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  • School, office closures announced for tropical storm

    TAIWAN News
    20 Sep 2014 | 9:57 pm
    Taipei, Sept. 20 (CNA) Closures were announced Saturday for schools and offices in Taichung, Tainan and Kaohsiung municipalities, as
  • Taiwan semiconductor output may grow 6 percent in 2015

    China Post Online - Taiwan , News
    20 Sep 2014 | 9:22 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - The production value of Taiwan's semiconductor sector for 2015 is expected to grow about 6 percent from this year largely due to solid demand for mobile devices, according to a recent research report.
  • Ronny earns Hertha a 2-2 draw with SC Freiburg

    Taipei Times
    20 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
  • TAIPEI: Taiwan oil scandal causes US$165.66m loss

    Taiwan News
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:11 pm
    Taiwan Economics Minister Duh Tyzz-jiun yesterday said the recent tainted oil scandal has caused an estimated loss of NT$5 billion -about 1 per cent of the nation's food industry's annual revenue. During an interpellation session at the Legislative Yuan, Duh said the damage of the scandal to the reputation of Taiwan's food industry, however, is "incalculable".
  • Chinese React to Scotland's Display of Self-Determination

    NYT > Taiwan
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:04 am
    Scotland’s decision to remain in the United Kingdom is precisely the result Beijing wanted to see, but the democratic process on display was not lost on ordinary Chinese.
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    China Post Online - Taiwan , News

  • Taiwan semiconductor output may grow 6 percent in 2015

    20 Sep 2014 | 9:22 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - The production value of Taiwan's semiconductor sector for 2015 is expected to grow about 6 percent from this year largely due to solid demand for mobile devices, according to a recent research report.
  • Key suspect in police detective's killing detained

    20 Sep 2014 | 9:22 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - A suspect connected to the fatal attack on a police detective has been detained after being transferred to the Taipei District Prosecutors Office yesterday afternoon.
  • Birthrate increases 0.5% in first 8 months of '14

    20 Sep 2014 | 9:22 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - Between January and August this year, 132,470 babies were born in Taiwan, a 0.5 percent increase from the same period of 2013, according to statistics released Saturday by the Ministry of the Interior.
  • Taichung approved to build cable cars in protected mountain area

    20 Sep 2014 | 9:22 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - Taichung has received the nod from the central government for the construction of a cable car system running through central city's scenic mountain areas, officials said yesterday.
  • Nation braces for Fung-Wong weather

    20 Sep 2014 | 9:22 am
    (ChinaPost.com.tw) - Tropical storm Fung-Wong (鳳凰) continued to approach southern Taiwan yesterday in a predicted path sweeping through the entire island today, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) warned.
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  • TAIPEI: Taiwan oil scandal causes US$165.66m loss

    16 Sep 2014 | 8:11 pm
    Taiwan Economics Minister Duh Tyzz-jiun yesterday said the recent tainted oil scandal has caused an estimated loss of NT$5 billion -about 1 per cent of the nation's food industry's annual revenue. During an interpellation session at the Legislative Yuan, Duh said the damage of the scandal to the reputation of Taiwan's food industry, however, is "incalculable".
  • Fighter jets land on highway as Taiwan war games begin

    16 Sep 2014 | 11:58 am
    Fighter jets and other combat aircraft used Taiwan's main highway as a makeshift airstrip Tuesday as part of a dawn drill that simulated an attack from China. Taiwan's Central News Agency said the aircraft practiced emergency take-offs and landings near the city of Chiayi, on a section of the main north-south route that runs along the island's west coast.
  • Gangsters must be weeded out of Taiwanese society

    16 Sep 2014 | 7:38 am
    While at Justice Ma gained a reputation as an upright, straight-shooting minister seeking to root out corruption among police and politicians across Taiwan. Ma also tried to take on various underworld figures who wield a powerful influence on business and politics despite the relatively small numbers of their followers because they have close ties to Taiwan's political parties, in particular Ma's own Even after leaving office Ma called for clamping down on the secret societies, known as Triads and roughly comparable to the Mafia in Europe and the US or the yakuza in , although generally more…
  • Temperatures in Kaohsiung climb to 82-year record

    16 Sep 2014 | 2:19 am
    The mercury in Kaohsiung soared to 37.6 degrees Celsius Monday, a record high since the southern Taiwan city started keeping weather data 82 years ago, according to the Central Weather Bureau. The high temperature was a result of Typhoon Kalmaegi, which introduced warm and dry wind that blew down the sheltered side of the mountains into the valleys, forecasters said.
  • Stanton's advice to Taiwan on South China Sea not official: AIT

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:10 pm
    Taipei, Sept. 15 The suggestion by a former director of the Taipei office of the American Institute in Taiwan that Taiwan abandon its current approach to making territorial claims in the South Sea represented his own views, the office said Monday.
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  • Typhoon day links

