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    Monday, 10 July 2017 06:00

    Mott MacDonald led an international joint venture on a six-year contract as independent checking and site engineer on the Taiwan High Speed Rail project. At the time of development, it was among the world’s largest privately funded transport schemes.

    Sunday, 09 July 2017 06:00

    TAIPEI, Taiwan — Local media are reporting that Microsoft Taiwan General Manager Steven Shaw (邵光華) has resigned as the U.S.-based tech giant announced it will lay off thousands of employees globally.

    The company has been shifting its focus from licensing its programs in a one-time basis to selling online subscriptions for its software.

    U.S. reports put the number of layoffs worldwide as up to 3,000.

    Thursday, 06 July 2017 06:00

    TaiCheng Fruit Shop (泰成水果店) is not any ordinary fruits stall selling simple drupe like apple, orange or pear from supermarket.

    This particular fruit shop, located in the heart of Tainan City, is best known for selling wide variety of tropical fruits. The freshness of products is the utmost priority in rendering their service to dining customers.

    What other fruits do there sell beside apples and pears?

    It’s interesting to ask, including myself who also queried with further curiosity.

    Sunday, 09 July 2017 06:00

    TAIPEI, Taiwan — William Lai (賴清德) has continued his tap dance to court centrist support while holding on to his more strongly pro-independent base.

    In a radio interview Friday morning with Hit FM, the Tainan mayor appeared to try to reassure the base, saying that while he was comfortable with close cross-strait ties, he still supported Taiwan independence.

    "I stand for Taiwan independence. No matter what position I am in, I will not change this stance, this ideal," the Democratic Progressive Party mayor said.

    Tuesday, 04 July 2017 12:34

    Next week, Taiwan's power supply is projected to be the tightest it's been all year.

    State-run utility Taiwan Power Company (Taipower, 台電公司) said Taiwan had entered the season of the "orange alert," an indicator that flashes when the operating reserve falls below 6 percent of the total supply.

    Thursday, 29 June 2017 14:10

    Formosat-5, the first satellite developed by Taiwan, is scheduled to be launched on Aug. 25 in California, it was announced on Thursday.

    Chang Guey-shin (張桂祥), director-general of the National Space Organization, said the satellite has been developed in conjunction with local academic and industrial sectors.

    Monday, 10 July 2017 06:00

    Japanese companies built original system, but expect European competition

     Taiwan High Speed Rail will call on rolling-stock manufacturers worldwide to bid for its upcoming purchase of new train cars, the company revealed this month.

    Japanese businesses have hoped to secure projects worth up to 100 billion yen ($880 million) from the Taiwanese company. All 34 of Taiwan High Speed Rail's current bullet train cars were produced by Japanese companies like Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Hitachi and Nippon Sharyo.

    Thursday, 29 June 2017 14:21

    The Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) yesterday announced that it would spend about NT$500 million (US$16.48 million) revamping infrastructure to provide commercial services in or around several railway stations in central, southern and eastern Taiwan, adding that it hoped that stations would also become drivers of local economies.

    Friday, 12 May 2017 09:21

    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- It was a perfect homecoming for Houston Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin in Taiwan.

    Lin, whose parents emigrated from Taiwan to the United States in the 1970s, scored 17 points and went 3-for-4 from the 3-point line to help the Rockets overcome the Indiana Pacers 107-98 in an exhibition game played before a capacity crowd of 13,686.

    Sunday, 09 July 2017 06:00

    TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Chinese names of the filmmaker Chi Po-lin (齊柏林) and his award-winning documentary "Beyond Beauty: Taiwan from Above" (看見台灣) were displayed on the Taipei 101 Tower on Sunday, June 11, as Taiwan marked the passing the filmmaker who died in a helicopter crash in Hualien on Saturday.

    Chi gave up many things to pursue his dream of documenting Taiwan through aerial photography.

    Tuesday, 04 July 2017 12:40

    Maria Yoon got married for the 53rd time in a simulated ghost marriage at Yunshan Temple in New Taipei City’s Sijhih District

    Korean-American performance artist Maria Yoon who married 52 men in 50 states and two of its territories in America got married again on Saturday at Yunshan Temple (雲山巖) in New Taipei City’s Sijhih District (汐止), with the groom being Howard Chen (陳豪爾), an affluent Taiwanese man who died in June 2001.

    Tuesday, 04 July 2017 12:00

    I know it's kind of an odd thing to celebrate the Fourth of July while in Taiwan, but Americans can't help but to feel a twinge of FOMO when seeing all our friends firing up their grills for Independence Day backyard bbqs. So I put together a short list of places you can go for smoky charred ribs, brisket, BBQ pork and all the sides.  Mac and cheese, cornbread, coleslaw, baked potato or baked beans. I was going to add some Japanese yakiniku and Kbbq for extra meat grilling action, but I decided to save that for another day. 

    Thursday, 06 July 2017 06:00

    After we finally found Wu Pao Chun Bakery, we decided to shop and eat till we drop. We went to Shinkuchan (新堀江) to shop. It’s quite a good place to shop with many MIT (Made in Taiwan) and Korean fashion at affordable prices. After we are done with our shopping, we made a move to Urban Spotlight (城市光廊), Love (爱河) and finally to Liuhe night market (六合夜市) to satisfy our hunger.

    I’m not going to write about Liuhe night market here as I think there are already many guide books and blog entries on it. Instead, I want to talk about the MRT station that one gets off at to go to Liuhe night market – Formosa Boulevard station (美丽岛站).

    Thursday, 06 July 2017 06:00

    Unlike any other tourist who came to Taiwan, I came to experience the fast paced life in the urban jungle. Though of course, there were other main reasons why I was excited about visiting this island nation as I wanted to see Taipei 101 and feast on Taiwan’s delicious street food.

    Thursday, 06 July 2017 06:00

    It is a military dependents’ village located opposite to Taipei 101 in Xinyi District. Due to urban development, only a portion of the village is conserved for usage of cultural and creative industry and exhibition. Besides Military Dependents’ Village Museum, visitors mostly come for Good Cho’s (好丘), a cafe featuring in its remained interior style of the village. No matter square table, cane chair, wooden cabinet or dinnerware used throughout many Taiwanese childhood, entering this place seems to bring us back to grandpa’s narrow but cozy home. Good Cho’s not only offers coffees and light meals, but also sells interesting local products, for instance, designer’s postcards, trendy t-shirts, tea, jams and indie music. It is an ideal option for sale representatives attending Taipei World Trade Center exhibition and office workers from Taipei 101 to catch some breath. In addition, it is an appealing stop-by for some rest and tea between watching sunset on Elephant Mountain and returning to downtown.


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