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Revamped Hsinchu Zoo re-opens to the public starting Dec 28

Re-decorated Hsinchu Zoo will open on December 28 after being closed for refurbishment and renovations for more than two years, the re-opening was announced by the Hsinchu City Government.

Hsinchu City has been promoting forest gardening in recent years and will implement forest garden to the re-opening of the zoo.

The new zoo aims to provide a comfortable environment for the animals, as well as to educate the public on environmental issues. 

The refurbished zoo has no cages, it is designed with the animals' welfare so that they will have more space to move, rest, conceal themselves to seek privacy, according to Hsinchu City Government.

Hsinchu zoo will also be home to more than 700,000 types of vegetables, which are all available for the animals.

The zoo also features many resting spots that are modeled after real world locations instead of built with concrete. Hsinchu Zoo is located at East District, Hsinchu City.


Taiwan ready for New Year's eve party and Taipei 101 fireworks spectacle for everyone

Taiwan’s iconic tower, Taipei 101 marking the entrance of every New Year and is one of the most extravagant fireworks display and light show in the country.

Before the fireworks spectacle, Taipei opens the annual New Year's eve party which will start at 06:30pm up to 01:00am of January 1 which will be held at Taipei City Hall Square.

The party will be hosted by Lulu and Mickey with performances from popular Taiwanese celebrities like Super Junior, Leo Wang, Seven Fat, Mayday, Jia jia, Arrow Wei and many more.

At Taipei’s 101 building when the countdown enters the final stage, the building itself lights up floor by floor from the bottom up for the New Year’s countdown, making Taipei 101 the biggest New Year’s Eve countdown clock in the world.

Taipei New Year’s Eve celebration attracts more people as the evening goes deeper. Cold snaps and rain wont stop the people filling the road for the party and for the fireworks display.

The Taipei city government, that runs the event, has made the concept of turning Taipei city into “New Year City,” the creative axis of the event.


Philippine team secures the 2019 SEA Games overall championship

Team Philippines is the 30th Southeast Asian Games overall champion comfirms by a top official from Philippine Olympic Committee chair.

Steve Hontiveros confirms that Philippines is the runaway leader heading to the last three days of competitions and expect other athletes to get more gold medals.

"We got this. We are overall champions. Other countries don’t have much left to get gold medals from,” said Hontiveros.

With Indonesia and Vietnam at 2nd and 3rd place repectively, there were no enough gold medals to overtake the standing of team Philippines.

"Thankful for all the sacrifice and handwork that went behind pushing their chances for a shining moment of victory,” according to Philippine Sports Commission chair Butch Ramirez.


Efren 'Bata' Reyes to millenials: Mag aral na lang kayo, yan yung makakatulong sa inyo

Sa isang on the spot interview ni Sam Nielsen kay living legend at pool icon na si Efren 'Bata' Reyes, tinanong ng reporter kung ano ang mensahe ni Bata sa mga millenials na mahilig sa billiards pati na rin sa lahat ng mga kabataan ngayon.

Narito ang advise niya:

"Kung ako sainyo kung nag aaral kayo, mag aral na lang kayo, yan yung makakatulong sainyo, yung billards wala."

"Kailangan diyan yung magaling na magaling ka pa rin para kumita ka diyan eh (pero) pag natapos ka ng pag aaral yan ang makakatulong sayo ngayon."

"Kung nag aaral ka tapos mag billard ka, madalang lang dapat yung billard pero yung pag aaral tapusin mo muna at kung matanda kana kahit mag billard ka hindi karin gagaling."

Nakapaguwi ng bronze medal si 'Bata' sa 2019 Southeast Asian Games sa larong billiards na 1- cusion carom. Lubos na ikinahanga ng lahat ang kanyang pagsali kahit na 65 anyos na ito.

Nasa kanya pa rin ang signature smile at ang pagiging humble nito kahit na malayo na ang narating at maraming parangal ang nagangap. Isang tunay na living legend at butihing ama.


8.6°C sets new record in Taiwan, warning cold advisory expanded to 11 counties

Central Weather Bureau (CWB) expanded their list of cities and counties under the yellow warning for cold advisory from five to 11 as the continental cold air mass is hitting Taiwan.

The 11 Counties and cities with low-temperature advisory includes Miaoli County, New Taipei City, Hsinchu County, Taoyuan City, Taipei City, Chiayi County, Chiayi City, Yunlin County, Kaohsiung City, Tainan City, and Kinmen County.

Lowest temperature recorded as of early Sunday morning was 8.6 degrees in Taoyuan's Daxi District, while Taipei's Daan and Wenshan Districts each recorded 9.8 degrees

According to CWB there are still chances that the temperature can hit below the yellow warning.