    19 Sep 2014 | 3:44 am
    A strongpoint built above Keelung, probably in the Sino-French War when the French occupied the port.Batten down the hatches -- a tropical storm is hitting us tomorrow and Sunday.__________________Daily Links:Ben has good review of the local election in Taipei. Ko Wen-je lays out his tax and banking details in an attempt to derail an attack on him by the KMT as corrupt. The public ain't buying the KMT attacks.Ships of the Desert: mockups in no man's land, China. Here's the mock up of the Taichung airbase in Gansu.Premier promises to guard Taiwan's food safety image, although the KMT is…
  • AIT warns on Typhoon Fung-Wang this weekend

    18 Sep 2014 | 8:51 pm
    h/t to James Lick for the image. Lick says it is falling in intensity at the moment but has moved to a course that will take it directly over Taiwan.Tropical Storm Fung-WongThis Emergency Message is being issued to alert U.S. citizens residing or traveling in Taiwan that the Joint Typhoon Warning Center and the Taiwan Central Weather Bureau are tracking the development of Tropical Storm Fung-Wong. The tropical storm is expected to strengthen as it moves north and west toward Taiwan. It is increasingly likely the storm will pass over Taiwan on Saturday, September 20 and Sunday, September 21…
  • Well Organized Crime

    18 Sep 2014 | 6:24 am
    Damselflies, always a treat.Courtney Donovan Smith posted to Taichung AmCham Central Taiwan News.....In the aftermath of a cop and a suspect both injuring in a shooting battle and the inevitable blame game to follow, Mayor Jason Hu commented that of the 'big 6' metropolises, Taichung so far this year has had the lowest number of shootings, tied with Taipei at only 3. Taoyuan has had 4 this year, New Taipei has had 8 cases, Kaohsiung 12 and Tainan 17 shootings. Hmmmm.... hmmm.... lessee... what parties are the mayors of those cities from?_______________________[Taiwan] Don't miss the comments…
  • American Citizens for Taiwan Voter Guide

    17 Sep 2014 | 3:05 am
    American Citizens for Taiwan has come out with a very useful voter guide. Enter your home address on the main screen (link) and it will take you to a page with both your incumbent representative and any challenger. ACT says:Using a street address and zipcode or a state and district the tool reveals the Taiwan-related voting record of the incumbent Senators and member of Congress and includes links to their websites and various social media platforms. In addition challengers to the various positions are listed along with their contact details.Most importantly it puts you in the election…
  • Comic Moment: Ma Ying-jeou wins a Peace Prize

    17 Sep 2014 | 2:49 am
    FormosaNation passed these around Twitter today, pointing out in successive tweets that not only is maverick pan-Green candidate Ko Wen-je destroying Sean Lien in the polls, but that the public believes he is clean, 44-17, and that he is more popular than Sean Lien among both males and females.Today's comic moment came when the local media announced that longtime democracy opponent and party-state politician Ma Ying-jeou was being awarded the Eisenhower Medal for contributions to peace....The award, presented by the organization founded in 1956 by then-US president Dwight D. Eisenhower,…
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  • Sky of Star Moon

    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

    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

    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!

    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…
  • Our Visit to Nantou, Part Two

    4 Aug 2014 | 8:56 am
    Photos by MJ Klein  Most photos are geotagged Picking up where we left off on our last installment, we went to this place to spend the night.  We’ll show you the room we stayed in, and then you’ll understand why we ended up staying here for 2 nights, instead of one!  The English name is “The Solas.” Liyu Lake has a boardwalk around it, and we set out exploring a bit.  There was a wedding on the following day and things had been setup for that. What I thought was cool, are the private houses that line the lake. Not as big as Sun-Moon Lake, I actually liked this one…
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    The Daily Bubble Tea

  • August Instagrams

    Todd Alperovitz
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:41 am
    Here are a handful of images posted to Instagram during July. 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
  • July Instagrams

    Todd Alperovitz
    9 Aug 2014 | 7:59 am
    Here are a handful of images posted to Instagram during July. This installment’s images were taken in Caotun Township, Taichung City, and New Taipei City. That Purple Feeling The Municipality Formerly Known as Zhonghe City – My Old Stomping Grounds How We Roll The Crawler Good Morning Longjing! A Temple in New Taipei City
  • 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…
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    Fili's World

  • Redwood Regional Park : Oakland California

    15 Sep 2014 | 7:34 pm
    While visiting Berkeley earlier this year I was surprised to learn that one of my old friends from my good old times in Taiwan is living with her family at the Oakland area not too far away from campus. The next day following a heartwarming reunion, we set off to explore some of the famous national trails to see some of the oak forests. I think we explored the Redwood Regional Park, with a relatively short circular path called the Stream Trail, that was easy enough for lazy people like myself and the baby we had with us. Cold shaded February chilled forest proved much nicer than I thought. I…
  • The Must-Do Masada Insanity : Israel

