Category Archives : Documentary


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Continued Taipei MRT Construction 1

The Taipei MRT system is continuing its rapid expansion, from additional lines in the city to arms that reach far into the Taipei County cities now known as New Taipei. Beyond the obvious benefits of reducing auto traffic, creating job opportunities, reducing street-level pollution, and increasing city-dwellers ability to quickly reach different areas of the city and beyond there have been a number of secondary benefits that have come from the citys investment.


Random Encounters: LA Quickie Street Photos

As I alluded to in this past Streets Saturday post, I had to make a brief emergency trip back to the States. I really didnt have the time to do the things that I would normally want to do with a camera, like walk the Venice Boardwalk or hit the Santa Monica Pier, but I did have my trusty camera and mobile phone with me.

So, photos were taken and here they are:

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Random Encounters: Train to Houtong Station

A couple days ago I published an article about a recent trip to Houtong Village, a.k.a. the Cat Village, which was only a 30 minute train ride away from Taipei city. I love taking the train outside of the city and to any of the smaller stations in the more rural areas of the country. While surface traffic and the evergrowing need for real estate means that most TRA stations in Taipei city are underground, rural stations are by-in-large out in the open air with minimal cover just in case the weather turns rainy.

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Random Encounters: Pictures of Ximen Market

Ximen Market (a.k.a. Hsimen Market, Ximending, ???, Hsimenting, etc…) has been a shopping center in Taipei since before Taiwan was a country. It was first designated as a shopping district by the Japanese during their rule of the island prior to World War II. For Chinese or Japanese-language linguaphiles this explains the ding character, which doesnt make a ton of sense in a Chinese context because it is a direct transfer of the same character in Japanese (cho), which does make sense. There have been shopping or entertainment venues in Ximen for over a century including the Red House Theater, which has been standing since 1908 and still stands.

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