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Publication of the Community Services Center

Centered

on TAIPEI

February 2012, Volume 12, Issue 5

Center running team in the

Fubon marathon

entertaining Kids in taipei

the pursuit oF happiness

tastes oF taipei at tajin

taiwan Youth Climate Coalition

anxietY and stress management

oFF the beaten traCK


CONTENTS February 2012 volume 12 issue 5

5 LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

6 Richard Recommends

National Theater and Concert Hall:

february 2012

7 Cultural Corner

Identity

8 Off the Beaten Track

Qigu: Spoonbills and salt fields

10 Kids and Family

Entertaining Kids in Wintery Taipei

12 Outlook

Anxiety and Stress Management

Community

14 TAS at Model United Nations

15 TES Students Top in the World Results

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15 Creative

Consolation

16 Dining

Theater Restaurant – Taiwan Style

18 Lifestyle

In the Pursuit of Happiness

19 Dining

Not Only Meatless Monday

20 Travel

Suao: An Unexpectedly Fascinating

Destination

22 CSC News

Fubon Marathon 2012

23 The Center’s Favorite Finds

Events at The Center

24 Book Review

The Buddha in the Attic

25 Environment

Taiwan Youth Climate Coalition

26 Taipei Uncorked

What are your New Year's Resolutions?

27 Tastes of Taipei

Tajin

Charity

28 TES – Tabitha Project

29 TAS Orphanage Club News

30 Chinese Kitchen

Grey Mullet

32 Word from the Director

Worship Directory

33 cOMMunity Groups

34 CSC Business Classifieds

Events About Town

COVER IMAGE: courtesy of

Tajin Restaurant

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Centered on Taipei is a publication of the Community Services Center,

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Tel: 2836 8134, fax: 2835 2530, e-mail: coteditor@communitycenter.org.tw

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tw. Freelance writers, photographers and illustrators are welcome to contact

the editor to discuss editorial and graphic assignments. Your talent will find a

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Copyright 2012. All rights reserved. Material in this publication may not be

reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner.

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Letter From The Editor

Publisher: Community Services Center, Taipei

Managing Editor: Steven Parker

Editor: Kath Liu

Co-editor: Richard Saunders

Advertising Manager: Paula Lee

Tel: 0926 956 844

Fax: 2835 2530

email: paulalee@communitycenter.org.tw

Writing and Photography

Contributors:

Community Services

Center Editorial Panel:

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Sarah Chen Lin

Ivy Chen

Jeffrey Chen

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Aly Cooper

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Director: Steven Parker

Office Manager: Grace Ting

Counselors:

Newcomer Orientation Consultant: Amy Liu

Accountant: Monica Cheng

Communications: Kari Schiro

Programs Coordinator: Rosemary Susa

Programs Assistant: Daina Agee

Events Coordinator: Bianca Russell

Chinese Teacher: Gloria Gwo

Volunteers:

Premier Sponsors:

Amy Liu

Kath Liu

Kristen Lowman

Lauren Mark

Louie Mayor

Steve Parker

Mark L. Peterson

Sunny Ritzer

Bianca Russell

Richard Saunders

Kari Schiro

Patricia Tzeng

Suzan Babcock, Kris Carlson, Fawn Chang,

Wendy Evans, Cerita Hsu, Perry Malcolm, Tina Oelke,

Ming-I Sun, Cindy Teeters

Alison Bai, Wakako Couch, Shana Garcia,

John McQuade, Linda Mendenhall, Jessica Nielsen,

Bunny Pacheco, Gloria Peng, Jenni Rosen,

Ruth Reynolds, Kari Schiro, Sandra Schnelle,

Desta Selassie, Michelle Smith, Lillian Yiin

3M Taiwan

Bai Win Antiques

BP Taiwan Ltd.

China American Petrochemical

Concordia Consulting

Costco Wholesale Taiwan

Crown Worldwide Movers Ltd.

Four Star Int’l

Grand Hyatt Hotel, Taipei

HSBC

ICRT

Metacity Development Corp

Nokia Siemens Networks

ProQC

San Fu Gas Co. Ltd.

Smerwick Ltd

Songfu Li

Standard Chartered Bank

The Community Services Center (CSC) is a non-profit foundation. CSC provides

outreach and early intervention through counseling, cross-cultural education and life

skills programs to meet the needs of the international community in Taipei. CSC offers

the opportunity to learn, volunteer, teach and meet others. Check out our website www.

communitycenter.org.tw and drop by The Center to chat with us about our programs.

You can also email us at csc@communitycenter.org.tw.

Happy new year to you all!

I remember the first time I saw a copy of Centered

on Taipei magazine and how impressed I was by it.

The variety of content, the interesting and well-written

articles, the fantastic layout – this is a publication that

has continued to be an eagerly anticipated read of mine.

It is a huge honor to be offered the opportunity to edit

this magazine. Our previous editor, Roma, has done

an incredible job over the last four years. I have high

standards to maintain indeed.

We have left the Year of the Rabbit behind and

are now entering the Year of the Dragon – a year

that, according to the assignment of the animal

characteristics to the year ahead, one that promises to

be exciting, unpredictable and intense. So much for the

quiet life! Regardless of what kind of year lies ahead,

this is the time for spending time with loved ones. Ivy

Chen shares the story of the Grey Mullet and their

much sought-after roe, a staple at many celebratory

feasts. She also gives us some tips on how to prepare it.

Chinese New Year is a popular time for traveling

and we have two fantastic articles about lesser known

destinations within this beautiful island that we call

home. Katya Ilieva-Stone tells us how a missed exit

turns into an unexpected discovery and Richard

Saunders takes us to the salt fields of Qigu.

Within Taipei, we have a special treat for those of us

with children as Aly Cooper shares some suggestions

on good places to go on those days when the rain is

pouring down and both you and the kids are desperate

to get out of the house. Or if you're looking for a night

out, Serina Huang introduces the See-Join Theater

Restaurant, which mixes traditional puppetry with tasty

food. There's plenty more besides in the magazine!

If you would like to contribute to the magazine,

whether with your writing or photography, please write

to me with your ideas at coteditor@communitycenter.

org.tw. As always we welcome your news and views.

Wishing you all a happy and prosperous Year of the

Dragon!

Kath

Kath Liu

Editor

Richard Saunders

Co-editor

Paula Lee

Advertising Manager

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." (http://www.greenseal.org/index.cfm)

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CSC NEWS

RICHARD

ReCommenDs

rIChard SaunderS

national theater & Concert hall

february 2012

The year of the Dragon is off to a roaring good start

at the cks cultural center, with a small but eclectic

collection of concerts featuring big-name artists

as varied as bobby Mcferrin, nigel kennedy and

Daniel Harding, and larger-than-life masterpieces such as

stravinsky’s Petrushka and bruckner’s Fifth Symphony.

There’s also an interesting concert pairing two modern

counterparts (for narrator and orchestra) to prokofiev’s

much-loved Peter and the Wolf, for moms and dads keen on

introducing their kids to concepts of contemporary classical

music. brian current’s A Young Person’s Guide to New

Music for Symphony Orchestra is a handy, child-friendly

introduction to modern music, while the musical ‘whodunit’

The Composer is Dead, with a text by Lemony snicket,

portrays a series of unfortunate events that take over an

orchestra, while at the same time introducing the individual

instruments to the audience. The concert, on february

18th, will be performed twice: at 2:30 pm, and again at

7:30 pm; non-chinese speakers should attend the evening

performance, when expat american pianist John vaughan

will take the part of the narrator, in english.

still on the subject of contemporary classics, in an

intriguing program of startling contrasts, the national

symphony Orchestra couples Mozart’s light and tuneful Fifth

Violin Concerto with a pair of highly contrasting Twentiethcentury

masterpieces. stravinsky’s orchestral extravaganza,

Petrushka was the second of his three great early ballets,

and its irresistible mix of virtuosic orchestral colors and

gritty russian passion makes it one of the composer’s most

beloved works. Moving into more challenging territory,

Olivier Messiaen’s extraordinary Oiseaux Exotiques for

piano and small orchestra is more of an acquired taste.

Messiaen’s lifelong love of birdsong, and his unique ability

to transfer its sounds, almost literally, into tones playable

by humans, had already developed to the extent that he

was able to construct an astonishingly complex, ear-tickling

filigree in pieces such as this amazing 14-minute display of

utmost virtuosity for solo piano and small orchestra of 18

performers, written in 1955. Those who know Messiaen’s

other bird-inspired pieces (such as Chronochromie and the

vast (3-hour!) piano cycle Catalogue d’Oiseaux) will know

what’s in store. Other prospective listeners might want

to listen to the piece on youtube first to avoid a possibly

unpleasant shock!

predictably perhaps, there’s not even a hint of

adventurous programming in the two performances given by

the visiting bavarian radio symphony on february 28th and

29th. sticking firmly within the austro-german tradition, the

first concert features two much-loved staples: schubert’s

majestic Ninth Symphony and the brahms Violin Concerto.

for the second program, they focus on late-romantic music:

orchestral songs by Mahler and another huge symphony of

extraordinary majesty: bruckner’s 5th, which features (in its

second movement) one of the composer’s most memorable

melodies.

NatioNal theater

the tempest

A Russian interpretation of

shakespeare’s play (in Russian with

Chinese subtitles)

february 17-19

NatioNal CoNCert hall

Bach Meets Fats Waller

nigel Kennedy and friends

february 11

taipei Symphony orchestra

Concert

Works by Rachmaninov, schumann

and Dvorak

february 16

Putting Dots in Place

two contemporary young Person’s

Guides to the Orchestra

february 18

taipei Baroque orchestra:

Stabat Mater

sacred settings by Vivaldi

february 20

Martin Stadtfield Piano recital

Works by Bach, Liszt and

Rachmaninov

february 21

a hearty Joke

Orchestral works by Prokofiev,

faure and Beethoven

february 23

a Night of romance and Poetry

Chopin’s second Piano Concerto,

plus Brahms and Liszt

february 24

Petrushka

stravinsky’s magnificent ballet, and

Messiaen’s extraordinary evocation

of birdsong

february 25 rr

Bobby McFerrin Show

february 27

Symphonieorchester des

Bayerischen rundfunks

Works by Beethoven, Brahms and

schumann (february 28) rr

and by Mahler and Bruckner

(february 29) rr

rr: richard recommends

for full details, please log on to the culture express website at

http://express.culture.gov.tw or take a copy of the monthly program

from cks cultural center, available from MrT stations, bookshops

and ticketing offices.

publication of the national Theater and concert Hall schedule in

Centered on Taipei is sponsored by cathay Life Insurance.

