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Fighting Against HIV/AIDS with Standard Chartered Ghost Month- honorinG the ‘Good brothers’ WoMen and transition abu: innovative, sophisticated Fusion a MovinG sound iGnites taiWan overseas trailinG talent: reachinG out to expatriate spouses in taipei a holy trinity Make your dreaM a reality! taiWan sunshine- helpinG FaMilies in taipei enGland ruGby captain steve borthWick visits taiWan

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September 09 volume 10 issue 1


Letter FrOm tHe eDItOr


NatIONaL tHeater & CONCert HaLL september 09 rICHarD reCOmmeNDs


CuLturaL COrNer Ghost Month – honorinG the ‘Good brothers’


COver stOry Get hiV on the brain, not in the body, with standard Chartered


OutLOOK woMen and transition




FINe DINING abu: innoVatiVe, sophistiCated Fusion


arts a MoVinG sound iGnites taiwan


COmmuNIty oVerseas trailinG talent: reaChinG out to expatriate spouses in taipei


HeaLtH losinG weiGht


CHINese KItCHeN noodles


eNvIrONmeNt a holy trinity


eNtrepreNeur-2 Make your dreaM a reality!


CHarIty aniMals taiwan


speCIaL INterest taiwan sunshine – helpinG FaMilies in taipei


spOrts enGland ruGby Captain steVe borthwiCk Visits taiwan


CeNter COurses september 09


COmmuNIty CaLeNDar WOrsHIp DIreCtOry


COmmuNIty GrOups


pOstCarD perFeCt

Cover Image courtesy of standard Chartered

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Letter FrOm tHe eDItOr publisher: managing editor: editor: Co-editor: Graphic Design: Writing and photography Contributors:

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Community Services Center, Taipei Steven Parker Roma Mehta Richard Saunders Katia Chen Daniel Altschuler Brian Asmus Suzan Babcock Ivy Chen Alex Houghton Prashanta Lachanna Jacqueline Landman Amy Liu

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Dear COT readers, Recent events in Taiwan have affected all of us. While going about our daily affairs, I’m sure many of us question at times if we should suspend our leisure activities and just do more to help those who have lost so much in the devastation wrought by Typhoon Morakot. There have been many responses from the Taipei expat community, one of them being The Center’s upcoming Live Art and Auction event on September 5th. Sixteen artists have decided to devote a day to creating works of art which will then be auctioned that same evening. Organizers and volunteers, musicians, artists, and gallery owners are all pitching in to make this day a massive community effort to help. Why? Because they can. And because every bit helps. Another Morakot benefit concert to mark on your calendars is ‘Pencils to Bricks,’ on September 11 th at the Taipei American School. Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall. Larry Wilde, The Merry Book of Christmas Many of the articles this month seem to be overflowing with stories of individuals and organizations empowered with a need to make a difference, to affect change. From the Standard Chartered HIV initiative to Taiwan Sunshine’s support group for families with special needs children, from the Rugby Benefit Dinner to A Moving Sound’s bold and blazing trail in the music world and many other expat entrepreneurs who are willing to ‘make their dreams a reality’, each story is inspirational. Coming up very soon, on October 23rd, is The Center’s Annual Charity Auction Dinner; an annual event that brings all the friends of The Center together for a grand evening of friends, fun and new connections. Make sure you call us to make your reservations. As always, thank you for your continued support. We love to hear from you so please write to us at coteditor@ with suggestions for articles and feedback on our magazine. At The Center, there are plenty of activities to choose from. Come and join us for our Wednesday coffee mornings, drop in to browse the Gallery, or try out any of our regular courses. Warmest Regards

Centered on Taipei is a publication of the Community Services Center, 25, Lane 290, ZhongShan N. Rd., Sec. 6, Tianmu, Taipei, Taiwan Tel: 2836 8134, fax: 2835 2530, e-mail: Correspondence may be sent to the editor at Freelance writers, photographers and illustrators are welcome to contact the editor to discuss editorial and graphic assignments. Your talent will find a home with us! Copyright 2009. All rights reserved. Material in this publication may not be reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner. Centered on Taipei is printed on 50% post consumer waste content stock. We have also replaced the glossy laminated cover with a softer aqueous based resin coating which makes it easier to recycle. By committing to post consumer paper stock we support the market for recycled fibers and reduce environmental impact. Recycling paper uses 60% less energy than manufacturing paper from virgin fiber. "Every ton of recycled paper saves enough electricity to power a 3 bedroom house for an entire year." (

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RICHARD ReCommenDs riChard saunders

everal experiences and random conversations with others recently, plus the tragic and unexpected death of Michael Jackson this summer (yes, I confess I think he was a rare creative talent in his chosen musical field) have set me thinking about the sorry state of classical music (and music in general) these days. Clever marketing and a sometimes overactive curiosity ensure the music listening public now often seem to be more focused on musical personalities than the music itself, which often gets forced into a secondary position. This is a dangerous and unhealthy trend, which has already led astray excellent musicians like Lang Lang (who now seems temporarily lost in the murky waters of overt showmanship and shallow display) and embroiled the late Jackson in a series of scandals over his private life, all of which have less than nothing to do with the intrinsic worth of his music. Meanwhile the world is subjected to a seemingly never-ending series of competently written and brilliantly marketed but profoundly clichéd, workmanlike musicals by the likes of Andrew Lloyd Webber, which are inexplicably hailed as masterpieces! This sometimes overwhelming emphasis on the performer over the music, on appearance over content, is of course not a new phenomenon. The ladies in the audience who’d swoon at the sight of that great 19th century pianist-composer Franz Liszt (long, tangled hair, facial warts and all) as he stepped into the room to commence one of his famed soirees (and, apparently, later fight for possession of one of the master’s gloves, left ‘carelessly’ on the piano after the performance) comes to mind, as do the magnificent costumes certain opera singers of times past made sure they were seen in when appearing in public. On the other hand there was a whole generation of German musicians - the great conductor Furtwangler, the composer Richard Strauss and many others - who, post 1945, were suspected of complicity with (or at least lack of opposition to) the Nazis, while the careers of several very fine British composers, such as Alan Bush, were severely restricted because they made no secret of their Communist sympathies. In the final count, however, none of this should, or should be allowed to count. The only criterion that really matters is the quality of the music. Jackson’s tortured private life is really only of interest to the rest of us for the way it probably influenced the subjects of some of the songs he wrote and choreographed, while Lang Lang’s exuberant showmanship on stage might delight the younger members of the audience, but it adds absolutely nothing to the quality of the music being played. The creation of great music is not the exclusive domain of famous musicians. It can issue from any player or singer given a combination of dedication, inspiration and the right circumstances on the night. So may I suggest instead of immediately rushing out to buy tickets for the next big-name musical superstar to fly into Taiwan, take a chance on an unknown name. It’s a lamentable fact that these days (in classical music, at least) many teachers seem to value a perfect technique over poetry and interpretation, and there’s no guarantee of chancing upon a magical performance, but that’s the wonderful thing about music: whether it’s ‘highbrow’ classical music (even ‘difficult’ modern works), or ‘popular’ songs, the most memorable moments often come at the most unexpected times. The trick is to clear the mind of all preconceptions, shift your focus off the performer and concentrate on the music itself. Only then can we hope to discover the true value of a musician and their performance.


national Concert hall & theater september 2009 NATIONAL THEATER Cursive: a Trilogy Cloud Gate Theater’s three-part masterpiece part 1: september 2 – 6 part 2: september 9 – 13 part 3: sptember 16-20

Piano Concerto Prokofiev’s marvelous third piano concerto, plus Brahms’ first symphony september 15

April, 1878, in Portshach, Blue Sky


Vadim Repin plays Brahms’ violin concerto september 18

Langod – The Tsunami

Ingulf Turban and A.T.S

Taiwanese aboriginal theater september 18-20

Violin showpieces by Tartini (Devil’s Trill sonata), Paganini and Bizet september 20 RR

CONCERT HALL John Scofield and the Piety Street Band

Mahler no. 9

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The great ninth symphony september 24 RR

T Square

Stacey Kent Concert

Jazz from Japan september 11

A Hero’s Song Dvorak’s rarely performed tone poem, plus music by Richard Strauss and Janacek september 12

The American Jazz singer in Taiwan september 25

Tamas Vasary Piano Recital Works by Debussy, Beethoven, and Schubert september 30 RR

RR: Richard Recommends

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Ghost Month honoring the ‘good brothers’


hinese believe in life after death, when the deceased become spirits or ghosts roaming between Heaven and Earth. For one month of every year, however, these spirits get to return, rather like the Western tradition of Halloween, when spirits are said to rise and walk among the living for a night. Taiwan, however dedicates a whole month to paying respects and making sacrifices to the ghosts and souls of the underworld. This month is called the Ghost Month (鬼月) and it falls on the seventh month of the lunar calendar (This year it begins August 20th and ends on September 18th in the Western calendar). On the first day of this month, the ‘Ghost Gate’ opens and the spirits of the dead (the ying world) are welcomed into the world of the living (the yang world) to visit their descendants and enjoy extravagant feasts prepared in their honor. On the last day of the month, (the 30th of the seventh lunar month) the spirits’ ‘vacation’ ends and all ghosts must return to the underworld before the Ghost Gate is closed until the following year. In Taiwan, Ghost Month means ancestor worship. It’s not only a time for people to pray to their deceased ancestors to show the importance of filial piety after death, but it is more so a time to cater for the needs of spirits without any remaining descendents to care for them. These are typically people who died far from home, committed suicide, drowned or who died without bearing children. Ghost Month is traditionally very important for Taiwanese people. Settlers from China came to Taiwan to develop the land and establish their own homes starting in the early 1600s. They fought against wild animals in the rugged mountains, encountered deadly diseases, and dealt with hardship and turmoil while building on the land. Many of them died far from home with no one to bury them and no one to carry out ceremonial services in their honor. These wandering souls became rootless, roaming aimlessly about, and can disturb the living. Consequently, settlers began to look after these wandering souls and honored them like fellow brothers in order to ensure their own peace. The ritual of paying respect to roaming ghosts in the seventh month of the year also came to be seen as ‘honoring brothers’ who came to settle in Taiwan rather than simply honoring deceased strangers from a foreign land. The more the aimless souls of these unfortunate ‘brothers’ are looked after, the more fortunate and harmonious life the living can enjoy. With this historical background, Ghost Month is especially unique and respected in Taiwanese society. Folk activities practiced during Ghost Month aimed at appeasing the visiting ancestors and wandering spirits include inviting the ghosts, preparing ritualistic food offerings, burning incense and paper money, plus entertaining them during their time on Earth by holding parades, drumming troupes, chanting sutras, and performing folk operas, lion-parades, stilt walking, and more. Major events are generally centered on temples. Opening ceremonies on the first day of the seventh month are held at temples, where tall bamboo poles of lanterns are erected. These lanterns are well lit, with ‘celebrate Zhongyuan’, (慶讚 中元) written on them to clearly guide the ghosts to the feast. Extravagant banquets and entertainments are prepared in temple

