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Lakalan1, a Pinoy party shall be done!

In less than one week, Taiwan will witness a truly unprecedented party. The critical mass has been reached, and a build-up of Filipino rappers, DJs, dancers and other Hip-Hop artists has come together to organize this unique event. Lakalan1 is an event organized for the Filipino community by nationals of the Philippine islands themselves. The event... Continue Reading →

Earthquake Survival Guide

Compiled by Tobie Openshaw topenshaw@hotmail.com   Looking back at the last 20-odd years of earthquakes and disasters in Taiwan and elsewhere in the region, one can learn a few lessons and prepare some necessities to ensure that you can survive similar scenarios to what we have seen play out here.     Disaster  scenarios  1.... Continue Reading →

Photos of Hotel collapse in Hualien spread online after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake hits Taiwan

On Feb. 6, 2018 at 11:50 PM Taiwan experienced another massive earthquake the largest in a series of earthquakes hitting Taiwan in the last few days. A building in Hualien has collapsed with photos emerging on social media right after the quake. The building is a hotel called Marshal Hotel (統帥大飯店). At this time it... Continue Reading →

A Series of Earthquakes Shake Taiwan On Sunday Night (Feb 04, 2018)

On Sunday evening, the peak of what is said to be the coldest weekend of the year, the island was struck by a series of earthquakes. The strongest earthquakes felt throughout the night occurred at the following times, all originating in or near Hualien County: 9:12 PM with a magnitude of 5.1, 9:56 PM with... Continue Reading →

Taoyuan CPC Refinery in Flames (Jan 29th, 2018)

A refinery owned by CPC Corporation (中油) in Taoyuan city saw huge blast that lasted nearly one minute, according to local residents. Many people said that their windows rattled and belongings on the shelves rang. The explosion happened at 6:42 a.m. A big cloud of smoke was hanging over Northern part of Taoyuan by the Freeway No.1... Continue Reading →

Taiwanese indie music: Nuke ‘Em All 1st Birthday

On the 27th of this month Nuke ‘em all celebrates a year of bringing its unfiltered sound to the dancefloors across Taipei with a special event at Revolver. Based on a legendary club night in east London, UK from the late 00’s, the Taiwanese version has truly carried on the legacy by mixing DJ’s playing... Continue Reading →

Taiwan Observer travels: The Vatican museum in photos

Recently one of the Taiwan Observer correspondents took a trip to Europe. Here are some photos of the Vatican museum. The museum is one of the all time must see spots in Italy. This is what you can see as you go trough the Vatican museum on your way to the famous Sistine chapel, unfortunately... Continue Reading →

Don’t let “On Happiness Road” be the last animated film made in Taiwan!

by: Jean-Jacques Chen Animation, and Taiwan. Two words that seemingly don’t mesh automatically in the same sentence in most people’s minds. And most people would be wrong ! Taiwan has actually got quite a long story in the worldwide animation industry. Ever seen those little indie animated movies called Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Lion King and Mulan,... Continue Reading →

Filipino workers in Taiwan, unpaid this Christmas

It is tradition for every Filipino worker that had a chance for a stint overseas to send some money to their loved ones back home for Christmas. During the Christmas period in the Philippines prices of goods and services are way more expensive when compared with the rest of the year. For Filipinos buying Christmas... Continue Reading →

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