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Amy's

ultural

Corner



Identity

‘I’ or ‘we’ - It all starts

from the nursery

I

was inspired to write this piece

after seeing how my older

brother raises his daughter in

Taiwan, in comparison with

the way my younger sister and her

third generation Chinese American

husband bring up their twins in the

United States.

Nurseries are a good indicator

of how identity is expressed.

Westerners value individualism,

while Taiwanese respect the value

of the group. In many Western

cultures, prior to the arrival of the

baby the nursery or baby’s bedroom

is set up according to the personality,

preferred colors and design of the

parents. Babies are brought home to

sleep alone from the first day, since

Westerners generally believe babies

are safer and can learn independence

if placed in a crib with less contact

with mom and dad, who can check

on their baby via a baby monitor.

Babies in Asian cultures such as

Taiwan, on the other hand, sleep in

the same room as their parents and/

or elder siblings. The baby’s crib is

often placed next to their parents’

double bed, ensuring easy attention

to his or her physical and emotional

needs. Children in Taiwan don’t

sleep in their own room until they

are much older, even if a separate

nursery was created and decorated

before the baby was born. Besides

cultural custom and practice,

limitations in space and the number

of rooms in a traditional Taiwanese

home are other reasons babies sleep

in the same room as their parents.

As the baby grows out of the crib,

they may begin sleeping in between

their mom and dad in the double

bed, or sleep with the mother while

the father sleeps in a separate room.

Later they may share a room with

a sibling, before finally having a

room to themselves as school work

requires more attention and more

private studying time.

An individual growing up with

his own space in a Western culture

generally establishes his identity

as a free and independent person.

One is taught from a young age

to communicate his personal

achievements and worth, to respect

privacy, to express his own individual

opinions and desires and to have his

own voice heard. The self-identity

(“I”, “me”, “my”) and the need to

stand out from the crowd and be

different is considered desirable.

Western parents teach independence

and self-sufficiency starting from

a very young age. Upon reaching

adulthood, youngsters are generally

expected to support themselves and

be responsible. Often times the idea

of the ‘family’ is typically limited

to the immediate family group, and

doesn't incorporate members of the

extended family.

Taiwanese, on the other hand,

grow up sharing a space with their

parents and siblings. They identify

closely with the group (family,

relatives, or people they consider in

the ‘in-group’). The group’s interest,

its well-being and the maintenance

of harmony are highly valued. All

members of the extended family

generally remain close, and care

for each another. All aspects of

personal and professional life,

including relationships, are connected

and intertwined for everyone who

is considered part of the group.

The desires of the ‘self’ cannot be

separated from the wishes of the

group and the family. For example,

teachers stress learning by writing

homework, and teach on a ‘one

method fits all’ basis, into which

students are molded, rather than

giving attention to each individual;

many parents want their child to

study English from an early age so

they can start developing a world

view, which is seen as guaranteeing

future success. Though a child may

perhaps have a talent for music or

art, he or she will often have to give

up their own desires, in order to

study in the fields preferred by the

parents/group and live up to their

expectations. The goal then is to be

praised by the group, who will as

a result see the child as a complete

and responsible young person who

follows and achieves the group’s

projected desire.

Loyalty to the group is prioritized

over personal feelings and

aspirations. It’s important to be

modest about personal achievements

or opinions and not boast of

individual successes. This is reserved

for others to define and praise.

Consequently, it’s important to

keep in mind that when working

with individuals from Taiwan,

personal responsibility and freedom

of personal expression need to be

constantly encouraged and pushed.

I have observed in large open group

forums that Taiwanese are typically

shy about asking questions and

sharing personal opinions in public.

Often in my own group training

work, I have to specifically and

carefully choose someone to answer

a question (to give and save face). It’s

rare to see Taiwanese volunteering

their ideas or thoughts.

When working with Taiwanese,

the idea that a group is defined as

consisting of unique individuals, and

the advantages of being individual (as

opposed to the commonly received

wisdom among Taiwanese that the

individual should follow the group

consensus) should be given repeatedly

to encourage Taiwanese individuals

to speak up for themselves and

express their thoughts.

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OFF THE BEATEN TRACK

RICHARD SAUNDERS EXPLORES TAIWAN'S LESS-TRODDEN PATHS

QIGU: Spoonbills and salt fields

Every winter, between about October and March,

a rather bleak strip of land at the mouth of

the Cengwen River in southern Tainan County

temporarily becomes one of Taiwan’s most

eagerly watched hot-spots, as countless birders descend

on the area to view the critically endangered Black Faced

Spoonbill. Around two-thirds of the world's entire

population of this species of bird chooses to overwinter

each year on this spot, near the town

of Qigu ( 七 股 , pronounced chee-goo),

just north of Tainan City.

While it is rare and exotic-looking

birds that make Qigu famous these

days, traditionally, the area has a

much more prosaic claim to fame:

salt. The small, nondescript village

is surrounded by huge shallow pools,

used either for rearing fish or for

the evaporation of salt. Although

most of Taiwan’s salt industry is

now automated, in a couple of spots

around Qigu salt extraction is still

done the old way.

Qigu’s most famous salt-related

‘attraction’ is its twenty meter-high

salt ‘mountain,’ which contains about

50,000 tons of unprocessed salt. Alas

nowadays it’s an ugly tourist trap,

looking for all the world like a vast,

dirty mound of snow, and surrounded by tacky tourist

divertissements such as a little train, a model Santa and

even a ‘Float on Sea’ pool – a highly saline swimming

pool in which, Dead Sea-like, it’s impossible to sink. Lord

help anyone who goes in there with an open cut, though!

Much more worth your time is the adjacent Taiwan

Salt Museum, which stands in a modernistic new building

designed to represent a huge pile of salt. The admission

fee (NT$150 for adults) may put some off, but it’s worth

paying up as it’s an impressive achievement, somehow

managing to make the subject of salt far more interesting

than I ever knew was possible. Near the entrance is a

gift shop selling everything you can imagine related to

salt (and a few things you never dreamed of!). Try the

walnut and almond salty ice cream, which actually tastes

very good!

Armed with this new knowledge, head out to

Jingzijiao Waban Salt Fields ( 井 子 腳 瓦 盤 鹽 田 ), signposted

off Route 17 a couple of kilometers north of Qigu, just

south of the town of Beimen ( 北 門 ). This place is –

strangely – off the radar for most visitors to the area,

but is a fascinating (and oddly scenic) place to learn a

bit more about this once enormously important local

industry. Here lies a compact series of irregularly shaped

pools, their floors covered in a mosaic of little stones,

laid (like crazy paving) to prevent the salt mixing with

Richard Saunders is a trained classical musician and writer who has lived in Taipei since

1993. He has written several books (available at The Center and in bookshops around

Taipei), including Yangmingshan: the Guide (a complete guide to the National Park on Taipei’s

Doorstep) and Taipei Escapes I and 2, which together detail sixty day trips and hikes within easy

reach of Taipei city. A fourth book, a guide to Taiwan’s offshore islands, is due out in 2012.

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the Center gallery

February 2012

the mud underneath. Some are filled with seawater

(brought in from the sea via a system of ditches and

water gates) placidly mirroring the blue sky above,

while the water in others has already evaporated

completely under the powerful southern sun; the

remaining layer of snow-white salt is swept up into

small pyramids, one in the center of each pool, ready

to be dug up and piled in huge mounds beside the

pools by a lady and her wheelbarrow.

Signboards, happily in English as well as

Chinese, explain the surprisingly complicated

process of extracting salt from seawater by

evaporation: from letting seawater into the first (and

lowest) evaporation ponds until, ten ponds later, the

crystallized salt is dug out. It takes over two weeks

during the main salt-extracting season (March to

May), although the process is begun afresh every

three days or so.

In case this sounds like a lot of work to produce

a pack of salt that can costs so little at the local

supermarket, each crystallization pond here (and

there are 98 in all) can process 250 to 350 kilograms

of salt every three days!

In february, the Center wall features traditional

Chinese knotting by lily Chim. the theme of

these beautifully framed artworks is “ARIsE, sHInE.”

Also on display is the artwork of traditional turkish

Illumination (gilding) by esin alturk gurtekin.

Both Lily and Esin teach traditional arts and also accept

custom orders.

On the sideboard, lemongrass house taiwan

will present SnIff Soy Candles from australia.

these scented candles are hand-poured and

lovingly created in sydney for a heavenly fragrance

experience using only the highest quality eco-friendly

soy wax (free from paraffin and palm wax), and leadfree

wicks. the candles are nt$980 each and are

available in: Citrus & Herb, Lemongrass sherbet,

Rose Bud, Gardenia, Vanilla, jasmine & Wood, soft

Lavender, frangipani, fresh Cut flowers, Lavender &

Amber, and Poached Pear.

To find many more less well-known places in Taiwan,

visit Off the beaten Track at

http://taiwandiscovery.wordpress.com/.

Also this month, pretty in pearls once again brings

you classic pearl jewelry for ladies of all ages, from

keepsake baby pearl bracelets and classic pearl studs

and drops, to hand-knotted pearl chokers and assorted

silver and gemstone jewelry.

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.

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KidS & Family

Entertaining Kids in

Wintery Taipei

tEXt & IMAGEs: ALy COOPER

Forecast? Rain with a partial chance of being overcast. Duration? The next three

months. Anybody with a child or multiple children (God bless you!) knows that with

each drop that falls to the ground a little piece of their sanity is attached to it. Let's air it

out for a moment, shall we? We love our children, but if we are in the house with them

even just one second longer, well... carnage is bound to ensue.

A bit about myself.... I'm married to a fantastic guy and have one great, albeit loud,

energetic, slightly sarcastic five-year-old boy, and have been living in Taipei since last

January. With the winter months having just begun and my son not yet in school,

(coupled with my desire to maintain a full head of hair) I found it imperative to explore

and get the heck out of my house. Mission? To find indoor play areas that are both

parent- and child-friendly. Here's what I found.

the natIonal SCIenCe eduCatIon

Center, KIdS learnIng and

dISCovery playground

Wyatt had his birthday here and I was surprised by the

number of parents who didn't know it existed. Easy to get to

by bus, this little gem is cheap (NT$60) and fun for kids of

different ages. The kids play area is located on the lower level,

B1, and has everything from a climbing wall to computers that

older kids can play games on. Trust me you'll love it. If you

want to break for lunch they even have a food court on the

second floor, replete with coffee, which I always find to be a

‘good mommy’ necessity.

location:

189 shishang road, shilin

opening hours:

weekends, national and school holidays: 9 am - 6pm

Tuesday to friday: 9 am - 5pm

admission: nT$60

transport:

from MrT Jiantan exit One, take bus r3, r30 or 41 to the

national Museum of science and education (nTsec) stop.

