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SOGO Department Store in Taipei : There is a recession here in Taiwan?

April 2, 2009

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Taipei+April+2+2009+015 739110 SOGO Department Store in Taipei : There is a recession here in Taiwan?

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Taipei+April+2+2009+014 740835 SOGO Department Store in Taipei : There is a recession here in Taiwan?

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Taipei+April+2+2009+012 736084 I finally saw it with my own eyes! Sound machine inside public toilet to mask the embarrassing noise...

I have heard about this along time ago: Japanese women often flush the toilet as soon as they enter the stall to mask the embarrassing noise people naturally make when in the bathroom. This act of civility turned out to waste a lot of water resource. At first, they tried sound machines with music, etc., but still did not see significant reduction in water usage. Finally someone (or some company) came up with the idea of duplicating the sound of toilet flushing. This time, success.

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Don’t know why, but we think turtles are adorable

March 30, 2009

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photo 724390 Dont know why, but we think turtles are adorable

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A great yet little known Taiwanese-style restaurant in Taipei

March 26, 2009

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photo 741418 A great yet little known Taiwanese style restaurant in Taipei

I did not know about this tiny gem of a restaurant until my girlfriend from college took me there last night. Lu Sang restaurant in Yongkang Street may strike you as yet another roadside Japanese restaurant in Taipei from outside because of its bamboo-focused decor, but a quick peek inside, the modernized traditional-style tables and chairs will tell you that this is a restaurant for Taiwanese food.  Great Taiwanese dishes with ingenuous twists. Experiments that actually worked. 
 

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Best scallion pancake in Taipei

March 26, 2009 through the looking glass

When you are in Taipei, you need to seek out scallion pancakes no matter where you are.  Chances are, they are good. But if you are adventurous and are a foodie, then you need to make a track to 永康街 Yongkang Street.  This stand is at the corner of a building, on the first floor of [...]

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“Gashapon”, cheap souvenirs for kids, sort of like pressed pennies…

March 18, 2009 through the looking glass

Ok, maybe not really like Press Pennie. But in spirit, just like pressed pennies, these "toys in a plastic egg" thingy are low-cost souvenirs that get my kids motivated.  They are called Gashapon in Japanese and are everywhere we go, and the varieties are impressive, so is the quality.  Only that, as you could see, some of the [...]

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Corporate Sponsorship at Its Finest… Microsoft invading school?

March 18, 2009 through the looking glass

Saw this sign outside of a high school that we past by and was amused.  Folks are probably simply happy that their kids are using the latest computers at school, but I cannot help but feel mildly concerned…  (That's also a sign I spent way too much time reading the anti-MS talks on the bulletin board [...]

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What the hack is this? The simple plant that inspired so many jokes…

March 18, 2009 through the looking glass

After my son posted with the REAL plant from which Wasabi is made from, he was horrified when we came up with many nicknames for the said plant… Somehow I doubt he would include the picture with him holding this in his scrapbook for this trip which is to be shared with his classmates upon his [...]

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The HOT Netbook, aka my son’s new toy…

March 18, 2009 through the looking glass

Right after I finished reading the article in Wired, "The Netbook Effect: How Cheap Little Laptops Hit the Big Time" in the latest issue, my nephew called me and said, "I have bought two netbooks for my cousins!" Apparently, these are the hottest "accessories" in Asia, since almost everybody has an iPhone now.  (Not in Japan [...]

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Mankind’s reach for the sky – The Tower of Babel apparently did not teach us anything…

February 17, 2009 random

Instead, we seem to pride ourselves on it. Free will. The power to accomplish the unthinkable. The art of one-upmanship.
Many did not realize that the 2300-foot tall Burj Dubai is “only” the world’s Tallest Structure, and not the Tallest Building yet. Until Burj Dubai is completed and occupied, the honor of “The World’s Tallest [...]

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