18 Jan, 2008 in Asia-Israel connections, Taiwan

It’s great seeing other Israelis doing well in Taiwan. Warms my heart. The other night, as I was meeting someone at Tainan’s “Hangout”, I picked the newest issue of +886, the Taipei based life style magazine in both Chinese and English, and noticed something familiar on the cover. I stared at it for a few […]

11 Jan, 2008 in Chinese culture, Tainan

It makes sense that the oldest tea shop in Taiwan would be in Tainan – the oldest city in Taiwan. A Chinese exchange student friend took me to a place I would otherwise probably never know about – a 5 (or was it 6) generations running family tea-shop in Tainan. Welcoming us in his pajamas […]

1 Jan, 2008 in Taiwan
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It was one of those “I don’t care I need a vacation” kind’o things. All in a rush, arranging things with a Taiwanese travel agency I found on the web, I set to meet with some new friends in Chia-Yi’s train-station and take a 2 day tour up Alishan.   We made a few stops …

30 Dec, 2007 in Taiwan
High above laid on a river of clouds : Breath-taking Alishan

The Alishan National Park (A-li-shan ; 阿里山國家風景區; Ālǐshān) is one of Taiwan’s most famous natural beauties. High on the mountain, around 2000 meters above sea level, this was exactly the break I needed from the hot winter of Tainan. I joined a happy Taiwanese-Russian group I didn’t know very well before but have come …

25 Dec, 2007 in Taiwan
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It’s not that Tainan doesn’t have its own charm, but there are times when I miss the good old fashioned beauty – constantly looking for basic aesthetics and something that’s a bit more artistic, special and out of the ordinary gray. Although I’ve come to not expect any of that in Tainan, there are times […]

24 Dec, 2007 in Kaohsiung
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This weekend the NCKU international students office (ISAD) prepared a joint trip with some of the other universities in Tainan and Kaohsiung to go visit some of the beautiful interesting spots around Kaohsiung. Here’s a bit of what we saw… First off, we went to see the Kaohsiung National Science and Technology Museum, which unfortunately […]

17 Dec, 2007 in Chinese culture, Taiwan

It has already become a routine for me not to sleep on the weekends because of those celebrations. With a 130+ Gods served in Tainan, over 30 of them being what I term “class B Gods”, and almost 10 being “class A Gods”, it so happens that almost every weekend we have a birthday celebration […]

16 Dec, 2007 in Chinese culture, Taiwan

The list continues. Here’s more from some of the wonderful pop Mandarin Chinese music I find while staying in Taiwan. First part was “Taiwanese music – Recommended Mandarin Chinese artists from Taiwan”, followed up by “Mandarin Chinese music – More great singers I listen to in Taiwan”, and here are two more (similar names, don’t […]

14 Dec, 2007 in Taipei
My Taiwan future told by Gods at Chi Nan Temple - Taipei Muzha

Visiting Chi Nan Temple at Muzha-Taipei earlier this week, I thought it was time I get some heavenly guidance as to how my life is going and what I should do in the future. Following the instructions given to me, I used the two moon lips to ask the local Gods for their help, stating […]

13 Dec, 2007 in Taipei
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With not enough time, just the tip of the iceberg, I got to taste a little from another one of Taipei’s gorgeous natural scenery – the impressive Yang Ming Shan mountain in the northern part of Taipei that’s up there, between the clouds.       Ahhh… that’s what life …

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