Other buses: 620, r3, r12, r10 (get off at nTsec stop).

255, 250, 620, r12 (get off at shilin High school of commerce

stop).

Website: http://en.ntsec.gov.tw/User/News-Content.aspx?nid=25

Aly Cooper is an expat wife of one year who enjoys adventures with her five-year-old son, reading,

eating, blogging, having A LOT of coffee with friends, volunteering and spending free weekends

exploring what the island has to offer with the family.

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there's a two-hour cap). It's a built in

babysitter. You can pick up those groceries

downstairs for dinner, get a cup of coffee

(I'm obsessed) one level down at Mr. Brown

or bring a good book while your kid tears

through the balloons. Fun for all! Potential

set back? Your kid can't be taller than

125cm.

MItSuKoShI yu KIdS ISland

I'll set the scene. It's 3 pm. Your sweet child just came home

from school. He/she has an insurmountable amount of energy

that even the strongest cup of coffee will not be able to tackle....

Well my friend, I have found Yu Island to be a saving grace on

more than one occasion. Yes, it costs NT$200, but can one put

a price on sanity? Located on the sixth floor, that two-hundred

dollars pays for UNLIMITED hours (unless it's a holiday, when

location:

6f, Tianmu shin kong Mitsukoshi, 68 Tianmu

east road

admission: nT$200

transport:

bus 203, 279, 285, 602, 606, 616, 645, 646,

685, r12 (get off at the special education

school stop).

leoS playland

Wyatt attended a birthday party a

couple of months ago and was invited

to Leos. I have since brought him

there again and though pricey, it's

really pretty awesome. It's very close

to Taipei 101 and about an hour by

bus from Tianmu. If you have a car

you're in luck - they have parking very

close, although it can be very easy to

miss if you're not looking for it. Leos

is an indoor play area straight from

your kid's dream, or in our case, my

husband's as well. Oh shoot, mine too.

There are slides, enclosed trampolines,

and soft nerf balls sailing at random.

For Wyatt and I to get in it was a

whopping NT$800, but that included

a NT$200 food credit voucher as well.

Yes, they have food there! Score!! If

parents don't want to play, no problem,

with their setup you can watch your kid

while simultaneously reading or eating.

The sign that Leos is worth the money?

Wyatt and I BOTH fell asleep on the

bus as we headed back home, but that's

a whole other story.

location:

b1f 106 Xinyi road, section 5

opening hours:

Monday to Thursday: 10 am - 6pm

friday to sundays and Holidays: 10 am - 8pm

admission:

nT$399 per toddler (under 100cm)

nT$599 per child (Monday to friday, under 12 years)

nT$799 per child (weekends & Holidays, under 12 years)

nT$200 per adult (deductible towards food and drink purchases)

Happy hour - During last two hours of business every day, adult admission is free.

transport:

bus 32, 207, 282, 647, 915 (get off at the Xinyi administrative center stop, Xinyi

rd, sec 5)

bus 20, 32, 46, 266, 277, 612, 665, 912 (get off at the the Xinyi administrative

center stop, songren road)

bus 202, 650, 669, M7 (get off at the stop directly under Taipei 101).

Website: http://leosplayland.com/access.html

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Anxiety and Stress Management:

Recognizing the symptoms and how to cope

tEXt: CHRIstInE CHIEn-RIXOn

Life is stressful, most people would agree with this.

Anxiety or tension is our body’s way of letting

us know that something is wrong and we need

to correct it. It is an absolutely essential signal,

necessary for our survival and well-being. If primitive

humans did not have food and water, the anxious

anticipation of hunger and thirst motivated them to find

food and water. If a worker hasn’t been productive yet

today, the fear of criticism from a supervisor or co-worker

helps them to get busy. If I am driving a little fast on a

rainy night and visibility is not good, my concern about

safety slows me down. These are valid reasons for feeling

that action is needed to avoid trouble.

Isn’t it wonderful that we have a built-in warning system?

Yes, except when our system goes astray. Sometimes the

expectation of trouble or danger is wrong; we exaggerate

the problems or become tense for no good reason. At other

times the warning is accurate but nothing can be done,

and we fret needlessly about our inability to change the

situation. Sometimes, we have this stress alarm going off,

but we don’t know what is wrong. In each of these cases,

we are psychologically and bodily all tensed up to run or

fight an enemy, but the real enemy is actually ourselves.

Obviously a major problem is telling the difference

between realistic, helpful tensions, fears or worries and

unrealistic, unhealthy nervousness. This is because we

could all start fretting about some possibly stressful event at

almost any time. Risks are all around us. Thus unrealistic

worries are over-reactions to a tolerable situation or a

prolonged over-reaction to a threatening situation that

cannot be avoided. But how can you be sure a situation

won’t cause trouble? You can’t. How can you be sure you

would not handle the problem any better if you worried

about it a lot more. You can’t be certain. However, it is

possible to learn to recognize whether or not you are feeling

anxious.

the chart below shows some general symptoms of anxiety. feel free to read and check these items carefully

and choose those which you feel have been bothering you over the last week, including now, to various degrees.

anxiety symptoms not at all a little Sometimes frequently

body feeling numb q q q q

feverishness q q q q

can’t relax q q q q

unsteadiness standing q q q q

afraid something bad might happen q q q q

Dizziness q q q q

restlessness q q q q

feelings of fear q q q q

nervousness q q q q

feelings of asphyxia q q q q

Hands shaking q q q q

body shaking q q q q

feeling out of control q q q q

breathing heavily q q q q

fear of death q q q q

fainting q q q q

blushing q q q q

sweating (not due to weather or exercise) q q q q

If you have most of the above symptoms, it’s an

indication that your anxiety level is very high and you need

to relax yourself or seek professional help to reduce the

anxiety. Below is a short relaxation exercise which takes a

maximum of ten minutes to do and is helpful is restoring a

sense of calm.

1. Select a comfortable sitting or reclining position

2. Close your eyes and think of somewhere that you

have been before that represents your ideal place for

physical and mental relaxation. It should ideally be

a quiet environment, for example the sea shore, the

mountains or even your own back garden. If you can’t

think of a place, create one in your mind.

3. Now imagine that you are actually in your ideal

relaxation place. Imagine yourself seeing all the colors,

hearing the sounds, smelling the aromas. Just lie back

and enjoy your soothing, rejuvenating environment.

4. Feel the peacefulness, the calmness, and imagine your

whole body and mind being renewed and refreshed.

5. After five to ten minutes, slowly open your eyes and

stretch.

You are creating a realization that you may instantly

return to your relaxation place whenever you desire and

experience again that peacefulness and calmness in body

and mind.

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ManagIng your lIfeStyle

Once you have identified what is happening in your

work or at home and how you want to live, there are

several courses of action that may help to either remove

or reduce stress, or enable you to cope more effectively

with strain or pressure. This requires making changes,

which can seem overwhelming at first. However stress

is not some all-powerful force in your life that can’t be

resisted. By keeping a stress diary you will be able to

see clearly that stress situations can be altered, managed

or balanced with positive experiences, for example,

by rewarding yourself with a relaxing weekend break

when a difficult and threatening situation has been

satisfactorily finalized. It is also necessary to consider

why you might be resistant to change or why you insist

on clinging on to old ways that seem safe but in the long

term are harmful. Often we can see others’ mistakes

more readily than we can our own, so observe someone

close who seems to be suffering from stress and try to

work out how they could change and improve their

situation. Why do they take on more work instead

of saying “No”? Are you behaving the same way?

Unfortunately, depressed people tend to find it difficult

to see options and so an outside observer might be

willing to offer alternative ways of behaving. We must

avoid being inflexible to change and be more willing

to try out new ways of behaving in order to reduce or

minimize the consequences of stress.

beIng More aSSertIve

Many of the problems individuals face at work are

associated with their own ability to be assertive in their

relationships with their work colleagues, bosses and even

subordinates. This can reflect itself in work overload,

long hours, frequent travel and a range of inappropriate

activities. An assertive person is open and flexible,

genuinely concerned with the rights of others, yet at the

same time able to establish very well their own rights.

There are fundamental differences between assertive,

non-assertive and aggressive behaviours. When you are

assertive you acknowledge your own rights and those

of others; if you are non-assertive, you are denying

your own rights; and when you act aggressively, you’re

denying the rights of others.

In being assertive we imply certain basic individual

rights:

• The right to make mistakes

• The right to set one’s own priorities

• The right for one’s own needs to be considered as

important as the needs of other people

• The right to refuse requests without having to feel

guilty

• The right to express oneself as long as one doesn’t

violate the rights of others

• The right to judge one’s own behavior, thoughts

and emotions and to take responsibility for the

consequences.

It is therefore necessary to identify for yourself those

people and activities with which you may have difficulty

in behaving assertively.

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community

Taipei American School at Model United Nations:

Public Speaking and Much More

Text: Kristen Lowman, Communications/Marketing Officer

image: TAS

Model U n i t e d N a t i o n s

(MUN) requires students

to employ a variety of

communication and critical

thinking skills. They engage in public

speaking, research, policy analysis,

negotiating, conflict resolution,

a n d t e c h n i c a l w r i t i n g . M U N

conferences also provide students

with opportunities to travel and meet

students from around the world.

Interscholastic Association of

Southeast Asian Schools (IASAS) MUN

is held every November. All IASAS

schools participate as well as other

invited schools. 165 delegates from

eleven schools, including twenty from

Taipei American School, attended

the convention in Manila this year.

TAS students represented Libya, the

Philippines, Cuba, Norway, Australia,

Niger, and Colombia, and served as a

chair and deputy secretary general.

With an unprecedented number of

students attending the conference, TAS

played a significant leadership role.

They debated resolutions regarding

the future of nuclear energy in the

aftermath of the Fukushima Incident;

the situation in Syria involving

military intervention with the aim of

protecting civilian populations; capital

punishment in member states; and

economic bailouts of member states.

For the first time in recent history at

IASAS, all resolutions debated at the

closing General Assembly came from

TAS students. A very proud moment

indeed!

Eleven different TAS students also

attended a Model United Nations

convention in Berlin in November. Six

students represented Ukraine and five

others applied - and were accepted -

to serve as press delegates, a judge for

the international court of justice, and

as a member of the youth assembly.

The team achieved great success. TAS

students’ resolutions passed include:

ending discrimination against girls

in schools, combating terrorism, and

ending piracy.

Three more trips are yet to come.

Twenty-six TAS students will travel

to Singapore in February for an MUN

conference where both high school and

university students will participate.

