As all savvy gossipers know so well, melodramatic love affairs are one of the staple foods showbiz generates and
feeds on. A beautiful celebrity's love life just seems so much more exciting than that of the ordinary person.
Big S is far from an ordinary person. After ending her long-standing relationship with actor Lan Zheng-long (藍正龍) just one month ago, the star has rebounded and reportedly coupled up with Tsai Tsai (仔仔) of F4. Their rumored romance should keep the celebrity shutterbugs happy.
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After weeks of speculation, Big S broke the silence at an endorsement event last Saturday, explaining that she and Tsai Tsai are close friends who have been through a lot together. ``Our relationship is on a spiritual level, far beyond the romantic connection most couples have,'' she was quoted as saying in the Apple Daily (
Also being denied is the rumor about Tsai ditching his ex-girlfriend Xu Wei-lun (
The big breakup news of this week is Vivian Hsu (
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Experiencing the influx of stars from Hong Kong, local TV stations have called for support from Hong Kong actors to star in a new generation of soap operas. Once hailed as one of the sexiest men in Asia, Ren Da-hua (
Pop diva Faye Wang (王菲) was spotted having dinner with a group of friends in Beijing without having a cigarette the whole night, and the Chinese media quickly came to the conclusion that she has quit her bad habit due to her pregnancy. Faye Wang's agent simply replied to the Apple Daily,``Wang has tried to kick the nasty habit quite a few times without any real success. This is just her latest attempt.''
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June 1 to June 7 In February 1988, Robert Wu (吳清友) set aside NT$17.5 million to purchase two Henry Moore sculptures from London’s Marlborough Gallery. He never bought the pieces. Feeling slighted that the gallery manager initially looked down on him as a Taiwanese, he decided that night to use the money to open his own art space back home. “Without selling any art, that money could support the gallery for four years. If I feature one artist per month, that provides a stage for at least 100 artists,” Wu said in the book Eslite Time (誠品時光) by Lin Ching-yi (林靜宜).
For more than a century, Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA) has been connecting the north and south of the nation. Between 1912 and 1926, the rail network was expanded to the eastern counties of Hualien and Taitung. Even though the number of people living in Taiwan has grown massively — it has more than tripled since World War II — a combination of population outflow in certain places, and a greater range of transportation options, has led to the closure of several TRA stations. One of the most-visited retired stations is in, and named for, Kaohsiung’s Cishan District (旗山). Until the late
With listicles of local attractions including Costco and numerous children’s playgrounds, I was not expecting much. Opened on Jan. 31, the Taipei MRT’s Circular Line, or Yellow Line, made life in the nation’s capital even more convenient. But judging from Internet search results, it hasn’t opened up many new tourism opportunities, unsurprising as the route mostly crosses densely populated areas and industrial parks. Places like a sports stadium with rainbow colored bleachers perfect for Instagram selfies wouldn’t do it for me either, and it’s pointless to list attractions at the connecting stops that have existed for years. As a history nerd, there
African-American entertainer Dooley appeared on local television show Super Entourage (小明星大跟班) a few weeks ago and was told by the crew that they wanted to do a skit in blackface. Dooley, whose real name is Matthew Candler, tells the Taipei Times that Super Entourage wanted to perform a rendition of the wildly popular “Ghana Coffin Dance,” a meme that has taken the world by storm. Instead, he showed them videos about the racist origins of blackface and slavery in America, and they agreed to drop the makeup. “[I told them] about the history [behind blackface] and [said] you decide