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    China Post Online - Taiwan , News

  • Local market closes down, electronics continues downtrend

    29 Jul 2014 | 9:04 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - Shares in Taiwan closed lower Tuesday, extending losses from a session earlier, as the bellwether electronics sector continued a downtrend, with investors pocketing recent gains, dealers said.
  • NIA says Wang Dan must have valid travel documents to return

    29 Jul 2014 | 9:04 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - The National Immigration Agency (NIA) yesterday formed a resolution, saying that the exiled Chinese dissident Wang Dan (王丹) has to possess a valid re-entry permit issued by the U.S. before entering Taiwan.
  • Delta Electronics reports H1 EPS of NT$4.03

    29 Jul 2014 | 9:04 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - Delta Electronics (台達電) yesterday held the company's earnings conference, reporting consolidated revenues of NT$90.651 billion, up 10.18 percent year-on-year, and an after-tax net income of NT$9.832 billion on profit margins of 27.03 percent over the first half of this year.
  • Passengers on Ma's BRT ride may have been plants

    29 Jul 2014 | 9:04 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - Local media reported yesterday that passengers were planted during President Ma Ying-jeou's ride on the Bus Rapid Transit of Taichung (BRT), raising questions over the integrity of the positive reviews of the newly implemented transportation system.
  • NCKU to host conference on parasitology, pedagogy

    29 Jul 2014 | 9:04 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - The meeting of Parasite Museum and Cross-Straits Conference in Parasitology Teaching will take place at National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) Medical School lecture hall 3 from July 30 to Aug. 1, according to a press release of the NCKU.
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    Taiwan News

  • Suicide cause of Hon Hai employee death - media

    29 Jul 2014 | 10:57 pm
    An employee of a subsidiary of Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd that was found dead in the Chinese city of Shenzhen committed suicide, according to Chinese media reports.
  • Elva Hsiao admits new love with...

    29 Jul 2014 | 6:39 pm
    Taiwanese singer Elva Hsiao poses during an unveiling ceremony for her Elva X Molly doll in Taipei, Taiwan, 26 July 2014.
  • Rotary International president Gary Huang to visit Waynesboro

    29 Jul 2014 | 2:29 pm
    The president of Rotary International, one of the world's largest humanitarian service organizations, will soon recognize the work of the Rotary Club of Waynesboro during a visit to south central Pennsylvania.
  • Parents of French victim in Penghu crash landing touch down in Taiwan

    29 Jul 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Parents of one of the French victims who died in a TransAsia Airways crash in the outlying island county of Penghu last week have arrived in Taiwan to handle the aftermath of their daughter's death.
  • Independent candidate quits Chiayi mayoral election

    29 Jul 2014 | 12:31 pm
    A former member of the Kuomintang announced Tuesday that she will drop out of the mayoral race in Chiayi , head of the Chiayi City Farmers' Association, denied speculation she had been pressured by KMT officials and she decided to quit the race simply because she was not ready for it.
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    The View from Taiwan

  • Tuesday Lazy Links

    29 Jul 2014 | 1:25 am
    A wasp drags a paralyzed spider back to her lair to lay her eggs in its body.Lovely day. Feeling lazy....SPECIAL: Taipei Times report on the ripped page featuring the CCK Foundation in the EACS conference in Portugal. As Ben Goren shows, this report is wrong. Ben clarifies. Expect more clarifications from the government.Taitung's balloon festivalTravel in Taiwan magazine, the tourism bureau's magazine.New York politician Vic Gentile in Taiwan on gov't junket.Time India Stopped Looking at Taiwan through a China PrismScott Simon: Indigenous rights movements in Taiwan since…
  • ....Simply Shows How Out of Touch Sean Lien Is

    28 Jul 2014 | 6:31 am
    Bird and owner out for a cycle trip. Sean Lien, the son of KMT Honorary Chairman for Life and KMT mayoral candidate for the KMT fiefdom of Taipei stunned the political universe this week by lunching with a bunch of foreigners. The event was widely mocked by netizens for its $500 NT lunchboxes (normal ones go for a fifth of that price), once again displaying the Lien clan's total lack of the common touch. The foreigners touched on various issues, Lien gave the KMT party line. Boring, and Lien dismissing claims that the FPEZ opposition is just pro-independence types, as longtime KMT observer…
  • Our Colonial Administration