That same month, six students will

attend an MUN convention in Doha,

Qatar. Also, in April, thirty students

will travel to Taichung for the annual

TAIMUN conference.

I n a d d i t i o n t o l i n k i n g m a n y

a c a d e m i c d i s c i p l i n e s , M U N

reinforces the importance of ethics.

Understanding global issues and

proposing resolutions requires cultural

awareness and sensitivity. Thus, the

MUN program at TAS not only teaches

students how to research and analyze

an issue to articulate and defend,

but also how to resolve conflicts and

promote world peace.

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Students from the Taipei European School

achieve Top in the World results in Cambridge

International Examinations

text: Patricia Tzeng

image: TES

community

Two students from the Taipei European School (TES)

have received prestigious awards from University

of Cambridge International Examinations to

acknowledge their outstanding performance in the

2011 Cambridge examination series.

The Cambridge Top in the World awards recognise the

success of learners who have achieved the highest standard

mark in the world for a single subject. Cambridge places

learners at the center of their international education

programmes and qualifications which are inspired by the

best in educational thinking.

The following students at the Taipei European School

received a Cambridge Top in the World award:

Karishma Mahtani: Foreign Language Chinese

Willie Wei-Li Hung: Mathematics

Dr. Allan Weston, CEO of TES, said, “I am constantly

impressed and humbled by the amazing abilities of our TES

students. It is a great honor for TES as it shows that our

recipe of combining academic rigor with a personalised

approach to learning can have wonderful outcomes. Well

done!”

Mr Stuart Glascott, Head of the TES British Secondary

and High School Section adds, “TES is incredibly proud of

the achievements of Karishma and Willie. They have both

worked extremely diligently to complement their undoubted

natural ability. On behalf of the entire TES community I

congratulate them both on their outstanding achievements.”

Karishma and Willie received their Cambridge Top in the

World award at a TES school ceremony in November 2011.

Karishma said “I was so surprised when it became known

to me that I had achieved the top mark in the world for the

only IGCSE examination I took in May/June 2011. This

achievement is something I will always be proud of and I

would like to thank everyone who has contributed in helping

me attain this award.”

Willie said “Achieving 100% in IGCSE mathematics is

a milestone to me. I believe it reflects on my unwavering

passion for the subject. Even though many people may find

mathematics dull and difficult, I think that with persistent

effort and wholehearted dedication, mathematics can prove

to be enjoyable. The beauty of mathematics is ineffable; its

logic is profound.”

Consolation

text: Louie Mayor

I walk, I walk, I walk

Everyone needs to be cured somehow

I look at your twilight sky

Listening to the flecks of light

As they bounce off my eyes

Space dust love

Swirling 'round fiery measures of unfathomable

distances

I catch an uncanny rhythm

That only makes sense to the senseless

Listen, listen

People pass me

Flecks of light on my eyes

Glistening

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diNiNg

Theater restaurant -

Taiwan style

tEXt & IMAGEs: sERInA HuAnG

I’m a lucky lady. My husband

recently organized a special

dinner to celebrate my birthday,

and his choice indicated how

well he knows me. Rather than a ritzy

but predictable upper-crust restaurant,

he chose a hidden gem - a uniquely

interactive cultural experience in a

back alley just off Nanjing East Road.

The place: the See-Join Puppet Theatre.

Founded by Bill Chen ( 陳 建 華 )

in 1992, See-Join Puppet Theatre is

the first interactive budaixi ( 布 袋 戲 ,

Taiwanese puppet) theater restaurant

of its kind in Taipei. Recently

relocated to new premises, the bright

orange-painted restaurant (with every

imaginable corner crammed with

colorful budaixi puppets) is intimate to

the point of feeling pokey. But don’t be

put off by the quaintness of the décor:

the food and performance more than

compensate for the surrounds. Chen’s

passion for his art form is infectious,

and he clearly enjoys entertaining the

young and old alike, transporting

his audience to the fairytale world of

Taiwan’s vivid puppetry.

See-join puppet theater

2, alley 16, Lane 41, nanjing east road,

section 2

Tel: (02) 2523-1118, 2522-1152

http://www.see-join.com.tw/

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At 7.30 pm sharp, master puppeteer

Chen introduced himself and the

budaixi performance began. The

large red velvet curtain peeled away

to reveal a florescent canvas painted

to depict a traditional temple scene.

We had arrived a little late, and so our

food arrived just as the performance

was starting. I thought I would

passively observe from our back table

vantage point, but the acrobatics

on stage drew me in from the start,

and I kept turning away from my

chopsticks to reach for the camera.

It was a good thing that I kept an

eye on the stage too, because the

performance was highly interactive.

I blinked for one second only to

find water spurting from one of the

Chinese lion puppets, which was

greeted with squeals of delight by the

children in the audience. And we all

had fun trying to hit one of the evil

characters with foam balls … got him!

Next was a hands-on lesson on

puppetry. Chen gave us each a simple

traditional-style wooden puppet and

we practiced how to hold it upright,

make it nod, take it for a walk, go for

a run and even run in slow-motion.

Then came the fun part: learning how

to twirl the puppet up in the air and

catch it. Chen was very encouraging,

especially with klutzes like me. ‘They

are made from wood so you can’t

break it’, he reassured me as my

puppet – yet again – thudded to the

ground.

Chen then invited some of

the audience behind the stage

to maneuver some larger, more

elaborate budaixi puppets. He

explained that this style of puppet –

unique to Taiwan – was developed to

stand out in front of a large crowd.

Most were over-the-top beautiful,

with pretty porcelain faces, intricate

lacquered hairdos and whimsical

floating costumes. Working them

was harder than it looks: an averagesized

budaixi puppet weighs around

two kilograms, with many customdesigned

movements such as hand

gestures or head movements.

While the highlight of a night out

at See-Join is the performance, the

home-style Taiwan cuisine cooked

by Chen’s wife was better than I

expected. Some menu items, like

roasted fish jaw (which incidentally

pairs well with Taiwan Beer), were

probably less attractive to most

foreign palates. But there are also

more mainstream choices such as

sweet-glazed roasted chicken legs,

deep-fried tofu, sweet and sour fish

fillets, peasant-style egg and pickled

turnip omelet, a spicy curry of ‘sweet’

pork spareribs with onion, and beef

with black-pepper sauce.

The individual entrance fee for the

performance is NT$400 per head,

with food priced between NT$180

and NT$250 per dish. The menu is

in Chinese and English, with pictures.

You can also hire out the entire

restaurant, which can seat around

twenty people. In addition to the

restaurant, Chen regularly performs

at other venues, including the

National Center for Traditional Arts

in Yilan. Chen has recently returned

from a cultural tour to Australia,

and speaks passable English but the

language of puppetry is universal,

and will appeal to all – especially

children and the young at heart.

Taiwanxifu (Taiwan

daughter-in-law) is

the blogging alter-ego

of Serina Huang,

who enjoys sampling

Ta i w a n ’s c u l i n a r y

creations, exploring new places

and discovering cultural insights.

Her blog is at http://taiwanxifu.

wordpress.com.

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liFEStylE

In the Pursuit of

Happiness -

Which direction Should

We run in?

tEXt: LAuREn MARK

I

recently re-crossed paths

with the well-worn phrase,

“God helps those who help

themselves” at the closing of an

article in Time Magazine detailing

the United States’ drought dilemma.

Something about the phrase struck

an uncomfortable chord with me,

and after doing a little digging, I

found that the phrase originated in

ancient Greece from the playwrights

Aeschylus and Sophocles. Its current

English phrasing was later coined

by the English political theorist

Algernon Sidney and adopted by

Benjamin Franklin, who fittingly

lived with the philosophy that God

didn’t intervene in human affairs.

If we are content to believe that

God doesn’t intervene, or we don’t

believe that any higher governing

power exists, then where is the

next logical place to turn? What

does help us most in the long run?

How much do higher salaries or

a momentary ego boost help us in

the end? If the transient nature of

a new purchase or being lavished

with praise still leaves us feeling

restless a short while later, then what

are some possibilities for obtaining

meaningful help that are more likely

to linger on? Are immeasurable

actions such as a smile, a good deed

or an open-minded outlook arguably

more lasting?

Although the “Pay it forward”

mentality is scarcely a new idea, how

often do we imagine interpersonal

energy interacting in the world the

same way that chemical pollutants

affect the earth when they are

carelessly discarded? Wouldn’t it be

nice to think that we can exercise

some control over whether we’re

greeted with hospitality while

visiting a foreign country rather than

pick-pocketed or faced with open

hostility?

Perceptions are fleeting, despite

our stubborn tendency to cling

to stereotypes about individuals

or cultures. How quickly can a

friend morph into someone suspect

when he shares a knowing smile

with your wife? Or how suddenly

can the heavy discomfort of being

near an arrogant colleague dissolve

once he cracks at joke at his own

expense? Why then are we often so

timid about working magic through

change? How might our work

environments change if we greeted an

antagonistic colleague’s scowl with

a smile instead of barreling down

the hallways poker-faced, mentally

preoccupied with our day’s agenda?

The notion of EQ (emotional

intelligence) took Taiwan by storm

a few decades ago when it was first

proposed by Daniel Goleman. He

constructed a model that includes

the constructs of self awareness,

self management, social awareness

and relationship management. You

need to have a highly evolved level

of awareness of yourself and your

environment with a broader agenda

than personal success in order to

pick up on the many cues that

shape interpersonal interactions as

they unfurl. Try taking a personal

assessment online, and you’l l

probably find that it’s significantly

more difficult to score “high” on

this sort of test than it is to ace

the vocab or math sections on any

conventional intelligence test, in

much the same way that it’s far more

difficult to successfully conduct a

meeting of opinionated colleagues

than it is to prepare and present

a PowerPoint of your personal

research. My Taiwanese classmate

first introduced me to this concept

during our postmodernism class

in the States, and the picture that

she painted of Taiwan as a society

where people weighed interpersonal

communication as carefully as sheer

skill was enough to convince me to

move there after graduation. Since

moving here, I can happily say that I

haven’t been disappointed.

I recently watched in awe at

an international social mixer as

a new friend deftly facilitated a

conversation between strangers with

playful humor, alternately drawing

some of us into her confidence while

poking fun at others in flattering

ways, asking thoughtful questions

and evading direct answers that

would require her to reveal enviable

traits. I mostly admired her for her

adept brilliance in putting others at

ease, always effortlessly navigating a

few steps ahead of the conversation,

while taking care not to let her

astuteness become apparent. We all

became slightly more perspicacious

in her presence, striving to help

unravel her threads of humor, and

not to let side conversations elapse

into the dull, standard questioning

that is so easy to use as a first resort

when asked to meet stranger after

stranger.

