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  1. steveluv

    General travel - Taiwan

    Breakfast was not bad, had chunky red snapper porridge for main course but started with some fruits and a fritter So my trip will be starting from the south of Taiwan in the city of Kaohsiung then will move to Taipei Friday evening. So, when I arrive at Taoyuan Airport (near to Taipei) I have to take their High Speed Rail (HSR) to the Kaohsiung in the south. But before that I need to get to the Taoyuan HSR Station, by bus Follow the sign to go to the bus station at B1 level, just outside the glass door go to number 12 kiosk for bus number 705 and pay just $30 Inside the bus Train ticket $1,980 (non-reserve seat cost $1290, standard reserve seat costs $1330) from Taoyuan station to Zuoying Station (this is the name of the HSR station for Kaohsiung) Here comes the train https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vKVaVpHMl0 Inside the train
  2. Hey guys, planning a driving holiday to taiwan end oct. anyone done a driving trip with an itenary to share? 6d 5 night thanks! Starting city is taipei
  3. A week-ish after my Bali trip, I traveled to Taipei! During that period Taiwan had about 40ish COVID-19 cases and Singapore probably had double that. So here's my Taiwan travelog for everyone stuck in Singapore now! 🤩 Bought 4 bottles of Lifebuoy hand sanitizers from Changi Airport just because I wanted the red and blue bottle bottle. Lots of stock here. This was during the period Singapore had a shortage of hand sanitizers. Now it's mostly back in stores. Took a Scoot flight, maybe about 60% to 70% filled? 4 hours of uneventful flight time, thankfully. Arrived in Taoyuan Airport at around 5.30am. Immediately you are reminded of COVID-19. You feel the seriousness in the air as compared to Bali Airport. There's three stations to pass. First one, you are required to hand in your COVID-19 Declaration form to the CDC staff. Visitors are also reminded to put on a mask at all times for the next 14 days and monitor your health condition. There is also a police officer stationed there. Not sure why but he seem like he was looking out for potential COVID-19 symptoms. Right after this will be temperature taking. Third station will be thermal screening. Right up till this stage, you feel like the Taiwanese are taking this a little more serious than our measures in Changi Airport, although thermal screening is still the primary defence. Temperature was a cool 20 degrees then. After luggage collection, realised that Feigo Bus is no longer in service!? Change of plan took the train to Taipei Main Station and to Ximending. Stayed at Hotel Puri Ximending. Super convenient location at it's just right across Exit 6 of XMD. Spent the next two hours catching toys on the claw machines. Not me. My friends. 😤 Finally some street stalls at 9am ish! My favorite to have whenever I'm in Taiwan! Poor them had to push their carts away when the police came. Although you really gotta give it to the Taiwanese police. They gave ample warning to these food cart owners. Ending my update here. Will update when I have time.
  4. Picnic06-Biante15

    Taiwan: Holiday in Taipei & Tainan

    Going to Taiwan next week for free & easy. Identified 2 cities to go, Taipei and Tainan. Other cities visit next year. Apart from the norm (night markets, temples, sceneries, 101 & shopping) anything exciting in Taipei or Tainan not mention in tour companies itineraries. Thanks.
  5. Was planning to go Shilin Night Market @ Turf Club tmr night. Then I saw this report https://mothership.sg/2019/04/shilin-night-market-singapore-crowds/. The q looks terribly long. Wonder anyone went there tdy? Maybe can give some comments whether worth going anot.
  6. Anyone has experiences with driving around Taiwan? And tips to provide for left hand drive countries, car rental company etc. Generally public transport such as the Metro is far more convenient than a car (no need to find parking etc) but if we're talking about going out of Taipei, would you recommend driving or just taking the bullet train?
  7. Fcw75

    Taiwan: Kaohsiung

    Don't see any Kaohsiung thread so starting one. Anyone been there recently? Any recommendations? Hotels? Can take the MRT from airport to town? Thanks.
  8. Picnic06-Biante15

