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  • High speed rail could go bankrupt if restructuring fails: minister

    TAIWAN News
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:35 pm
    Taipei, Oct. 23 (CNA) Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp. (THSRC) could face bankruptcy by the end of this year if
  • Refusing to eject to safety, AT-3 pilot loses life

    China Post Online - Taiwan , News
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:19 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - The pilot of an AT-3 trainer aircraft twice rejected appeals to eject to safety as he tried to maneuver his aircraft clear of residential communities following a mid-air accident on Tuesday, a decision that cost him his life, the Air Force said.
  • Boycotting not answer to issues of food safety

    Taipei Times
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
  • Taiwan should carefully handle Chinese trade ties: envoy to US

    Taiwan News
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:44 am
    China remains Taiwan's biggest market but also its biggest threat and Taiwan has to tread carefully in maximizing the opportunity while minimizing the threat, Taiwan's de facto ambassador to the United States said in an interview on Tuesday. Speaking in an interview with Taipei-based International Community Radio Taipei that aired Tuesday, Shen Lyu-hsun touched on the challenges Taiwan faces at a time of regional integration, including how to deal with China.
  • Tempest Over a Chamber Pot as Taiwan Scrutinizes Chinese Tourists' Manners

    NYT > Taiwan
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:37 am
    A recent report that Chinese tourists allowed their 3-year-old child to urinate in an upscale Taipei restaurant has raised complaints in Taiwan about the behavior of mainland visitors.
 
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    China Post Online - Taiwan , News

  • Refusing to eject to safety, AT-3 pilot loses life

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:19 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - The pilot of an AT-3 trainer aircraft twice rejected appeals to eject to safety as he tried to maneuver his aircraft clear of residential communities following a mid-air accident on Tuesday, a decision that cost him his life, the Air Force said.
  • Taiwan's unemployment rate could fall below 4%: DGBAS

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:19 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - The unemployment rate for 2014 could fall below 4 percent as the local economy is on the road to recovery, the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS,主計總處) said Wednesday.
  • Asia Pacific Telecom to roll out 4G service

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:19 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - The National Communications Commission (NCC) has granted Asia Pacific Telecom (亞太電信) the 4G operating license using the 700 MHz frequency, and the telecom company is set to launch its 4G broadband service by year-end.
  • Executive Yuan's food safety office opens

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:19 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - The Executive Yuan's new food safety office officially opened yesterday, staffed with prosecutors to speed up the process of rooting out tainted food production.
  • NCC approves the sale of HTC's new Desire EYE

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:19 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - HTC (宏達電) Corp.'s new selfie-centric smartphone has been certified by Taiwan's communications regulator, the National Communications Commission (NCC), for sale in the country, a step that the company hopes will help it sustain its local sales momentum.
 
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    Taiwan News

  • Taiwan should carefully handle Chinese trade ties: envoy to US

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:44 am
    China remains Taiwan's biggest market but also its biggest threat and Taiwan has to tread carefully in maximizing the opportunity while minimizing the threat, Taiwan's de facto ambassador to the United States said in an interview on Tuesday. Speaking in an interview with Taipei-based International Community Radio Taipei that aired Tuesday, Shen Lyu-hsun touched on the challenges Taiwan faces at a time of regional integration, including how to deal with China.
  • Taiwan donates 100,000 euros to Vatican for Iraqi, Syrian refugees

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:46 pm
    Taipei, Oct. 22 Taiwan donated 100,000 euros to the Holy See as part of bilateral efforts to help Syrian and Iraqi refugees displaced by Islamic State militants, Foreign Minister David Lin said Wednesday after returning to Taiwan from a beatification ceremony for Pope Paul VI. Lin was designated by President as his envoy to the Vatican for the Sunday ceremony.
  • Progress made on Taiwan-Hungary working holiday pact: envoy

    22 Oct 2014 | 2:53 pm
    Taipei, Oct. 22 There has been some progress on a working holiday agreement between Taiwan and Hungary, as the Hungarian parliament has ratified the agreement, the country's top envoy to Taiwan said Wednesday. "Yesterday, the Hungarian parliament has ratified the working holiday agreement," Levente Szekely said during a reception in Taipei to celebrate Hungary's national day, which falls on Oct. 23. The two countries will now need to carry out an exchanges of notes, which will probably take one or two months, he said at the reception that was organized by the Hungarian Trade Office in Taipei…
  • Wyoming-Taiwan enter economic development memorandum of understanding

    22 Oct 2014 | 10:47 am
    The Taiwan National Theatre and National Symphony Halls from the steps of the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei. President and CEO Huang Win-Jung recently signed a memorandum of understanding to formalize the agencies' mutual efforts.
  • Vietnamese tenants killed in blaze at Taiwanese building

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:51 am
    Two Vietnamese women died and two others were injured in a fire that broke out early Tuesday morning at an apartment building in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, news website Focus Taiwan reported. According to the report, a Taiwanese man in his 80s surnamed Kao and two of his Vietnamese tenants, one aged 32 and the other in her 50s, were killed after the fire consumed the three-storey building.
 
