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Saturday, April 29, 2006

Green House

I discovered an interesting story about a "green house" in Taipei in the April 2006 issue Verve, EVA Air's inflight magazine. The Green House (祿房子) is a house that has had various features added to make it more ecologically sustainable.


Thursday, April 20, 2006

Changing visas

I am currently in Bangkok and went to get a Taiwanese visa today. The process of getting the visa was fairly simple and hassle free. The last time I had a Taiwanese visa was in 2002 (also issued in Bangkok coincidentally). Although I have been in Taiwan a few times in the interim period [more...]

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Seven Star Betel Nut

Betel nut beauties are a rare sight in Taipei City [more...]

Simplified characters in Taiwan

Taiwan likes to promote itself as one of the last bastions of traditional Chinese characters. Traditional characters are seen as being under threat from simplified characters which are used in the PRC. Simplified characters are also the main system used in Chinese language education throughout the world.


Monday, April 10, 2006


I discovered another interesting play on words in Chinese. However, this one doesn't rely on the use of the Roman alphabet. [more...]

Friday, April 07, 2006

The e in coffee

Pinyin News recently blogged on the letter "e" being used in Chinese characters on a DVD cover. I discovered another example of an "e" in Chinese characters. However, this one is something of a clever play on words.


Thursday, April 06, 2006

Tomb Sweeping Day

Yesterday was a day when most Taiwanese packed their family in the car and headed for the hills. Tomb Sweeping Day is the day when Taiwanese respect their ancestors by visiting their graves. They will [more...]

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Spinning around above Taipei

On Sunday afternoon I went out to Neihu to take a ride on the Miramar Ferris Wheel (美麗華摩天輪). I saw it when I was in Taipei last year, but the weather was not suitable for viewing the scenery (i.e. several days of continuous rain!!).