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Saturday, August 26, 2006

More travels in Sanxia

I bought a motorbike during the week. As much as I love bicycles, they are not always the most convenient means of travel. Having a motorbike allows me to travel a little further and not feel exhausted when I arrive at my destination.

In the earlier morning I headed out to Sanxia (三峽). My first stop [more...]

Friday, August 25, 2006

Hiking in a different light

I normally go hiking in the mornings, but this afternoon I finished work early and in the late afternoon I headed for the hills of Tucheng (土城).

It was a good change to hike in the late evening. [more...]

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Close Songshan Airport

I had a letter published in the Taipei Times today. It was in response to an article which ran in the paper on Monday. [more...]

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Making it simplified

A while back I posted about the use of simplified characters in the word Taiwan. It is also interesting to note that quite a few simplifed characters can be seen around Taiwan.

It is not surprising given that many of the simplified characters are based on cursive or shorthand forms [more...]

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Taipei by night

After leaving Longshan Temple just as the sun was setting I walked across Taipei passing by a number of famous landmarks. [more...]

Longshan Temple

Late on Saturday afternoon I took the MRT to Longshan Temple Station to visit the temple of the same name. This temple was established in 1738, although it has been reconstructed and renovated several times.

It is not just the beautiful stone carvings and history that make it an interesting place to visit. The temple [more...]

Friday, August 18, 2006

The best beef noodles

Since I returned to Taiwan a few months ago I have found the food here disappointing. I guess living in Thailand one gets spoiled. While Taiwan offers a huge range of different dishes most of them are quite bland in their flavour. [more...]

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Two movies in three parts

About Love (關於愛) and Three Times (最好的時光) are two movies that share much in common. First, they are both love stories. Second, both films are shot in three separate parts. [more...]

Monday, August 14, 2006

David on Formosa on What's up in Taiwan

My interview with Henry and Julian from What's up in Taiwan has just been "podcasted". You can listen to it by going to What's up in Taiwan (中文). [more...]

Cycling to Wulai

On Sunday morning I rode out to Wulai. I started out a bit late by my own standards, hitting the road at 6:30. Still on a Sunday morning there is not much traffic. It took me about an hour to reach the Xindian MRT Station, although that included a stop for breakfast. [more...]

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Greening area

When I first saw this sign I thought it was yet another example of extremely bad romanisation that is often seen in Taiwan. Not only are there several different systems of romanisation in common use, but often the signs are just plain wrong. Tay Tzyy would be written as tàizĭ in Hanyu Pinyin.

The pinyin on the sign is actually written in Gwoyeu Romatzyh (國語羅馬字). This system is designed to avoid the need for tone marks [more...]

Monday, August 07, 2006

Some photos from Taiwan

Late this afternoon I met up with Julian and Henry to do an interview for the What's up in Taiwan podcast. We did the interview on the 32nd floor of the Taipei County Government Building in Banqiao. There had been a few thunder showers during the afternoon and the air was clear with glorious views across Taipei City. [more...]

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Some books about Taiwan

In a recent post I lamented the lack of books in English published about Taiwan. Although there is a lack of books compared to those available in or about some other countries in Asia there are still some good books about Taiwan.

I had the chance to buy two books about Taiwan this morning at the breakfast meeting at Swensen's in Taipei. Both these books were written by Jerome Keating, who very kindly signed them for me. [more...]

Not as easy as it looks

On Saturday afternoon I went to Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall in Taipei where I discovered an exhibition* of calligraphy by Master Hsing Yun (星雲大師), the founder of Fo Guang Shan (佛光山).

As I wandered around the exhibition some ladies who were volunteers invited me to sit down and write some calligraphy. [more...]

Friday, August 04, 2006

A movie that needs to be made

I found out about plans for this new film from cleverCLAIRE. The film Formosa Betrayed is currently in pre-production with a planned release in 2008. The film is about the struggle of Taiwanese democracy and independence activists during the 1970s and 80s. It is a fictional story based on true events. [more...]