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这下马英九难搞了 March 30, 2014

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What will 马英九 do to satisfy the demands of these protestors?What can he do?

The actual number of protestors is not important. The official estimate by the government was 110,000. The organizer’s estimate is 500,000. The troubling part for 马英九 is that these protestors are united. They won’t back down until their objectives are met.

马英九‘s failure is 国民党’s failure。马英九‘s 9% approval rating signals his personal failure. He is in deep doodoo and his bumbler image has put 国民党 in deep doodoo too。

台湾要变天了!李登辉是国民党的第一号罪人。看来马英九可能是国民党的第二号罪人。离年底的选举没有几个月了。台中如果丢了那国民党也就完了一半。这些愤怒的学生把马英九搞惨了。他们把马英九逼到一个角落里进退两难。

陈水扁有红杉军反他。马英九有黑杉军反他。马英九没救了。

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Arial view of student protest in front of the presidential Palace in Taipei on 3-30-2013。

Arial views of student protest in front of the presidential Palace in Taipei on 3-30-2013。

马英九你还在等什么? March 29, 2014

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马英九上台后风波不断,三日一小波,五日一大波。波来波去从不间断。可怜的马英九好像天天在灭火一天安宁的日子都没有。

马英九上台时非常风光可是没多久风波就来个不停:特别费风波,公款私用风波,靠拢深绿风波,要做全民总统风波,蓝绿共主风波,李登辉逼宫风波,八八水灾风波, 不会讲话风波,党内离心离德风波, 两岸关系国内化风波, 马英九无能风波,马英九是bumbler风波,塑化剂风波,美牛风波,亲信贪污风波, 美化馬英九政績风波, 恐龍法官风波, 洪仲丘风波, 电价油价涨价风波,朝令夕改风波,ECFA风波,丐帮风波,谏马风波, 馬英九民調再低也不會比13%再差到哪去风波,民调百分之九风波, 监察机构风波, 危機失控摧毀整個核電廠风波,核四停机风波, 识正书简风波, 大学生毕业22K风波, 经濟不振风波、景氣低迷风波, 贫富不均风波,十八趴风波,丟鞋子风波,綠卡风波,太太眼神像刀风波, 特侦组监听立法院风波,王金平関说风波,打王金平变成打自己风波,黑箱作业风波,服贸风波,大陆有没有施压风波以及学生占据行政院被警察镇压风波。而这些风波全都找到马英九的頭上。他想躲都躲不开。

马英九从美国找来的灭火带刀金队长好像也干不出什么名堂。不知道马英九是扶不起的阿斗呢还是带刀金队长能力有限,总之动不动大家就看到马英九上台鞠躬道歉。风波一来马英九观望希望它走开。风波来势汹涌马英九企图解释发誓要找到罪魁祸首拿他开刀。风波高潮迭起马英九一定眼含泪光低头忏悔代他人认罪在电视前鞠躬道歉。这个一系列的动作和鞠躬尽瘁道歉求饶变成台湾政坛过去几年的家常便饭,而堂堂的台湾”总统”被他搞得一点尊严都没有。

马英九躬是鞠了。马英九歉是道了。火是暂时灭了,可是人民的愤怒和怨恨却没有灭。它一点一点的在每一个风波里積下来终于在两个礼拜前的服贸风波中爆发了。

如今立法院被学生占领了十几天。马英九的缓兵之计和拖延战术也把事情搞得一塌糊涂。
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王金平是立法院院长可是他袖手旁观几次拒绝帮忙灭火留在家里看电视站在边上看好戏。反正他和马英九不和是众所周知的事而马英九对他也没有一点办法。民进党非常高兴在边上批评填油加醋扇风点火加柴加汽油一副唯恐天下不乱的嘴脸。政府和学生的谈判伎俩也在媒体上被一点一滴的拿来分析。只三个问题的马英九记者会也变成他的媒体秀。马英九 bumbler 的个性又完整赤裸的在全世界展现出来了。