There’s a Buddhist idea that

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if you dedicate the benefits of your prayers

and positive actions to all of humanity, those

benefits will become inexhaustible. It’s pretty

similar to natural dissemination, where if you

have an orange, you can enjoy a juicy snack and

then throw away the peel and the seeds, or you

could give those seeds so others can plant their

own orange trees and enjoy the fruit of multiple

harvests.

If you haven’t kept a clear record of what has

made you happiest in the past, you could try

embarking on your own mini-happiness project

by way of a social experiment. Try dedicating

two weeks or a month to taking notice of the

needs of those in your various social circles

and how you could help them. For example,

when you were originally planning to take

off at the end of your work day and go to the

gym and a coworker comes to you asking if

you could help him with a project, forgo your

original plans and see what happens. And

then the next day, which you had made your

consolation gym date, when a different friend

asks you to help her bake cookies for her

parent-teacher conferences so that she can finish

grading papers, try forgetting about all the

cake you inhaled that afternoon in anticipation

of your gym session and agree to proliferate

others’ consumption of sugar instead. Create

a happiness appraisal that you can take at the

beginning and the end of your pledged period

of self-sacrifice, and see if there’s any change. If

you really want to be thorough, you could also

make a sadness appraisal and see if it’s affected

by your experiment as well. In short, see for

yourself if you agree with Soren Kierkegaard’s

assessment that “The door of happiness does

not open away from us: we cannot rush at it to

push it open. It opens toward us."

L a u re n M a rk i s a l o ng - s t a n d i ng

member of The East West Culture

Project, a dynamic center of cultural

e x c h a n g e a n d u n i q u e l e a r n i n g

opportunities based in Taipei, dedicated

to bridging cultural gaps and fostering

cross-cultural understanding. It aims

to create a richer and more meaningful

experience for those living in Asia by

sharing the wisdom of traditional Eastern

teachings and providing a social network

to help skillfully overcome personal

challenges and aide in growth.

Lauren is an itinerant English teacher,

translator and dancer who is fortunate

to have found a second home in Taiwan.

She can be reached at laurenmark6@

yahoo.com

Mark Caltonhill is a Taiwan-based travel and

feature writer, photographer, translator and

editor. http://meatlessmtwtfss.blogspot.com/

His blog aims to help foreign visitors to Taiwan

to find good quality vegetarian food, and to

keep an eye on food-related topics in the

local Chinese-language media. He reviews

restaurants, offers recipes, writes short features,

and translates news items from the Chinese

language publications into English.

Not Only Meatless

Monday

tEXt: MARK CALtOnHILL

IMAGEs: COuRtEsy Of jIyuE PuBLICAtIOns

One standard of vegetarian life in Taiwan is ‘vegetarian

chicken’ ( 素 雞 ; su ji), which is made from tofu skin ( 豆

皮 or 腐 皮 ), tied into bundles and dried. Apparently, someone

thought it looks like chicken breast.

Not a Not Only Meatless Monday (NOMM) favorite, but

at least it offers a protein-rich vegetarian option. At RT Mart

( 大 潤 發 ), however, this is served in a non-vegetarian sauce (see

photo below).

While the sign is quite clear, and so the hypermarket is doing

nothing wrong, perhaps not all foreigners will know that 葷

(hun) means "meat dish". This is especially likely since the

character (somewhat confusingly) contains the semantic element

‘ 艸 ’, which normally indicates a botanical meaning.

Editor’s note: Mark will be sharing a glossary of Chineselanguage

terms related to vegetarian or vegan food in

Taiwan in a following edition of Centered on Taipei.

diNiNg

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travEl

Suao

an unexpectedly

fascinating destination

tEXt & IMAGEs: KAtyA ILIEVA-stOnE

One of my favorite quotes

from The Lord of the

Rings i s w h e n F r o d o

remembers what Bilbo

Baggins once told him: "It's a

dangerous business, Frodo, going

out your door. You step onto the

road, and if you don’t keep your feet,

there's no knowing where you might

be swept off to". So on a sunny and

hot Sunday morning when we left

for a drive to the Northern coast and

missed the correct exit, we did not

despair. Instead we decided to keep

on driving and see where the road

would take us.

Well, the road was heading east,

so east we went. Before long we

reached Taiwan’s east coast and a

giant lion statue, overlooking a pretty

harbor. It turned out that the statue

and the small park nearby were

both created by the Lions Club in

Taiwan. Five minutes' drive from

there was the town of Suao ( 蘇 澳 ).

We followed a sign for a museum,

and heading down one of the steep

winding streets we suddenly found

ourselves in the middle of a religious

procession. Because the Taiwanese

are kind and maybe because they saw

the "wai" (or ‘clueless foreigner’),

license plate on our car, they stopped

the traffic and let us pass. Parking

in a hurry, we grabbed our cameras

and rushed to the temple, where the

procession had stopped. Looking at

my photos later I remembered three

things: heat, ear-piercing noise and

smoke. Loud speakers were blasting

music while teenagers were blowing

huge horns and others crashed

cymbals. The local people were

dancing and carrying statues of the

temple goddess, Matsu, trying not

to step onto the dozens of small fires

burning on the ground in front of the

temple. It was fascinating to watch.

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Finally the ceremony was over

and everyone started going inside

the temple for prayers or blessings.

Then, and only then, I turned around

and was stunned to see dozens and

dozens of colorful fishing boats

anchored around a harbor, with its

blue waters extending right up to

the Matsu temple. What a sight! A

fishing boat had just come in and

fish of a pretty good size were being

hauled off the boat and loaded on

a cart to be taken away. Nearby

twenty elderly guys (probably

former fishermen) were engaged

in the delicate and endless task of

untangling fishing nets. There was

a fish market, whose floors were

rather slippery, and a huge hangar

for repairing boats. It would not

be a proper fishing town without

a place to eat the fresh catch, and

this being Taiwan, the restaurants

were plentiful, and the sea creatures

offered were both familiar and

strange. In front of one there

was a fish with a blue eye, so we

immediately decided that this was

our place. The fish was served in the

form of a soup with rubbery balls

floating inside - not a bad lunch.

Fish were everywhere - spread

on long boards to dry, shredded

and arranged in big piles for one to

sample and buy, or already packaged.

Among the numerous fish and fishrelated

businesses I saw a small store

selling coral and coral necklaces. I

cannot guarantee the quality, but the

prices were quite a bit lower than

those I have seen in Taipei. I can

only assume that a town which has a

coral museum would pride itself on

offering genuine coral.

I felt sad leaving the small fishing

town of Suao - our unexpected and

yet fascinating destination that day.

In my experience, the best places

are found by chance, just by setting

out and exploring. Bilbo Baggins

was right - it is a dangerous business

indeed going out of your door….

Katya Ilieva-Stone

is a US expat and has

bee n i n Ta i pe i fo r

8 months. S he i s a

former journalist who

was born in Bulgaria.

S he ha s a l so l i ved

in Nepal, Ukraine, and

Afghanistan.

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CSC NEWS

the Center’s running team

goes the distance in the fubon

Marathon

tEXt: KARI sCHIRO IMAGEs: sunny RItZER

On December 18th, sixteen dedicated athletes

strapped on their running shoes and pounded the

pavement in support of The Center as part of the

2011 Fubon Marathon.

And what a success it was!

In their vibrant matching jerseys -

generously donated by Nike - the team was

hard to miss. Cristie Woodall (00:54:50), Albert

Ritzer (00:57:37), Dorothea Hanke (1:01:04), Christine

Wu (1:01:40), Jennie Crowhurst (1:03:00), Anja Serfontein

(1:06:44), and Peter Crowhurst (1:16:44) all ran the 9 KM

race, while William Farrell (1:52:00), Steve Parker (1:56:31),

Ekkehard Metz (1:58:28), Dave Archer (2:10:36), Michael Boyden (2:13:00),

Stephen Tan (2:24:41), and Amanda Metti (3:03:30) continued on to the 21 KM

mark. And two hardy souls, Hal Falls (4:32:07) and Mike Denoma (4:58:51),

completed the full 42 KM!

There were big successes in The Center’s finishing time pool

as well. Nine guesses came within five minutes of the runners’

actual times, with Cade Cannon’s guess (2:10:00) coming within

a mere 36 seconds of Dave Archer’s actual time. Faye Angevine

was the big winner, guessing three runners’ times most accurately.

All pool winners will be contacted by The Center to

claim their prizes. If you would like to

learn more about how you fared in the

pool, please contact us or drop by.

Overall though, the biggest winner of all

was The Center. Thanks to many generous

donations and our committed athletes, we

raised enough money to replace The Center’s

faltering phone system. As noted, all extra

f u n d s will help support the Hsinchu Counseling Center.

Many thanks to the team and to all who supported The

Center and its runners!

Kari Schiro is a native Californian and an adoptive Seattleite who recently

relocated to Taipei. When she is not writing, you will most likely find Kari

watching football/soccer on the telly.

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The Center's

Favorite Finds

RECOMMEnDED By MOnICA HEss

WZ

Events at The Center

book Club – date to be announced

In February, the Center Book Club will be

discussing Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by

Beth Hoffman. To be added to the email list

for the meeting location and date, please

email Kath at tl@communitycenter.org.tw.

Special topic Coffee Morning –

thursday 9th february

Topic to be confirmed.

tastes of taipei –

thursday 9th february, 6-9 pm

(See details on page 27)

E

"Bag/ Life/ Art" proclaims the little purple card, and the

moment you walk through the doors of WZ, it all makes sense!

William (Bill) Z has turned his storefront into an inviting haven

for those seeking a one-of-a-kind bag masquerading as art. Bill

loves what he does and it shows; he designs and lovingly creates

these bags out of heavy-duty canvas (that has been dyed, tiedyed,

and/or printed on) with leather handles and trim. They

come in a wide variety of styles, sizes, and colors - oh the colors!

- so finding something that fits your style and budget becomes

less like shopping and more of a joyful discovery. I found a

great khaki option with sturdy leather handles that included an

inset made with hand-written calligraphy that had been printed

onto the canvas; I purchased another, long strap to carry the bag

cross-body. "Bag" your new piece of usable fabric art here:

53, Lane 308, Guangfu South Road, Da’an District

Tel: 02-8773-8408

Blog: http://wzclub.blogspot.com/

Facebook page: http://zh-tw.facebook.com/wzshop

International Women’s day –

March 8th, 2012

Celebrate this day in style at the Regent,

Taipei!

