Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Taipei In A Day (台北一日遊) Includes: Taiwan From A To Z Featured in Taiwan's Leading Bilingual Travel Magazine!

Taipei In A Day: Includes Taiwan From A to Z
Featured in Taiwan's Leading Bilingual Travel Magazine!



The book is available here, Amazon.com and at Barnes andNoble.com.

In Taipei the book is available at Cherry Valley Bookstore, Tienmu East Road, Lane 8, #99, Tienmu, Taipei (behind TAS) (台北市士林區天母東路8巷99號) (02) 2876-9293.

Thank you again for making Taipei In A Day the highest-rated Taiwan travel book on amazon.com! --Scott

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Donovan’s Coffee (杜坊咖啡)

Taiwanese have a keen interest in lifestyle trends popular abroad, and modern cafés and coffee shops now line the road along Danshui River (淡水河). Less than a two-minute walk from the MRT you’ll receive a warm welcome and superb Irish coffee (NT $110/160 iced) at Donovan’s Coffee (杜坊咖啡), Gongming Street, #10-1, 2F (淡水鎮公明街56巷10之1號2樓) (02) 2625-6234. Jovial expat owner Tim hails from Limerick, Ireland, known for its sedate River Shannon and King John's Castle, and the homey décor jogs memories of historical walking and boat tours. This cozy corner café boasts delectable drinks, free Wi-Fi to get you wired (along with the caffeine) and a balcony with a view. Open 11 am to 9 pm (10 pm weekends) Wednesday through Monday (closed Tuesdays).

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Saturday, March 21 TAS Book Signing!

I'm doing a book signing for Taipei In A Day Includes: Taiwan From A To Z, First Edition (台北一日遊) at Taipei American School (TAS) on Saturday, March 21, 2009! The book is available here, Amazon.com and at Barnes andNoble.com.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at No. 800, Zhongshan North Road, Sec. 6, Tienmu, Taipei (opposite Taipei Japanese School).

In Taipei the book is available at Cherry Valley Bookstore, Tienmu East Road, Lane 8, #99, Tienmu, Taipei (behind TAS) (台北市士林區天母東路8巷99號) (02) 2876-9293. Thank you again for making Taipei In A Day the highest-rated Taiwan travel book on amazon.com! I look forward to meeting you at TAS on Saturday, 3/21! --Scott

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Boy Wins Taiwan Island

No, not the entire island of Taiwan...

In a recent lottery draw, four year-old Yeh Chien-wei (葉千維) won the rights to visit an uninhabited islet on Taiwan's outlying Penghu (澎湖) island five times for three-day visits from May to September, 2009. According to various news repots, Sianjiaoyu (險礁島), an uninhabited Penghu island, has running water, electricity and apparently a cabin, enabling the boy and up to seven family members to enjoy the island's pristine blue sea and white sandy beaches.

Many municipalities used lottery drawings to entice citizens to use their NT $3,600 vouchers recently distributed by the Republic of China (ROC) government. The family has since decided to auction off their winning vacation prize.

The story was reported here and here.

Taipei In A Day is available here, Amazon.com and at Barnes andNoble.com. In Taipei the book is available at Cherry Valley Bookstore, Tienmu East Road, Lane 8, #99,Tienmu, Taipei (behind TAS)(台北市士林區天母東路8巷99號) (02) 2876-9293. Thank you again for making Taipei In A Day the highest-rated Taiwan travel book on amazon.com!

I look forward to meeting some of you at the Taipei American School (TAS) Spring Fair on Saturday, March 21! --Scott

Taiwan to Establish "Think Tank" With Mainland Chinese Military

Taiwan is currently in the process of setting up a think tank at a Taiwan university to create a dialogue with the Mainland Chinese military. It is hoped that the think tank will continue to reduce tensions on both sides of the Taiwan strait.

During his campaign, Ma Ying-Jeou Ma called for increasing dialogue and economic ties with Beijing; after being elected and sworn in as president on May 20, 2008, he reversed many of the policies instituted by his predecessor, former Taiwan president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁), including opening Taiwan to Chinese tourists, instituting direct weekend charter flights between Taiwan and China, and, most recently, accepted China's "gift" of two pandas. While Ma has been praised for taking prudent measures to improve Taiwan's economy, he has also been criticized by the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) (民主進步黨) for eroding civil rights during his tenure.

The story was reported here.

Taipei In A Day is available here, Amazon.com and at Barnes andNoble.com. In Taipei the book is available at Cherry Valley Bookstore, Tienmu East Road, Lane 8, #99,Tienmu, Taipei (behind TAS)(台北市士林區天母東路8巷99號) (02) 2876-9293. Thank you again for making Taipei In A Day the highest-rated Taiwan travel book on amazon.com!

I look forward to meeting some of you at the Taipei American School (TAS) Spring Fair on Saturday, March 21! --Scott