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I am on Vine now!

What can you tell in six seconds of video? With the Vine app, millions of users worldwide are trying to find out – with surprising results. I joined only recently. Check out my sweet little impressions of life in Taiwan!

Vine Taiwanreporter

Being a TV journalist by profession, I like to tell stories with moving images. So I took to Vine and its video loops instead of Instagram, which is mainly focussed on photos.

One Vine a day keeps boredom away

Check out my Vine profile to see all videos, and follow me so you don’t miss future updates:
vine.co/taiwanreporter

While in Taiwan, I will try to post a Vine video on a daily basis. (mehr…)


My first encounter with Canadian cuisine

I don’t often visit Western restaurants in Taipei, but Whalen’s on Anhe Rd. is one I will probably come back to.

Maybe it’s simply because it is a Canadian establishment, and therefore has a slightly exotic aura for a Central European like me, but Whalen’s does some thing rights that I tend to dislike about other Western restaurants in Taiwan:

  • Interesting food options you cannot get everywhere
  • A pleasant dark-wood interior design that doesn’t feel fake
  • Prices that are not ridiculously expensive
  • Laid-back, unobstrusive service
  • You will leave feeling sorry that you were not able to finish it all

First, let me say that I probably would not have thought of visiting Whalen’s had the owner not contacted me and invited me over for this review. So, full disclaimer, I didn’t have to pay. But I probably would not have regretted it either. Anyway, kudos for recognizing the power of the blogosphere and online rep.

Whalens Canadian Restaurant Taipei

Whalen’s is strategically located on Anhe Rd., so everyone who regularly (mehr…)


It’s all about Taipei!

Many Taiwanese netizens are ridiculing a campaign video of Sean Lien (連勝文) meeting a group of foreigners over lunch. Lien is the KMT’s Taipei City mayoral candidate. Me, I am not sure what to make of that video. So I invited two fictitious friends over for a discussion.

Sean Lien foreigners 連勝文 外國人

A friendly debate

Mr. Blue: So I just saw that video of Sean Lien’s lunch talk with foreigners.

Mr. Green: The one everybody is making fun of right now? That currently has 158 likes and 3019 dislikes on YouTube?

Lien Youtube Screenshot

Yeah, I don’t think that’s really fair. (mehr…)


Plane crash in Magong (Taiwan), dozens dead

This is bad. Most people in Taiwan were happy that typhoon Matmo gave them a day off today and spent the day at home, watching strong winds and rain through the windows. Now in the evening comes the shocking news that around 7 p.m. a passenger plane crashed in Magong (Makung), capital of Taiwan’s Penghu islands (Pescadores), while attempting an emergency landing.

It’s not clear yet which part the weather conditions played, but right now it’s hard to think of different reasons. (mehr…)


Ingenious motorbike for wheelchair users

As you know, scooters are Taiwan’s most important and most popular means of transportation. Why should wheelchair users be excluded?

At the Chiayi High Speed Rail station, I recently came across this vehicle:

Scooter for Wheelchairs Taiwan

(click to enlarge)

Isn’t this great? They basically took a scooter, sawed it in half and (mehr…)


You haven’t seen a Taiwan calendar like this

Okay, I know it’s already March, but you probably still want to take a look at this very special 2014 photo calendar: Foreign students in Taiwan dressed up and had some really nice photos taken.

Foreign Students Taiwan Calendar

I recently met some of the people behind this project at an event at Ming Chuan University in Shilin.

Their calendar could be a nice present for your Taiwanese or non-Taiwanese friends!

It features 12 gorgeous glossy photos that (mehr…)


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