CWB advisory system are as follows, red denotes temperatures under 6 degrees for 24 hours onwards, orange is when a minimum of 6 degrees for less than 24 hours, and yellow means a low of below 10 degrees or 24 hours of temperatures below 12 degrees.

The cold air mass will weaken starting Monday but rain showers may affect Taiwan according to CWB.


Taiwan's China Airline opens direct route from Taoyuan to Cebu starting March 2020

Taiwan's largest carrier China Airline (CAL) announced that starting March 2020 it will start regular flights to Mactan, Cebu of the Philippines.

Cebu is the second-largest city in the Philippine behind Davao City and considered the second capital of the Philippines next to Metro Manila.

China Airlines will use 737-880 planes to serve the round-trip route on a regular basis between Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport and Mactan-Cebu International Airport. Flight will benon daily basis except Tuesdays and its maiden flight to Cebu will start on March 29, 2020.

CAL flight CI705 will depart from Taoyuan at 7:40 a.m. and arrive in Cebu 10:35 a.m., while flight CI706 takes off at 11:35 a.m. from Cebu and returns to Taoyuan at 2:30 p.m.

CAL will offer special round-trip ticket prices on its maiden flight starting at NT$5,060 (Php8,500). Taiwan and Philippines shares high demand of air passengers daily.


Bureau issues less than 10°C cold advisory to New Taipei, Taoyuan, Hsinchu, Miaoli and Kinmen

Central Weather Bureau is issues a yellow cold advisory to New Taipei, Taoyuan, Hsinchu County (not Hsinchu City) Miaoli and Kinmen, mostly in northern Taiwan.

The yellow advisory of CWB means the minimum temperature is expected to go down below 10 degrees. Expect a breezing night and a very cold morning in the next two days.

Apart form the northern part, outlying island of Kinmen also will dip down to less than 10 degrees.

Sorrounding cities and counties of the mentioned areas will experience a 11 degree cold throughout the weekend. The continental cold air mass will weaken starting Monday.

CWB advisory syatem are as follows, red denotes temperatures under 6 degrees for 24 hours onwards, orange is when a minimum of 6 degrees for less than 24 hours, and yellow means a low of below 10 degrees or 24 hours of temperatures below 12 degrees.


PH Team of Arnis tops all event for 14 gold medal in SEA Games, earns Disneyland trip

Philippine Arnis team earns a total of 14 Gold medals in the 2019 Asian Games, currently the most number of gold medals in all of events.

The Filipino martial artists captured 14 out of the possible 20 medals in arnis which is making a comeback to the SEA Games since it was last played in 2005.

Officials initially predicted a 12 gold medals for the team, but the atletes surpasses it. Adding to the 14 gold medals were six silvers and two bronze.

Dexter Bolambao, Mike Bañares, Niño Mark Talledo, Villardo Cunamay, and Jezebel Morcillo all delivered golden performances on Day 1.

Abegail Abad, Jedah Mae Soriano, Sheena del Monte, Carloyd Tejada, Elmer Manlapas and Jesfer Huquire joined the gold rush in Day 2. Crisamuel Delfin and Mary Allin Aldeguer capped arnis’ onslaught in Day 3.

Efforts of silver medalists Jude Oliver Marie Rodriguez, Mark David Puzon, Ryssa Jezel Sanchez, Billy Joel Valenzuela and bronze medalists Erlin Mae Busacay and Eza Rai Yalong.

The whole PH Arnis team which include all coaches and players earned a Hong Kong Disneyland trip courtesy of Philippine Eskrima Kali Arnis Federation president and sentaor Juan Miguel Zubiri. A well deserved treat for the national athletes of the Philippines.


Taiwan dive down to breezing 9°C as wave of continental cold air gains strength

The new wave of cold air mass gain strength in Taiwan as this morning (of Dec 7th) 9 degrees celcius have been recorded in Hsinchu's Baoshan and 11.3 degrees in Xinbei.

The rainshower in Taiwan makes it more colder and expect to have a wet and cold weather in the country.

According to the forecast of Central Weather Bureau, brief rain will be at norther and eastern Taiwan with low temperature of 12-15 degrees with open areas reaching 10-11 degrees.

Since the cold air mass gains strenth, it will be more colder tonight (Dec 7th) until tomorrow morning (Dec 8th). The agency advised on proper heating and do not expose too much outside.

The continental cold air mass will bring cold weather even it will be 'sunny' during the day. The cold air will weaken by Monday or Tuesday next week.