马英九你还在等什么?百分之九就是这样被你等出来的。学生要你出来讲话。你躲在后面开会。学生要跟你谈判。你在后面搞谈判平台。学生要你答话,你在后面搞谈判伎俩。时间就这样一天一天的过去了。而学生占领立法院的影像却被人牢记在心。你的政府想必也瘫痪了。你的总统的职位说不定也要不保了。

马英九别等了。再等下去你的支持率又要掉了。而你说不定还要下台,国民党也会被你搞垮了。

家家有本难念的经 February 14, 2014

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Obama

Obama was here to attend a funeral。Look at that laugh on his face。He and the other two sure had a good time。

马英九

马英九应该几年没在家吃过 doughnut 了吧!

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你不用解释了。回家跪算盘去。

What a poor guy。

真没面子!

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洪仲丘‘s death revealed a twisted logic – Only in Taiwan December 21, 2013

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Let me know what do you think about this news appearing on America’s major newspapers:

US Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, resigns because a slightly overweight Army sergeant died due to hazing by his fellow soldiers .

Hagel doesn’t know any of the characters and he has no relationship with any of the soldiers who committed the crime.

Well? What do you think? Shall Hagel be responsible for that sergeant’s death?

Of course not!

Well, not so in Taiwan.

Taiwan’s defense secretary had sent in his resignation due to the death of  洪仲丘, an Army sergeant. Taiwan has this twisted logic that people high, high and high up in the chain of command are also responsible for any misdeed committed by the lowest people who worked for him. This was demanded by the Taiwanese people. Taiwan has sunk to this level because the Taiwan’s so-called democracy and liberty to express themselves.

Look for yourself:

Taiwan's defense secretary didn't have to resign because the president asked him to stay. Well, he had to bow because he was deemed of lack of leadership. 马英九 had to bow too。He has perfected the practice and he knew how to be sincere: by counting numbers from 1 to 10. He'll stayed in a deep bow position for at least some number of seconds to express his sincere sorrow. This is Taiwan. A twist logic that drove the people to insanity.

Taiwan’s defense secretary didn’t have to resign because the president asked him to stay.
Well, he had to bow because he was deemed of lack of leadership.
马英九 had to bow too。He has perfected the practice and he knew how to be sincere: by counting numbers from 1 to 10. He’ll stayed in a deep bow position for at least some number of seconds to express his sincere sorrow.
This is Taiwan.
A twist logic that drove the people to insanity.

马英九 can teach Obama a Lesson October 23, 2013

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Of course, 马英九 can learn something from Obama too.

By extension, 国民党 should take a page out of Democrats when it comes to protecting its leader, 马英九 .

From 马英九  to Obama:

Obama should:

  1. Bow to American citizens on national TV for lying to American people on everything he said on Obamacare such as cheaper by $2,500 for everyone, keep you doctor if you want to and stay with the same insurance company if you so desire. He should admit that Obamacare the product has officially changed to Obamashame.
  2. Obama then should formed an independent but Democratic leaning committee to investigate who did what wrong; starting from Obama all the way down to project engineers and software engineers.. Obama should then set the records straight on national TV and tells American people what Obamashame really is.
  3. Obama should fire Sibelius for utterly incompetency and lie to the Congress.
  4. Obama should at Sibelius’s farewell party praise her for her loyalty and for taking the heat and protect Obama from being the target of the criticism.
  5. Fire everyone involved in this project starting from the government liaison to the contractors, his or her bosses, project engineers, project managers, section managers and division managers. Take out their retirement benefits and ask them pay for the damage too.

