Month: June 2017

DOG-KILLER SOLDIERS GET LIGHT SENTENCES IN KAOHSIUNG

Red Brick Daily Remember that horrible viral video of a dog being mocked as it’s hanged to death off a pier by three Kaohsiung Marine Corp soldiers? –If you never saw it, good for you. It was nasty. And now comes news these sickos who seemed to delight in the suffering of a helpless dog have learned their fate, and it’s fair to say many will think they got off pretty light. The Central News Agency reports: “The Kaohsiung District Court on Wednesday (June 28, 2017) sentenced three soldiers to six months in jail and fined them up to NT$150,000...

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PINGTUNG GRANDPA DUBBED “STRONGEST IN THE WORLD”

Red Brick Daily A life of working the fields of Pingtung (and some gym time) can give you quite the bod, as this 72-year-old grandpa is demonstrating. The Daily Mail reports: “… dubbed Taiwan’s strongest grandfather as well as a ‘Real-life Master Roshi’ after a video of his incredible gym routine went viral. Huang Ching-hsin, 72, is the super-fit grandpa from a clip now viewed millions of times on social media sites. He hits the gym whenever he is taking time out from being a farmer in Pingtung, in south-western Taiwan. Mr Ching-hsin is said to be able to...

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TAIWAN RANKED SEVENTH MOST ‘MUSLIM-FRIENDLY’ TOURIST SPOT

Red Brick Daily According to one regional newspaper, Taiwan is doing well in its efforts to become a ‘halal travel’ destination; meaning the local tourism sector is informed enough about Islamic culture so as to facilitate the needs of Muslim tourists. It is the policy of the Tsai administration to increase visitors from Muslim-majority nations, including from nearby Indonesia. Kaoshiung has also made efforts in this area, actively courting Muslim visitors from Southeast Asia nations. According to the Arabian Gazette: “Muslim travel or Halal travel is becoming one of the world’s fastest-growing tourism sectors. The number of Muslim international travelers [spending]...

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HOW OLD DO YOU THINK THIS WOMAN IS?

Red Brick Daily Lure Hsu (許路兒), pictured above, is suddenly a hot topic in Europe … with mentions in UK tabloid The Daily Mail as well in newspapers in Belgium and the Netherlands. Why? She’s 42.  And to some in Europe, reportedly, this is virtually unbelievable. The Taiwan News reports: “A Taiwanese interior designer has suddenly become mentioned by media all over Europe because she looks like a student or even a teenager, even though she is 42.” http://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3195779 So, is Hsu just lucky? Or has she found the key to “Freezing Age”? –By a “simple diet of drinking...

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1993: THE GREAT YEAR OF HIJACKINGS —

Red Brick Daily Between April 1993 and June 1994 —12 Chinese planes were hijacked to Taiwan … and 10 of those made it. It’s been almost a quarter of a century since, and these days hijackings across the Taiwan Strait are very rare events. Back in the day, however, Taiwan and China both welcomed defectors, esp. if you flew a nice, new Air Force jet with you. Taiwan gave such fliers cash, a pension, housing, status and even, reportedly, gold bricks. (Jiang Wenhao, right, (蔣文浩), flew his plane to Kinmen in September 1989. Jiang was the last military defector to...

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