courtyards to welcome the hungry ghosts. Taiwanese families and business establishments also make the effort to choose one day of the month to offer sacrifices outside their doors to feed the passing spirits. Ghost Month activities reach a climax on the 15th day of the month, which is called Zhongyuan Pudu Festival (中原普渡). It will be held on September 3rd this year. This day is celebrated by slaughtering pigs, and by laying out rich dishes and countless treats on banquet tables. Some of these typical ‘sacrifices’ include meat, wine, fish, vegetables, sweets, cookies, rice and any other delicious food you can possibly think of. This is to ensure every soul is fed, and that no ancestor or ghost is left hungry or angry. Apart from food offerings, two very exciting and lively folk activities celebrated at this time are the ‘Releasing of the Water Lanterns’ (放水燈) which takes place on the day of the Zhongyuan Pudu Festival in the Taipei County port of Keelung, and Chianggu (搶孤, the ‘Snatching of the Flag’ competition) which is celebrated before the ghost gate closes. Ghost Month concludes with the Closing of the Ghost Gate, an event held at dusk on the 29th day of the seventh lunar month, where more cooked food is offered as a ‘farewell dinner’ for drifting souls. This dinner serves both as a last dinner to be enjoyed among the living and as a sign to return back to the underworld. The lantern poles at the temples must be dismantled and temples invite Zhongkuei (鍾馗), a special deity who protects the living from evil spirits, to escort unwilling spirits back to their own world. This final ritual completes the month of fun and freedom enjoyed by the spirits and keeps the living safe and undisturbed. DON'Ts during the month: • Avoid scheduling any big life events like weddings, making big business deals, launching a new product, opening a new business, buying a car or a new home, moving, or having surgery. • No whistling at night (as this will lead the ghost straight to your home). • No swimming, especially in open lakes, rivers or the ocean (as a water ghost can easily steal any living soul it finds in the water at this time of year). • No using the word ‘ghost’ or similar words carelessly (as this invites souls close to you) the correct term to use when talking about them at this time of year is ‘good brothers’ (好兄弟, hao xiong di). • No leaving clothes hanging outside overnight (as playful ghosts like to wear them, causing illness to the owner). • And no staying out too late at night because wandering souls are literally everywhere. Whether you are superstitious or not, there does seem to be an increase in the numbers of accidents and deaths on the road and in the water during Ghost Month. Taiwanese in any event do try their best to do things before or postpone them until after Ghost Month.

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Fighting against hiV/ aids with standard Chartered usually, when faced with yet another heavy onslaught of HIv information, the average person could be forgiven for steering their mind towards something more pertinent to their immediate reality, than face the facts. Hopefully that's all about to change. Get ready to shove out old, outdated notions about HIv. Let’s see how standard Chartered is fighting against HIv.



ow before you shrug your shoulders and turn the page, listen to why it's important for you to know more about HIV. In Taiwan, the rate of infection is growing, especially through heterosexual transmissions. According to the Center for Disease Control, 18, 240 people are registered as being infected with HIV in Taiwan. Of these, 5, 729 people are living with AIDS. The highest infection rates occur in the 20 – 39 year old age group. That’s a major part of our workforce. enliGhteninG, eMpowerinG and FuelinG awareness Standard Chartered has created the kind of HIV education that is fun, immediate and e n g a g i n g. O p e r a t i n g from strategic positions in cyberspace, to grass roots outreach, to corporate climes, Standard Chartered is reaching more people in its fierce efforts to educate and empower people faster than Texas Hold'em is gaining popularity in Macau. In fact, to make


sure people know the facts about safe lifestyle choices, they have pledged to educate one million people about HIV/ AIDS by 2010 at the Clinton Global Initiatives (CGI). CGI was established in 2005 by Bill Clinton, as a collaboration between the private sector, governments and nongovernmental organizations to turn promises into actions with results. CGI has improved the lives of two hundred million people in fifty-one countries. How is Standard Chartered implementing this initiative in Taiwan? In a number of innovative and really impressive ways. The bank’s ethos in tackling HIV/AIDS is not to scare, not to bore and not to drone on about HIV/AIDS, but to enlighten, empower and fuel our nation into positive awareness and action through fun and interaction. On the home front, all employees of Standard Chartered undertake a Living with HIV/AIDS e-learning course which is completed within a three-month period. Standard Chartered believes that an educated workforce is the key to forming a stronger partnership between the bank and its clients and customers. hiV ChaMpions Whoever thought of the notion of an HIV Champion is a champion in their own right! In a world of taboo-abiding citizens, Standard Chartered has put a positive spin on HIV by creating a network of employee volunteers called HIV Champions. They are trained and spread generously across the globe, bringing light and encouragement to people living with HIV/AIDS. These Champions deliver

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workshops supplemented by a range of HIV educational materials that cover basic facts about the virus and are easily adapted t o d i f f e r e n t c u l t u r e s. They also help other organizations develop tailored workplace HIV/ AIDS educational programs and train volunteers within these organizations to be peer educators. In 2008, Standard Chartered more than doubled their network of HIV/AIDS Champions to one thousand across fifty countries. So far, they have trained over four thousand peer educators. By the end of 2008, they had commitments from organizations to educate 400,000 of their own people. Besides delivering the values of education to more people, Standard Chartered’s HIV/AIDS Champions also designed several activities with the children from Taiwan’s Harmony Home, an NGO established in 2003 that provides shelter to children living with HIV or children from families living with HIV/AIDS. At the beginning of this summer, the HIV/AIDS Champions accompanied the children of Taiwan Harmony Home to the art exhibition, Arcadie: Dans les Collections du Centre Pompidou. Using the exhibition as experiential stimulus, the children then went on to express their own interpretations of the pieces they saw. It’s a well-known fact that art is healing and creation is therapy. Standard Chartered pulled off a brilliant success, touching the lives of affected children, allowing them to bear witness to their true natures, regardless of the disease. This same vigilant compassion was carried through to Mother’s Day celebrations at Taiwan Harmony Home where twenty HIV/ AIDS Champions spent the afternoon with HIV/AIDSinfected mothers. The Champions took cakes, flowers and gifts to the celebrations, which involved lots of singing and laughter. One of the HIV/AIDS Volunteers was quoted as saying, “As a mother myself, to be able to share joy with the HIV-infected mothers and children, makes this year’s Mother’s Day all the more meaningful.”

dispersed among communities, schools, hospitals and nursing homes with HIV-infected children. Many of the ambassadors concluded that the volunteering trip was the most meaningful experience they have ever had. They continue to promote the Living with HIV/AIDS program to their peers on campus. Standard Chartered is grooming empowered young people who are effectively breaking boundaries and opening up communication about this killer disease. handinG oVer the torCh Standard Chartered promotes HIV/AIDS educational awareness with its own clients as well. Their goal is not only to give the best financial service to their clients; they are also committed to being their strongest partner in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Their most recent mission involved their HIV/AIDS Champions educating more than 150 employees with their business client, Leatec Fine Ceramics Co. Ltd. on HIV/AIDS. This is a sterling example of how businesses can interact with each other on social/health issues, showing the public that their priorities are also centered on global concerns, thus increasing public trust. web-surF your way to enliGhtenMent Standard Chartered has also developed an innovative and groundbreaking software program for its Internet customers. HIVANTIVIRUS is a global initiative that supports the bank’s HIV/AIDS education program. Considering that access to the Internet has become ubiquitous worldwide, it makes sense that Standard Chartered would utilize this effective media in bringing across its message. The website is bright and cheerful. It offers a digitally-animated series made up of cute, well-developed characters, each representing different diseases. For example, we have the three-eyed, particularly aggressive and power-hungry Mr. HIV, who’s only interest is getting into the human body and being promoted. He does this by joining a secret disease agency, where the eellike drill sergeant bellows out instructions to a table of brand new, slimy, greedy, disease-oozing recruits on how to enter the human body. The series moves ten years ahead where it shows a defeated Mr HIV who has been living inside a human body and has failed to make his dream of turning into full-blown AIDS a reality because the HIVinfected human body has made positive life choices that

student aMbassadors Standard Chartered, Taiwan has also partnered with AIESEC, the world’s largest student-run organization. AIESEC is active in over 1,700 universities across more than 107 countries. They groom young people to become world leaders by having a positive impact on society. The partnership has seen the execution of a Living with HIV on Campus campaign. More than three thousand students have been educated on HIV/AIDS through a series of seminars and e-learning courses. To add an extra gleam to this already sparkling gem, last year Standard Chartered invited thirteen university students to become their HIV/AIDS Student Ambassadors. They went on awareness and education missions to India, Malaysia and Indonesia for six weeks. These young warriors

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ensure a long and healthy life. After each episode in this funny series, the user is invited to take an HIV quiz and test their knowledge of HIV facts. Taking the test itself is rather inviting as the site offers you “protection status” free, downloadable goods and your name on the “protection map” – IF you get over 80%! “Protection status” is a symbolic gesture that affirms the user as being protected against ignorance. It is simple yet effective, as it shows the user’s name on a padlock that firmly states “(your name) IS FULLY PROTECTED”. You really do feel protected. The protection map is a visual device on which you can click your mouse on any of the white dots that are sprinkled all across a map of the world. A click over any country reveals how many people are protected and how many HIV Champions are active in that region. From a single click you find out that in Taiwan, forty-one people are protected and that we have twenty-five HIV

Champions. Go Taiwan! The site also offers HIV fact sheets in eleven different languages and your chance to spread this positive learning by attaching the HIV ANTIVIRUS blog sticker to your own website. What is vital to Standard Chartered’s educational campaign are positive learning, positive changes and active participation. They track protection statistics, not infection statistics; they raise HIV Champions, not HIV victims; they empower the youth in order to empower their peers, who are essentially, our empowered future. Log onto: and add yourself to the growing number of the Standard Chartered fullyprotected population.