    Taiwan Gay Parade 2014

    I think I spotted @Tianmo, @bavarian, @Chowyunfatt and Picnic06 in the pictures .... Yahoo news: Tens of thousands march for gay rights in Taiwan Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Taipei on Saturday for Asia’s largest gay rights parade, with many urging parliament to push through a controversial bill recognizing same-sex marriage. Supporters from Taiwan and abroad waved placards reading “equal marriage rights” and “support gay marriage” as they marched through the capital for the 12th annual Walk in Queers’ Shoes parade Gay and lesbian groups in Taiwan, one of Asia’s more liberal societies, have been urging the government for years to legalize same-sex marriage. Parliament started reviewing a bill on the issue last year. Participants revel through a street during a gay and lesbian parade in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. Thousands of gay and lesbian Taiwanese took to the streets showing Taiwan's acceptance of alternative lifestyles and activities from traditional ways of Chinese life. link: https://sg.news.yahoo.com/photos/tens-of-thousands-march-for-gay-rights-in-taiwan-slideshow/couple-hugs-during-taiwan-lgbt-pride-parade-taipei-photo-081306087.html#crsl=%252Fphotos%252Ftens-of-thousands-march-for-gay-rights-in-taiwan-slideshow%252Fparticipants-revel-street-during-gay-lesbian-parade-taipei-photo-091129069.html Tianmo & Picnic06
  9. strange that taiwan never communicate with Google on area that need to be blocked out missile base on google map, use satellite mode with 3D to close up.
  10. Xefera