马英九 can learn these from Obama:

  1. Never bow to Taiwanese people on national TV. Once you bow, you are telling others that this was my fault. The case in point: Army corporal 洪仲丘 was tortured to death while serving his duty in July 2013. Someone else did it. Not 马英九.
  2. Don’t admit any mistake. 死不认账也 because once 马英九 admit he made a mistake, 马英九 will then own the hot potato and he’ll instantly become the target for 民进党。马英九 will 吃不完兜着走。
  3. 马英九 should go on national TV and start doing his best to preach the idea,  sell the products or explain the idea to Taiwanese people. Remember your target audience is the ones who are on the other side of the fence; i.e., 民进党。
  4. Holding back on firing anyone in your party until it becomes necessary. Let your subordinates defend their positions until it requires your attention. You don;t have to everything yourself.
  5. Start focusing on something else. Have your spokesperson say that you will be on vacation, play golf, fly to South America or Africa on an unexpected visit.
  6. Tell Taiwanese people that your idea is the best one government has come up with. Tell them once. Tell them twice. Tell them three times. Have you people go on national TV too. After you tell them a thousand times, it will be a good idea. Lie if you have to. Obama did it all the time. Many, not all, liberals in America are very gullible. They don’t think. They follow because they are blind to the facts. Taiwanese people maybe like them too.

Now, this is what 国民党 and every 国民党员 can learn from the Democrats:

Democrats circle the wagon to protect their own; be it Obama, Obamashame, Sibelius, Dodd, Frank or Rangel. Until the last minute: such as Anthony Weiner of NY. Democrat is united. This is why they defeated Republicans all the time.

Of course, Republicans are fighting a losing battle because the liberal media, such as CNN, NYT, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, is not on their sides. Not even once.

Above all, when chief justice Roberts is on Obama’s side, misguided he maybe, Obama got it made. Period.

Poor 马英九,he always end up as 众矢之的 when someone else made The mistake。

 

 

马英九在台湾水门案输的好惨 – Wiretapping Taiwanese Style October 6, 2013

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Because of Watergate, Nixon resigned as the president of the United States.

马英九 probably will not be forced to resign as Taiwan‘s president due to his involvement in Taiwanese Watergate because Taiwan’s presidency is well protected under the constitution and impeachment is a very high huddle to cross. He and his party, 国民党, however will pay a hefty political price because of many personal mistakes made by 马英九.

马英九, basically threw his entire law training from Harvard Law School out of the window and let his personal animosity against 王金平 clouded his judgement from the very beginning.

马英九 has done irrevocable damages to his partyHe should resign as the chairman of 国民党. 国民党 will lose more seats at 立法院 next year. It probably will lose in the mayoral and county official elections too.

In a nutshell, this is why 马英九 failed so miserably:

  • First of all, the root cause of 马英九’s debacle is his determination to remove 王金平 as 立法院院长;the chairman of Taiwan’s legislature body; 立法院. 王金平, being a member of 马英九’s party, may have showed more affiliation to the causes of the opposition party than those of his own party. In short, as far as 马英九 is concern, 王金平 is in the way. He must go. The question is how to remove him.
  • 马英九, as the chairman of 国民党, did the following; many of them unwise and not very well thought of. It showed his total incompetency and lack of judgement. The worst nightmare for 马英九 was that the whole drama got played out on national TV like a soap opera for every citizen and foreigners to watch. 马英九 and all his subordinates’ incompetence had no place to hide:
    1. Used illegally obtained information (via wiretapping on an unrelated matter, hence the Watergate connection) and instructed the head of Taiwan’s secret service agency to announce 王金平’s unethical activities with a leader of the opposition party while 王金平 was out of the country to marry his second daughter;
    2. Deprived 王金平 due process to proof his innocence and declared openly that 王金平 was guilty as charged;
    3. On the day of 王金平 daughter’s wedding, 马英九 publicly demanded 王金平’s return to answer the charges;
    4. Publicly humiliate 王金平 and called him unfit to be the chairman of 立法院 and remove his party membership.
    5. The president office publicly suggested that the vice chairman of 立法院 is more fit to takeover王金平’s position because she is well qualified and, more importantly, loyal to 国民党.

As 王金平 fought to regain his reputation and to keep his 立法院院长 position with overwhelming support from members of the opposition party, 马英九‘s lack of judgement  and his subordinates’ incompetency were revealed one piece at a time like peeling an onion; layer by layer and none of them was good for 马英九 though.