Prashantha Lachanna has been living and working in Taiwan for five years and is currently running her own events company.


Women and Transition TExT: SuZAN BABCOCK, M.ED., MIIM

“Well, here I am…in yet another situation where I am supposed to be flexible, understanding and filled with positive feelings about living in a foreign land. Wrong. I’m in culture shock, plain and simple, and I am not feeling very good about this transition right now.” Those words were spoken by a woman who has been traveling all over the globe for the last ten years, and who is facing a new foreign assignment in Taiwan with her husband, as the ‘trailing spouse’. Her words were especially meaningful to me, because they brought back memories of when I experienced an upset of a different kind; the change of unexpected nontraditional loss. transitional ChallenGes Today, women are facing more transitional challenges than ever before. In addition to the traditional life transitions of marriage, becoming a mother, the loss of a significant other, life transitions now include divorce, post-marriage issues, remarriage, blended families, intercultural families and relationships, forced retirement, illness, healthcare worries, the uprooting of family and friends due to overseas employment assignments, and financial stress. Regardless of the number of transitions


that women face, the bottom line for successfully passing through them without going nuts, losing perspective or (worse yet) losing one’s sense of humor, is by having good support networks. replaCinG support systeMs When leaving behind old support systems, it is imperative to replace them with new systems and networks as quickly as possible. Hiding is not a good coping strategy. More effective coping strategies include asking others for their suggestions, advice or help, pushing personal comfort zones to encounter new people and situations, learning to negotiate for yourself, trusting your informed decision-making processes, and looking at your challenges with decreased fear. Sometimes, newly arrived internationals want to delve right into the foreign social scene. This works well in the beginning; however, for a truly unique overseas cultural experience, making friends with local residents, learning the language, going on cultural trips and excursions, and doing volunteer or community service work will go a long way in helping make your transition to Taiwan one that gives you a true sense of accomplishment. Suzan Babcock has been associated with The Center since 1987 as a counselor and lecturer. Her counseling specialties included cross-cultural communication and relationship issues.

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Sept 09 Gallery

roma Mehta paints portraits on commission. Some of her work is on display through the summer at The Center. More of her paintings can be viewed online at

Jennifer Chau's Jewelry Jennifer Chau brings you cultured Akoya and freshwater pearl and silver jewelry for ladies of all ages, including hand-knotted pearls for girls. A selection of beautiful ceramic items, such as stands, candy jars, vases and plates from Masterpieces Merchandise Co, ltd.

nora’s Jewelry offers a selection of contemporary and classic jewelry. Designs include single, double and triple stands of pearls, polished silver and pearls and coloured suede handwoven with pearls. There are also bronze and brass earrings with real stones. Carved wooden necklace trees also available.

A percentage of all proceeds of items sold at the Gallery go to The Center, so please remember that by displaying and shopping here you are helping us to provide much needed services to the international community. For special rates please mention promotional code: AT-2 september 09

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finE dining


Innovative, Sophisticated Fusion By Brian Asmus IMAGES: ALEx HOuGHTON


bu has long been a fixture when it comes to fine dining in Taipei. His last manifestation — located behind the Sherwood Hotel — also named Abu was a perennial favorite, particularly for the delectable ribeye with gorgonzola, Cabernet reduction sauce and fresh rosemary. Although the restaurant closed many years ago, I can still savor the taste in my mind, even today. Imagine my good fortune, t herefore, when while returning home from a recent dinner party, I discovered Abu had opened another bistro merely seconds from my apartment on Renai Circle. There, too, was the Russian huskey ‘Boy’ and his perfect blue Aryan youth eyes and fluffy brown-tipped white fur that invited a quick caress. Even better, maitre d’ Louie — an important fixture at favorites, such as Porto Fino (now closed) and La Giara — was on duty. Given, however, that the restaurant boasts only 24 seats (plus about twelve more in the downstairs VIP room), reservations are an absolute must and, even then, you may need to wait. The décor is restrained and welcoming. The tri-colored wood floor is the most ‘complex’ visual element. The ceiling has been left unadulterated except for a coat of black paint.

abu 28 siwei road (off of the southwest side of renai circle; siwei runs parallel to Dunhua south road). tel: 2707-0699 四維路28號


Banquette (rich-brown fabric) seating on the left is counterpoised by tables with a wall-length mirror on the right. All chairs are upholstered to provide pillowed plushness. The only flair, which might otherwise distract the senses, is concentrated on the tables. Lighting casts brightness on dishes, while keeping diners out of the glare. The plateware modern and textured with bold cranberry-red borders; the napkins and holders copper and bronze. After I finally managed to get a booking, my group of three was presented with a choice of two set dinners. The first (NT$2,300 plus 10%), featured (four appetizers!) warm smoked salmon with king crab leg and mustard sauce, foie gras pate with potato, chicken broth with frog legs, and steamed halibut with langoustine and saffron broth. Then, there was a choice of three main courses: oven-roasted lamb with pistachio rosemary sauce, stuffed spring chicken with king prawn and spinach, or slowbraised veal shank. This was followed up by a pineapple terrine with pistachio marscapone and a dessert du chef with coffee or pu’er tea. T h e s e c o n d (N T$2,600 p l u s 10%) o f f e r e d (f o u r appetizers again!) scallop tartlet with summer truffle, panfried duck foie gras with quail leg, lobster broth with lobster ravioli, and steamed halibut with langoustine and saffron broth. The choice of main courses and desserts was the same as above. While waiting for the first courses to arrive, we were presented with a bread basket with an array of piping-hot buns and crispy breads (whole wheat, squid-ink, hearty country, white) with French butter (the same as you get at the revered Landis Hotel). The scallop was blackened but not excessively charred to ashiness with a pungent truffle foam, sprigs of fresh dill, a bit of sweet onion on a crisp pasta base. Imagine

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what such a delightfully sophisticated combination can do to keep the palate amused! As if that were not enough, greens, red lettuce, fresh basil leaves and a light oil dressing were served on the side. My companions, Jeff and Emily Thorne, enjoyed the buttery tender salmon with an equally melt-in-your-mouth crab that was enlivened with freshly squeezed lemon as well as a panfried duck foie gras that was all about smooth, creamy, silky sensuousness; this sat elegantly on a potato base with fried angel-hair noodles. My version of the pate was ever so slightly blackened giving it the most imperceptible of skins; this was placed on a pickled fig that offered delectable tangy, sweet, vinegary notes that contrasted the sweetness of the pate and tweaked the crispy-skinned quail. Here, any overzealous effort would have ended up destroying one or more of the delicate flavors. Meanwhile, the lobster ravioli came with a smidgeon of black caviar and fresh baby peas on the side; the lobster bisque was thickened with cream, but the intense flavors of the shell were tantalizingly evident, evincing tannic sensations over the tongue and along the back of the throat.

w with small clams The halibut was served in a stew (wonderful iodine flavors that have you ou smelling the sea), cream and a bit of chive for fragrant, nt, edgy green zip. It begged to have a bit of the heartyy country-style bun dipped. I readily complied. Emily had brought a 100 percent Viognier from Australia (Trentham) ntham) that proved to be a very solid match given its musty ty green flavors and earthy nose. Kudos! ourses, a raspberry Before proceeding to the main courses, litchi sorbet was presented in a clear glass bowl set on an octagonal crystal plate that had scattered tered on it colored crystals. This captured the lighting ng to great effect, throwing off dazzling glimmers that at jumped into the wine glass. Clearly someone fully understands derstands the art of presentation! One of us had the lamb, which was tender mediumrare browned ruby redness. This was imaginatively paired with duck and white beans. The chicken proved to be a surprise hit not only with ith Emily but also AmCham President Andrea Wu’s daughter, r r, who made a subsequent visit. Thee chicken was wrapped around a king prawn with a

bit of spinach, the skin crisped to offer another texture dimension. Finally, the veal was cooked in a stew with onions, Marsala wine and orange peel with a dollop of horseradish cream. If I had any complaint, it is that the shank still had the rubbery fat on it — not really my cup of tea — but the orange peel! Given the wonderful complexities of the appetizers and entrees, it was no surprise that we were treated to desserts such as pineapple coupled with fresh blueberries and strawberries as well as pistachio cream rolled into a cannelloni shell. The second was an expertly crafted soufflé with vanilla Savayon (again, enlivened by pungent white truffle for contrast). Mint leaf provided necessary cooling from the intensely rich flavors. We had started eating at slightly after 7 pm; it was now nearing 10:30. What a spectacle! While the clientele was exclusively Taiwanese, there is little of the exuberance that characterizes most local dining; this was all international restraint. While the demeanor is modest confidence, you can bet your life that the bank accounts of these individuals are substantial. These people own companies; they don’t work for them. Keep that in mind should you feel like showing off. Just don’t.

Brian is the director of Membership and Events at the American Chamber of Commerce in Taipei and regularly writes freelance for a number of publications including several international travel guides. Brian has a particular affinity for food and wine and a soft spot for all things Argentinean.