    Taiwan bridge collapse

    https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/taiwan-bridge-collapse-crushes-fishing-boats-some-crew-feared-trapped&utm_source=STSmartphone&utm_medium=share&utm_term=2019-10-01+14%3A26%3A32 TAIPEI (REUTERS, AFP) - Rescuers were scrambling on Tuesday (Oct 1) to reach six people feared trapped after a bridge collapsed in Taiwan, smashing onto a group of fishing boats moored underneath. Dramatic CCTV images captured the moment the 140-metre long single-arch bridge came crashing down in Nanfangao, on Taiwan’s east coast. In the images, the road gives way and tumbles down onto at least three fishing boats as a petrol tanker that was crossing also plunges into the water. The National Fire Agency said it believed six people were unaccounted for and could be trapped in the boats underneath the collapsed structure. “The rescue operation is ongoing,” the agency said in a statement, adding at least 12 people were injured, including six Philippine and three Indonesian fishing workers as well as the Taiwanese driver of the petrol tanker. “We hope to safely rescue all in the shortest time to minimise the damage,” Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen told reporters. Divers were searching for those feared trapped in a couple of fishing boats, two government officials from the port township of Suao told Reuters earlier in the day. Get exclusive insights into Asia from our network of correspondents Keep up with the latest in the region with the ST Asian Insider newsletter, delivered to your inbox every weekday Sign up "The bridge collapsed at around 9.30am while an oil tanker vehicle was on it, setting the vehicle on fire," said Shih I-chun, the secretary of the town's mayor. "We feared that some fishermen might be trapped in the boats." The authorities have set up an emergency centre and the military said marines and the navy were helping with the rescue efforts. It is not clear what caused the bridge, which was built in 1998 and spanned a small fishing port, to collapse. Watson Shen@KamiliaHaraQoo Apparently a bridge collapsed in Yilan, Taiwan after being ravaged by a typhoon. 22 11:41 AM - Oct 1, 2019 Twitter Ads info and privacy 42 people are talking about this Taiwan was skirted by a typhoon on Monday night, which brought heavy rains and strong winds to parts of the east coast. But at the time of the bridge collapse the weather was fine. Taiwan has a huge fishing industry and many of those who work on its boats are low-paid migrant workers from countries such as the Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam. Prosecutors have launched an investigation into the cause of incident, said transport minister Lin Chia-lung, adding that the bridge was still within its expected 50 year lifespan. “Recent weather conditions, earthquakes and past assessments of the bridge will be taken into considerations. We will fully cooperate with the investigation,” he told reporters. Previous serious bridge incidents in Taiwan have mostly been related to typhoons. In 2009, two bridges were badly damaged by Typhoon Morakot, which left more than 400 people dead. Taiwan, which lies near the junction of two tectonic plates, is also frequently jolted by earthquakes. The island’s worst tremor in recent decades was a 7.6-magnitude quake in 1999 that killed around 2,400 people and destroyed tens of thousands of buildings. Although the devastating quake had ushered in stricter safety codes, several fatal incidents in recent years have triggered probes into shoddy construction. In 2018, a developer, an architect and a civil engineer were indicted over the partial collapse of a building that killed 14 people during an earthquake earlier that year. It followed a similar incident in 2016 when another quake killed 117 people – most in a single apartment block that collapsed.
  11. Anybody following the latest 9pm drama? Singapore x Taiwan co-production suspense drama. Not a lot of Mediacorp fans here but finally a serious drama! Filmed in SG and Taiwan, a mixture of SG actors and Taiwanese actors, relatively big names in the local acting scene (Zoe Tay, Fann Wong, Desmond Tan, Chen Han Wei, Paige Chua, Ian Fang, Zhang Yao Dong). When was the last time you watched a Zoe Tay X Fann Wong drama? This production is helmed by Award-winning Taiwanese director-producer Wang Shaudi. Actually what's interesting is the parallel plots presented as two interwoven series. Two episodes will air each day - Singapore plotline 9pm to 10pm on Channel 8, and Taiwan plotline 10pm to 11pm on Channel U. In Mediacorp words below: Multi-platform format. Hinging upon the real-life high-profile hacking of ATMs across Taiwan in 2016, All Is Well will thread two parallel plots, both sparked by the same seismic cyber-crime that occurs in the first episode of each series. Events diverge in dramatically different directions in each series, before coalescing to a heart-stopping head in the final episodes of both series. Therein lies the twist in this dual-action drama: The Taiwan- and Singapore-situated sequences can either be enjoyed as standalone series or watched in tandem to tease out the intricate interlinks between the two. If you haven't been watching Mediacorp productions for a really long time, maybe this is a good time to support your local production again. Lots of panning skyline shots of the famous Singapore backdrop and even the beautiful Taipei City! Let's see how this plays out!