Magnitude 4.7 earthquake rocks east of Taiwan's Yilan early in the morning

An earthquake of magnitude 4.7 occurred at 3:32 in the morning on Dec 7th at Yilan County. According to the data of Central Weather Bureau, the epicenter was 93.2 kilometers southeast of the Yilan County.

The earthquake was felt in various places that includes Nan'ao in Yilan and in Hualien County.

The Central Weather Bureau pointed out that the epicenter was at 93.2 km southeast of Yilan County (located in the eastern seas of Taiwan), where a magnitude 4.7 earthquake occurred. The epicenter was 24.54 ° north latitude, 122.66 ° east longitude, and the focal depth was 100.5.  Kilometers.

Taiwan netizens commented that it lasts for 30 seconds and can feel the quake in different areas in Taiwan, mostly in northern and eastern Taiwan.


Snow starts falling at Hehuanshan, visitors ready to flock to snow mountain

Locals and visitor already start chasing snow at the popular Snow Mountain of Taiwan as Hehuanshan encounters its first snow fall in the country.

The Central Weather Bureau already pointed out that due to the northeast monsoon and cold air mass, Taiwan is in a "wet and cold" state and snowfall in the mountains above 3,000 meters tonight until tomorrow morning.

Be prepared for tourists and locals to flock to the snow mountain this weekend to experience the first snow fall of the winter in Taiwan.


Feast for a Eat-All-You-Can for only NT$199 at Bull Overlord Steakhouse in Taoyuan

The restaurant called Bull Overlord Steakhouse is a newly open restaurant in Taoyuan. The restaurant's dining style is similar to the typical steakhouse restaurant.

Order one regular meal from the menu which starts at NT$199 and the rest are unlimited food and feast yourself to the unlimited buffet.

Their menus has different regular meal steak to choose from but for typical Filipinos, the NT$199 is the best one which include the unlimited buffet which has seafoods, cakes, ice cream, dumplings, fruits and many more.

Bull Overlord Steakhouse is located at No. 10 Dehua Street, Taoyuan District, Taoyuan City (Chinese address: 桃園市桃園區德華街10號) For reservations, phone at 03 369-1870


Petition re-surfaces online to rename NAIA back to Manila International Airport

An online petition is on the rise to bring back Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) to its original name of Manila International Airport (MIA).

"Ninoy Aquino is not a hero/patriot for inspiration and emulation of this generation and generations still unborn.  He was clearly a POLITICIAN and by naming the Philippine’s main airport to his name is an insult to all Filipino heroes who died for the country,” according to Roy Domingo who started the petition online thru

The petition needs 150,000 signatures ro bring it to the senators.

Back in 1987, Manila International Airport (MIA) was renamed to Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) through Republic Act No. 6639 which was enacted without executive approval on November 27, 1987, written on the site.


Snow flakes fall at Hehuanshan, 0.1°C at noon and -8°C at night as ice starts to form

People in Taiwan, locals and visitor already start chasing snow as Hehuanshan encounters its first snow fall in Taiwan. Earlier, Xeshuan experience first the snow fall.

Look, snowflakes at Hehunshan:

The Central Weather Bureau pointed out that due to the northeast monsoon and cold air mass, Taiwan is in a "wet and cold" state, and chances of snowfall in the mountains above 3,000 meters tonight to tomorrow morning.

Earlier, the snow-capped mountains and the Xeshuan Mountain had snowed, which made the people very excited.

Taiwanese netizen broadcasts live on a Facebook group as snow continues to fall and other are looking to flock to Hehuanshan starting today.


First snow fall of winter in Taiwan shows at Taichung's Xueshan

The first snow of the winter in Taiwan is seen today (Dec 6) and shared on social media as snow is seen falling at Xueshan, the second highest peak behind Yushan.

Xueshan is located at Heping District of Taichung. It is the 2nd-highest mountain in Taiwan and in East Asia, at 3,886 m above sea level. 

Snow falling was reported from Xueshan's Sanliujiu Lodge at 01:48 early morning and by 09:00 mountaineers on the Facebook page Bunun Mountain reported seeing snowfall on the mountain.

(Photos from 布農卡里布灣登山隊 Facebook page)


Jobs in Taiwan: Chroma Inc hiring male and female production and factory workers

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Position: Production Workers
Products: Electronics Components
Salary: NT$23,800 + OT (Starting Jan 2020)

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- Male and Female applicants
- Male Height: 165 cm Weight: 60-80 kg
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- Lift Female: 15 kg Male: 20 kg objects
- Vocational or College graduate of computer and electronics course
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- No Ex-Taiwan

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Chroma ATE has been honorably recognized as one of the top 35 brands in the Interbrand 2019 Taiwan Top Global Brand Valuation League Table.

