade dilemma amid flurry of regional pactsSouth China Morning Post (subscription)China-Korea FTA impact will be big for Taiwan: DuhWantChinaTimesMore dialogue, less fear tactics in discussion of FTA benefitsChina…
  • Ko, Lien battle it out over final weekend

    China Post Online - Taiwan , News
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:01 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - Independent Taipei mayoral candidate Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) yesterday staged a parade event to gather support on the final weekend before the election unfolds on the evening of Nov. 29.
  • Rampant Bayern crush ‘Hoffe’ for seven-point lead

    Taipei Times
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
  • Nightclubs for literature? Why book selling is booming in Taiwan

    Taiwan News
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:29 pm
    While some people are slowly walking home through the neon-lit streets, or getting ready to hit the club scene, others are on their way to a more unusual nocturnal hangout -- a bookstore. The Eslite store in central Taipei opens 24 hours and has more night owl visitors than most Western bookstores could dream of during their daytime hours.
 
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  • Commercial Times: Who's to blame for Taiwan's slow FTA progress? - Focus Taiwan News Channel

    23 Nov 2014 | 7:14 pm
    WantChinaTimesCommercial Times: Who's to blame for Taiwan's slow FTA progress?Focus Taiwan News ChannelThe Kuomintang-led pan-blue camp insists that the delayed ratification of the Taiwan-China trade-in-services agreement has hampered Taiwan's efforts to open free trade negotiations with other countries. The Democratic Progressive Party-led pan-green ...Taiwan's trade dilemma amid flurry of regional pactsSouth China Morning Post (subscription)China-Korea FTA impact will be big for Taiwan: DuhWantChinaTimesMore dialogue, less fear tactics in discussion of FTA benefitsChina…
  • Taiwan Bond Yield Falls to Five-Month Low After China Cuts Rates - Bloomberg

    23 Nov 2014 | 6:54 pm
    Taiwan Bond Yield Falls to Five-Month Low After China Cuts RatesBloombergTaiwan's five-year bonds rose, pushing the yield to a five-month low, after China joined Europe and Japan in easing monetary policy to spur growth. The central bank of China, the island's biggest export market, unexpectedly cut lending and deposit and more »
  • Nightclubs for literature? Why book selling is booming in Taiwan - CNN

    23 Nov 2014 | 4:55 pm
    CNNNightclubs for literature? Why book selling is booming in TaiwanCNNTaipei (CNN) -- It's midnight in the capital of Taiwan. While some people are slowly walking home through the neon-lit streets, or getting ready to hit the club scene, others are on their way to a more unusual nocturnal hangout -- a bookstore. The and more »
  • Taiwan Market Likely To Test Resistance At 9100 Points - Nasdaq

    23 Nov 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Taiwan Market Likely To Test Resistance At 9100 PointsNasdaq(RTTNews.com) - The Taiwan stock market has finished higher now in three consecutive trading days, collecting more than 230 points or 2.5 percent along the way. The Taiwan Stock Exchange closed just above the 9,090-point plateau, and the market is ...and more »
  • Sunflower power stalls Taiwan trade deal - The Age

    23 Nov 2014 | 11:36 am
    The AgeSunflower power stalls Taiwan trade dealThe AgeBut the trade deals cannot become law until Taiwan's fractious parliament has agreed on the rules of a new process that will measure each deal against national security – as demanded by the students. New free trade pilot zones being set up within Taiwan: A Great Choosing Day is Coming [Part Two]The Conversation AUMainland, Taiwan to negotiate on allowing layoversXinhuaUS commission backs arms sales to TaiwanWantChinaTimesBrisbane Timesall 25 news articles »
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    China Post Online - Taiwan , News

  • Ko, Lien battle it out over final weekend

    23 Nov 2014 | 8:01 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - Independent Taipei mayoral candidate Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) yesterday staged a parade event to gather support on the final weekend before the election unfolds on the evening of Nov. 29.
  • Ko expresses support for aide in wire case

