T for Taiwan

Mar 10

Shooter.cn (Chinese subtitles for movies) →

Shooter.cn is a great website to find Chinese subtitles for movies you’ve downloaded from off of bittorrent.

I need to watch English movies with my Taiwanese wife so you may find this resource as useful as I find it. Other subtitle search engines such as Subscene never seems to have Chinese subtitles, especially traditional Chinese.

When you search, try to match the subtitle file to the exact copy of movie you downloaded.

example:

If you downloaded Star-Wars.axxo.mpg try to search for "axxo" on the results page to get a perfect match to your movie rip. Match the filename as best you can. If you don’t do this, sometimes the subtitles still work but other times they are way off. Good luck!

In the filename and search listings remember!
chs = simplified Chinese
cht = traditional Chinese

Do you use Shooter.cn? Do you use another website to find Chinese subtitles? Let me know in the comments.

Jan 16

GigGuide.tw — Do you like live music?

Try GigGuide! It is a very well organized site showing upcoming shows in chronological order. It lists huge concerts and also little gigs at coffee shops too.

If you know of any music shows in Taiwan, you can add them to the site too!

Each ‘gig’ lists the venue with map, price and the date of course. It even gives you a bit of background on the artist including some YouTube music videos too.

This is the only worthwhile, interesting and up-to-date music website I have found for the Taiwanese music scene so far.

Jan 08

Taiwan 15th in Internet Connection Speed →

Look at the internet speed in Korea! I truly miss being able to download 2 hour movies while I ate dinner, then watch them immediately after. Korea is miles ahead of everybody in their internet infrastructure.

It’s a bit embarassing that even Romania has a higher average connection speed than Taiwan!

If this was a measure of internet speed in Taipei I think Taiwan would be a lot higher on this list. I guess the rural places brought down the average a lot.

Dec 15

Drivers Licenses for Foreigners now last 6 years, like locals →

So you don’t need to renew your drivers licence every time you get a new ARC. That sounds like splendid news!

Dec 14

Kooks Restaurant in Danshui

They make some killer hamburgers! The burgers are juicy and the restaurant has a great atmosphere. Just remember to bring cash, no cards allowed :P

KOOKS restaurant/cafe
ADDRESS: 新北市淡水區仁愛街18巷12號 (500 meters from Danshui MRT)
HOURS: Everyday 12:00-22:00
TEL: 02-2625 6161

More info on KOOKS here!

Watch this video that tells you more about the story of Kooks and the people behind it.

Dec 05

Discover Taipei (Free Magazine) →

Informative bimonthly magazine put out by the Taipei city government to keep English speakers informed about Taipei’s history, culture, customs, artistic events, and other events.

You can subscribe for NT$180 a year, pick it up around town or download it from the website.

This is the most well organized, up-to-date and complete source of interesting things to do in Taipei that I have found thus far. I am a subscriber! :D

Nov 09

Need a Sub Teacher or Want to Sub Teacher in Taiwan? (Facebook Group) →

Great place for English teachers in Taiwan who are looking to substitute teach or looking to find someone to sub for their class.

This group has two simple rules: no recruiters and you must post the rate of pay!

Nov 06

Taipei Events →

Bored on the weekends? Don’t know what’s going on?

Taipei Events is here to help. It lets you know about concerts, hiking, art exhibitions and other wonderful things happening in and around Taipei, all in English.

NOTE: I am one of the creators and writers for Taipei Events

Nov 02

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel: top 10 countries for 2012 →

Taiwan makes it to #9 on the list of the Top 10 Countries to visit in 2012.

Taiwan has always had a jaw-dropping landscape – oversized sea cliffs and densely forested mountains barely start to describe its majesty. And then there’s the museums,which are simply bursting with treasures (including the best of imperial China, spirited across the strait after WWII), plus a thriving folk culture that includes some wild displays of Taoist and Buddhist worship. In terms of cuisine, Taiwan is a fusion and slow-food showcase. So why is 2012 the time to visit? Because Taiwan is best seen on two wheels and in recent years the authorities have embraced the biking market with surprising enthusiasm, vision and (most importantly) funding. This year sees the linking of thousands of kilometres of paths, including two round-the-island routes, and a host of other cycling friendly infrastructure projects.

Biking is truly really amazing here. I love the beautiful paths all up and down the riverside.

Come check out Taiwan!