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A Moving Sound Ignites Taiwan Taiwan’s cultural ambassadors truly represent the progressive spirit of Taiwan with their transforming music.



v e r s i n c e t h e i r f o r m a t i o n, A Moving Sound has revolutionized the music scene in Taiwan. Cutting edge and meticulous in its melding of seemingly irreconcilable styles and genres, A Moving Sound’s music investigates the sound plateaus between past and future and aural landscapes between West and East. A Moving Sound has created a universal music that carries in every melodic undulation and vocal peak and trough, stories, dreams, hopes and prayers we recognize from ages before into times unknown. baCk to the beGinninG Founders Scott Prairie and Mia Hsieh met in New York City in 2000 and formed A Moving Sound the following year in Taiwan. Both members describe what followed as something that was “far beyond their wildest dreams”. They discovered a deep hunger among the people of Taiwan to feel a new vibration, to taste a different emotional chord, to witness a new wave of cultural movement. With Mia on vocals



and Scott on various instruments and occasionally singing, the band quickly built itself up with three more highly-skilled, internationally lauded musicians. Tang-Hsuan Lo plays the vertically held and bowed erhu, with a mastery and heart-wrenching beauty. He has won many awards and explores the expansive range of the erhu while also deviating from its ethnic roots in creating experimental sounds. ChengChun Wu (Alex Wu) has performed in various traditional music ensembles. He adds a wider scope of expression to A Moving Sound with Latin and African percussion and jazz. He also plays Indian flute with the sensitivity of a temple player. Finally, H u a C h o u H s i e h, w h o s e m a i n instruments are Western guitar and Zhong-Ruan (Chinese guitar). He is deeply respected in Taiwan for his collaborations with top jazz ensembles and pop singers. Scott, classically trained as a French horn player, set out to discover his own musical idiom, free of boundaries, through wanderings into ethnic,

experimental and pop forms. He brings his musical artistry to A Moving Sound, creating the structure and narra tive of the music with deep vision and finesse. The finest instrument betwixt this witches’ brew is the voice of Mia. Mia is a creature of sound. She studied under the tutelage of Meredith Monk and Lyn Book in New York, and has developed a unique range of improvised sounds, essentially creating her own language. Her voice has a pure, ecstatic quality that is deeply moving. healinG Scott and Mia believe that the creative process allows one to experience one’s self within this mysterious universe we live in. They found that their music has a healing quality and this has inspired them to further channel the energy of their art through workshops. Mia holds voice workshops at which attendees explore their vocal range and experience the voice’s potential to connect to a universal expression. Scott believes

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that being involved in a creative process is to be involved in creating life and his art workshops guide participants with this awareness to explore their inner wisdom. taiwan’s new spirit A Moving Sound has been highly visible on the international platform, performing far and wide to international acclaim. They have performed in The Netherlands, Los Angeles, Toronto, New York City, Mexico City, Spain, Prague and in many other countries. Locally, they have performed at the Taipei Arts Festival in 2006, the Taipei Poetry Festival for the last three years, the Chiayi Culture Festival this year. In 2007 they were nominated for the Golden Melody Award. They were also selected by the Discovery Channel’s Six Degrees series which produced a show introducing Taiwan’s new spirit. A Moving Sound was the only performance group chosen as they exemplified the progressive energy of Taiwan in transformation by way of their highly individual music.

More opportunities arose for them to mirror the transforming progress of Taiwan. Just this year, they performed at a very prestigious a w a r d c e r e m o n y, Ta i w a n To p Twenty, an event at which President Ma Ying-Jeou himself presided. The awards ceremony celebrated the marketing and sales achievements of twenty Taiwanese businesses at the World Trade Center. A Moving Sound was chosen to partake in this event as their art best mirrors the rising level of sophistication that Taiwan is achieving in the fields of business and technology. Check out

don't Miss this! a moving sound is launching their new CD, starshine at the red theater in Ximending on september 19th, 2009. there are two shows, at 3 pm and 7:30. you can get tickets at the door. Call (02) 2666 3206 for more information.

Prashantha Lachanna has been living and working in Taiwan for five years and is currently running her own events company.

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oVerseas trailinG talent reaching out to expatriate spouses in taipei

Lef t to right: volunteer mark Curr y; Ot t committee member Jacqueline van tricht; tes head John Nixon; and Harmony Home director Nicole yang. they are at tes to collect some of the donations collected there for Harmony Home through the Ott donation drive.

For a ‘toddler’, the Overseas Trailing Talent organization has been taking some great big steps recently in Taipei. TExT: DENISE SHEPHERD IMAGES: JACQuELINE LANDMAN



t was barely a year ago when a group of expatriate spouses in Taipei came up with the idea of forming a group to help meet the needs of professionals who have temporarily halted their own careers to accompany their families overseas. Thus, Overseas Trailing Talent (OTT) was born. OTT’s self-proclaimed mission is to provide a forum where these trailing spouses can “meet other smart people, network, find job or career opportunities or simply join events and discussions with a professional focus.” The group seeks to recognize its members as individuals with their own aspirations, and not simply as a spouse or parent. The founding members of OTT came up with the idea during the summer of 2008 and set about finding other like-minded spouses. Right away, it formed a planning committee and set up a Yahoo Group which has already grown to include more than seventy members (join by sending a r e q u e s t t o O T T_a t Ta i w a n @ It also has a Facebook group that welcomes new

members. By joining either online community, members can find out about OTT-sponsored events as well as other community activities. During its infant year, OTT events have included: • Three social networking evenings, each attended by between twentyfive and fifty participants. • A lunchtime discussion on Setting Up Your Own Business in Taiwan, featuring guest speakers from AIT and RedBlack Consulting. • An introduction to local charities a n d v o l u n t e e r o p p o r t u n i t i e s, including support of the Harmony Home shelter for victims of AIDS and HIV in Taiwan. A fund-raising drive for Mother’s Day resulted in several truckloads of donations to this local charity. • A discussion of ongoing education and professional training opportunities in Taipei, including information about classes at the Community Services Center. • ‘Getting a Job in Taiwan,’ featuring presentations by representatives from Adecco and Greater China Strategic Executive Search Group, as well as life coach Sabrina Holmes. next eVent The group will resume its activities this month with its first event of the fall, a wine reception and networking event scheduled for the evening of September 30th at Sommelier, in Tianmu. There is no charge to participate; wine may be purchased by the glass. At this event, you can meet other trailing spouses and find out more about events that are planned throughout the coming year. You can

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sabrina Holmes, life coach, speaking at the "Getting a Job in taiwan" lunch at Wendell's bakery.

sign up now at either the Yahoo or Facebook groups, or by emailing Space is limited, so sign up soon! OTT is a non-profit organization and is run entirely by volunteers. All fees collected at events are for the purposes of covering expenses only, but members willing to donate a little time to help in the running of the organization are much appreciated. If you have ideas for future activities or discussion groups and you would like to help organize upcoming events, you are invited to join the organizing committee, which meets about once every six weeks. You can do so at either online group, or by emailing The online forum at Yahoo also includes links to several websites that may be useful to spouses in Taiwan, as well as minutes from previous meetings and the group’s mission statement. It also includes a calendar of community events, updated regularly, and occasionally includes job openings and volunteer opportunities in Taipei. oVerseas trailinG talent Imogen Knight, OTT’s first chairperson and founding member, explains how the group selected its name: “The name ‘Overseas Trailing Talent’ came from a quick brainstorming session at the first meeting and reflects the fact that trailing spouses are intrinsically talented, that often we come from overseas and need to connect with our host country,” she said. Also, “the acronym ‘OTT’ is not only used now to describe people who are bold and don’t stay in their box, but also, on a more serious note, was derived from the infantry soldiers of the First World War who came out of their trenches ‘Over the Top’ into battle. This reflects the courage of the spouses who have given up their careers and previous lives to make the foreign posting successful for their families.” So if you’re looking either for an opportunity to develop your own career while supporting a working spouse here in Taiwan, or simply want to connect with other talented people, become a member of OTT this month! Denise Shepherd is a trailing spouse and a volunteer member of the OTT organizing committee.

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Healthy Being:



ummer is here, and with it the annual achieve your health goals. For people with attempt to regain a slim tummy before serious obesity or metabolic disorders, donning that swimsuit. Many popular Chinese medicine plays a much more magazines are offering their usual seasonal dominant therapeutic role. For those who are ‘secrets’ for weight loss, so I figured I otherwise healthy but are concerned about might as well contribute something myself. the cosmetic or personal comfort of weight Without further ado, here are my tips: management, Chinese medicine is a useful 1. Stop worrying about weight! support modality. 2. If you must lose weight, then exercise. Why did I mention not to worry about the Well, that’s it. Not much to it really. weight issue? Partly because it is not weight Don’t be disappointed, I’ll talk about that should be the focus of concern. In fact Chinese medicine soon. Many people who acupuncture points for appetite many people do not realize that muscle is seek help for being overweight tend to be and stress reduction heavier than fat. Simply dropping a few very self-conscious, and much of the time are kilograms on the scale does not in itself imply not struggling with the problem of obesity. As a health care a health benefit. It is better, at least initially, to change professional, when a patient asks me for help with weight your goals to reducing fat rather than weight. This is why loss, I must first make the following initial assessments: exercise becomes important and fat relatively insignificant. Is this patient really overweight? If so, then is it simply As you increase your exercise you may reduce your body caused by poor lifestyle habits or is there some other more fat but you also increase muscle mass. Your scale may not complicated physiological (or psychological) issue at play? show the difference, leading to a misplaced but never-ending frustration in those whose goal it is to be unencumbered by how not to sliM gravity rather than healthy. To the patient who thinks he or she is overweight, here Back to Chinese medicine. What can it do for you? First is some advice: Don’t waste your money on slimming remember that each individual has a unique health and products,weight reduction programs, dietary supplements, disease history. This makes it impractical to use only one herbs or whatever. It is my experience that they often protocol for everybody. Chinese medicine respects this ultimately do more harm than good. Furthermore, in many uniqueness. Perhaps I can use this as a disclaimer for all cases the benefits are only temporary. Some of the methods those waiting to hear the secrets. The effects of general by which health supplements and weight-loss programs help products and methods are difficult to predict. It is always a person lose weight generally include: artificially increasing better to have the diagnosis and advice of a medical expert. metabolism, increasing urinary or bowel movement output, Acupuncture: In my experience, stimulation of the ear (ear and appetite suppression The latter is not usually so acupuncture) is the most effective mechanical treatment for damaging, but the first two can lead to many future health weight loss. It is extremely effective to reduce anxiety (one problems, especially when overdone. of the primary reasons why people both overeat and want to Increasing metabolism is usually achieved by such slim down) and suppress the appetite. The spot which curbs substances as caffeine, the infamous ephedra, or by the appetite is especially useful for overeaters and ‘always pharmaceutically increasing thyroid function. Caffeine hungry’ types (see image). Simply needling or even rubbing and ephedra have been used and abused by the ‘health or pressing this point can help suppress hunger pangs food’ industry by including them in dietary supplements for between meals. energy and weight loss. Both increase the heartbeat and Herbs: Herbs in many ways have stronger and broader provide an energy boost. In Chinese medicine, ephedra was applications than acupuncture alone. Here are some never used for weight loss and its inappropriate application common ways herbs are used for weight loss, including has led to many problems, such as dehydration and some common formulas that are often prescribed. shock from excessive sweating, and even heart problems. To get rid of something, there must be a passageway for Prescribing synthetic or animal thyroid hormones is now it to exit. In the body we have sweat glands, urinary and commonplace among doctors and naturopaths as a way bowel movement systems, and the mouth. All of these can to help increase metabolism and thereby cause ‘natural’ be used to eliminate solid waste from the body. Obviously, slimming. While this approach seems to be somewhat sweat and urine remove the water or fluids. This is useful safe in the short term, remember that as a general rule, the in reducing water weight, though usually this produces only more you externally add something to the body, the less it temporary effects. The herb mahuang (麻黃, ephedra) can eventually will want to produce that substance on its own. do both. But a better, safer substance is yi yi ren (薏苡仁), sometimes called ‘Job’s Tears.’ This can be bought in any healthier Methods to Get in triM herb store or Chinese market. Yi yi ren can regulate the Chinese medicine offers a plethora of tools to help you water metabolism of the body. People who are too thin will


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actually gain weight. Those who are overweight and/or retain too much water will slowly lose the extra baggage. I often recommend eating this herb as congee for breakfast. Adding black or red beans augments the diuretic effect. Another ‘popular’ method to lose weight is through purging the bowels. Unfortunately, purging is used too much and too strongly. The recent fad of colon cleansing could be put into this category as well. Excessive purging can damage the spleen and stomach energy (氣). In the worst case, severe diarrhea may ensue, resulting in dehydration and a trip to the emergency room. This method is generally suitable mainly for people who have chronic constipation and bloating. A common formula used in Taiwan for these purposes is called fang feng teng shengsan 防風通聖散, and contains two strongly purging herbs, dahuang (大黃) and mangxiao (芒硝). I wouldn’t recommend using this formula or any other purging method unless prescribed by a trusted herbalist. A third method, which is perhaps more practical for the general public, is to increase body energy and strengthen the metabolic and body elimination systems. This approach tends to be healthier overall and longer lasting. Two formulas which are readily available and fairly safe for most people are bu zhong yi qi tang (補中益氣湯) and ping wei san (平胃散). These eliminate water waste indirectly, help fat metabolism and reduce general feelings of sluggishness or heaviness. The former can affect blood pressure, so make sure you see a qualified herbalist before using these formulas. Using these herbs or acupuncture for this purpose engenders a systemic strengthening of the body. This comprehensive effect is long lasting and differs from simply taking a boosting supplement or thyroid hormone. But remember, none of these can compare in quality, endurance or overall effect to regular exercise. Exercise is empowering. It takes away the victimization of being overweight and of feeling overweight. The entire body is strengthened and feels better. Stress is reduced (which, remember, is a major cause of overeating), and old aches and pains start to heal. However, after reading this, don’t run out a do a long workout. You will only regret that the following morning. Short, easy but routine exercise is best. Even five to ten minutes a day is fine, as long as you get into the habit of moving. Increase your time exercising by another five to ten minutes every two weeks. Before long, and before you realize, you will be strong, healthy, feeling good and - oh yes - slimmer.

Daniel Altschuler (古丹 ) studied Chinese medicine and Taijiquan in Taiwan for 15 years. He earned a PhD in Chinese medicine and is currently living in Seattle where he teaches and practices Chinese medicine. Daniel regularly returns to Taiwan to visit friends and family, drink tea and teach classes.


CHINESE NOODLES 麵食粉類 [mianshi fenlei] Chinese noodles include wheat flour noodles and rice flour noodles, and are a staple food of Chinese living north of the Yangzi River. Taiwanese cuisine is much influenced by Mainland China; therefore the varieties of noodles are as numerous as those to be found in China. WHEAT FLOUR NOODLES Wheat flour noodles (麵, mian) are basically made from wheat flour and water, although some kinds also include egg. The varied shapes of wheat flour noodles can be likened to their Italian counterparts: angel hair (麵線 mianxian), spaghetti (陽春 麵, yangchun mian), tagliatelle (寬麵, kuan mian), orecchiette (貓 耳朵, mao erduo), tortellini (餛飩, hundun) and small lasagne (餛 飩皮, hundun pi). Wheat noodles can be stir-fried (e.g. 炒麵, chao mian, fried noodles), cooked in soups (e.g.牛肉麵, niurou mian, beef noodles), deep-fried (e.g. 廣式炒麵, kuangshi chao mian) or boiled and served dry with braised meats, vegetables and/or sauces (e.g. 炸醬麵, zhajiang mian). Wheat flour noodles are usually sold fresh, although a very few of them can also be found in dried form. To cook fresh wheat noodles requires plenty of water. To cook spaghetti-shaped noodles, bring the water to a boil and place the fresh noodles into it. Bring to the boil again, add one cup of cold water and bring to the boil for a third time. Remove and drain noodles well for further cooking with other ingredients. As for cooking other shapes of wheat noodles, this process may need to be repeated more times. Fresh wheat noodles can be stored in the refrigerator for three to four days, or two to three months in the freezer.

RICE FLOUR NOODLES Rice flour noodles, as the name suggests, are made from rice, and are sold cooked, either fresh or dried. Rice noodles also vary in shape from angel hair (細 米粉 xi mifen), strips (寧波年糕, ningbo niangao) to large lasagne (河粉 or 粿條, hefen or guotiao). Rice noodles can be stir-fried (炒 米粉, chao mifen), cooked in soups (米粉湯, mifen tang), deep fried (only for garnish or for making a nest container) or boiled, drained and served with certain sauces (乾拌米粉, ganban mifen). Fresh rice noodles can be cooked directly with the other ingredients. As for dried rice noodles, they need to be soaked in warm water until soft before adding to the other ingredients. Fresh rice noodles can be stored in the refrigerator for four to five days, or for three to four months in the freezer. september 09

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A Holy Trinity teXt: KatHerINe yOuNG


ImaGes: COurtesy OF pIerre LOIseL

s the Sicilian farmer guides the car through the lands s u r r o u n d i n g M t. E t n a, his passenger, a young American working as a shepherd, takes great i n t e r e s t i n h i s “d e e p l y r i d g e d, beautifully worn and calloused” hands. Strangers thrown together b y a m i s s e d b u s, t h e y f a l l i n t o conversation. Why would this young man leave a hallowed Harvard education to toil in the mythical land of Persephone? Observing the young man’s soft, unmarked hands and contemplating the rigors of his own chosen work, the wise farmer comes to an understanding. And to the young man he says, “You haven’t touched enough of the world.” The Sicilian goes on to offer his view of things : “It sounds like where you come from, you think too much. Where I come from, everybody learns by seeing and touching, but we don’t think enough.” These three ways of perceiving – seeing, touching and thinking – form a sort of holy trinity according to the Sicilian, and we can’t learn in a meaningful way without utilizing all three. (Josh Viertel, F ro m M t . E t n a to S low Food”) The idea that many of us have little relationship with the sources of our food has echoed in my m i n d t h i s s u m m e r, a n d I n o w find a counterpart to that Sicilian farmer’s wisdom in a person in


our very midst. Let me introduce y o u t o P i e r r e L o i s e l, a m a n who sees, touches and thinks, a farmer, philosopher, engineer and problem solver. He is challenging conventional thinking about how we grow food and what we do with food scraps and leftovers. He and his wife, Sue, are altering the landscape of food production, specifically by organic farming and composting i n Ta i w a n, a n d t h r o u g h t h e i r Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, each of us may (on a weekly basis) delight and rejoice in the abundance of their farm. The cold beer and salty peanuts went down easily on the terrace outside Pierre’s Danshui home. We gazed out beyond the gentle hills, aware that his organic farm lay somewhere between us and the ocean. How eagerly we had awaited this moment, having heard of him and his work so often on the menu at Nonzero, and in frequent c onve r s ations with any and all interested in organic food and healthy eating. As the sun sank behind the horizon, we meandered back through his life, astounded by tales of intrigue and daring, his sheer force of will and tremendous serendipity. I wager that twenty, or even ten years ago, Pierre would not have imagined that he would be waking at the break of day to collect food scraps

(up to seven tons a week!) for his compost pile. With degrees in both philosophy and engineering, Pierre arrived at farming because he saw a problem and moved to fix it. He merges the discrete and concrete; his gift, it seems, is to see clearly what is before him, isolate the challenges that stand in the way of an efficient solution and set out to solve them. seeinG Pierre has spent the last seven years with his hands in the dirt, creating a most extraordinary organic farm that has become a model for the Taiwan government and an inspiration for all who know and eat his vegetables. To tell this story properly, one must begin with the dirt; Pierre has become an expert in food scraps and composting, and that is the secret to his beautiful, lush vegetables.

