18 Mar, 2008 in Tainan

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 […]

15 Mar, 2008 in Chinese culture, Taiwan
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 […]

14 Mar, 2008 in Movie reviews
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 …

12 Mar, 2008 in India
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Nothing prepared me for what I was about to see in Delhi. I must apologize, thinking of Delhi doesn’t do good for my soul, and I don’t really have a good reason why. It probably has some great neighborhoods and good spots, but I’ll do what I can to avoid going back there again. My […]

11 Mar, 2008 in India
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Having rested for a few days chilling out not doing much on the Goa beaches I headed out to try and see as much of Goa as possible. I started off with going up the mountain to the lovely Fort Aguada next to Candolim beach with the light-house overlooking the Panajai  beach and Coconut …

6 Mar, 2008 in India
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Anjuna is the hippie joint, and Israelis used to love Anjuna a while back when it was still the center for wild mushroom trance parties, which are now considered illegal, are a bit harder to find, and are often visited by the local police. Wednesdays are especially nice in Anjuna, with the local flee markets […]

5 Mar, 2008 in India
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I’ve heard so much about Goa before I came there that it’s quite surprising how I haven’t been there before. I actually wanted to see all of the different kinds of Goa beaches, spend a little time in each, and see how those match to the fairy tales told to me by Israeli backpackers coming […]

2 Mar, 2008 in India
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Having rested a little, I went out to explore Panaji. Panaji is a gorgeous little town and the Goa Indians have the Portuguese to thank for that. The two days previous, which weren’t that great, just made Panaji even more beautiful. Since it’s not too big, it’s also a great place to explore on foot. […]

28 Feb, 2008 in India
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I arrive at 4:30am at Panaji, totally exhausted from a night-bus ride from Pune, and it was completely dark around us. Not a single building light in view. Going down from the local bus, all the Rickshaw folks quickly headed my way. “We take you best best beach, only 500 rupee” they start …

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