    23 Nov 2014 | 8:01 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - Pan-green independent Taipei mayoral candidate Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) said that he chooses to believe in the innocence of his campaign staff member, Peng Sheng-shao (彭盛韶), while there is no proper evidence stating otherwise.
  • 95-year-old comes back to life after Buddhist music played

    23 Nov 2014 | 8:01 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - A 95-year-old woman in Taiwan's southern county of Yunlin came back from the dead last week after her family played her recitations of a Buddhist sutra, the China Times reported Friday.
  • Gas prices edge down to 4-year low

    23 Nov 2014 | 8:01 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - State-run CPC Co. (中油) yesterday announced that the price of gasoline and diesel will be cut by NT$0.4 per liter, effective at midnight.
  • Display makers benefit from depreciation of Japanese yen

    23 Nov 2014 | 8:01 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - Taiwanese flat panel manufacturers AU Optronics Corp. (AUO) and Innolux Corp. are likely to see their net profits rise thanks to the depreciation of the Japanese yen and a subsequent drop on the cost of importing raw materials from Taiwan's northern neighbor, according to business analysts.
 
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    Taiwan News

  • Nightclubs for literature? Why book selling is booming in Taiwan

    23 Nov 2014 | 6:29 pm
    While some people are slowly walking home through the neon-lit streets, or getting ready to hit the club scene, others are on their way to a more unusual nocturnal hangout -- a bookstore. The Eslite store in central Taipei opens 24 hours and has more night owl visitors than most Western bookstores could dream of during their daytime hours.
  • State-of-art opera house opens in central Taiwan

    23 Nov 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Central Taiwan's first opera house opened Sunday with a grand ceremony to inaugurate what Culture Minister Lung Ying-tai called "the pride of Taichung." Designed by Pritzker Architecture Prize-winning Japanese architect Toyo Ito, the eye-catchingly modern National Taichung Theater boasts a 2,014-seat grand theater, a 800-seat theater and a 200-seat black box.
  • Diplomatic allies wowed by Taiwan culture

    23 Nov 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Sir Iaokoba Taeia Italeli, governor-general of Tuvalu earlier this month visited the International Spotlight Central Region Program event and gained familiarity with a number of Taiwan's most compelling cultural and creative industry attractions. Co-sponsored by the Tourism Bureau, Ministry of Transportation and Communications and the iSee Taiwan Foundation , the program aims to highlight the rich cultures of Taiwan's central counties, including Taichung, Nantou, Yunlin, Changhua, and Chiayi, and showcase each area's distinctive local culture, fashion, tea, ecology, and culinary delicacies.
  • Taiwanese witness to testify against Philippine officials at court

    23 Nov 2014 | 8:50 am
    Taipei, Nov. 23 The son of a Taiwanese fisherman will appear in a Philippine court Monday to testify against eight Philippine Coast Guard officers charged with killing his father in May 2013, Ministry of Justice officials said Sunday. The officials said Hung Yu-chih, son of skipper Hung Shih-cheng of the Kuang Ta Hsing No.
  • Survey points to dangers of plastic trash ruining Taiwan's coastline

    23 Nov 2014 | 6:40 am
    Taipei, Nov. 23 Plastic rubbish has invaded everyday life in Taiwan overwhelmingly, according to a recent survey which found that it has inundated every inch of Taiwan's coastline, posing a serious threat to the island's marine environment and eventually to its citizens' health. On Thursday, the Society of Wilderness released the results of its survey on microplastics, which showed that nearly 90 percent of the some 8,000 kilograms of garbage that its 6,000 volunteers had collected on 18 beaches around Taiwan in October and November is plastic trash.
 
