When FAA-mandated safety instructions come on before a flight, it's usually a good time to zone out or read SkyMall. But this is one you might find hard to ignore. Check out this very creative safety video.
Extracted from Buzzfeed - http://www.buzzfeed.com/kevintang/reasons-to-love-taipei
(N.B: the following list is by no means a ranking hierarchy.)
1. Family Mart, 7-Eleven, and other convenience stores have everything.
One of the highest per capita concentrations of convenience stores on earth. Where else can you pay your college tuition, eat dinner, print Mayday concert tickets, send express mail, and buy a handle of Johnny Walker at 4:30 a.m.?
1. The first thing you should do in a new room: peel back the bedding and check the seams of the mattress for traces of bedbugs — bloodstains or actual bugs. And in any case, never, ever, ever put your bag on the bed. The main way travellers bring bedbugs home is when their bags get infested after touching bedspreads or mattresses.
2. When packing or unpacking your bag, put it on an upholstered piece of furniture — a dresser or one of those folding luggage stands. Also, avoid putting your clothes into dresser drawers, if possible. Keep your possessions in your luggage or hang things up in the closet instead.
The third incarnation of the Rainbow Bay Festival, a two-day music event that features over 50 bands playing on seven stages, starts Saturday
WHAT: Rainbow Bay Festival (大彩虹音樂季)
WHEN: Saturday from 2:15pm to 2am and Sunday from 2:15pm to 9:15pm
WHERE: Pier 2 Arts Center (高雄駁二藝術特區), 1 Dayong Rd, Greater Kaohsiung (高雄市大勇路1號), tel: (07) 521-4899.
ADMISSION: Tickets are NT$1200 for one day (NT$900 advance) and NT$2,400 for two days (NT$1600 advance), available through Market Net Ticketing (大市集交易網) at www.dmarketnet.net or at 7-Eleven ibon kiosks.
ON THE NET:www.rainbowbayfestival.com
Next time you visit Taipei's holiday KTV, watch out for the price increase.
OFF TUNE: The chain said revenues had plunged 20% and it was raising prices in response to power fee hikes. Some customers say they cannot afford higher prices
Holiday KTV is increasing its prices on the back of the second stage of electricity rate increases, the chain said.
The chain said it has found it impossible to sustain profits and have been forced to pass the additional cost on to customers.
The Holiday KTV store on Emei Street near Taipei’s Ximending District (西門町), for example, has recently raised the basic fees per person — along with orders of food — from NT$520 to NT$550 during the peak period of 7pm to 11 pm on Friday and Saturday nights.
Consumers said the increase meant that the outlet made an additional NT$300 per 10 people, and complained about the price of food also going up.
A bowl of beef noodles, which used to cost NT$140, now costs NT$150, while chicken noodle soup, originally priced at NT$110, was now NT$140, consumers said.
However, the basic fees for renting a room have not changed, and the price of beer has been lowered slightly due to seasonal promotions, although it may be raised later.
Holiday spokesperson Lai Hsin-hung (賴欣洪) said that overall revenues for the chain across the nation had plunged by 20 percent this year.
Lai added that in addition to the slowing economy, inflation and now electricity rate hikes had contributed to the slight rise in prices across the chain’s outlets in the Greater Taipei area.
Pointing to the chain’s medium-sized outlets as an example, Lai said that on average the outlets had to pay NT$550,000 more for electricity last month than in August.
Lai added that during the summer, electricity fees may reach between NT$700,000 and NT$800,000.
Electricity costs eat up about 10 percent of the chain’s revenue on average, Lai said, adding that the outlets had compensated by turning off the lights in public areas on all floors to reduce electricity bills.
Other KTV chains, such as Cashbox and New CB Party, said they currently do not plan to raise prices, but added that they would make a final decision after receiving their electricity bills next month.
Commenting on the matter, an office worker surnamed Chou (周) said that if Holiday, which is known for its lower-than-average prices, was raising its prices, he would have to cut down on his entertainment expenditures.
A college student named Chen Ming-wen (陳明文) said that KTV establishments have been a favored location for family gatherings or friends’ birthday parties, but if the prices continued to rise, other alternatives would have to be found. Chen said students could not afford the fees now being asked of them at KTV establishments.
Extracted from: http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2013/10/08/2003574014
Let's bike, Taiwan!
The 2013 Taiwan Cycling Festival will be held from 9 November (Saturday) to 17 November (Sunday), 2013. When it comes to the competitive Taiwan KOM Challenge, participants will climb from altitude zero at Qixingtan in Hualien to 3,275 meters at Hehuan Mountain; the route includes a great variety of amazing scenery, making this a unique extreme cycling challenge. These sports activities not only challenge one's stamina but also one's strength.
On 9 November, eleven groups will be invited to depart from 7 locations for a 9-day/8-night bike tour around Taiwan. Special groups will participate such as Female group, Disabled persons group, Senior cyclists group etc. If you are not a professional cyclist, you can take part in the Sun Moon Lake Come! Bikeday tour to experience the beautiful scenery of the Sun Moon Lake Round-the-Lake Highway, which is also one of the world's 10 best bike routes.
Furthermore, during the Taiwan Cycling Festival, many biking tours have been organized by Yilan County, Hualien County, Taitung County and Taichung County, as well as the Tourism Bureau National Scenic Area Administrations of Sun Moon Lake, North coast and Guanyinshan, Northeast Coast, Tri-mountain, East Rift Valley, Siraya, and East Coast. These exciting tours include Dapu Creative Bike Festival, Biking the Northeast Coast - Yilan Cycling Excursion, Biking Tour of Tribal Villages and Xiuguluan River Rafting, and East Rift Valley Biking Carnival.
For more infomation please click here : http://taiwanbike.tw/bike/event/2013/en/F1.html ! Registration has started so be swift before all spots got taken !
End of year is coming close, ever thought of travelling during vacation with your kids or love ones or even alone for sight seeing, adventure and exploration? Taiwan might be the right place for you !
Taiwanese movies have earned a high reputation in international film festivals over the past few years, giving a different impression of Taiwan, with its vitality of soft power and culture, to the whole world. Last year, the number of tourists to Taiwan reached a record of 5,567,000; to keep the number rising, the Tourism Bureau is targeting 4 categories of tourists: young backpackers, senior couples, young women, and families. A brand-new international promotional film was shot, using movie production values for the first time, to incorporate the island's natural beauty and cultural diversity into a short film. The beauty of Taiwan is shown through both images and sound to portray Taiwan's warmth and hospitality to from tourists around the world.
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Top Five Mandarin AlbumsSept. 27 to Oct. 3
1. Mayday (五月天) and Nowhere (諾亞方舟 世界巡迴演唱會Live) with 19.45 percent of sales
2. Kay Tse (謝安琪) and Kay Tse (謝—安琪) with 14.04%
3. Rainie Yang (楊丞琳) and Angel Wings (天使之翼) with 11.94%
4. Diana Wang (王詩安) and Love Lesson (你好嗎) with 11.89%
5. Anita Chen (陳怡婷) and 愛情的網 with 9.51%
Album chart compiled from G-Music (www.g-music.com.tw), based on retail sales