S Korean heartthrob visits
South Korean actor and singer Kim Soo-hyun, who shot to regional fame with his role in the hit TV series My Love From the Star, is to sing for local fans as well as try his hand at being a pastry chef in Taipei tomorrow. During a two-hour meeting with fans, the 26-year-old entertainer is expected to sing five songs and decorate a cake for attendees whose birthday is tomorrow, the promoters said. The event, dubbed “1st Memories in Taiwan,” is part a promotional Asian tour that began in Seoul this month and is set to take him to eight cities in six countries. Kim became a household name in South Korea in 2011 after he starred in the teen drama Dream High, and gained wider fame after he played an alien in My Love From the Star. The film is a romantic comedy about an alien who lands on Earth and falls in love with a young woman played by South Korean actress Jun Ji-hyun. Kim is scheduled to arrive at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport today and leave for Shanghai tomorrow after his event.
Book sale set for TAS
The Taipei American School’s (TAS) Orphanage Club is to hold its annual book sale tomorrow from 10am to 5pm at the school. The club has collected thousands of books, as well as magazines, comic books and games. The books include best-sellers, classics, biographies, children’s and young adult titles, English-teaching books and cookbooks. There is a collection of Asian writers, material about Taiwan and hundreds of Chinese-language books. Money raised from the event is to provide funding for orphans and other children in Taiwan. The Orphanage Club is one of the largest student organizations at the school. The school is at 800 Zhongshan N Rd Sec 6, Tianmu (天母).
Photo show highlights ties
An exhibit of 180 photographs tracing the friendship between the Republic of China and the US will go on tour for a second time next week to mark the 35th anniversary of the establishment of the US’ Taiwan Relations Act. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday said the tour of the “Hello, Mr President!” exhibit will begin in Greater Kaohsiung on Tuesday and run until April 12. It will move to Chiayi for three-and-a-half weeks, from April 16 to May 11, and then go to Greater Taichung, where it is to be displayed from May 19 to June 12. The final stop is Hualien from June 18 to July 14. The exhibit features photos, some dating back to 1949, from the Central News Agency, the Presidential Office and the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) History Institute. The exhibition is divided into six sections: “Milestones in ROC-USA Bilateral Relations Since 1949,” “Hello, Mr President,” “A Tribute to Reciprocity,” “Summit Talks,” “Soft Diplomacy” and “Of Peace & Mutual Trust — A New Era for ROC-USA Bilateral Relations.” Also on display will be memorabilia, including official letters between the two governments.
No damage from temblor
The earthquake that jolted eastern Taiwan at 8:19pm on Wednesday had a magnitude of 5.6, the Central Weather Bureau said. The quake’s epicenter was at sea, about 66.8km east of Hualien County Hall at a depth of 16km, bureau officials said. The strongest tremor, with an intensity of 3, was recorded in Yilan and Hualien counties, while an intensity of 2 was felt in Taipei. No damage was reported from the quake. It represented a normal release of energy, the bureau said, adding that the tremor was not related to the magnitude 5.3 earthquake that struck in about the same area on Monday. Wednesday’s quake is the second-largest temblor recorded so far this year, after a magnitude 6.1 quake struck on Jan. 7.