Little known, if not long forgotten, veteran singers Yu Guan-hua (
The media trailed the ex-couple for days, trying to squeeze the last drops of juice out of the story. Yet another example of newspapers squandering their human resources on stories about self-important celebrities that nobody really gives a damn about.
As for the Mando-pop scene, Jolin Tsai's (蔡依林) new album Dancing Diva (舞孃) got off to a shaky start. Struck down with gastroenteritis, the Mando-pop queen broke off her album-release press conference last week for a trip to the hospital, but she dutifully returned to finish her performance, which included demanding yoga positions and acrobatic moves.
The problems continued when the truck that had been converted into a mobile stage for Tsai's shows got stuck in traffic in Taipei during the weekend and was fined three times for violating traffic restrictions that ban large vehicles from the streets of the capital in the daytime.
The fine is unlikely to trouble Tsai's record company Capitol as it spent NT$3 million for the conversion, not to mention NT$35 million on producing Tsai's new album.
Ever since local femme fatale Lily Tien (田麗) took a swipe at actress Suzanne Hsiao (蕭淑慎) last year, criticizing the latter's wardrobe malfunction at the Golden Bell Awards (金鐘獎) and lambasting her side-dish sized breasts, while claiming hers are the real deal, the two stars have been on a hostile terms.
Last Friday, Hsiao invited the saucy Tien on to her new TV variety show Men, Women Do Not Care (男女別管) for a big reconcil-iation to boost viewer ratings.
Alas, the poignant memory of the cat fight was still too vivid for both parties. All out war was declared when Tien openly aired her contempt for Hsiao and the hostess returned fire. So it seems that the two women's battle over who has the more classy breasts will continue.
Contrary to the vanity of his female counterparts, Jerry Yan (
According to celebrity insiders, Yan wants to counter the humil-iation he suffered during an interview on the CNN program Talk Asia last month in which he was left embarrassingly mute and baffled while the other three band members talked fluently in English with host Lorraine Hahn.
As the old saying goes: no pain, no gain.
Entertainment talk-show host Mickey Huang (黃子佼) is down in the dumps lately. Depicted by local media as a lascivious middle-aged man for trying to steal Selina of girlband S.H.E away from her rumored sweetheart, singer and TV host Luo Zhi-xiang (羅志祥), Huang is said to have curried favor with her family by co-hosting a TV show with her father.
A disheartened Huang wrote a 3,000-word letter on his official Web site countering the malevolent accusation in mind-boggling detail. In an attempt to keep the fact-stretching press at arm's length, Huang changed his phone number and vowed never again to divulge details about his private life.
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
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).
The Lunar New Year vacation had just ended when Alice Wu began to worry about COVID-19. Not long after, on Feb. 10, Wu — who didn’t give her Chinese name to speak freely for this story — received the first of several coronavirus-related sales messages through her smartphone. The pitch came from an acquaintance who represents Amway, an American multi-level marketing (MLM) company that’s been active in Taiwan since 1982. “I’ve only met her once, and I’ve never bought from her. If her sister wasn’t one of my daughter’s teachers, I’d probably block her,” says Wu, who lives in Taichung. MLM, sometimes
Captain Wynn Gale — a fifth-generation Georgia shrimper — is on the side of the road on an April morning, selling shrimp at the same street corner where his dad sold shrimp. “How’s the pandemic treating you?” I ask. “Sales have dropped off by about two-thirds. No out-of-towners coming through on the I-95. No local traffic.” He sighs. “I’m going to tough it out. I can survive with what I’m selling. But that’s all I’m doing. Most shrimpers don’t have 401k retirement plans, you know?” Gale would rather be out on his boat, a 1953 trawler he had for nine years but recently