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aMaZinG but true when a cabbage absorbs all the many thousands of nutrients it needs, it manufactures and exudes a secretion that can kill predatory caterpillars. tomatoes are rarely grown outdoors in taiwan due to the problem of fruit fly infestations. the first time pierre grew them outside, the fruit on his hundred plants were full of worms. however within two days they had developed a skin to protect themselves from the bugs, and just six days later they were worm-free. the nutrient content of pierre’s naturally-grown vegetables is one hundred times greater than conventionally grown vegetables.

In the 1970s, Pierre and his wife purchased some property out on Taiwan’s north coast near Danshui, because his allergies were making life in Taipei challenging. Pierre b e g a n t o j o g a l o n g t h e b e a c h, morning and night, and these daily exercises became the proverbial snowball that set the avalanche in motion. On his runs, he witnessed the daily dumping of garbage and how, over time, the local beaches were becoming dumps. This was the late 1990s, before incinerators disposed of trash. That meant twothousand tons of garbage per day from Taipei alone. Disheartened, Pierre and Sue agreed to try and live in their new home for a year. If the garbage situation didn’t change, they would leave Taiwan. thinkinG I could recount in much more detail how Pierre made his way to the Environment Protection Agency, how he rallied schools to do beach clean-ups, how once he spent 78 hours straight on the Internet researching composting – which, he tells us, accounts for 25-30% of the waste produced in Taiwan. When the first incinerators arrived, the garbage problem improved, and thankfully with it the condition of Pierre’s local beaches, but he was now focusing on the organic matter that made up

pierre’s vegetables are available to be delivered weekly. Contact him at

nearly a third of the trash that went into the incinerators. Upon returning to the EPA with composting ideas and questions, he was told to forget about it. For a man who loves a problem those are fighting words. He met the same views everywhere he researched; all seemed to agree that meat, fish and milk products can’t be composted, although no one explained why. Furthermore as he continued his investigations, he heard of several towns in Canada that had (unsuccessfully) attempted large-scale composting. touChinG H o w e v e r, h e f i n a l l y m e t a professor who told him that it can be done. Over the course of a week in 1999 he gathered seven tons of food scraps from schools around Taipei, making the local news in the process. By his own admission, he reeked at the end of that first day, and it took him seven showers to get rid of the smell. At the end of the week, he covered the seven tons of leftovers in sawdust, and three days later, the sludge had reached seventy degrees celsius, the temperature required to compost everything – meat, seafood and dairy products. P i e r r e t h i n k s b i g, a n d a f t e r successfully composting a week’s school leftovers, he attempted to spread the word, spending two days of ea ch week at the EPA telling, s h o w i n g, a n d c o n v i n c i n g t h a t composting is possible. And this fact is of critical importance. Although the German suppliers of Taiwan’s incinerators said the systems would last for seventeen years, the facility in Beitou broke down after only three, because of the liquid created by food scraps. Pierre estimates that the greater Taipei area produces 2,500 tons of food scraps each day, and the pigs don’t even eat 5% of that. Furthermore the liquid produced by these leftovers after incineration is dioxane, a nasty pollutant.

CoMpostinG Pierre composts two tons a day, so to cleanly dispose of the remaining 298 tons or so of discarded food produced by Taipei each day, it’s Pierre’s goal to teach and train others to do the same. After hours of conversation, it was at last time to visit the farm, and our first stop was the compost piles, in all their various phases. Under a tarp our table scraps are composting into some of the richest, most nutritious compost, which is used to nourish vegetables in a windswept west-facing coastal plot of land – the worst place to have a farm, Pierre told us. Standing a few feet away from the pile you can sense the heat and activity underneath, but also Pierre’s understandable delight and pride. On a tour of Pierre’s compost heaps, we marvel at the harmless (he uses no chemicals whatsoever) and completely odorless decomposing going on before us, creating compost that nourishes his exquisite vegetable beds. Healthy bacteria present in the decomposing food (especially seafood, which contains many of the 50,000 types of bacteria found in the ocean) and rich compost make for healthy, strong vegetables, vegetables that can better protect themselves from the critters that want nothing more than to eat them. This rich compost that Pierre has created actually provides the plants with immunity against bugs. Pierre and Sue are two inspiring individuals. They saw a problem, studied it and then got down into the muck to fix it, not just to make their own lives better, but to improve the environment in Taiwan as a whole. Now it’s our job to learn from the example of this remarkable man, and see if we too can’t do more to improve conditions in this beautiful island we all (temporarily, at least) call home. Katherine Young is interested in sustainable living and environ-mental issues. september 09

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Entrepreneurs part 2

Starting a Small Business in Taipei

Make Your Dream a Reality!


Out of the group of people I have met over the last three years in taipei, about half of them have come because their work brought them here. If you are one of them, you are blessed because you are able to track a career across countries and continents. When you repatriate, you will have added an invaluable new dimension to your work experience. On the other hand the other half (to which category I myself belong) has come to taipei as a trailing spouse (the new buzzword is trailing talent), and may have given up a career to support their partner as their career takes them abroad. most I’ve met from the latter group seem satisfied with their new life, but there are some others who cannot help but wonder if they are a ‘significant other’ anymore; their absence from the workforce as a result of expatriation may have left them feeling somewhat less ‘significant’ than before. all these thoughts led me to write an article for an earlier issue of Centered on Taipei about four outstanding women who have turned their circumstances in their favor and started small businesses successfully in taipei. regardless of their age or background, starting their own business gave them immense satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment. Over the summer I spoke to another four expats, who passed on some tangible tips as to how to make their dream a reality.


CHRISTINE MANN: GRANOLA HOUSE What is the secret recipe for converting a financial analyst from a business-consulting firm in the U.S. into the owner of a granola company in Taipei? It’s interesting to learn that Christine and her husband came to Taipei from the U.S. in December 1996 to open a different kind of food store - Subway sandwich shops. It wasn’t until August 2008 that she started developing business plans to introduce one of her favorite healthy snacks, granola, to the market. Her granola (to her own recipe) is fresh roasted, all natural and handmade. Developing and testing it on her family and friends, it met with instant success, and this popularity motivated Christine to take a step further and turn it into a business. Thus, Granola House was born. Christine says that her product was well received by expats and locals alike. According to her, good organizational skills and goal setting were crucial in starting her business. Besides a fantastic product, what really made her successful is her patience and perseverance. From developing a recipe and a good product to achieving a meaningful logo, from finding reliable local suppliers to keeping up with the ever-increasing demands on production, her persistence has kept her moving f o r w a r d. S h e m a k e s t h r e e different varieties and you can find these at several locations in Taipei (and, since August, in Taichung) or purchase from her online store.

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blooming plum trees

LEE-LEE HENG (LILY): JINSHAN PEASANT PAINTINGS Lily is a cheerful TAS mom who calls Malaysia her real ‘home’ although she has been following her husband for the last 17-18 years around various countries. She came to Taiwan in 2000 but her last ‘real’ job was in 1997. Since June 2008, Lily started her own business from home, bringing to the Western customer in Taipei a variety of original paintings, created by peasants working in Jinshan County near Shanghai, China. Jinshan is recognized as a ‘hometown of modern folk art,’ and the eye is attracted by the paintings’ splendid colors and joyous themes, mostly celebrating various aspects of village life. Lily’s concern in Taiwan was to keep herself occupied, so she was thrilled when she got the opportunity to take over this business last year from another TAS mom. It is through her network of friends that she has developed a market for these paintings, showcasing them at her home and at various community events throughout the year. As an experienced buyer, Lily was able to transfer her skills quite easily to her current business, even though her jobs in the past and her current business are absolutely unrelated. Besides sourcing skills, her biggest strengths are her knowledge of the local language and a passion for art.

Lily Heng (right) with the artists

BRENDA FIALA: REDBLACK CONSULTING Brenda’s transition from a being a strategist for Diageo plc (the world’s largest beer, wine and spirits company) to owner of her own consulting firm is quite an adventure. Her job took her around the world until she decided to get engaged and move to Manila in 2004. This is when she decided not to go back to look for a traditional job, but started planning her own consulting firm. Within a couple of months, and by using the same techniques that she teaches her clients now, she launched Redblack Consulting in December 2004. She has always had an interest in challenges that involve solving problems while bringing out people’s best capabilities. Thus, her consulting firm specializes in “working collaboratively with people to develop and define new and better methods for achieving profitable growth through employee and brand engagement”. Brenda’s business idea sprung out as a natural extension of her prior education and work experience. The network of entrepreneurs that she had built in Asia over time has proved invaluable to her, but what has kept her going is the constant encouragement and support of her husband. The best advice from Brenda for planning a business and running it optimally is her ‘5E’s’: Envision, Establish, Enable & Energize, and Execute. She confesses having used the 5E’s to plan her own wedding, so I take it that it can be applied to planning any event! Despite owning a successful consulting company, Brenda also has a jewelry business and is in the process of writing some books.

anu would love to hear about other entrepreneurs in taipei. If you have a story to share, please email me at If you are interested to be a part of creating and participating in an informal "Dare to Dream" entrepreneur Club of taipei (dreamers, upstarts and veterans), please email Winnie Chen (owner of el Gallo) at

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PANOS: TENNIS COACH AT THE AMERICAN CLUB, TAIPEI Panayotis Agelopoulos (we’ll stick to his s h o r t e n e d n a m e, P a n o s) h a s a l w a y s b e e n passionate about tennis. He moved from Greece to the U.S. in 1986 and got USPTR certified within a year. He has coached at a long list of clubs in the U.S., Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Greece. After Panos and his wife moved to Taipei in 2000, he decided to take a break from tennis and started teaching English for several years. However his true love was not going away. Around 2004-05, Panos took the place of the outgoing coach at ACC, accepting the offer as a gesture to help out a friend. Little by little, more hours got added to his schedule and Panos got back to what he loved the most – being a tennis coach. Now, he is very busy teaching both kids and adults. For Panos, becoming a coach at the ACC was neither planned nor expected. He’s not a member of the club. His example is an exceptional case of when business comes knocking on your door due to your expertise. According to him, what sets him apart from other coaches is his ability to impart the same information in a wide variety of ways, depending on the level and ability of the student.

