T for Taiwan

Mar 10

The people of Longshan Temple in Taipei. Beautiful place!

Mar 08

Taiwan: The Face of Free China, 1960

Oct 06

News: "MOI eases curbs on foreigners, mainland Chinese" →

“The stipulation that white-collar workers in professional fields should leave within 15 days after their employment contract has ended has been relaxed to 90 days,” the MOI said in a news release.

This means when your ARC expires or you change jobs, you now have 90 days instead of 15 to find another job.

Oct 06

Taiwan Trip: Tourist Shuttle Bus Information →

Great shuttle buses that go to the major tourist attractions all over Taiwan. Information in English.

I took the Crown Northern Coastline shuttle to Yeliu. It was 100$NT for an all-day ticket. It was convenient but a bit slow. It’s nice that the shuttle takes you right close to the tourist attractions.

Aug 05
"Men smoke pipes and women wear big hoop earrings, OK?!?"
Taken: 淡水老街 Danshui Old Street

"Men smoke pipes and women wear big hoop earrings, OK?!?"

Taken: 淡水老街 Danshui Old Street

Aug 04

London 2012: Taiwan compete reluctantly under flag of convenience →

Taiwan  Chinese Taipei

an effectively independent island state of 23m people is obliged to compete under a made-up name, with a similarly artificial flag and anthem.

I really hate that Chinese Taipei flag. It makes people thing that somehow Taiwan is still connected to China. Some people might even think we are a Chinese province like Hong Kong.

Unfortunately China is so powerfully economically now that nations pander to them.

Aug 03

天母古道 Tienmu Trail (hiking) →

A fine little trail in the Tienmu area. There are lots of stairs but it then levels off into a nice covered trail. There is even an old man that runs a small cafe/restaurant at the top. If you walk to the end of the trail you will reach the Chinese Culture University.

Aug 02

Model protests Taiwan flag removal with naked photos →

I love Taiwan! Do you?

Huang Shih-ting, a 23-year-old model based in Hsinchu in northern Taiwan, decided to show her support for her country after the flag of the Republic of China — the official name of Taiwan — was removed from a row of national flags raised over Regent Street in central London on July 24. The flag was replaced with that of Taiwan’s Olympic committee a few days later, almost certainly due to political pressure from Beijing.

Click below for more photos…

Aug 02

London 2012 Olympics: Foreign office takes over in row after Taiwan flag on Regent Street is taken down →

Seems something is missing here! Where is the Taiwanese flag? OH SORRY China!….I mean “Chinese Taipei”, whatever that means.

The red and green (ed: actually blue!) emblem of the Asian island was removed from a display of 206 national colours in the heart of the West End amid concern it would upset the Chinese.

Oh boo hoo! We can’t upset the sensitive Chinese.

The Chinese regard Taiwan as a rebel province and see the use of the flag as an expression of its independence.

Yes, Taiwan is an independent country with a free elections and heck we even have Facebook!

It’s a shame politics have to ruin sporting events such as the Olympics.

Grow some balls Olympic committee!

Wonder if this will upset the Chinese?

Jul 25

Forbidden Nation: A History of Taiwan (book) →

For over 400 years, Taiwan has suffered at the hands of multiple colonial powers, but it has now entered the decade when its independence will be won or lost. At the heart of Taiwan’s story is the curse of geography that placed the island on the strategic cusp between the Far East and Southeast Asia and made it the guardian of some of the world’s most lucrative trade routes. It is the story of the dogged determination of a courageous people to overcome every obstacle thrown in their path.Forbidden Nation tells the dramatic story of the island, its people, and what brought them to this moment when their future will be decided.

I read this book before coming to live in Taiwan. I think it is quite well written and gives a brief yet thorough overview of Taiwanese history. I know more than some of my Taiwanese friends when it comes to Taiwanese history. I almost want to buy this and read it again!