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    The View from Taiwan

  • vlogger Mordeth13 has crippling accident, Needs Your Help

    23 Nov 2014 | 9:28 pm
    The well known vlogger Mordeth13 has suffered a crippling accident..Hey guys, M13 here. I won't be uploading videos for a while. The March tour is most likely cancelled. So if you're booked for the March tour check with me or wait for an email confirming that it will be pushed to the next tour. I actually have someone younger cooller and better looking than me to take over my tours. So they are still happening.YouTube Search : M13 Taiwan ToursI'm known for being a bit of a jerk. But I've always liked to think that I have a good heart. I help with animals and Sean McCormack when I can. I…
  • Taishang not coming home to vote....

    23 Nov 2014 | 5:53 am
    A billboard promoting KMT candidates Sean Lien and Jason Hu. In Shanghai (source)Over at China Policy Institute Gunter Schubert has a piece on the Taishang, the Taiwan businessmen in China. arguing gently that they are not the Trojan horses the pro-independence side in Taiwan's politics makes them out to be. Schubert has made a career out of researching the Taishang; his excellent 2010 paper on them is publicly available in PDF format. Sadly, the Taishang are most definitely a kind of Trojan Horse, as Schubert's own work shows, they simply regurgitate a gumbo of KMT and China propaganda…
  • Taipei: Sean Lien follies continue

    22 Nov 2014 | 7:01 pm
    The government gives a comprehensive list of warnings for the Dajia River.Sean Lien continues to spout nonsense, to the great amusement of all. Among many lowlights of his campaign include a proposal to solve the stray dog problem by dumping the city's stray dogs down in Chiayi -- a very revealing moment showing how the KMT ruling core views Taiwan outside of Taipei -- it is simply a place to dump their waste, the funeral home fiasco, and the claim that he had visited all 600 precincts of Taipei, when the city only has 400 or so. Local netizens have been mourning the Nov 29 arrival of the…
  • Ko Wiretap case takes ominous turn

    22 Nov 2014 | 5:01 am
    Poster for Taichung mayoral candidate Hu and a local candidate in an aboriginal area.The wiretap case in Taipei took a turn for the ugly:On November 4, Ko aides said they found signs of wiretaps at his policy center, with wires having been installed in a telephone exchange which would have made it possible to tap two phones inside the policy center. The incident led to a war of words between the Ko camp and the campaign of his Kuomintang opponent, Sean Lien, accusing each other of being behind the bugging of phones.The case took a new turn Friday evening, when prosecutors questioned two…
  • At Last: Back on the Bike + links

    22 Nov 2014 | 4:13 am
    I haven't done a mountain ride in over two months, but today my friend Merican Teachr and I cut through the haze to climb up to Guguan. Pics below the Daily Links, click on READ MORE..._________________Daily Links:FP annexes Taiwan to China. *sigh*Chinese fossil fakery. Amazing.Sunflower Power stalls trade pact. It's nice to see the mention, but when you look at the bottom, you realize why it is largely pro-government propaganda platitudes: her trip was with MOFA. It was good of the paper to put a public notice of that. Note that the Ma government is conveniently blaming the Sunflowers. In…
 
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  • The Taiwan Pavilion

    thenhbushman
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:34 am
    Photos by MJ Klein (many of them are geotagged) Hui-chen and I took Phoenix in tow with us to the new Global Mall and what we have come to call, “the big ball.”  This big ball, made in Taiwan, is a round display that was all the rage way back when it went on display in Shanghai where it caused quite a stir.  No one had seen anything like it.  Now, years later, this round display is in a purpose-built building that is part of the Global Mall complex. We began our visit with lunch on the second-floor food court.  Phoenix loves the camera and I couldn’t resist snapping…
  • Sky of Star Moon

    thenhbushman
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:34 am
    Geotagged photos by MJ Klein The afternoon after we saw the pandas, we went to this place, which they have translated “Sky of star moon.”  Not exactly how I would have translated it, this place is for kids to enjoy some animals and a safe area in which to run around. We paid the admission fee and headed into the main area. On the way we passed these cute piglets.  Phoenix has never seen piglets before, so naturally we had to show them to her. Notice that someone has painted the piglets’ toenails a bright red. Phoenix showed no fear, and wanted to touch them right away.
  • 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…
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    The Real Taiwan

