Taipei

A Film Festival for Urban Nomads

Ivy | February 21st, 2014

It all started 10 years ago, when David Frazier experimented with the idea of having a party, playing some movies, drinking some beers, and calling it a film festival.

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A Dreamer’s Mobile Closet

Ivy | February 9th, 2014

Ann and Dash at AD Dreamer, their Volkswagen mini shop

Every girl wants a dream closet– if the attempt fails for now, wait for this one to pull at your door. Read More

Got Some Brit Shake?

Ivy | February 9th, 2014

“Every Taiwanese wants to have his or her own business,” says an American career consultant I know, who’s been living here and observing Taiwanese culture for over 30 years.  I think it is kind of true.

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The Beach Breakfast Nomad

Ivy | January 31st, 2014

Def(left) and his partner in front of the breakfast truck

I walked over to Def’s breakfast truck parked near the entrance of Taipei Normal University in the rain. Wearing a red basketball jersey, his chest built and skin sun-tanned, Def was moving quickly up and down in between baskets, plates and loaves of bread.

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Taiwan on your T-Shirt

Ivy | January 20th, 2014

Ever fancy living out of your suitcase?

An artist once described Taipei as “a city of temporality”, reflecting the importance of mobility and portability in its citizens’ everyday life. Street vendors and scooters are a common sight in this city, and what matters for most would be getting things done the easiest and quickest way. Read More

Office Workers’ New Favorite: Night Markets Attacking

Asia Scout | August 9th, 2009

<A tourist visiting the South Airport night market, by Kingkiang>

Taiwan is a famous paradise for gourmet food. From north to south, Taiwan is full of immigrants from different historical periods, and fusion cuisines made by different aboriginal peoples. There is just so much diversity one could hope to discover. Every type of cooking from the provincial types from China, to Japanese, American and European, each has evolved into a unique style in Taiwan’s dining culture. They are all represented at the “night market”.

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The Role Model of Indie Music Community Sites – Indievox

Asia Scout | August 9th, 2009

<Po-Chang Wu, by Kingkiang>

Indievox (http://www.indievox.com/) was established in 2008 by Po-Chang Wu, the vocalist of the famous indie band, Echo. It is a DRM free, MP3 downloading and selling platform. Read More

Summer Time; Festival Time

Asia Scout | August 9th, 2009

<Photo by Kingkiang>

It can’t be summer without music festivals, beers and friends. Just last week, there were two great music concerts in Taipei. The Music Terminal Festival and Mew from Denmark. So let us have a review of these critical summer music events in Taipei. Read More

Bai Paradise for Little Devils: Mobile01

Asia Scout | August 9th, 2009

In Taiwan, people who love to spend lots of money are usually called “Bai-Guys or Bai-Girls”. As the pronunciation is the same as “BUY”, the shopping site is called “Bai” as well. Mobile01 is such a website. Read More

Exciting Taiwanese Film Trend

Asia Scout | August 9th, 2009

<Director, Ke-Shang Sheen of Baseball Boys>

Ever since the hot box office sales of last year’s Cape No.7, Winds of September and Orz Boys, Taiwanese films have come to be highly anticipated. And this year, with several movies coming out, one can’t miss any of them! Read More

Coffee or Art?

Asia Scout | August 9th, 2009

<Cafe Mezone, by Kingkiang>

Shi-Da Road — This favourite area of artsy people is located in the southern part of Taipei. Therefore, it’s named “South Village” as well. Now it’s like Greenwich in London or Soho in New York. There are more and more arty cafes around. There are many coffee shops that have been here for a long time. Among some of them, shopkeepers have transformed the idea of a “cafe” into a place that combines coffee and art. Read More

Hot babes gathering on Wretch

Asia Scout | August 8th, 2009

<Wretch loves hot babes>

How could a BBS site created within a university become the NO.1 community site in Taiwan, NO.32 in terms of global online traffic, and NO.3 in Taiwanese ad sales? With its rapidly growing influence, Wretch has even acquired Yahoo! Kimo at an unbelievably high price. Why? It’s all because of BOYS’ HORMONES.

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Home of the Villagers, the Largest BBS in the World: PTT

Asia Scout | August 8th, 2009

The term, “villagers”, originated from a movie, Hail the Judge, which starred Hong Kong’s comedy master, Stephen Chow. Specifically, the term comes from one of the lines in the movie, “I just popped in with the villagers to see what’s going on, and just so I can stand in front”. Then one time, when there was an online dispute on PTT (telnet://ptt.cc) where users were quarreling for irrational reasons, the director of PTT Law, Junchoon said, “Those watching — “villagers”, please step back behind the yellow line”. This has rocketed the popularity of the term “villager”. From then on, “villagers” was used to describe online users who don’t make right judgments, but instead follow the riot. Eventually, this term became a general nickname for PTT users.

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Let’s Clean and Play

Asia Scout | August 8th, 2009

<Photo from TEIA>

Cleaning is tedious. But what if there was the kind of cleaning that gave you extraordinary scenery, stretched your body, and brought affectionate moments to your heart? Wouldn’t that just make cleaning a great exercise?

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2009 World Games in Kaohsiung

Asia Scout | August 8th, 2009

The 2009 World Games in Kaohsiung just closed on the 26th of July. Kaohsiung is the most densely populated and the second largest city in southern Taiwan. The World Games was the very first international sports event held in Taiwan. Over the period of 11 days, the games have not only grasped the attention of the whole nation, but also received high regards from the International World Games Association (IWAG) as: “The best World Games ever”. Read More