  12. I find taiwanese car products to be inferior or a knock off of something established. My friend has a 4 Piston D1 Spec brake caliper. He recently got ripped off the the local dealer of D1 Spec products when he had to change his brake pads. 300 bucks for supposedly good quality D1 Spec pads. That's just nonsense. I decided to get him to remove the brake pads and get it measured. I searched the internet high and low for pads that would meet those measurements. Turns out that you can use brake pads meant for Brembo Calipers. You can easily get original brembo pads for that application for less than 100 sgd if you order it online. Heck you can even get dixcel pads for around 170 sgd if you prefer that brand. Don't believe that you cannot use anything other than D1 Spec Brake pads in a D1 Spec Brake Caliper. Most of these taiwanese brake companies copy the design from other established brake companies. If you own a D1 Spec BBK, please note that you have options when it comes to what brake pads. You just need to measure your existing brake pads and use the internet to search. The dealer of D1 spec BBK will definitely say you cannot use anything other than their pad so that they can hold you ransom. But f**k them!
  13. It has been a long time since I visited Taiwan. This time, my in-laws were interested in visiting the country. They wana see Taichung and Taipei, so it was an excellent opportunity for me to include a road trip to satisfy myself. Having driven on the left in USA last year, I do not see myself having much trouble with driving on the left. So why not and they(in-laws) get to experience an overseas driving holiday. Also we planned it in late Feb for the cooling weather and to see the cherry blossom. Average temperature was around 16 - 18°C but it got warmer around 20°C when we left Taiwan. For this thread, I will touch on more of my driving routes. Half of the trip is driving and the other half is on public transport. Day 1 An overnight flight on Scoot and arrived in Taoyuan Airport 5.10am. OMG, it was too early in the morning. Did not expect to arrive so early so we just sat around in the airport while my bro-in-law went to buy sim card for data. Next we took the MRT to Taoyuan HSR station, about 20 mins ride only.Our arrival at Taoyuan HSR station was early too as our scheduled booked train is at 8.05am. So we just sat around the station. My in-laws first time ride HSR, so it was something new for them. I planned it. It took 45mins of ride and we arrived at Taichung HSR station. This is the place where I had booked our car and pick up of the car was. I went with Hotai rental, a large local rental car company. It offers the option of returning the car at a different city. Had booked a 2.0L Toyota Wish for the five of us. The car had 45K km on the odometer. Took me a while to install my car camera(Blackvue DR650S), all the wirings to charge hp and hp holder. I am using two hp, one with Waze and another with Maps.Me.
  14. Ongoing saga... This sg couple famous liao. This couple is damn cruel and evil The young woman give birth in a Taiwan hotel last week, then dump the newborn baby in a rubbish bin in Ximending and then returned to Singapore on the same day. The Taiwanese police managed to track the couple and collected DNA samples from the couple's room to determine whether they are related to the dead infant. Taiwan police just announced blood samples found in hotel room match the newborn's DNA. https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/baby-dumped-by-spore-couple-in-taiwan-blood-samples-found-in-hotel-room-match-newborns-dna
  15. Below are the pics of two short trips to taiwan Via scoot in 2018. Super cheap tickets around $200 per pax round trip!!!
  16. Is he going to pay with joss paper? https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/taiwan-delivery-man-crash-4-ferraris-11042828 SINGAPORE: A Taiwanese delivery man who crashed his van into four Ferraris could face a six-figure repair bill, local media reported. The 20-year-old, surnamed Lin, was delivering joss paper early on Sunday morning (Dec 16) in New Taipei's Shiding District when the accident happened, said Taiwan's Mirror Media. The young man's family runs a joss paper business. The man was helping his mother with deliveries as she had taken ill that morning, TVBS reported. Lin was driving at about 40kmh and was tired from delivering goods overnight, the police said. No one was injured. The police also said that media coverage of the accident have garnered support from dozens of people, who have offered Lin financial help. The four sports cars were among a fleet parked by the side of the road during a Ferrari car owners' meet-up. According to Taiwanese media, the Nissan van crashed into a yellow Ferrari 488, a white Ferrari F12, a blue Ferrari and a red one. The accident left the yellow Ferrari with a gash on its left and its side mirror knocked off - damage that TVBS said could cost more than TW$3.5 million (US$100,000) to repair. The F12 suffered a large dent to its rear. The TV station estimated repairs for the F12 could cost up to TW$5 million (US$160,000). The other two vehicles were not badly damaged. The owner of the red Ferrari has said he will not seek damages, a report said. Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/taiwan-delivery-man-crash-4-ferraris-11042828
