IS Spring Scream (春天吶喊) on steroids? The Kenting (墾丁) festival keeps getting bigger. The number of parties, bands and fans increases annually. As does the number of people caught for illegal possession of drugs. This year it was a record high of 120 people. Coincidence? Pop Stop thinks not and suggests if it wasn't for the large amount of recreational medicines available fewer people would be interested in the event. They would not be attracted by the yearly media blitz promising sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll and stop going. Eventually, fewer artists would turn up and the festival would become what it originally started out as: a small, underground music event on the beach with a few spliffs being handed round.
Taiwan's brightest stars are playing musical chairs. Jay Chou (周杰倫) has cut ties with the company that backed him eight years ago to become the top-selling Mando-pop artist he is today. The Chairman (周董) has dropped Alfa Music Company and is now chair of his own board. JVR Music has just one client so far, Chou. But since he's a one-man mini industry — with music publishing, performing, advertising and directing credits to his name — making money shouldn't be a problem in the near term. Beijing Morning Post reported that Alfa wasn't happy about the deal and may withdraw the singer's songs from its KTV venues, Holiday and Cash Box. Pop Stop is thinking, "Who will this hurt most?"
Meanwhile, A-mei (張惠妹) is going to be making even more money after signing with EMI for a reported NT$150 million. The ceremony was to take place in Hong Kong on April 12 but the company consulted a fortune-teller and it was rescheduled for Monday, since "this was more auspicious and will make her irresistible to the opposite sex," according to Apple Daily. As if looking good, sounding like an angel and banking millions wasn't enough.
Congratulations to TV personality Little S (小S) who is pregnant again. She has just released a single with co-host Kevin Tsai (蔡康永) called How Come You Did It Again? (妳怎麼又來了). Naturally enough, it's a song about being pregnant and all the little things that happen when you're up the duff ... like water retention, bad moods, cravings and skin problems. Good taste prevailed, however, when the duo decided to make the CD a limited release of 200 copies, for friends and relatives only.
Finally, Lin Chi-ling (林志玲) "does not suit the mainland person's appetite," according to a report in the Apple Daily that said the Chinese were unfavorably comparing her royal Taiwanese highness to "Queen of the Catwalk" Shatina Chen (陳思璇). Known as the "Galloping Antelope" at school on account of her long legs, Chen matured into Taiwan's top-earning fashion icon before being eclipsed by Lin's recent run of form in the modeling stakes. For the horse fanciers out there, the 32-year-olds weigh the same, while Lin has bigger breasts and Chen has longer legs.
Tobie Openshaw is confident that Taiwan’s government has good reasons for not including him in the Triple Stimulus Voucher Program, which launched at the beginning of this month. That’s just as well, because it seems unlikely he’ll ever discover the logic by which it was decided that he, along with other foreign residents not currently married to Taiwan citizens, shouldn’t receive the vouchers. “We’ve stood side-by-side with our Taiwanese friends through the COVID-19 crisis, complying with government measures, cheering its success and sharing that news with the world at large. If the stimulus coupons are meant to be spent to keep
When the BBC approached Caroline Chia (查慧中) in July 2018, and asked her to make arrangements so a documentary-making team could gather footage showing how global warming may be increasing typhoon intensity, she delivered everything that was in her power to provide. Chia got permission for the BBC crew to shoot inside the Central Emergency Operation Center, film the army’s disaster-relief efforts and follow mayors around as they supervised the cleaning up. “In total, it was about one week of work for my cousin — who’s my business partner — and I,” recalls Chia, who was born in Taipei but
Every time Chen Ding-shinn (陳定信) saw a liver cancer patient in his ward, it reminded him of his father, who died from the disease at the age of 49. Historically, Taiwanese suffered from an unusually high prevalence of liver ailments as well as cancer, and Chen was troubled by the number of terminal patients. After decades of research, Chen and other experts found that Taiwan had the highest percentage of hepatitis B carriers in the world, which often developed into cirrhosis and cancer. In the early 1980s, he served as a key member of the Hepatitis Prevention Council (肝炎防治委員會), which
To go anywhere in Singapore these days, Joni Sng needs mobile phone apps and other technologies: a QR code to enter shops, a digital map to see how crowded a mall or park is, and a tracker to show if she was near someone infected with the coronavirus. For the roughly 5.6 million people in Singapore, these actions are routine as the government eases restrictions placed to contain the spread of the disease. “The apps are quite convenient and easy to use, and I feel a little safer knowing that everyone else is also using them,” Sng, a videographer, said. “It has become