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    The View from Taiwan

  • Japan Didn't Cave

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:11 am
    Earlier this week The Diplomat ran a piece entitled "Japan Caves to China on the Senkaku Islands Dispute". Citing reports in the Japanese media, it opened:In order to secure a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Japanese Premier Shinzo Abe agreed to a significant concession in Tokyo’s ongoing dispute with China over the Senkaku Islands, according to Japanese media outlets.I'd been sitting on it for a couple of days because I just couldn't believe even the Japanese, who have been notoriously incompetent in presenting the historical reality of the Senkakus, could do something that…
  • Daily Links

    20 Oct 2014 | 6:01 am
    Links... plus an event! Too busy to blog tonight....Don't miss: Tairadical's rip of the Lien FamilyBen's analysis of Taipei City District 2AmCham has piece on making Taiwan into a Silicon Valley in Asia. Nope, won't happen.Commonwealth is featuring Hong Kong this month with another set of articles. Enjoy this on one Hong Kongers moving to Taiwan.Vietnam firm sent 43,000 tons of oil to Taiwan over the years.Great letter from David Pendery in TT on student happiness in TaiwanYou've been following the big protests in Hong Kong Mexico, right?Beautiful pics/story of riding to waterfalls…
  • Another debris carry lacewing larva

    19 Oct 2014 | 12:53 am
    Shot another one of these today on way out walking the dog. They're so weird. But they eat pests, I've read. This one shows the insect itself, with all the debris it has glued to its body. Sorry about the lack of new pics, down with a hip flexor strain and can't ride..._______________________[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!
  • Lien in desperate move: Ko= economic doom!

    18 Oct 2014 | 11:09 pm
    FormosaNation on Twitter, who has been doing a great job tracking the Taipei mayor election, passed this glorious moment around. Here is Sean Lien, the KMT mayoral candidate for Taipei, announcing that if he isn't elected, the economy is doomed. People on Twitter pointed out that his solution is the same as Ma's: more China. That might have played in 2008. It won't play now. The government's insistence on failed China policies has backfired on one of the KMT's most critical claims in maintaining electoral superiority: the claim that it can deliver on the economy. Clearly, with Ma in office…
  • Stereotype Quest: how many stereotypes can you spot?

    16 Oct 2014 | 7:17 am
    Watermelon and watermelon juice sellers... man I miss watermelon.Taipei Times reports:The video clip was said to portray Aboriginal women as ‘exotic objects of lust, and neglected to mention the artists it was promotingHere's the link, filmed by aboriginal director. See how many of the millions of ethnic stereotypes crammed in here you can spot. Click read more for a quick list I compiled:1. non-white woman exotic object of white man's lust, man is creepy stalker2. non-white woman is still not very dark-skinned, white skin preference3. foreign man is blonde and either green or…
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    The Daily Bubble Tea

  • Leofoo Resort

    Todd Alperovitz
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:18 am
    Room with a View Our children had a fabulous time during our family adventure to Leofoo Resort in Hsinchu County. The resort’s main attraction is the fantastic view guests have of the hotel’s courtyard. Inside are seven different kinds of animals: giraffes, rhinoceroses, zebras, lemurs, goats, flamingos, and tortoises. The lemurs there are extremely bold. They’ll often jump on the walkway and won’t even flinch until a visitor gets around a half a meter from them. Then they’ll jump or run away.  One of them hit me in the face with its tail as it jumped while I…
  • September Instagrams

    Todd Alperovitz
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:09 am
    Here are a half a dozen images posted to Instagram during September. This installment’s images were taken in Caotun Township, Taichung City, and Nantou City. Aluminum [see note #1]  #61 [see note #2]  Metal Mayhem  Light Show [see note #3] The Universe [see note #4] Notes: This is probably the first time I’ve purposely used the flash on my smartphone. It’s a picture of the side of a factory taken while some of my adult students and I were waiting for a representative from the security company to debug the security system so we could all go home. Our…
  • I Want to Believe

    Todd Alperovitz
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:53 am
    The Douli Invasion
  • Look Who’s Two!