Mark March 8th in your diaries, join in

the fun and do your bit to help others less

fortunate on this special day with The

Center! We will be hosting a Tea Party

Luncheon and Bazaar at the fabulous

Regent Taipei. Proceeds from this event

will be donated to an organization offering

services for women and children affected by

domestic violence and human trafficking.

Tickets will go on sale from February 6th –

just pop into The Center or contact Bianca

at events@communitycenter.org.tw

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BooK rEviEW

The Buddha in

the Attic

by Julie Otsuka

published in 2011

published by alfred a. knopf

Isbn: 978-0-307-70046-9

tEXt: KAtH LIu

What possesses someone

to pack up everything

they own and move to

a country they have

never been to before, especially when

they don't speak very much of the

language nor understand very much

of the culture of their destination

country? Necessity? A dream of

a better life? Wanderlust? Love?

For the group of young Japanese

women in this novel it was a bit of

everything. As mail-order brides,

they were to be married to men

whom they had only heard about

through written letters and a single

photograph. Leaving their lives,

their families, their culture and their

comfort zone, they set out across

the ocean for America. When they

arrived the reality that faced them

was devastatingly different to their

hopes and expectations.

T h r o u g h f i r s t p e r s o n p l u r a l

narration, Otsuka presents the

collective experiences of these

women, divided thematically by

significant events – from their first

night as wives to childbirth to

their removal from the towns and

cities along the Pacific coast during

World War Two. As a result of

this narrative style and thematic

organization there isn't a traditional

plot with a beginning, middle and

end. Rather the experience of

reading the stories of many comes

to be almost like a meditation on

lives past. The choice to present

this material in this way is a wise

one, I think, as to do anything other

than present the simple facts could

create a potential emotional overload

for the reader. This is not only

because of the number of different

perspectives and stories but also

because of the confronting nature of

the content within.

I remember very clearly the first

time I discovered that Japanese

Americans and Canadians had been

removed from their homes and

livelihoods during the Second World

War when I read Obasan by Joy

Kogawa for a postgraduate trauma

literature paper. I'd no idea that this

kind of thing had happened and to

be honest, I was shocked by what I

learned. It hadn't mattered if these

people had lived there half of their

lives, or if they had been born there

and were therefore citizens – in the

wake of the Japanese attack on

Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt

authorized the exclusion of all people

of Japanese ancestry from the Pacific

coastline and housed them in war

interment camps inland. Like I said –

it's confronting stuff. But let's forget

for a moment all of the why's and

the wherefores of this decision. Let's

hold off on the pointing of fingers

and the placement of blame and guilt

and focus on what it is that Otsuka

is telling us to do – to listen to the

voices that couldn't be heard back

then.

These voices are not only of the

Japanese who were interred but also

of their neighbors who were very

much affected by their removal.

The last chapter is written from the

perspective of these neighbors which

shows that at first they were worried,

upset and guilty about the way the

Japanese had been treated. But as

time passes and new stores open

in place of Mr Harada's grocery

or the Imanashi Transfer, and the

Instructions to All Persons of

Japanese Ancestry notices fade and

blow away with a stronger breeze

than usual, so too do the feelings and

the memories. People move on. It

seems cold but it is after all human

nature to let go of things that do

not continue to affect you on a daily

basis. Especially when your country

is about to become involved in the

worst war this world has ever seen.

Otsuka's novella is an attempt

to reestablish these lost stories

and assure their place within the

narrative of America's history. As

the title suggests, it’s time for it

to be taken down out of the attic,

dusted off and examined, honestly

and with an open heart and mind.

As with many novels that deal with

subjects of uncomfortable moments

in history this is not an uplifting

read. It presents us, the present day

reader, with a slice of a time gone by

told through the imagined voices of

those who experienced it. It's a tale

of belonging, of inner strength, of

cultural struggles and of real life. It's

a timely reminder of how far we have

come in this world, but also, perhaps,

how much further we have yet to go.

Kath Liu is an

avid reader and a

founding member

of the CSC Book

Club who believes

happiness is a good book, good

coffee and good friends.

Like books? Check this out:

http://kathmeista.blogspot.com/

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Taiwan Youth

Climate Coalition

Serving as a platform to unite all young people across Taiwan interested

in environmental issues, Taiwan Youth climate coalition (TWYcc) has

come a long way in three short years, as Sarah chen Lin explains.

ENviroNmENt

tEXt & IMAGE: sARAH CHEn LIn

There are always young people passionate about

the environment regardless of race, occupation,

location and education. Most importantly, there

are always young people willing to take measures

in fighting for what they believe in by first assembling

those who share similar visions and passion. A movement

fuelled by the energy of the young can gather so much

momentum in such a short span of time that I’m still

amazed by how much we’ve accomplished already.

The story of TWYCC ( 台 灣 青 年 氣 候 聯 盟 ) started when

three students from the National Tsing Hua University ( 清

華 大 學 ) attended a seminar given by a professor from the

National Taiwan University on the involvement of young

people in climate change issues. It was these students’

passion that prompted them to go (through funds they

raised on their own) to the 14th Convention (COP14) of

the Parties held by the United Nations Climate Change

Conference (UNFCCC), hosted in Poznan, Poland, three

years ago. The students realised upon attending the event

that Taiwan was poorly represented on the international

stage and returned with a determination to do something

about it whilst sharing experiences and knowledge

gathered from the conference.

The small group of three students gradually grew

over the months and convened to attend the next two

conferences: COP15, held in Copenhagen in 2009, and

COP16 in Cancún last year. New friendships were

forged, priceless experiences on different environmental

projects from all over the world were shared amongst

the young activists who attended, and a greater

understanding of international environmental issues was

shared with different universities upon returning. It was

during the last conference in Cancún that the founders

of TWYCC realised the need for having a unified body

to assemble all of the Taiwanese youths who attend COP

each year for a stronger representation of Taiwan. It

seems different universities across the island had begun to

send their own students to these conferences and it was at

this point where the idea of forming TWYCC was born.

At present TWYCC is a youth group run by students

throughout the whole of Taiwan with a base in Taipei.

It serves as a platform to unite all young people across

Taiwan interested in both national and international

environmental issues. The group focuses mainly on

Climate Change but partners with other NGOs in running

a series of projects that range from hosting workshops,

weekly study groups, conferences such as APNEC10 (the

10th Asian Pacific NGO Environmental Conference),

training delegates who will attend COP every year and

much more.

Our mission is simple:

1. To protect the environment by spreading education

on environmental concerns and encouraging societal

change,

2. To empower the voice of the youth,

3. To boost Taiwan’s presence in the international

arena, and

4. To e n c o u r a g e c u l t u r a l e x c h a n g e t h r o u g h

partnerships established with international NGOs.

We hope to establish TWYCC as one of the first

legitimate NGOs in Taiwan run completely by young

people, and we welcome everyone, even non-students,

who are willing to join our movement!

Our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/twycc

Follow us on Twitter @twycc

Born and raised in Venezuela by Taiwanese parents, Sarah has been exposed to world

cultures since she was young. Recently graduating with an Environmental Science degree

from Southampton University in the UK, Sarah currently works as TWYCC’s Media

Coordinator and has recently been appointed by Earth Charter International as the ECYTF

(Earth Charter Youth Task Force) point of contact in Taiwan. She is set to start working as a

radio host for Radio Taiwan International with a weekly program that focuses on everything

related to the environment throughout Taiwan.

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taiPei uncorked

What are your

New Year's

Resolutions?

Mark L. Peterson

I

bet for many of you, myself

included, it is to take better

care of yourselves. That usually

means trying to slim down.

While at first you might think that

this means cutting the wine out from

your diet - not so fast! Here are

a few things you should consider

before taking such drastic measures.

Reducing your intake of alcohol

might certainly be in order, but

there is a lot of medical evidence

that shows that moderate alcohol

intake can be part of a healthy diet.

Even beyond the proven medical

implications of wine consumption,

there are several factors that argue

in favor of incorporating wine into a

reduced calorie diet!

tannInS on an eMpty

StoMaCh

Tannins are one of the

fundamental components of wine,

and red wines in particular. They

add structure to the wine giving it

that mouth puckering, drying quality.

This is caused by the astringent

action of the tannins on the lining of

your mouth. It literally draws the

skin tightly together. Now imagine

what happens in your stomach when

you enjoy a glass of wine before

dinner. Those same tannins work

their magic on the lining of the

stomach, drawing it a little tighter

and perhaps starting you on your

way to fullness well before you’ve

eaten your first bite.

SMall IndulgenCeS SatISfy

the Soul

Another reason we eat is to satisfy

our emotions. We don’t want to

survive on gruel, we want to live

on lox! Think about it: a fantastic

morsel of the finest chocolate or a

brick of mediocre chocolate? A few

thin slices of prosciutto and melon

or a pound of Bologna? Adding a

glass of delicious, thought-provoking

wine to one’s diet is a way to add

more than just calories to a meal.

It can make a meal special and

add something deeper than mere

sustenance to our diets, while making

us feel good about what we’re eating.

Carefully ConSIdered

Pairing wine with your meal may

make you think more carefully about

what you drink, meaning you might

also think more carefully about

how to eat! Whether you spend

significant time thinking about the

pairing or just a few moments, a

glass of wine tends to make a meal

more of a personal statement of life.

This is beneficial on two fronts. The

first creates a result of hopefully

using better, healthier ingredients

while you cook. The second takes

more effort on your part - it requires

you to think more closely about what

you put in your body, not only the

quality but the quantity of any given

item you might be consuming as well.

Here’s the bottom line: wine

consumption is becoming more

scrutinized and accepted by the

medical profession through reports

such as “The French Paradox” on

CBS’s 60 Minutes. So imbibe with

moderation, and ask yourself if it

works for you. Can you lose weight

while enjoying wine regularly?

Bonne Degustation

Mark loves to hear from you with all your questions concerning the world of wine and

spirits. Feel free to email him at: mark.vinvinowine@gmail.com or visit his informative site

at www.vinvinowine.asia.

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CSC NEWS

tEXt: KARI sCHIRO IMAGEs: COuRtEsy Of tAjIn REstAuRAnt

for this month’s tastes of taipei on february 9th we are

headed to Morocco – or, more accurately, to tajin, taipei’s

own little slice of north Africa, tucked away in an alley of the

Daan neighborhood. stylishly adorned with Moroccan tajines, the

restaurant specializes in – you guessed it – tajin, the famed north

African slow-cooked stew that is named for the earthenware pot

in which it is simmered.

