CHANGING OF THE GUARD

February 19, 2015 § Leave a comment

New music added tonight.

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OLD TAIPEI

November 21, 2014 § Leave a comment

Nanjing Road West and ChongQing Road - not far from Carrefour Store and much more.

Nanjing Road West and ChongQing Road – not far from a Carrefour Store and much more.

REMEMBER TAIPEI TEN YEARS AGO

June 21, 2014 § Leave a comment

Pictures from 2004. Changes may not be very apparent to everyone.

Changes may not be very apparent to everyone.

Senator Hotel was like a 1950s detective movie location.  Neon sign outside my window overlooking ChangAn Road West.

Senator Hotel was like a 1950s detective movie location. Neon sign outside my window overlooking ChangAn Road West.

 

Shin Kong Mitsukoshi building

Shin Kong Mitsukoshi building

 

A few very large new buildings are replacing the small houses.  The old area of Taipei alongside the river.

A few very large new buildings are replacing the small houses. The old area of Taipei by the river. This view from Shin Kong building – no longer open to the public.

Not a friendly-looking cat.

Not a friendly cat.

SPEAKING CHINESE

August 31, 2013 § Leave a comment

This YouTube link will lead to more tips.  I wonder if there are lessons on speaking Taiwanese on YouTube?  A few words in Taiwanese are useful when using taxi cabs, buying things in night markets and speaking with ordinary people.

F-15 SIMULATOR

August 22, 2013 § Leave a comment

At the Taipei Aerospace and Defense Technology Exhibition 2013, last week.  Demonstration by an expert and at the end, by a learner.  This writer had a try – not recorded.  Fabulous opportunity open to the public.

TAIPEI AEROSPACE AND DEFENSE EXHIBITION 2013

August 17, 2013 § Leave a comment

Missiles made in Taiwan - for defense of the nation.

Missiles made in Taiwan – for defense of the nation.

Designed and manufactured for specific use by and for Taiwan's military. A frightening small weapon.

KESTREL ROCKET LAUNCHER. Designed and manufactured for specific use by and for Taiwan’s military. A frightening small weapon.

Model of the real IDF.  The Indigenous Defense Force fighter jet.Model of the real IDF. The Indigenous Defense Force fighter jet.

An outstanding exhibit offers a chance to get in the cock-pit of a fighter jet.  This 'reporter' did not do very well, requiring help with all aspects.

An outstanding exhibit offers a chance to get in the cockpit of a fighter jet. This ‘reporter’ did not do very well, requiring help with all aspects.

Girls in uniform were fun to be photographed with.

Girls in uniform were fun to be photographed with.

TAIPEI – 8 YEARS AGO

December 9, 2012 § Leave a comment

main station area

Picture taken from the former coffee shop near the top floor of Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Building, it was a great free view of the city looking north.   The freeway running left to right  is Civic Blvd (wrongly called Civil Blvd in latest Lonely Planet guide-book).

Taipei Main Station roof is the large brown building in lower right corner.  On the other side of the freeway, the empty lot is where the Q-Building and bus station have since been constructed.

The area to the left with low building’s is the old river suburb of Da Dao Cheng which is now seeing plenty of new high rise office buildings as the city expands.

One of the three or four bridges that cross the Taipei or Tamshui river is creeping into the picture on the upper left corner.

There is still a coffee shop at Shin Kong, on a lower floor, with a reasonable view looking north.  Coffee is NT$150 per cup which is about double that charged at the ‘85′ (brand) coffee shops or just a bit more than at Starbucks.

Personally I think coffee sold at McDonald’s is better than Starbucks and probably less than half the price.  At Starbucks you might see a few of the foreign language teachers using WiFi.

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