  • Making English Fun with Brian “Funshine” Alexander

    Johnny Z
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:18 pm
    Are you looking for great English activities for your children? Sparkle and Shine – Living English Stories presents “A Christmas to Remember”. Kenn ‘Sparkles’, from Disney’s World of English, and children’s music composer and entertainer, Brian ‘Funshine’ are hosting hour long children’s Christmas events like you have never seen before. Live music, singing and dancing, puppet shows, Christmas crafts and a free musical instrument will have your kids enjoying Christmas like never before. Join us and make this Christmas, “A Christmas to Remember.” Show Dates December…
  • Strange social experiment in Taiwan

    Johnny Z
    2 Jan 2014 | 5:58 pm
    Hot Taiwanese chick asks strangers for sex as part of a social experiment in Taiwan. Spoiler Alert: Oddly enough, she gets denied.
  • Rex, Matt, Tyler

    Johnny Z
    19 Jan 2012 | 7:33 pm
    I know it’s been a while, but I had a moment and saw this in the comments section of the site. This post just kills me: We are three friends from Chicago, and Ohio and we are here in Taiwan for the winter holiday. We have been going around on our own for a couple days now and now need some friends to go out with and drink. We are NOT Gay, and are not looking for gay experiences, no sexy time with men. We are 3 straight dudes, looking to have fun in Taiwan this break. Text messages will be answered only if they include words “not gay” and broken english is a requirement. 0981-140-442…
  • Possible Job in Filming of Life of Pi

    Johnny Z
    14 May 2011 | 8:31 pm
    I just saw this info in the comments. No idea if it is legit or if they’re still looking but it’s worth a shot. Ang Lee needs your help! New movie ‘Life of Pi’ shooting in Taiwan – Looking for an Indian background actress and Mexican background actor! Hi, we are looking at all expat resources in Taiwan in search of extras. If you are able to help us, please email me so I can forward you our flyers with more info. Mucho gracias! Thanks, Monica Sun | Life of Pi +886-(0)988600307 monicagenesun@gmail.com
  • Spunite Strike Taipei

    Steven Vigar
    26 Apr 2011 | 7:09 am
    Leon Bolier @ Strike 夜店 by Spunite. 地點 LOCATION : 忠孝東路4段563號B1(忠孝東路基隆路交叉口 True Yoga 樓下) (No.563-B1, Sec. 4, Zhongxiao E. Rd., Xinyi Dist., Taipei City 110) [nggallery id=11]
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    Fili's World

  • Robert Allerton Park : UIUC – Illinois

    Fili
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:22 pm
    Moving to live in Urbana-Champaign I had very little expectations regarding things to see in the area. The reputation of the twin towns as being mostly corn fields is well-deserved, although my wonders around the world have taught me that there’s something to see almost anywhere. But, still, the Allerton Park 30 minutes to the west of Champaign was a very pleasant surprise. A huge estate, beautiful gardens, classical and Asian sculpture art, hiking trails and lakes, Allerton Park has it all.     The official website writes about the gardens and art: Befitting a splendid…
  • Le Touquet beach : Northern France

    Fili
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:57 am
    France has some great beaches. Although my recent visit to France was not beach oriented, but after an overload of castles, estates, wine/champagne, and colonial history, a break was long overdue, and so the familia decided to make a detour up north and find a nice beach to relax for a couple of hours. The chosen beach retreat – Le Touquet, up north west.   Honestly, I was pleasantly surprised. Very clean, great facilities, not too many people, not over commercialized, there’s much to enjoy here…     The British Telegraph goes as far as calling this the…
  • San Francisco Walk : California