    13 Sep 2014 | 9:58 am
    One of Israel’s top tourist attractions,  a spectacular archeological site with a fascinating history, Masada is not to be missed. It’s been many many years since I visited Masada last, and although things are pretty much the same, my perspective and ability to appreciate it have changed allot. Taking more time to go around Israel and explore during my infrequent short visits to Israel has shown me just how special this region of the world is. Overlooking the dying dead sea to the east, based on a high mountain in the middle of nowhere desert, you witness the glory and…
  • Château de Blandy-les-Tours Castle : France

    10 Sep 2014 | 5:15 pm
    On with the Château run in the area of Paris, I decided I wanted to see something a bit different. A Château that’s older and looks more like a castle rather than a very rich and wealthy estate with endless gardens. The Château de Blandy-les-Tours was just the thing, a medieval castle in the village of Blandy-les-Tours overlooking the whole area. This one is not too far away from the château de Vaux-le-Vicomte and at some point in time it was owned by the same family.     The official website has the intro: From a simple fortified manor to a fortified castle during the…
  • Kyoto International Manga Museum

    9 Sep 2014 | 2:23 pm
    To take a break from my Kyoto temple/castle run, I made my way into a small yet promising museum – the Kyoto International Manga Museum. I know very little about Manga, but living in Asia it is a phenomenon that’s very hard to ignore, and I believe it’s now very popular world wide. I remember newspapers in Israel were talking about Israeli youth taking Japanese lessons to read the animation books in their original language and becoming Japanese fluent just by watching the Manga series on TV. This museum isn’t just a museum, actually there’s very little…
  • Po Toi Island : Hong Kong

    4 Sep 2014 | 1:51 pm
    After 5 years in Hong Kong I thought that I pretty much covered it all. Did most of the hiking trails, been to most of the local islands, did countless boat trips in all directions. What else could there possibly be that would surprise me? But, as it usually is with Hong Kong, there are always new places to explore, lots of hidden off-the-beaten track treasures, if you’re willing to look hard enough. Po Toi Island was truly an unexpected treat. Definitely one of the highlights of my last year in Hong Kong, above and beyond any expectations I had. I took a one-hour weekend ferry from…
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    Mark Forman: Photo Land

  • 2 Worlds

    Mark Forman
    13 Sep 2014 | 11:39 pm
    This week my wife and I took a day trip up to Taipei. We needed to take care of some licensing stuff with the government but also planned on having some fun both individually and together. My wife Anne is a panda lover and particularly YuanZai the first panda born in captivity here in Taiwan. She spends lots of time looking at photos and videos of YuanZai and other pandas. This was her first trip to see YuanZai in person. The reason I didn't go along is because aI love street photography even more than pandas so... In fact I went to Wanhua's Long Shan Temple first. I started at the plaza in…
  • Of Wetlands…

    Mark Forman
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:14 pm
    We got the crazy idea for a family 1/2 day trip out to the Gao Mei Wetlands on a hot July Sunday afternoon. Why crazy-well it was a hot July afternoon and Taiwan places of interest are always super-crowded on holidays and weekends. I thought the sticky July heat would probably help thin the numbers down some, so why not! Gao Mei always appealed to me because of the neighboring windmill farm at Taichung Harbor and just the location of wetlands next to the sea. The light at the shore, the varying depth of water and resulting reflections and textures that appear in the pictures,etc. Ohh,…
  • Inspiration

    Mark Forman
    15 Jun 2014 | 6:12 pm
    Way back when my eyes were young and strong and media was more scarce (pre-internet days) I was voracious reader. One of my favorite genres was detective fiction. Lawrence Sanders had a series of "Deadly Sin" books featuring the sandwich loving Edward X. Delaney. The stories were great but I particularly loved Delaney's sandwich connoisseur aesthetic and the way he enjoyed crafting and eating a good sandwich. Delaney was a New Yorker as I was so there was a real appreciation of good bread which always makes or breaks the sandwich. Today I got inspired to try a creation, a fusion of…
  • Various Forms of Precipitation

    Mark Forman
    19 May 2014 | 6:09 pm
    Twas a rainy day in Taipei-well in all of Taiwan for that matter. This is the monsoon-plum rain season here. In fact we had pretty good weather with even some bright sunshine for part of the day and missed heavy downpours for most of our time there. I had gotten several decent shots up to this point and was just steps away from the Taipei Train Station where we'd find out favorite bakery/coffee shop and enjoy a respite and some refreshments while looking out over the expansive concourse of the train station. I saw this homeless lady who was fairly agitated muttering to herself and spitting at…
  • What Was He Thinking

    Mark Forman
    10 May 2014 | 7:26 pm
    Very pleasantly surprised this was one of my most favorited photos over on Flickr. It is from my archives from a few years back. I don't remember what I felt right after I shot this man. I can guess that I was quite happy because of his beard and hat-2 elements that always draw my eye because of how they help the viewer focus on the face in between. I'm so happy to have the opportunity to take time and sort through older photos of mine and apply my more enhanced present ninja-processing skills. I'm getting a better response that when I initially shared them so I don't think I'm totally crazy.
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