More on what ‘rehab’ is like in Taiwan: Alcatraz!

The Wild East / Society What is ‘rehab’ like in Taiwan? From the following account, it’s pretty much like Alcatraz, except for the few hours a day of forced ‘meditation’. This year, a foreigner tested on the margin of error for having smoked marijuana, and was forced to go to

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Is there such a thing as ‘rehab’ in Taiwan? Short answer: No.

The Wild East / Society In Taiwan, the authorities don’t really grasp the concept of a ‘rehabilitation centre’ or what ‘rehab’ is supposed to do, for that matter – to rehabilitate, help people detoxify and get off drink and drugs. In North America, on the other hand, going to rehab

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Taiwan firefighters overworked, pressured not to speak up

The Wild East / Society Taiwan firefighters would like to change the system – by putting firestations, like the police, under local government control Earlier this year, Taipei Times actually had a relevant article about Alex Chu, who called for the improvement of working conditions of Taiwan’s firemen. Chu filed

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I scored some Prozac at the Tokyo Drugstore

Comedy / The Wild East magazine My friend and I wanted to get high, but didn’t know any dealers. So we walked into a Tokyo Drugstore – that’s a promising name, for starters – to see what kind of over-the-counter goodies we could score without a prescription. I knew the

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Some ‘sexy time’ advice for Asian men

By Professor Titnibbler / The Wild East, Department of Sexy Time I’ll begin with the bad news for Asian fellows. There is some truth to the size of your penis being somewhat smaller on average than, say, that of the average African male. This conclusion can be based simply and

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Hospital head calls for ‘total revamp’ of Taiwan medical system

By Tsuei Shiao-hu. political editor / The Wild East 24 June, 2012, TAIPEI Taipei Veterans’ General Hospital Director Lin Fang-yu (林芳郁) joined in the chorus of medical leaders sounding the horn for federal intervention Sunday, claiming the country’s entire medical institution has five years before it collapses. Lin, who is

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Orchid Island’s problem won’t just go away, needs monitoring by scientific community

Editorial / The Wild East Taipei Times‘ Dec. 2 editorial, “Living in a nuclear wasteland”, was an informative summary outlining the Tao people’s dilemma, praiseworthy in its attempt to put a spotlight on this issue in the run-up to January’s presidential elections. But this is not just an election-year issue.

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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 and 12, 2012. Kaohsiung Yogi is hosting a weekend retreat

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Shhh! East West Culture Project holds Silent Retreat in Taipei

The East West Culture Project (EWCP) is organizing “Fall into Silence”, a one-day Silent Retreat, November 13 in the Daan MRT area. Contact: EWCP 0983 339 901; eastwestcultureproject@gmail.com The 2011 EWCP Autumn Retreat is an opportunity to spend a day in silence, refocusing the mind and regenerating the body. Both

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EXPAT CHAT: Studying Medicine in Taiwan

Kee Koon Ng, Malaysia, medical student at Taipei Medical University, age 27 I was in the States, finishing my Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering. Then I decided to come to Taiwan. The decision to enter medical school here was a long process! The thing is I realized I really like

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