9 Sep, 2007 in Taiwan

After all this time, my Chinese is still pretty basic. If someone talks really slow and using everyday words with out any slang, weird accent or some Taiwanese, then I might be able to get most of it, or at least give a good guess by combining the words I do recognize with the body […]

8 Sep, 2007 in Taiwan
Tainan flat-11.JPG

Finally, today, after a month in Tainan, I signed my contract for an apartment. Let me see… I must have probably looked at over 20 apartments, and each of those has opened a new door into some strange bizarre Taiwanese culture and peculiar life in Tainan. I owe a big thanks to my London guardian […]

7 Sep, 2007 in Taiwan
Taiwan

It’s a tough decision – what would you rather have – a Hello Kitty mini-doll or a special God doll to help my fortune? It seems that every chain convenience store in Taiwan has its own little give-away mini-dolls that you get if you buy enough things. If you buy at 7-11 then you can collect […]

5 Sep, 2007 in Taiwan
Tainan Golden Beach-17.JPG

In the past couple of weeks, with the weather and my general mood improving significantly, I had a chance to tour a bit outside central Tainan. A few weeks ago I was fortunate to meet John of The-Real-Taiwan and his lovely family and together we had a stroll down Golden Beach to check out the typhoon affects and […]

4 Sep, 2007 in Taiwan

Are you a foreigner living in southern Taiwan? then I’m guessing you have a difficult time finding information in English about what’s going on. Foreigners in Taipei have a relatively easy life with established communities and Taiwan portals such as Forumosa and Tealit, but as far as I can tell after a month of living […]

30 Aug, 2007 in Asia-Israel connections, Taiwan
The Israeli perspective on Taiwanese culture - Haaretz visits Taiwan

Haaretz, the best Israeli newspaper, has an excellent article on Taiwan. Dror Mishani, Haaretz’s reporter, has been invited to Taiwan to explore some the Taiwanese culture and look into some of the connections between Taiwan and Israel. It’s a long fascinating article, but for the time being I’ll focus on one surprising section regarding the […]

20 Aug, 2007 in Taiwanese Pop Culture

One of my absolute all-time favorite movies is "Lost in Translation". There’s this one scene in which Bob can’t fall asleep and so he opens the TV and looks for something to watch, only to find a bunch the most bizarre TV shows. After a few sleepless nights and pointless zip-zapping, I give you… Lost […]

19 Aug, 2007 in Chinese culture, Taiwan

Tainan’s hosting the International Chihsi Arts Festival for the Qixi Chinese lovers day: The "2007 Tainan International Chihsi Arts Festival-The Coming-of-Age16 Celebration" will be hosted by Tainan City Government from 10th of August for 10 days at the Confucius Temple and various surrounding sites in Tainan City. Through this festival, the city government aims at […]

18 Aug, 2007 in Taiwan
Taiwan typhoon - sepat

Another weekend to be spent indoors as the 3rd typhoon hits Taiwan in less than 10 days. This one, Sepat, is the biggest of them yet, and having seen what a small typhoon does to the sewer systems and infrastructure here in Tainan, I just can’t wait to see how this one turns out. Aside […]

17 Jul, 2007 in Asia-Israel connections
Just like home, but completely different : An Israeli couple in China

While the other Israeli blogs on China are disappearing, it’s nice to find new ones. Naama and Zohar left to southern China and have been writing about their lives in a new Hebrew blog translated "Just like home, but completely different". Here’s a quick translation from their introduction: When we went to study Humanities, we […]

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