  17. TAIPEI: At least 17 people were dead and 126 others injured after a train derailed on Taiwan's east coast on Sunday afternoon (Oct 21), authorities said. The train, Puyuma Express 6432, was travelling from Taitung and derailed near Yilan county near the coast, on a railway popular among tourists. "As of 6.30pm there are 17 dead on site and 126 people injured," the Taiwan Railways Administration said in a statement, adding that the train had been moving between two stations in Yilan County before the derailment occurred. Taiwan's central government said that rescue services were at the scene and that the premier had been notified and was highly concerned over the safety of the travelers. At least six compartments of the train overturned, said Taiwan Railways Administration, according to Apple Daily. Taiwan's Central News Agency reported that more than 30 people were still trapped in the train early on Sunday evening. Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/taiwan-train-derail-yilan-accident-10849598
  18. 62-year-old retiree is oldest woman to give birth in Taiwan It's easy to mistake the newborn in Madam Wu's arms for her grandson, but the 62-year-old retiree had actually given birth to him on Feb 25. The 2.93kg baby boy was born in a Taipei hospital and shares a birthday with a sister who is 36 years his senior. This makes Wu the oldest mum to deliver a baby in the country, Apple Daily Taiwan reported. And her family couldn't be happier to welcome their newest member. Wu's husband said they often felt lonely after their daughter got married. So the couple decided to try for a second child while they're financially stable and in good health. Their son was conceived via assisted fertility treatment and delivered naturally after just 66 minutes of labour. At a press conference on Wednesday (March 7), Dr Hsiao, Wu's attending obstetrician at Taipei Chang Gung Memorial Hospital said that it was a high-risk pregnancy given her advanced age. 29 weeks into her pregnancy, Wu developed gestational hypertension and diabetes. She also had a low placenta and her foetus' position was abnormal. Dr Hsiao said that pregnant women who are 35 and older are twice as likely to experience complications such as premature births, delayed foetal development, and stillbirths. He also advised older mums to closely monitor their pregnancies with advice from medical professionals. The oldest person to give birth is a woman from India who delivered a baby via Cesarean section at the age of 72. http://www.asiaone.com/health/62-year-old-taiwanese-woman-gives-birth-naturally-second-child
  19. TAIPEI—Opposition candidate Tsai Ing-wen won a landslide victory in Taiwan’s presidential election Saturday, making her the democracy’s first female president and setting back Beijing’s ambitions to reunify the island with the mainland. Ms. Tsai’s commanding victory brings to power her Democratic Progressive Party, or DPP, which espouses Taiwan’s formal independence from China—a red line for Beijing, which claims the island as its territory.Eric Chu, the candidate from the ruling Kuomintang, or Nationalist Party, conceded defeat and congratulated Ms. Tsai on her victory as results from the election commission, although incomplete, gave her an unassailable lead. While expected, the result is a blow for the Chinese government, which seeks reunification with Taiwan and has forged a good working relationship with Taipei under the outgoing president, KMT politician Ma Ying-jeou. It could alsocomplicate Beijing’s ties with Washington, which is obliged by U.S. law to help Taiwan defend itself. During the campaign, Ms. Tsai, a 59-year-old former law professor, promised not to provoke Beijing and abide by existing agreements, many of which promoted expanded commercial ties.At the same time, Ms. Tsai spoke to concerns among many Taiwanese about Beijing’s rising influence during Mr. Ma’s eight years in office and the effect China’s economic heft was having in enriching a business elite, while drawing away jobs and investment from Taiwan’s economy Results from a simultaneous legislative election were expected later on Saturday evening. Many pollsters predict that the DPP could also win them, either outright or in a coalition. It would be the first time the ruling KMT and its allies have lost control of the legislature sinceChiang Kai-shek’s Nationalist government was ousted from the mainland by Communist forces in 1949.
  20. Honker