The husband and wife team Hicham Samh

and Sandy Wu own and manage the

restaurant. Before opening Tajin, Hicham,

a native of Casablanca and the chef behind

Tajin’s delectable dishes, worked as a model (you

may recognize him from a mobile phone commercial

in which he portrays U.S. President Barack Obama!)

and English teacher in Taiwan. Sandy, who has a

knack for design and brand management, lived in

Italy (where she attended fashion school in Milan),

and New York before returning to Taipei to pursue

her new career in restaurant ownership.

Tajin was born from Hicham’s propensity for

cooking – and from their friends’ fondness for

consuming his culinary concoctions, according to

Sandy. She explains, “Our friends loved the food

and always asked [Hicham] to open a restaurant in

Taipei, since there is no Moroccan restaurant here.”

So open a restaurant they did on June 20th, 2011.

And although Tajin is less than one year old, its

brief history is storied. Most notably, three months

ago it served as the venue for Hicham and Sandy’s

wedding!

In the kitchen, the duo pride themselves on the

authentic and high-quality ingredients that go into

every dish. Soups, tajins, and couscous are flavored

with spices imported from Morocco, and all meats

served are halal.

While the savory food may be the restaurant’s

biggest draw, the décor makes for a truly delightful

dining experience. With the help of their artist

friend Jean Scuderi from France, Sandy and Hicham

painted the walls with beautiful North African

scenes. They also hand-painted all of the tajines in

the restaurant, each one with a unique pattern, and

all of the teapots, teacups, and decorative lanterns

come from Morocco.

For The Center’s Tastes of Taipei event, Hicham

and Sandy have created a special set menu for $700

per person (please note that the restaurant only

accepts cash). The menu includes soup, salad, tajin

or couscous, saffron rice, dessert and Moroccan tea.

This culinary journey to Morocco is one you will

not want to miss!

please call the restaurant directly to make your reservation and let them know that you are with the

Community Services Center.

date: thursday, february 9th, 2012

Time: 6 pm – 9 pm venue: Tajin

address: 3, Lane 144, keelung road section 2

台 北 市 基 隆 路 二 段 144 巷 3 號 phone: 2732-7296

price: nT$700 per person (cash only, no credit cards)

website: http://tajin27327296.pixnet.net/blog

or “Tajin Moroccan cuisine” on facebook

Kari Schiro is a native Californian and an adoptive Seattleite who recently

relocated to Taipei. When she is not writing, you will most likely find Kari

watching football/soccer on the telly.

www.communitycenter.org.tw february 2012

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Charity

Taipei European School –

The Tabitha Project

tEXt: HEnRI LABusCHAGnE

IMAGEs: tEs

With perspiration streaming

down our foreheads and hands

covered in blisters we all stand

back to proudly admire our

handywork. “Akun!” we hear

the small Cambodian boy say

before he laughs and runs away,

making the chickens squawk as

they try to get out of his way. As

the big red rooster calms down

enough to start scratching for a

juicy bug in the little boy’s wake,

we can’t help but think that even

though we came here to help

him, his family, and the village,

it is us who will walk away with

much thanks in our hearts for the

opportunity they gave us to learn

more about ourselves and the

world we live in.

Cambodia is an amazing

p l a c e . R a v a g e d

by a civil war of

unimaginable brutality,

it is slowly but surely finding

its feet and trying to pull itself

and its people out of desperate

poverty. Of all Cambodians,

75% still have no access to clean

water or a safe place to sleep, and

most eat only one very basic meal

per day.

At the forefront of this

momentous task stands Tabitha

Cambodia. Tabitha was founded

in 1994 by Janne Ritskes and was

set up with the idea of helping

Cambodians help themselves.

The age old adage of “Give a

man a fish, feed him for a day.

Teach a man to fish, feed him

for a lifetime…” is very much at

the heart of Tabitha Cambodia’s

operation.

Tabitha's philosophy of selfhelp

is designed to promote selfsufficiency

and dignity through

savings, counseling and goalsetting

programmes. Families

typically graduate from Tabitha

programmes in five to seven years

with food for their children,

clean water to drink, shelter

and a source of income. More

importantly, they achieve a sense

of dignity that allows them to

look to the future with hope for

their families.

Tabitha’s programmes all start

with the ‘Family Partnership’.

This programme is at the heart

of all of Tabitha's work and is

best described as community

development focused on families.

Participation in the programme

is a prerequisite for families or

villages to take part in any of the

other Tabitha programmes.

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I t i s a v e r y s i m p l e s e l f-h e l p

program with families committing

to save a certain amount for a

10-week cycle. Prior to the start

of the 10-week cycle, Tabitha staff

members help the families to develop

a vision of a better life and each

family decides what they are saving

for (their ‘dream’). ‘Dream’ items can

include the barest essentials, such as

a towel, a blanket, a cooking pot, or

a three-month supply of rice.

One of the last parts of the family

partnership programme is the

possibility for a family to obtain

a more permanent shelter in the

form of a Tabitha starter house.

This is the point where we get the

opportunity to help Tabitha to build

houses for Cambodian families in

rural villages.

Each family has to contribute a

small amount towards the materials

and the building of their house.

When the family has managed to

raise their contribution, Tabitha

provides the rest through the

donations of volunteers. Tabitha also

gives volunteers the opportunity to

help with the construction of these

houses, and this is why we get to go

to Cambodia every year.

Why are we as TES High School

involved with Tabitha?

O n e o f t h e a i m s o f o u r I B

programme is to develop internationally

minded young people

who, recognizing their common

humanity and shared guardianship of

the planet, help to create a better and

more peaceful world. At the heart

of our International Baccalaureate

program lays the IB Learner Profile

and, among other things, IB learners

should strive to be:

prInCIpled

Act with integrity and honesty,

with a strong sense of fairness,

justice and respect for the dignity of

individual, groups and communities.

open-MInded

Understand and appreciate their

own cultures and personal histories,

and be open to the perspectives,

values and traditions of other

individuals and communities.

CarIng

Show empathy, compassion and

respect towards the needs and

feelings of others. Have a personal

commitment to service, and act to

make a positive difference to the lives

of others and to the environment.

If you would like to know more,

or help us with our Tabitha project

please visit our Blog at :

http://testabitha.blogspot.com/

Or Email us:

henri.labuschagne@tes.tp.edu.tw

teS tabitha Cambodia project

as a school and International

baccalaureate (Ib) group we are

very proud of our involvement in

Tabitha to help people in cambodia.

• We have been taking part in

the Tabitha cambodia project

for more than six years and the

Tabitha project has become a

key element of our Ib community

service.

• Over 280 TES Students have

been to cambodia to help build

more than seventy houses for

cambodian families over these

six years.

Henri Labuschagne is

a teacher at the Taipei

E u r o p e a n S c h o o l

teaching Business and

Economics. He has been involved

with the Tabitha Project for the

last two years.

t

Orphanage Club News

t

tEXt: jEffREy CHEn (12) AnD tIn tIn KAO (10), OC CO-sECREtARIEs 2011-12

raffle draw

thursday, february 23rd

On Thursday, February 23rd, the Orphanage Club will

host its annual Raffle Draw, the club's largest fundraising

project. Orphanage Club members have been selling raffle

tickets and donating prizes months prior to this event.

Raffle tickets are sold in a packet of six for NT$100;

individual tickets are NT$20 each. The draw is held in

front of the lobby at Taipei American School, where a box

will hold all the tickets that were sold. Orphanage Club

members will draw the tickets and a fortunate individual's

name will then be marked on the board listing the prizes.

Over three hundred prizes are available and range from

household items to plane tickets. Winners are welcome to

claim their prizes outside the lobby, anytime up until our

Book Sale on Saturday March 10th.

book Workdays Saturday, febrary 19th & 25th

On Saturday, February 19th and 25th, we will have the

first and second book workdays of the year, in preparation

for the Orphanage Club's annual Book Sale. During these

workdays, we'll be sorting a plethora of donated secondhand

books by genre and then pricing them. The workday

will be in the basement of TAS; it will start at 9 am and

end by 5 pm. The club still welcomes donations of all

books and magazines, regardless of language. We always

welcome help during our workdays, so feel free to drop by

anytime between 9 am and 5pm. The Book Sale (one of the

largest book sales in northern Taiwan) will take place on

March 10th at the Taipei American School, between 10 am

and 5 pm. Admission is free and all are welcome to come.

There are books for every member of the family – SAT

preparation books, children’s books and every other genre.

all questions or comments should be directed to tas.orphanageclub@gmail.com.

one can also contact our club sponsors Mr. arnold at 2873-9900 ext. 239 or arnoldr@tas.edu.tw or Ms. Koh at weehueykoh@yahoo.com

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grey Mullet

烏 魚 [wuyu]

tEXt: IVy CHEn

IMAGEs: XIAnG tInG HuAnG

blaCK gold 烏 金 [wujin]

Wild grey mullet can be found in

temperate and tropical zones. Adults

migrate from the north of the Taiwan

Strait to the south during November

to December every year, at the same

time laying their eggs. Their young

live in river estuaries and head out to

open ocean only once fully grown.

Taiwanese fishermen have being

fishing for grey mullet for over three

hundred years. The fish are highly

sought-after (they’re often called

‘black gold’) because much of the

body can be eaten, including the

male and female roe, and the gizzard

as well as the flesh.

Grey mullet are actually black on

top, fading to white on the belly. The

top of the head is flat, hence its other

name, the ‘flathead mullet.’ Mature

fish can grow up to one meter in

length.

The female roe, called ‘wuyuzi

( 烏 魚 子 ), is always cured with salt,

then compressed and dried to make

a special delicacy which is popular

during Chinese New Year and at

Taiwanese wedding banquets. The

male roe, (milt), is more expensive

and is always cooked fresh. The

gizzard from both is popular stirfried.

froM produCe to the

dInIng table

Owing to a shortage of fish and

the effect of global warming on fish

populations, grey mullet sold in

Taiwan are now more often farmed

than caught in the wild. The fish can

be eaten at the age of two; however,

three-year-old fish are better quality.

Wild mullet are fished in the north

of Taiwan (off Hsinchu; 新 竹 ) in

November and are followed south;

the season ends in Pingdong ( 屏 東 )

Taiwan’s southernmost county, in

December. Farmed mullet are caught

at about the same time.

I spent a day with Mr Lee, the first

grey mullet farmer in Kouhu Village,

Yunlin County ( 雲 林 縣 口 湖 鄉 ) .

My photographer and I followed

as he took us through the various

processes: catching, slaughtering,

freezing, delivering the fish; and

washing sterilizing, salt curing and

sun-drying the roe. The entire

process normally takes a couple

of days, but for our benefit they

squeezed it all into just one.

