Author Archives: Scoopstar

‘Taiwan in the eyes of a foreigner’, by Nick Kembel: BOOK REVIEW

‘Taiwan in the eyes of a foreigner’, by Nick Kembel Buy it on Amazon.com. Published by www.tsais-idea.com.tw By Trista di Genova, The Wild East It’s really great to see expat writers on Taiwan come out with work of this calibre. … Continue reading

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‘Stranger in Taiwan’, by Hartley Pool: BOOK REVIEW

Stranger in Taiwan, by Hartley Pool (Revenge Ink, 2011) Buy it here on Amazon.com RATING: QUITE GOOD, FUNNY Hartley Pool is a comedian I used to see performing at The Living Room Taipei, about 5 or 6 years ago. He’d … Continue reading

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‘Keeping up with the War God’: BOOK REVIEW

Keeping up with the War God, by Steven Crook (Yushan Publications, 2001) Buy it on Amazon.com here This is a fantastic read for anyone who’s already perused all the guidebooks and now wants to delve into some of the deeper … Continue reading

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Transformative Yoga Retreat: Kenting Feb. 11-12

Wild East staff The ‘Transformative Yoga Retreat’ will take place on the beautiful south coast of Kenting, Taiwan, with Hatha/ Kundalini/Ashtanga certified yoga teachers and Reiki masters: Lisa Furtado, Mayna Chien and Emily Anjali O’Sheehan, the weekend of February 11 … Continue reading

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Getting a DUI in Taiwan: Steep fines and some useful lessons

The Wild East staff A heads-up for all foreigners who love driving recklessly — Taiwan cops are finally getting savvy After a spate of recent high-profile cases involving deaths of innocents, Taiwan police are cracking down on drunk driving (or … Continue reading

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Day in the Life of a Temple Sister

Trista di Genova, The Wild East During a recent visit to the Foguang Shan Buddhist Monastery in southern Taiwan, the Ven. Miao Tan shared her story of entering the monastery. After “having doubts about life”, she came from Singapore to … Continue reading

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New Buddha Memorial opens in Kaohsiung, thanks to ‘a million well-wishers’

By Trista di Genova, The Wild East The Fo Guang Shan (‘Buddha Light Mountain’) Monastery in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan opened to the public this month its new memorial to the Enlightened One, an 108m-high, 1,780-ton copper statue that is the … Continue reading

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Folk hero Scott Cook returns for Taiwan tour

Ian Kuo’sIan Kuo’s blog: “SCOTT COOK @ BOBWUNDAYE” Being a relative newcomer to the Taiwan music scene, I had no idea who Scott Cook was, other than what I had read online. I knew that he had played locally for … Continue reading

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‘Horse eats Grass’ (馬吃蔡): Ma gets re-elected

POLITICS / The Wild East As W.E. predicted, KMT President Ma Ying-jeou won a fairly close election against DPP challenger Tsai Ing-wen. With a 74% turnout rate, Ma won with about 780,000 votes, or 4-5 percent over Tsai, 51.5% to … Continue reading

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Predicting who will be Taiwan’s new president

POLITICS / The Wild East Tomorrow is a big day for the people of Taiwan. There is no such thing as a ‘vote from abroad’ here, so all 23 million people, if they want to vote, must travel to their … Continue reading

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