20 May, 2008 in Taiwan
Taiwanese peculiarities - The sleeping man, dog riding, and the dancing worker

Almost everyday I come across some things here in Tainan-Taiwan that are strange, funny, and a bit special about the way that the Taiwanese do things. Some previous posts include: Taiwanese peculiarities and interesting anecdotes My visit to the Shao-lin Kung-Fu master  Worship of Israel Dance : Kaohsiung and Tainan – Taiwan …

16 May, 2008 in Education in Taiwan
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Taiwan’s business schools are on a race to get the business school AACSB accreditation. It’s a good goal for the Taiwanese universities to pursue, something on the grounds of – how did some professor put it – business schools ISO. The international students I know that are studying in Taiwan, be that Taipei, Xinzhu, …

10 May, 2008 in Kaohsiung
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To make up for what I missed in the first time I’ve been to Kaohsiung and Zuoying (“Touring Kaohsiung’s ZuoYing Lotus Pond – Tiger Dragon Pagoda, Emperor of Dark Heaven, Confucius, and Old City FengShan”) I revisited that area again with John. Parking down next to the Zuo-Ying Lotus Pond we noticed the other side […]

9 May, 2008 in Tainan
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Tropical weather usually doesn’t really allow for an authentic autumn-spring look, but, riding around Tainan city the past month I came across a few beautiful autumn-spring spots. Next the Tainan City Council:     And in Dong-Fong road, next to the university (by email):     In Tainan… …

7 May, 2008 in Chinese culture, Tainan
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347 is a special number, Buddha knows why, so Tainan decided 347 years for Koxinga’s conquest of Taiwan is a good occasion for a grand event to celebrate freeing the island from the Dutch. Koxinga, otherwise known as Cheng Kung (/Gong) is an extremely important figure in Tainan, almost if not already at the position […]

6 May, 2008 in Taiwan
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This was one surreal afternoon I wasn’t excepting. Turns out the small Holocaust museum in Tainan County’s Bao An is doing a ceremony to celebrate 60 years for Israel’s independence and so they invited me to help them out. I didn’t really imagine I’d turn into a Hebrew teacher anywhere in Taiwan, teaching Taiwanese …

4 May, 2008 in Tainan
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Last weekend, while I was driving down Nan Men road I noticed there’s a market there that I haven’t paid attention to before. Turns out it’s the Tainan flower market, where one can find a great variety of flowers and plants for dirt cheap. I parked my scooter, walked around a little and took some […]

2 May, 2008 in Taiwan

Hey, this kind’o seems familiar …   Me : Hi, do you speak English? Taiwanese : <embarrassed look, seeking someone else in the area> Eh, eh, hmm… eh, English, no… sorry. Me : It’s just that I’m a bit lost. Taiwanese : Lost, oh, I see, that’s too bad. Me : …

30 Apr, 2008 in Chinese culture, Taiwan
A-Mei Zhang Hui 張惠妹 : Aboriginal Taiwanese Mando-Pop music

This is the 4th post on the topic of Taiwanese music and musicians. Previous posts include : Mandarin Chinese music – More great singers I listen to in Taiwan – Wong Faye, 陳綺貞 Pop Chinese music in Taiwan continued : Joi Chua (蔡淳佳) and Jay Chou (周杰倫) Taiwanese music – Recommended Mandarin …

29 Apr, 2008 in Kaohsiung
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This, I wasn’t expecting. Big Buddha up on the mountains I’ve seen before in Thailand and HK, and since the Taiwanese I asked didn’t seem to think much of it, I didn’t think it would be anything special. Fo-Guang-Shan with the tall Buddha, surrounded by thousands of tiny golden Buddhas and just next to …

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