If you are interested in any of these products or services, check them out: Granola House: w w w.granola - (email: Jinshan Peasant Paintings: RedBlack Consulting: Tennis Coach at ACC: Call Panos at 0953-118-046

Anu Rudra has lived in Tianmu since 2006 with her husband and two lovely daughters. After almost a decade of working in the U.S. fashion industry, she was inspired to start her own business, Silk Route, bringing contemporary Indian apparel and fashion accessories to Taiwan.


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Animals Taiwan to Host World Animal Day 2009 Event This year, r Animals T Taiwan (along with other organizations, groups, animal shelters, places of worship, schools, clubs and individuals idual throughout the world) will be holding a World Animal Day event. The event will be held on Sunday, October 4th, from 1 pm to 7 pm at the Taipei City Hall Plaza on Shifu Road. The theme of this year’s event is ‘Adoption Saves! Abandonment Kills!’ This event will feature a one-kilometer dog walkathon, entertainment, a carnival featuring sixty booths selling merchandise, food and drinks, a dog agility course, coloring and painting contests for kids and much more. Teachers, parents or children wanting to find out more about the coloring and painting contest can contact kim@ Pre-registration is required for those interested in participating in the dog walkathon. Please go to www. to register online. Ambassadors for this year’s event are Taipei City Councilwoman Wu Si-Yao, Janet Hsieh, host of Discovery Channel’s Fun Taiwan, singer, actress and TV hostess Ivy Hsu and proprietor of Bai Win Antiques Faye Angevine. So join us on this special day to commemorate our love and respect for animals and to highlight the importance of animals in our world. For more information on Animals Taiwan World Animal Day 2009 event or to find out more about Animals Taiwan, visit or call (02) 2833-8820.

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Taiwan Sunshine –

Helping Families in Taipei

big brothers and sisters helped with all the events

a child participating in the ball kick event

I am a Hero



each child received a certificate, stuffed animal and a medal at the award ceremony

amily. A word that defines a group of people that brings warmth to the heart for most. This group can have different looks. Some families are huge, with kids racing everywhere; others are small with few or no children. Some families include the grandparents living at home; others may only have a single parent in the house. Many families a r e b i-c u l t u r a l, a n d m a y s p e a k more than one language; others are mono-cultural. Then there are some families that have specialneeds children who are physically and/or mentally disabled. This family may look like a ‘typical’ family that could fit into one of t h e o t h e r c a t e g o r i e s, b u t w h e n observed closely one can tell it is in a category of its own. My family fits into this category. My daughter has a genetic disorder called Cri-duChat Syndrome. We moved to Taipei about three years ago and have been very pleased with the therapy that Taiwan’s hospitals and clinics provide. While at the therapy appointments we met other families and began to connect and chat about life. Together we realized that there were few support groups or activities for families with special needs children. We decided to do something about


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that and started a new organization called Taiwan Sunshine, to specifically support families like ours. taiwan sunshine Taipei is growing rapidly in the area of special needs services. There are private schools, counseling centers, therapy centers, and other resources for children. But the mission of Taiwan Sunshine is to positively impact the lives of families with special needs children. “We do not provide therapy, counseling or education. What we do provide is a place for families to meet as a group, to find resources, to swap information, and activities for the family to do together,” explained Larry Dilley, chairman of the Taiwan Sunshine board. This happens through the Taiwan Sunshine Center and the ‘I Am a Hero’ Games. ‘i aM a hero’ GaMes T h i s p a s t y e a r, m y d a u g h t e r Matthea attended one of the special education kindergartens at a local C h i n e s e s c h o o l i n Ta i p e i. S h e had loving and caring teachers and progressed so much. For her birthday we held a party and invited her class and teachers. Most came with their parents. We had some relay games and other fun events.

uwe maurer with principal Fang at the opening ceremony

While watching the video of the party afterwards we both noticed the smiles on the parents’ and kids’ faces. My husband then turned to me and said, “Why can’t we do this on a larger scale? That was when the ‘I Am a Hero’ Games was born. The first ‘I Am a Hero’ Games were held on April 11th, 2009 at the Affiliated Experimental Elementary School of the Taiwan Municipal University of Education. The heroes were 68 special needs students from around Taipei. They each had the opportunity to participate in four events: baseball throw, long jump, ball kick and a running race. Each ‘little hero’ was partnered with a Big Brother/Sister: student volunteers from Morrison Academy’s Taichung and Bethany Campus. When the ‘heroes’ were not participating in the events, they jumped in the inflatable castles and played with the dogs from Dr. Dog, an animal assisted therapy program that provides dogs to help the elderly and physically or mentally challenged people. The atmosphere was much like that of a carnival, with children running, laughing, eating cotton candy, and having a great time. taiwan sunshine Center The Taiwan Sunshine Center is located between Gongguan and

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many volunteers throughout the community came to help out with events and registration

Taipower MRT stations. It offers a therapy playroom, small instruction room, a library, and a parent café. Most children with special needs can get therapy once a week, but to reach their maximum potential, they need to keep practicing what the therapist suggests. Since many apartments in Taipei are so small, it is often difficult for parents to be able to do this home therapy. However parents can bring their child to the therapy play room at the Center and practice with various therapy equipment similar to that used by the therapist. The Center’s small instruction room can be used for small group projects, such as finger painting or other arts and crafts. It can also be used for sitting and working on fine

motor development activities. The library has some resources and DVDs for families to borrow. They also have some children’s books that can be borrowed as well. The café is an indoor/outdoor area where parents can meet to discuss and exchange information. Also, this area will be used for smaller seminars. “We hope to have these Sunshine Centers placed in communities all over Taipei City,” says Ray Chow, an executive board member.

If you are interested in learning more about Taiwan Sunshine and how you can be involved, please visit us at

MaDonna met and married her husband, Uwe, while living in mainland China. They have three children. MaDonna loves traveling, being outside, writing for children and young adults, and a good cup of coffee.

a race between grades 5 and 6

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england rugby Captain steve borthwick visits taiwan TExT: BERNIE MOORE IMAGES: COuRTESY OF EVENT ORGANIZERS


urrent England rubgy team captain and philanthropist Steve Borthwick recently graced these beautiful shores with his dominating presence, with the purpose of guestspeaking at the annual Taipei Baboons Rugby Dinner. It was especially important to the team that he came as the dinner itself was a charity, fundraising event for a fellow rugby player who suffered a serious injury in an accident. In March of this year rugby player Jack Liu was seriously hurt during a friendly match. Since then, he has been going through rehabilitation in hospital. The costs associated with such an injury are exorbitant and his buddies, family and friends in the Taiwan rugby community are doing what they can to assist him and his family. Friends of Jack in the Taipei Baboons Rugby Team consulted Jack and his family about organizing a charity auction dinner as a way of gathering funds, and soon the wheels were set in motion to organize an event which be long remembered by all involved. down-to-earth personality Through personal contacts, Borthwick was made aware of Jack's situation and graciously volunteered his time to help out. Chief organizer and self proclaimed ‘team mentor’ Max Murphy arranged Steve's travel and accommodation and helped ensure his first visit to Taiwan was a pleasurable and memorable one. After traveling back to England from Argentina and then enjoying an "all too brief vacation" with his girlfriend in Italy, he made his way to Taiwan to do whatever he could for Jack and the organizing committee of the charity dinner. Besides Steve's generous donation of his own personal time and participation in promotional events leading up to the dinner, he paid his own way to get to Taiwan. This little-known fact earned him high praise from many leading business leaders who attended the event. Managing Director of Taiwan Asia Strategy Consulting, Michael Boyden comments: “I was fortunate in having a longish conversation with Steve before dinner and found that he had a commendably low-key, self-deprecating view of his own participation in the event. It had seemingly never occurred to him not to do what he could to help Jack Liu. And of course he made the evening, with his down-to-earth personality and solidly British sense of humor.”

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“I find it incredible how the local rugby community, including the expats, have come together to help Jack and support him in his recovery. He had such a positive attitude and smiled all through our time together. He impressed me with his inner strength and calm demeanor. He’s working hard with six hours of rehab to try and get the best recovery possible. He had his coaches there, his family there and he is getting lots of support. They were all really nice people. I’m glad the event [the fund-raising auction and dinner] was a success. To help Jack was the reason I came over and I’m glad it worked out well. It was a worthy event that I’ll not soon forget.”