I’m grateful to Mr Lee’s family for

helping us during our visit and for

their hospitality in giving us a grey

mullet feast at the end. Mr Lee’s son

showed us a special way to grill roe

and it is really the best I have ever

tasted (I’ll copy his trick!) and the

Lee sisters cooked the fish in a soup

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with ginger, stem garlic and sesame

oil, which filled the whole house with

a mouth-watering aroma.

hoW to ChooSe good

QualIty grey Mullet roe

• T h e r o e s h o u l d b e s l i g h t l y

translucent (wild roe – golden

orange; farmed roe – golden

brown)

• The roe should be firm but give a

little when touched

• The less veining the better

• Mullet roe can be stored in the

freezer for up to a year, but is best

eaten as soon as possible.

preparatIon

Grey mullet roe is marinated in

rice wine or sorghum liquor for ten

minutes, then grilled or pan-fried

briefly until the egg film is puffed and

slightly browned. The grilled roe is

then sliced and served with sliced raw

white radish and/or garlic stem as a

cold dish. Alternatively, eating the

roe with sliced apple or Taiwanese

pear has recently become a favorite

combination.

nutrItIon of grey Mullet

roe

Grey mullet roe contains vitamins

A, B, E, EPA, DHA, copper, zinc,

protein and unsaturated fat.

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Word from the Director

Important people always send out their New Year and

other messages at times that are important in their

particular cultures. I don’t claim to be important, but

I do have a message I want to get across. It’s the 25th

anniversary of The Center this year, and we will be

reflecting on and celebrating what The Center has done

and what it will be doing in the future.

We will not be having a big glamorous event to celebrate

– it doesn’t seem very ‘Center’ somehow – but there will

be some special twists to our events, articles about the

history of The Center in Centered on Taipei magazine,

and we will be working with more charities this year to

bring together our community to help others as well.

Now, we are not the kind of organization that bangs on

about our mission statement – we would rather just get

on with the business at hand – but maybe during our

Silver Jubilee year it is time to remind people of why we

are here: to inform, to engage, to support, and to unite.

That is to inform the community about Taiwan, engage

the community in activities, support the community

through our counseling and other support mechanisms,

and unite the community in helping others when needed.

No small feat to make all of this happen, but that is

exactly what we are going to do, just as we always have.

Come in and see us soon; there’s a lot more going on than

you know....

Steven Parker

Director, Community Services Center

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)

csc@agapeicataipei.org

www.agapeicataipei.org

anglican episcopal Church

church of the good shepherd

509 Zhongcheng rd., shilin

Tel: 2873-8104, 2882-2462

www.goodshepherd.com.tw/english/

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

doris.henry@msa.hinet.net

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

www.geocities.com/mother_of_god_church

vanaert@iplus.net.tw

new apostolic Church

2f, no. 5, Lane 39, keelung rd, sec. 2, Taipei

www.nac-taiwan.org, info@nac-taiwan.org

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

www.nlisda.org

email: rberghan@twcadventist.org.tw

oasis bread of life Christian Church

10f, #55, Zhongcheng rd, sec. 2

(Dayeh Takashimaya, Tian Mu)

Tel: 28310299 fax: 28317214

http://www.oasis.org.tw email: oasis@oasiscf.org.tw

english Ministry @Suang-lien presbyterian

Church

111 Zhong-shan n road, sec 2, Taipei

Tel: 2541-5390 fax: 2523-1361

email: slpcenglish@gmail.com

www.slpcenglish.org

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

www.taipeichurch.org/ gateway.htm

taIpeI jeWISh ServICeS

sheraton Taipei Hotel

12, Zhongxiao east road, section 1, Taipei

Tel: 2592-2840, fax: 2594-3892

e-mail: einhorn912@xuite.net

transforming faith Church

(f.k.a. bread of life Christian Church)

5f, 295 ZhongXiao e. rd., sec. 4

Tel: 8772-2207 fax: 8772-2210

fellowship@transformingfaith.org.tw

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COMMUNITY GROUPS

Organization Telephone Website/Email Address

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

www.aataiwan.org/english.html

Alliance Française de Taiwan 2364-8833/ 2364-1919 info@alliancefrancaise.org.tw www.alliancefrancaise.org.tw

American Chamber of Commerce 2718-8226 amcham@amcham.com.tw

American Club in China 2885-8260 www.americanclub.org.tw

American Institute in Taiwan 2162-2000 www.ait.org.tw

Amnesty International 2709-4162 amnesty.taiwan@gmail.com, www.aitaiwan.org.tw

Australia & New Zealand Chamber of Commerce (ANZCham) 7701-0818/ 0922-109-089 secretary@anzcham.org.tw www.anzcham.org.tw

British Chamber of Commerce 2720-1919 www.bcctaipei.com

Canadian Society 2757-6977 www.canadiansociety.org

Christian Salvation Service 2729-0265 www.csstpe.org.tw

Community Services Center 2836-8134 www.communitycenter.org.tw

Democrats Abroad (Tammy Turner)

democratsabroadtaiwan@gmail.com

Dutch Speaking Association (VNT)

www.vntonline.org

East West Culture Project

www.eastwestcultureproject.org

European Chamber of Commerce 2740-0236 www.ecct.com.tw

East West Culture Project (EWCP) 0983-339-901 www.eastwestcultureproject.org

Gateway 2833-7444 gateway@taipeichurch.org

German Institute 2501-6188 www.taipei.diplo.de

German Trade Office 8758-5800 www.taiwan.ahk.de

Goethe-Institut Taipei 2506-9028 www.goethe.de/taipei

Indians' Association of Taipei 2542-8091 lalduru@seed.net.tw

International Community Choir 2533-4272 internationalchoir@gmail.com

La Leche League (Breastfeeding Support)

www.lalecheleague.org

lé the francophone

thefrancopnone@hotmail.fr , http://thefrancophone.unblog.fr/

Lions Downtown Club Taipei, English speaking (Peter Wu) 2701-1811 www.tapeidowntowntw.lionwap.org

Oasis Youth Group 2831-0299

Overseas Trailing Talent in Taiwan

TaipeiTalent@yahoo.com

Paradyme Youth Group 2833-7444 www.paradymeyouth.org

POW Camps Memorial Society (Michael Hurst) 8660-8438 www.powtaiwan.org

Republicans Abroad Taiwan

ross.feingold@republicans-abroad.org

Shilin District Office 2882-6200 www.sld.gov.tw

a commercial office and

Spanish Chamber Of Commerce ( a Spanish consulate ) 2518-4901~3 www.consuladoentaipei.maec.es

Tagalog Hotline 2834-4127 paultic@ispeed.com

Taipei International Women’s Club 2331-9403 www.tiwc.org

TYPA (Taipei Youth Program Association) 2873-1815 www.typa.org.tw

SCHOOLS

Dominican International School 2533-8451 www.dishs.tp.edu.tw

Grace Christian Academy 2785-7233 www.gcataipei.com

Morrison Academy 2365-9691 www.mca.org.tw

Taipei Adventist American School 2861-6400 www.taas-taiwan.com

Taipei American School 2873-9900 www.tas.edu.tw

Taipei European School 8145-9007 www.taipeieuropeanschool.com

Taipei Japanese School 2872-3833 www.taipeijf.org

SPORTS

Biking Site in Taiwan

http://www.cycletaiwan.com/

Hash House Harriers 0952-025-116 www.chinahash.com

International Golf Society of Taipei

www.taiwan-golf.com

This is a non-profit group. Participants only pay for their gear and court fees.

K3 Squash Club ( Free coaching is also provided for those who have never played before. ) 0987-275-919 Facebook: K3 Squash Club Taipei

Scottish Country Dancing (May Chen) 2706-3179 maychen321@pchome.com.tw

Taipei Women’s International Golf Group (TWIGG) 2691-5912 twiggtaipei@hotmail.com

Tai Tai’s Women’s Touch Rugby 0981-180-020 blandm@tas.edu.tw

Taipei Baboons Rugby Club - Taiwan 0952 67 1995 bernierua@gmail.com

Taipei Shebabs Women’s Touch Rugby 0913-602-071 johnnayoder@yahoo.com

COUNTRY REPRESENTATIVES IN TAIWAN

COUNTRY TELEPHONE COUNTRY TELEPHONE COUNTRY TELEPHONE

Argentina 2757-6556

Australia 8725-4100

Austria 2712-8597

Belgium 2715-1215

Belize 2876-0894

Bolivia 2723-8721

Brazil 2835-7388

Britain 8758-2088

Brunei 2506-3767

Burkina Faso 2873-3096

Canada 8723-3000

Chad 2874-2943

Chile 2723-0329

Costa Rica 2875-2964

Czech Republic 2722-5100

Denmark 2718-2101

Dominican Republic 2875-1357

El Salvador 2876-3509

Fiji 2757-9596

Finland 2722-0764

France 3518-5151

Gambia 2875-3911

German Institute 2501-6188

Guatemala 2875-6952

Haiti 2876-6718

Honduras 2875-5512

Hungary 8501-1200

India 2757-6112

Indonesia 8752-6179

Ireland 2725-1691

Israel 2757-9692

Italy 2725-1542

Japan 2713-8000

Jordan 2871-7712

Korea 2725-2324

Malaysia 2713-2626

Mexico 2757-6566

Netherlands 2713-5760

New Zealand 2757-6725

Nicaragua 2874-9034

Nigeria 2757-6987

Norway 2543-5484

Oman 2722-0684

Panama 2509-9189

Paraguay 2873-6310

Peru 2757-7017

Philippines 2723-2527

Poland 7718-3300

Russia 8780-3011

Saudi Arabia 2876-1444

Senegal 2876-6519

Singapore 2772-1940

Slovak Republic 8780-3231

South Africa 2715-3251

Spain 2518-4901

Swaziland 2872-5934

Sweden 2757-6573

Switzerland 2720-1001

Thailand 2723-1800

Turkey 2757-7318

United States 2162-2000

Vietnam 2516-6626

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Mover

Events About Town

Stage time & Wine at the red room

Celebrate the spoken word with us as we read our own

passages or those that we yearn to share.

Come and share a unique experience with new and old

friends. Live music and warm company. All languages desired!

Feb. 18, 2012, 6:30 pm onwards 2F, 117, Da’an Road,

Section 1, Taipei

北 市 大 安 路 一 段 117 號 2F

www.redroom.com.tw

Facebook (Stage-Time-and-Wine@the-Red-Room)

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Rock formation in the Nanya area of the Taiwan Northern Coast

Katya Ilieva-Stone

Katya Ilieva-Stone is a US expat and has been in Taipei for 8 months. She is a former

journalist who was born in Bulgaria. She has also lived in Nepal, Ukraine, and Afghanistan.

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