    Taiwan Minsu

    Which Minsu would you recommend in Cingjing? Wanting to stay near to sun moon lake for 2 days and cingjing farm for days. Googled this site. The minsu presented machiam not bad leh. http://www.taiwan-minsu.com/
  21. Bacteria83

    Taiwan water park accident

    Hope the victims can survive and recover from this mishap . More than 200 injured in explosion at Taiwan water park PUBLISHED ON JUN 28, 2015 12:57 AM 1690 748 0 0PRINTEMAIL People carry an injured man at the Formosa Fun Coast amusement park after an explosion in the Pali district of New Taipei City on June 27, 2015. -- PHOTO: AFP TAIPEI (AFP) - More than 200 people were injured, over 80 of them seriously, in an explosion at a water park outside Taiwan’s capital Taipei Saturday after coloured powder being sprayed onto a crowd ignited, officials said. Footage on the Apple Daily newspaper website showed crowds dancing as music played and clouds of powder being sprayed out which suddenly turned into a ball of fire that swept through the spectators. “Our initial understanding is this explosion and fire... was caused by the powder spray. It could have been due to the heat of the lights on the stage,” said a spokesman for the New Taipei City fire department. The municipality’s deputy mayor said 221 had been hospitalised, with fire officials earlier saying 81 had been seriously injured. Local media reported that 97 people were seriously hurt. The blast happened as hundreds gathered for an event at the coastal Formosa Fun Coast waterpark, just outside the capital Taipei. Television images showed the stage on fire and crowds running away, some of them only dressed in swimwear and covered in coloured powder. The fire was quickly extinguished, officials said. One male witness told local news channel CTI: “It started on the left side of the stage. At the beginning I thought it was part of the special effects of the party but then I realised there was something wrong and people started screaming and running.” Media reports said some victims had suffered burns to more than 40 per cent of their bodies. A doctor treating 41 victims at one hospital in Taipei said 17 of them were “seriously burned”. “They all had respiratory system damage,” he said. Dazed victims were carried from the site on inflatable rubber rings and others were lying on inflatable water toys with bystanders pouring water over them from plastic bottles. Authorities said that ambulances had struggled to get near to the site and had to send in emergency workers with stretchers. “We feel sad and regretful about the accident,” New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu told reporters. He said that extra doctors had been called in to help treat the victims. “I’ve ordered the park to shut down immediately and be placed under a rigorous investigation,” he added. - See more at: http://www.straitstimes.com/news/asia/east-asia/story/more-200-injured-explosion-taiwan-amusement-park-20150628#sthash.s7mCvDxm.dpuf https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDU0cNPguX8
  22. I am not a strong fan of WU BAI, but he gotta be one of the best mandarin / hokkien rock stars....
  23. TAIPEI - A 33-year-old man was arrested in Taiwan on Monday (March 28) for allegedly chopping off the head of a four-year-old girl, reports said. The suspect, who reportedly has a history of mental illness, attacked the young girl at a Taipei suburb on Monday at about 11am, Focus Taiwan said. The attack happened right in front of her mother. Her grieving mother, Mrs Liu, told Apple Daily that she was about one metre away from her daughter, but could not stop the killer. The girl was going upslope on a strider bike when the suspect approached her from behind. She and her mother were on their way to a train station to meet her grandfather and her younger siblings. Thinking that the suspect was trying to help push her daughter up the slope, Mrs Liu did not attempt to stop him. Instead, he pulled out a chopper and brought it down on the little girl's neck, the newspaper said. When she realised what was happening, Mrs Liu tried to hold the killer back, but was not strong enough to stop him. Passers-by then helped to subdue the attacker, but by then, he had decapitated the victim. A blood-stained chopper was found near the crime scene, said Focus Taiwan. "I could not believe it. How can something so cruel happen?" the girl's grandmother sobbed as she told TVBS in Mandarin. The victim, nicknamed "Little Lightbulb", is the second of four children in her family. Her father works in the IT industry, and her mother is a housewife. She has a nine-year-old sister and a younger brother and sister who are two-year-old twins. A photo of the suspect, his face splattered with blood as he was brought in by the police, was published by Taiwanese media. The suspect, surnamed Wang, is said to be unemployed, and has a history of mental illness and drug offences. The case has shocked Taiwanese. In response, President Ma Ying-jeou said: "Today, I heard about the four-year-old girl's "Little Lightbulb's" misfortune. All of us feel shock and pain. The child is so adorable, and the killer so cruel; I have ordered a full investigation. Justice must be served." President-elect Tsai Ing-wen also issued a statement expressing her sorrow, and promising help to the family. The Government has a duty to strengthen public order, to prevent such crimes from happening again, she said. http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/knife-wielding-attacker-chops-off-head-of-4-year-old-girl-in-taipei