    Fili
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:56 pm
    San Francisco was a very pleasant surprise. I had unpleasant memories of San Francisco when I visited around the year 2000, and so wasn’t sure what to expect, but San Francisco turned out to be a gorgeous city, and one of the many ways you can enjoy this city is by foot.   Below are some of the photos from my walking tours of San Francisco, starting from the downtown area, up the hills, and overlooking the break-taking San Francisco Bay…   The Colt Tower should be one of your stop-points…       It’s a climb up the hill, but the views from above…
  • Gion Old Geisha District : Kyoto

    Fili
    16 Nov 2014 | 7:05 pm
    Not much that’s left from the old Geisha world, atleast not for foreign tourist folks with my kind of budget, but if you’d like to see a bit of that, you’ll be able to get a glimpse at Gion – the old Geisha District in Kyoto. Nowadays, it’s a fairly upscale posh dining and entertainment district and the part that’s not is filled with tourist souvenir shops, but still the whole area is quite charming and the Kimono wearing Japanese female tourists make for some pretty awesome photo ops.   Like this one…     The comprehensive Japan Guide…
  • Gardens by the Bay – Super trees Grove & Skyway : Singapore

    Fili
    12 Nov 2014 | 11:09 am
    I’ve been around the world, I’ve seen some impressive artificial garden constructions, but nothing prepared me for what awaited me in Singapore – Gardens by the Bay. Honestly, I thought these are just going to be gardens just like any other gardens I’ve visited. But the second you come out from the metro station (MRT) you realize this place is absolutely insane. I don’t know what they were aiming for, but this looks like a scene from Jurassic Park, from some Sci-Fi scene.   We’ll start from the most visually interesting construction, the super-trees…
 
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    Mark Forman: Photo Land

  • Deep in Thought

    Mark Forman
    5 Nov 2014 | 5:57 pm
    The smoking thing-did it a number of times and quit a number of times until one day I finally did quit for a long time through now-I want to say about 11 years(don't miss it at all). What helped me finally to quit was realizing that I was taking anti-oxidants which were good for my body and cost me money and the smoking was working against them and also costing me money, offending my family, etc. Anyhow-this post is not about anti-smoking. In fact it's about how cool smoking looks visually. It enables the eye to focus on the cigarette, the expressions people make when inhaling, exhaling,…
  • 10/10

    Mark Forman
    2 Nov 2014 | 2:38 pm
    This is a photo essay I did on this years 10/10 Taiwan national holiday. 10/10
  • Vader Doesn’t Live Here Anymore

    Mark Forman
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:56 pm
    Flowers are beautiful living things. Very delicate with intricate structures and distinctive shapes. It is hard for me not to mess around with the appearance some since they are one of the most common and therefore over shared subjects up there with puppies and cats. That being said I can understand why so many photographers are attracted to them for the reasons stated above. So I went about it a little more darkly in this treatment which seemed to be the right thing in the moment. It is a water lily which is a very common varietal here in Taiwan There are several parks around that have them…
  • The Color Thing

    Mark Forman
    25 Oct 2014 | 3:23 pm
    The longest struggle I've had in my personal photography journey is with color. Finding the right ones together, not too many, not too over-saturated, balanced, etc. I was also struggling within how I processed them and my related software/camera settings to achieve color that appealed to and satisfied my eye. I'm finally getting much closer on my processing efforts which still eave the challenge of finding the right colors and composition. This image was the last one from my photowalk yesterday. Oddly, often times my last image is often a good one, sometimes the best of the day. Why? I don't…
  • Spy Vs. Spy

    Mark Forman
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:36 pm
    When I was a kid one of my favorite things to read was Mad Magazine. One of the best parts of Mad was the Spy Vs. Spy comics.  So my image above of the 2 monks seeking offerings at the busy market made me flashback on the comic due to the monochrome duality nature of the image I guess. OK maybe it's how my mind works-normal or warped, I'll let you be the judge but it's how I'm wired in any case. That being said I am always drawn to shooting Buddhist monks and nuns because of their iconic form and silhouette. Even though I've lived here in Taiwan for over 20 years there is still…
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