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Taiwan dips to 10°C as second wave of cold air mass starts to affect with scattered rain showers

Taiwan will experience wet and cold weather as the second cold air mass starts to affect the country, according to a report by Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

Coldest temperature will be experienced in the morning until Dec 8 (Sunday). The temperature in coastal and open areas could reach up to 10 degrees Celcius.

CWB stated that the intensity of the continental cold air mass was the strongest in the early morning of the 7th to the 8th. Cold air mass will be weaken on Dec 9th.

In addition, the highest snowfall probability on the night of December 6th on 3,000 meters above sea level areas which are Yushan and Hehuanshan.

If the right amount of moisture and cold blends in, expect a snow fall. It is also expected that Yushan and Hehuanshan will reach 0 to negative in temperature.


Pinoy migrant worker and three Taiwanese indicted for growing and selling marijuana

Majcher Joseth Tolibas, a Filipino migrnt worker in Taiwan together with theee Taiwanese were indicated for growing and selling marijuana, reported by Central News Agency.

According to the indictment, the four were charged Thursday with contravening the Narcotics Hazard Prevention Act by 
Taichung prosecutors.

Taiwanese men were identified as He and Sun and a Taiwanese woman surnamed Shen, the four personnel grow and produce marijuana at their rented residences in Taichung and Tainan.

With several months of investigation, the homes of Tolibas and Sun were raided on Feb. 20 by police, who acted on a tipoff received in November last year.

Cannabis plants, marijuana flowers and seeds, finished product and manufacturing equipment were seized. (Photo CNA)


Breaking News: Magnitude 5.7 Earthquake rocks Davao Occidental

A strong magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck 169km Southeast of Jose Abas Santos, Davao Occidental at 08:24 this evening, according to Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHILVOLCS).

Expect series of aftershocks due to the strong magnitude 5.7 earthquake. Check below info from PHILVOLCS:


Muslim-friendly attractions now certified in six tourist spot in Taipei

Taipei government certified six Muslim tourist attractions as the city steps up efforts to make itself more welcoming to Muslim visitor. Muslim market is expected to be the fastest growing travel sector in the world.

Here are the 6 certified Muslim-friendly attraction in Taipei according to the Department of Information and Tourism:

1.      National Palace Museum
2.      Taipei 101
3.      National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall
4.      Taipei Children's Amusement Park
5.      Zhishan Cultural And Ecological Garden
6.      Discovery Center of Taipei

Apart from the six tourist attractions, 36 hotels in Taipei also secured halal certification for providing Muslim travelers their needs.

Taiwan was promoted to the third best destination among non-Organization of Islamic Cooperation countries for Muslim traveler according to the 2019 global Muslim Travel Index (GMTI) released by MasterCard International.


Enjoy the mini Disneyland at the 2019 Taichung Christmas Dream World

Taichung Square has transformed into a small Disneyland. A TSUM TSUM giant Christmas tree appeared in the square in front of the Taichung Station.

Disney characters are also in sight at the sidewalk like Mickey, Minnie, Donald Duck, and Winnie the Pooh, as people passing enjoys and come to see it together.

The exhibition time will be from December 6 this year to January 1 next year. The2019 Taichung Christmas Dream World located at Taichung Station Square.

Theme music performance time: every Saturday and Sunday from 19:00 to 21:00

Music light show time: every Thursday to Sunday 18:00, 18:30, 19:00, 19:30, 20:00, 20:30, 21:00

Asditional festival and shows will be seen on Dec 24, 25, 30, 31 and Jan 1.


Massive cold air mass to hit Taiwan, snow fall anticipated at Yushan and Hehuanshan

The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) of Taiwan said that on December 6th (Friday) there will be a new wave of extreme "cold air mass" going southward, which is more colder than the previous wave.

The city of Taipei will drop to 13 degrees while the open area north of Taiwan will go down to 11 to 12  degrees. It is expected that the coldest time will fall from the evening of December 7th to the early morning of the 8th (Saturday evening to Sunday morning).

In addition, the highest snowfall probability on the December 6th on 3,000 meters above sea level areas which are Yushan and Hehuanshan.

If the right amount of moisture and cold blends in, expect a snow fall. It is also expected that Yushan and Hehuanshan will reach 0 to negative in temperature.

CWB pointed out that Taiwan is being affected by the northeast monsoon brought by the cold and high pressure in the north. Apart from cold weather, CWB also warns for rainfall in Taiwan.


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