    Todd Alperovitz
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:50 am
  • August Instagrams

    Todd Alperovitz
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:41 am
    Here are a handful of images posted to Instagram during August. This installment’s images were taken in Caotun Township, Taichung City, and Changhua County. O O O O O O O O O O O  Sofa Face Men at Work The Blue Door Feeding Time How I Roll
 
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    Fili's World

  • The funkier side of Guanghzou : Arts and nightlife

    Fili
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:57 pm
    In my last few visits to Guanghzou before leaving the region I got to experience a whole new side of this vibrant metropolis.   First off, I visited Redtory, the new growing art district was once a large factory, but the government designated it to artists and galleries, trying to imitate 798 in Beijing and M50 in Shanghai, and it does seem like it’s headed in the right direction.       Their website has a decent English intro: Guangzhou Redtory Art & Design Factory is located at the east side of the center axis through the CBD of Guangzhou, Zhujiang New Town.
  • Visions of Nara : Japan

    Fili
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:06 pm
    This post concludes my visit to the lovely city of Nara – the ancient capital city of Japan, an hour south from Kyoto and east to Osaka. Temples, shrines, huge seated Buddhas, museums, Japanese gardens, and most importantly – deer, you will not be disappointed.   My posts on Nara: Deer of the Ancient Capital : Nara Park – Japan The temples and shrines of Nara Park Todaiji Temple : Nara Park – Japan Isuien & Yoshikien Japanese Gardens : Nara Park   Below are some of my quick captures of the very photogenic scenic old town …          …
  • The temples and shrines of Nara Park

    Fili
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:59 pm
    Wrapping up my trip to Osaka-Kyoto, I spent a day touring the ancient city of Nara. Although smaller than Kyoto and with supposedly similar temple atmosphere, Nara has a lot to offer that is different from Kyoto. Most of what Nara has is laid within the compact Nara Park, and you probably do not need more than a day to see all the attractions there. The highlight of the park, are the Nara deer that roam freely, and the huge seated Buddha within Todajai Temple, but there are also other small temples and shrines spread out across the campus as well as some wonderful small Japanese gardens.
  • Computer History Museum : San Jose – California

    Fili
    12 Oct 2014 | 3:32 pm
    I’ve always considered myself a bit of a geek. Okay, a lot of a geek. Since I laid my eyes on the XT machine my dad brought home to run an experiment back in the early 80s I was completely hooked. Although I wasn’t quite aware of what preceded that, looking at how boring the TV was compared to this very simple computer and the already prevalent Atari games, I knew this is where the future was. My aunt and uncle who came back from years in academia abroad brought back with them the first Mac a year later and to me that was simply heavenly. But computers have a history that goes…
  • Senado Square : Macau

    Fili
    8 Oct 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Senado Square is small piece of Europe at the heart of Macau. I previously wrote about Saint Dominic’s Church and the Ruins of St. Paul’s Cathedral in Macau, but the area that ties these attractions together is the Senado Square, where you can walk along the alleys of what’s left of the former Portuguese colonizing culture. Senate Square, now a UNESCO heritage site, dates back to Ming dynasty. Most of what you’ll see looks like Europe, although the massive Chinese tourists crowds taking a break from spending billions at the nearby casinos really takes away from the European…
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    Mark Forman: Photo Land

  • 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…
  • Buggy

    Mark Forman
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:20 pm
    Recently I've made some adjustments to the settings on my DSLR. I discovered on a recent night shoot that I was getting a lot of noise and not clear definition as I expected. After doing some research on a photography forum I found that using ISO noise reduction offers softer images while offering some noise reduction in camera. So I switched it off and am getting much clearer/sharper images. I also made some adjustments to my color: vibrance settings to tone it down a little bit. This abstract at a nearby temple which sits under a great tree in the middle of the road here in the BeiTun…
  • Making Friends…

    Mark Forman
    18 Oct 2014 | 6:49 pm
    I've had my IPhone 5 for over a year and I've taken the occasional shot with it. The biggest challenge I have is processing the images on the tiny screen-hard for me to see as clearly as I'm used too on my big desktop monitor. Well actually there are a bunch of other challenges-not the least of which it's not the most ergonomic design for a camera due to the shape, the balance, how you hold it,etc. Because of some of those issues I'm developing a new IPhone/SmartPhone accessory that should help a lot with some of the holding/gripping issues. I'll keep you posted. So I'm working with the phone…
  • Be Kind to Ghosts

    Mark Forman
    12 Oct 2014 | 3:58 pm
      More from my self-imposed poetry workshop. In this case I wrote the poem first so I selected the photo because I felt it fit with mood of poem.   Be kind to ghosts A blur in bushes and shadows flickering Bic lighters Crowding together they are sandwiched between channels  Zenith TV' dials turned hard skew their contrast They bleed like  Cherry Coke cans left on the  dash Believing their words have  the powe rof persuasion Politicizing  tongues in your ear earwigs in amber Speed dialing  on Twitter while snapping a selfie…
  • Stretching Out With Words

    Mark Forman
    10 Oct 2014 | 5:26 pm
    In the early pioneering days of podcasts when it was mostly just a bunch of underground indie guys(the early ham radio guys of the internet if you will) before the mainstream media started dumping their content into the podcast sphere-I had a podcast where I shared music some commentary and some poetry. Well since this is my space I thought why not work on my poetry/free verse muse alongside of my photos. If you like it keep it and let it bounce of your brain cells hopefully taking you to a slightly better place. If not leave it, the cost is still the same:free   A Life…
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