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Hidden in the back of the fast developing area of Kaohsiung’s Zuoying – where the Taiwan High Speed Rail reaches Kaohsiung and where the newly opened Kaohsiung underground MRT now runs – is a mysterious world of gorgeous temples and pagodas. Kaohsiung is preparing for the World Games 2009 and so the Lotus pond-lake is […]

29 Mar, 2008 in India
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We were planning to stay two nights at Rishikesh. Actually, we were planning to stay two nights at quite a few places along the way, but we haven’t really followed those plans anywhere, the main reason being thinking we already “get” where we are and wanting to see something else somewhere else. Only problem is, […]


Varanasi in north-eastern India, we were told, is very crowded and far-off our Rajasthan track, but wanting to experience the holy Ganges ceremony, my dad was suggested that we head up to the holy city of Rishikesh and see it there. Luckily, the Shatabdi train ride was so much better than my train experience in […]

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I had a few hours to kill before my dad’s arrival to the Delhi Paharganj hell-hole. Same bullshit with that main bazaar road every time I step outside. I pick up a rickshaw, an English speaking guy comes up quickly and shoots out all the English speaking countries he ever heard of, and when I […]

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Although Delhi’s Paharganj area was testing my backpacking travel skills in ways I wasn’t expecting, I sucked it all up and made my way to visit the Delhi main tourist attraction sites. There are some magnificent historical monuments in Delhi and I had about 2 days to explore those. First day, I started up with […]

23 Mar, 2008 in Kaohsiung
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There’s something symbolic in where I spent my Taiwan election day. High up on the ShouShan mountain overlooking the sea and Kaohsiung city was the Martyrs’ Shrine : From its imposing, majestic and scenic location at the southern foot of Shoushan, Kaohsiung City’s Martyrs’ Shrine overlooks Kaohsiung Harbor and the city districts …

I owe thanks to John for alerting me about a KMT rally here in Tainan, maybe the biggest one that has come here to DPP land. I’ve been to some political rallies in Israel, but I’ve never seen anything quite like this. It was an exciting overwhelming political celebration for Ma Ying Jiu, the KMT […]

Ghost money burning : Gods worshiped at Tainan-Taiwan

Money burning is a long long tradition of the Taiwanese people, being an inherent practice in many Chinese culture rituals. Living in Tainan, one of Taiwan’s most traditional cities, I get to see alot of money burning. Yesterday, as I was sitting down at one of my regular coffee shops I noticed something going on […]

The American Betipul - HBO produces the extraordinary Israeli TV show with "In Treatment"

The Israeli “Betipul”, translated as “In therapy” , is one of the best TV dramas I’ve seen. Over a year and a half ago I described how overwhelmed I was with this show. I thought it was so powerful it knocked me off balance and occupied my soul. Even though it’s been a while …

13 Mar, 2008 in Taiwan
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Taiwan’s High Speed Rail (HSR) is a wonderful project. From northern Taipei to southern Kaohsiung in less than two hours is a conceptual revolution in the way distance is perceived in Taiwan. The way everything looks is extremely professional. The parking lot, taxi stand and drive-in are neatly arranged.   The stations …

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