Lily festival in bloom
The annual Zhuzihu Calla Lily Festival will take place at Yangmingshan’s (陽明山) Flower Dale Calla Plantation from Friday until April 29 and will feature music and dance performances, as well as guided tours of the area to learn about the ecology and cultural assets. The Calla Lily Festival, which follows the Yangmingshan Flower Festival, features the theme of Aesop’s Fables, with some of the most well-known stories incorporated into the floral displays. Taipei City’s Department of Economic Development said there would be activities and offers throughout the festival, ranging from concerts and treasure hunts to preferential offers from stores close to the calla lily farm. The department said the flowers are expected to reach full bloom late this month or early next month. For traffic information, visit www.callalily.com.tw or call (02) 2892-4185 ext. 540.
Rain, fog approaching
The chance of rain in several regions will increase from today with the arrival of a new frontal system, the Central Weather Bureau said yesterday. After days of warm temperatures and clear skies, an approaching frontal system could bring showers to northern and eastern areas, the bureau said. Greater fluctuations in temperature can also be expected nationwide, with heavy fog likely in western Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu, the bureau said. Early in the week, temperatures are likely to hover around 16oC to 22oC in the north, 17oC to 27oC in central areas, 19oC to 28oC in the south and 17oC to 26oC in the east, it added.
Online purchases revealed
About 50 percent of the nation’s white-collar workers prefer to shop online, with clothes, books and high-tech gadgets their most popular purchases, according to a recent poll. The convenience of not having to leave home to shop and having purchases delivered is the main reason why working people prefer to shop online, as indicated by 13.17 percent of respondents to the poll conducted by the Bureau of Employment and Vocational Training’s online job bank. Other reasons include the freedom to shop at any time (11.39 percent) and group shopping at the office (11.39 percent), the survey showed. The survey also found that about 50 percent of working people spend a maximum of NT$1,000 (US$34) a month on online purchases. The most popular products among online shoppers are clothing and accessories (15.21 percent), books and magazines (15.21 percent), and computers and other high-tech products (13.69 percent), according to the poll. The poll was conducted from Dec. 1 last year to Jan. 17 and collected 671 valid responses.
Urban renewal rally today
Members of the Wang (王) family in Taipei City’s Shilin District (士林) — who are resisting an urban renewal project initiated by Le Young Construction — and their supporters are to hold a rally this afternoon to voice their opposition to the project and the forced demolition of their family home, which could happen any time after today. The city government has set today as the deadline for self-demolition. The rally will begin with a news conference at 2pm and will be followed by performances by several local bands in support of the family. There will be discussion sessions and a documentary on a South Korean campaign against an urban renewal project will be screened. The rally will take place in front of the Wangs’ two-story family home, close to exit 1 of the Shilin MRT Station.