ChiCken Claws For dinner Upon arrival, Steve was taken to a local Taiwanese restaurant by his rugby peers. Steve’s hosts reverently informed him that consuming chicken claws was compulsory for newcomers and would help him become accustomed to Taiwan faster (and, of course, prove his 'manhood'!). Steve endured the task as a memorable tale to retell, marked down as a camaraderie-building experience. Finally jet lag took hold and Steve headed back to his hotel room to recover from his ego- and palate-bashing. The next morning Steve was taken on some sight seeing around Taipei, before going to coach a local rugby team. Taipei Physical Education School was taken through their paces and with translation help from Taipei Baboons President, Eric Hsu. Steve was stunned by their level of professionalism and athleticism: “They were incredibly well organized and their level of skill was really high.” Following the training session he went to visit Jack and his family at the Taipei Veterans General Hospital. He spent the time with Jack offering his support and chatting with him and his family with the help of Eric Hsu. Steve was encouraged to see Jack’s positive outlook and the support he was receiving from his family and the health professionals assigned to his case. From their discussions, Steve learned that Jack had recovered some mobility in his arms and has regained some sensation in both his feet. He underwent six hours of rehabilitation work a day in order to prepare him for a return home as soon as possible. His family provide exemplary support and Steve was humbled by their unity and obvious love for their son and brother. Following the visit with Jack, Steve was escorted to meet and help out with a Taipei Baboons training session. The turnout for that training included several fathers with their kids and some of the local female rugby playing contingent. Such a broad base of players meant training was a little more relaxed and fun, with the basics being practiced and simple ball-retention skills drills being taught. Those involved all

learned something new and the session was enjoyed by all those who participated. The fund-raising auction and dinner was held on the Friday evening, at the Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, whose support to the event was incredible. Over 160 guests arrived to help support the event, including sponsors for the night: HSBC, Cathay Pacific, Eaglhead, ANZCham and China Airlines, who all donated items for auction or as raffle prizes. Hosted by Master of Ceremonies Supremo, Justin “Sambo” Sampson (formerly of Star Sports Asia), the guests were well entertained and kept informed with stories, witty repartee and jokes. Auction items included accommodation and flights to various parts of Asia. The air tickets were sponsored by Cathay Pacific and hotel sponsorships donated by Far Eastern Plaza, as well as dinner and drinks vouchers for various popular spots about Taipei (KGB, On Tap and the Brass Monkey). Also on offer were signed sports memorabilia such as international playing shirts and a framed program signed by the Manchester United Football Team, plus photographs signed by Angelina Jolie, Muhammad Ali, Pele and Michael Phelps. Sambo did a phenomenal job running the live auction. Later in the evening, Steve discussed his rugby history and his own philosophies on certain aspects of playing and captaining at top level. His ruminations contained many personal insights into being part of the sporting elite, and answered many of those questions the average rugby fan had little way of solving. Steve’s all round down-to-earth and up-front manner won him over many fans in the audience and the pride he showed in being involved with the event endeared him even more. Those who were present (including myself) truly were at an event that they would never forget.

Met a beautiful Taiwanese girl while studying in New Zealand. Arrived a few years later and married her. Father of two beautiful kids, play rugby and cycle to keep fit. Teach English during the day. I love living in Taiwan!

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Center Courses Culture & tours in taiwan sHI DONG marKet Thursday September 10th 9 am – 11 am NT$500 Meet @ The Center Ivy Chen

CONFuCIus tempLe & baO aN tempLe Tuesday September 15th 9 am – 12 noon NT$600 Meet @ Yuanshan MRT Exit 2 Jennifer Tong NatIONaL paLaCe museum Tuesday September 29th 10 am – 12 noon NT$500 Cost of admission and audio included. Meet @ the Museum Level 1 Jennifer Coye NavIGatING traNspOrtatION Wednesday September 30th 12 noon – 2 pm NT$500 Meet @ The Center Deb Myers & Steve Parker FLat HIKe Tuesday October 6th 9 am – 2 pm NT$1,000 Meet @ The Center Richard Saunders sILK vaLLey spa resOrt Wednesday October 14th 11 am – 2:30 pm NT$1,800 Meet @ The Center Brian Asmus sHeN KeNG OLD street & FOur DraGONs WaterFaLL HIKe Thursday October 22nd 9 am – 2 pm NT$1,000 Meet @ The Center Richard Saunders FaMily & health pILates Tuesdays Begins September 8th 9 am – 10 am NT$3,600 12 Sessions @ The Center Jennifer Peng

KuNG Fu Tuesdays Begins September 8th 7 pm – 8:30 pm NT$3,600 12 sessions @ The Center Jencheng Chen KINDermusIK 1 (0 – 1 ½) Wednesdays Begins September 9th 9 am – 9:45 am NT$4,500 7 Sessions @ The Center Jennifer Chau KINDermusIK 2 (1 ½ - 3) Wednesdays Begins September 9th 10 am – 10:45 am NT$8,000 14 Sessions @ The Center Jennifer Chau beGINNING GOLF Fridays Begins September 11th 12 noon – 2 pm NT$4,000 5 sessions @ Driving Range by Miramar Ferris Wheel Benjamin Lu bLOOm WHere yOu are pLaNteD Thursday September 24th 11 am – 12:30 pm Free of Charge 1 session @ The Center Please Register Early Jay Wilson PhD & Perry Malcolm LCSW Cpr – aDuLt, CHILD & INFaNt Wednesdays October 7th and 14th 6 pm – 8 pm NT$1,500 2 sessions @ TAS Gary Pettigrew meDICaL servICes IN taIWaN Monday October 12th 10 am – 12 noon & Monday October 19th 10 am – 1 pm NT$1,000 2 sessions @ The Center Juchi Tan-Liu aCupressure Tuesday October 13th 12 noon – 1:30 pm NT$500


September 2009 1 session @ The Center Dr. Dustin Wu hobbies & skills beGINNING & aDvaNCeD CHINese brusH paINtING Mondays September 7th, 14th, 28th & October 12th 12 noon – 2 pm NT$2,500 4 sessions @ The Center Jennifer Tong

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To sign up, please call The Center at 2836-8134 or 2838-4947. surViVal Chinese with Gloria Gwo All classes @ The Center

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taste OF INDIa Friday September 18th 10 am – 12 noon NT$1,000 1 session @ The Center Binifer Kaushal

FreNCH Desserts Friday September 25th NaturaL FLOraL art DesIGNs 10 am – 12 noon – IKebaNa NT$1,000 Fridays September 18th, 25th & 1 session @ The Center Laure Cornillon October 2nd 10:30 am - 12:30 pm CHINese veGetarIaN NT$2,400 Friday October 2nd 3 sessions @ The Center Shu Lin 10 am – 12 noon NT$1,000 CHINese KNOttING 1 session @ The Center Thursdays Ivy Chen October 1st, 15th, 22nd & ItaLIaN COOKING November 5th Friday October 16th 10 am – 12 noon 10 am – 12 noon NT$2,000 NT$1,000 4 sessions @ The Center Penny Wei 1 session @ The Center Karin Lombardo

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Community Calendar

septeMber 3 to oCtober 18, 2009 "tHe pLus sHOW" paintings by Todd Hackwelder "hack" - a voyage through the development of a simplified character at Alleycats Restaurant – Huasan, No. 1, Sec. 1, Bade Rd., Taipei (02) 2395 – 6006 Opening Party - Thursday, September 3rd. 8-11 pm septeMber 5, 2009, 10 aM – 10 pM artIsts beat tHe FLOOD – LIve, OrIGINaL art aLL Day + auCtION FOr typHOON mOraKOt reLIeF at Lili’s Gallery & Restaurant in Tienmu, 760 Sec. 6 Zhongshan N. Rd., Taipei, Taiwan Tel: 0975-021-931 septeMber 11, 2009 at 7:30, tas auditoriuM peNCILs tO brICKs A Benefit concert featuring the Taipei Melange Trio, Pallomusik Quartet, Sunny Sheu, Julia Lee. 800 ZhongShan North Road, Section 6, Taipei 111 Celebrating our 60th – Taipei American School’s commitment to community service by partnering with local schools in need after Morakot. Tickets NT$400, students $300 septeMber 13 to oCtober 4, 2009 ‘LILIes OF taIpeI’ by british artist timothy Nathan Joel Lili Gallery, 760 ZhongShan North Road, Section 6 oCtober 10 to 31, 2009 'OCtOber X' DraWINGs by DaNIeL DesJarDINs at Ben's Restaurant and Gallery 52 Chung Hua Rd, Lodong, ILan County Tel: 0910 503 273 Opening party Saturday Oct 10th, 2009, 8-11 pm

worship directory (For full details of services please refer to taipei Living or contact the church organization directly)

agape 3F, 21 ChangChun road, taipei, taiwan tel: 2598-1009 (office) anglican episcopal Church Church of the Good shepherd 509 ZhongCheng rd., shilin tel: 2873-8104, 2882-2462 Calvary international baptist Church 21, yangDe blvd., sec. 2, yangmingshan tel: 2831-3458 Fax: 2838-5792 Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day saints 5, Lane 183, JinHua street tel: 2321-9195, 0939-687-178 City revival Church b1, 210, ZhongXiao e. rd., sec. 4 tel: 8921-8250 Fax: 8921-8272 Friendship presbyterian Church 5, Lane 269, roosevelt rd., sec. 3 tel: 2362-1395 Grace baptist Church 90 Xinsheng s. rd., sec. 3 tel: 2362-5321 ext. 135 Jewish Community For information call ahrony yoram on 0939-763-135 living word Church b1, 304, shiDong road, shilin tel: 2834-6549 Mother of God Catholic Church 171 Zhongshan N. rd., sec. 7, tianmu tel: 2871-5168 Fax: 2871-7972 new apostolic Church 2F, No. 5, Lane 39, Keelung rd, sec. 2, taipei, new life international seventh-day adventist Church 4th Fl. Health Center- taipei adventist Hospital 424 ba De rd. sec. 2, taipei 105 pr. robbie berghan 0958-732-704 email: oasis bread of life Christian Church 10F, #55, ZhongCheng rd, sec. 2 (Dayeh takashimaya, tian mu) tel: 28310299 Fax: 28317214 email: taipei holiness Church (Charismatic International service) every sunday morning at 10.45am with pastor sandra ee 5F, #107 Nanking east road section 4, taipei te: 27123242 taipei international Church meets at the taipei american school 800 Zhongshan N. rd., sec. 6, tianmu tel: 2833-7444 Fax: 2835-2778 gateway.htm transforming Faith Church (f.k.a. bread of life Christian Church) 5F, 295 ZhongXiao e. rd., sec. 4 tel: 8772-2207 Fax: 8772-2210


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Whether watching the lights of lantern festival, outside taipei 101, shopping at the night market or hiking to the top of yangmingshan, the sausage man is a common sight in taipei. With his delicious taiwanese-style sausages, he is an intrinsic part of taiwan's charm and character.


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Centered on Taipei September 2009  
Centered on Taipei September 2009  

An English language lifestyle magazine produced for the International Community in Taiwan.