    27 Jul 2014 | 5:17 am
    A spider protects its hatchlings.A while back I wrote on how the north of Taiwan is the center of a colonial state, whose periphery is essentially everything south of Hsinchu. The reflexive nature of this state is apparent even in the small stuff.Let us recall that "independence" is in part a regional response to the way the north parasitizes the rest of the nation, sucking up its development money, exploiting its resources, impoverishing its governments, and eating up its promising young people. What people in the south want independence from is the colonial government in Taipei.Thus, one of…
  • Sony DSC RX100 Mk 2 is in the house!

    27 Jul 2014 | 1:42 am
    Our dog is totally excited to be going on a walk with the new Sony DSC RX100 II. He scratched a huge hole in the skin on his head so we have to make him wear that til it heals. Annoying for all parties.A couple of years ago I bought a Canon Powershot SX260 (post). I ended up scratching the lens and rendering it useless, so I returned to using my venerable old Canon Powershot S95, which is a fantastic camera that I still love. Perfect in conception, easy to use, that camera is a dream. But unfortunately it is old....Last year I started reading about the Sony DSC RX100. In Jan I went with FTV…
  • #FirstWorldProblems

    26 Jul 2014 | 4:40 pm
    Taiwan consumer complaints from the Consumer Protection Agency of the Executive Yuan. Number 1 and number 2 [shakes head].________________________Daily Links:Pro-China WantWant on the Taichung mayor election: everyone is tired of Hu.Bruce Jacob's piece at AEI from last month on China's bogus historical claims to the South China Sea and the Senkakus.Taiwan-India links continue to grow/Looking at Taiwan from IndiaChina reduces airline activities for three months due to military exercises.EVENTS:2014 The International Conference on Formosan Indigenous Peoples: Contemporary…
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  • 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…
  • 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…
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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

  • Deer of the Ancient Capital : Nara Park – Japan

    29 Jul 2014 | 2:08 am
    After a few days in Kyoto roaming around you’re bound to experience some major temple fatigue. Unless you’re a tourist well versed in the subtleties of Zen, Buddhism and Daoism at some point they’ll all get blurred into a mish-mash of temples. Nara, the former ancient capital of Japan, offers much of the same thing but with one major twist – it has deer. There are different stories about where these deer came from and why they’re there, but it doesn’t matter – they’re adorable and the tourists love them. They roam around freely through the area…
  • Rancho Los Cerritos & Queen Mary : Long Beach California

    28 Jul 2014 | 5:59 am
    Long Beach doesn’t have what you’d call prime attractions, especially in comparison to the nearby Los Angeles with its Getty museums (Getty Center & Getty Villa) and the Hollywood madness, but my local host did take me to see two little attractions in Long Beach that are worth sharing – the Queen Mary cruise ship and the Rancho Los Cerritos Mexican ranch.   The Queen Mary   Once the grandest cruizeship but now a hotel and entertainment center, it’s worth coming in to have a quick look.         Wikipedia has this for the history of this…
  • Sanya Beach : Hainan

    27 Jul 2014 | 4:44 am
    If you’re looking for beaches in China, then Sanya in Hainan is probably the best you’ll be able to find. Unfortunately, it’s not up to par with other amazing beach destinations in the area (Thailand, Philippines, Taiwan-Penghu, Cambodia and even Vietnam-Nhatrang and Hong Kong-Saikung) and it’s unbelievably crowded and over commercialized. The Chinese are also relatively traditional people when it comes to swimwear and still do not have my appreciation for a quiet clean motor-less BBQ-less KTV-less beach. Still, I was visiting Hainan and wanted to see what the beaches…
  • Art Museums : Austin Texas

    26 Jul 2014 | 1:19 am
    Austin Texas, though small, has a number of art museums. While there, I visited three of those – The Contemporary Austin Jones Center, the UT Austin – Blanton Museum of Art and the Mexic-Arte Museum and though they were all small they each had something interesting to offer.   So let’s have a quick look.   The Contemporary Austin Jones Center   The contemporary had a couple of nice exhibitions when I was there, the most intriguing was on the second floor, and had to do with – mushrooms, I think.     At the end of that exhibition I was…
  • 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…
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