  • The information gathered from wiretapping on 王金平 may not stand in court. The wiretapping was granted by the court for something and someone else.
  • By most accounts, the head of the secret service agency shouldn’t give the information gathered from wiretapping to 马英九 because the case wasn’t revealed to the public and the persons involved.
  • The punishment to 王金平, if he is unethical as charged, should be taken of  by 立法院 according to its regulations. 马英九, being Taiwan’s President, has no authority over this matter. He over-stepped his bound.
  • 马英九, as the chairman of 国民党, ran with this information and removed 王金平’s party membership and as 立法院院长. In essence, 马英九 used his unique position (President and party chairman) to interfere with the internal matter of a department of the government.
  • The lower court and the higher court ruled in favor of 王金平 and allowed him to stay as 立法院院长. 

In the end, 马英九 and members of his inner circle have to be deposed for their roles in the wiretapping matter. They probably will answer to 立法院’s inquire in the coming days and months too. The legality of 马英九 and others’ knowledge of information from wiretapping before it was revealed publicly will be determined soon. The result of this investigation may be unfavorable to 马英九 too.

马英九 was going to appeal high court’s unfavorable decision to the highest court in the land but decided to give it up. 王金平 will for sure keeps his chairman position and party membership. As such, 王金平 will be an even bigger eyesore to 马英九 going forward. The worst part of all these is that 马英九 still has to rely on 王金平 to move his agenda in 立法院. However, the damage has been done. We call this: 泼出的水已经是收不回来了。

Many people involved in wiretapping and its illegal revelation before its time, including judges and the head of the secret service agency, will probably lose their jobs and possibly their retirement benefits too. Most if not all are members of 国民党.

The opposition party,民进党, will for sure call on 马英九 and the head of the executive department to resign. An impeachment movement may be in the work too. It probably will not go very far but it is an embarrassment to 马英九 and a constant reminder to Taiwan’s citizens of 马英九’s incompetency. For sure, the opposition party will get as much benefit from 马英九’s missteps. They will drag this drama out.

马英九’s legacy will forever be tarnished by his bumbler description and his lack of judgement on this matter.

The damage to 国民党 has been done. I can not image just how low the morals of members of 国民党 could be at this time. The impact to 国民党 on next year’s general election could be severe. The chance of 国民党’s 2016 presidential election no doubt also took a hit.

Above it all, no one in the government will seriously work on reviving the economy which is in the tank right now. GDP growth of 5 or 6% has been replaced by words like 保2有望;meaning maintaining at 2% level is a possibility.

马英九又输了。这次他和国民党输得很惨。马英九的正义大旗已被撕得粉碎。他被民进党和王金平打的全无还手之力。马英九实在好可怜!许多国民党的党员一定很灰心:为什么他们选出来的总统一而再再而三的让他们失望?I don’t have an answer.

In many ways, 马英九 is the Jimmy Carter of Taiwan: a good and honest person, insisting on doing everything big and small himself but the job was way over his head. He is, based on his past performance, more than likely to fail in the end.

Well, 马英九 still has three years to prove everybody wrong.

I wonder what the White House has to say in private. More importantly, will 习近平 re-evaluate China’s policy wrt Taiwan?If he does, what will it be?

 

 

 

马英九做台湾总统做的还真惨呢! October 3, 2013

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马英九不但这个台湾总统做的凄惨无比,连他自己做人做事都需要检讨。

百分之九的满意度让人觉得马英九可怜。可是这有一部分是马英九自己不会做人自作自受的结果。

请问:

1.   身为台湾的总统以及国民党的党主席,台湾国民党指派做了十年以上的立法院院长出国在马来西亚的一个小岛上嫁女儿,马英九怎么能够不知道?他的幕僚是干嘛的?他的幕僚无能也就显得马英九无能,你说是吗?马英九那又能怪谁呢?再说,马英九指派的立法院院长嫁女儿也不关照总统和党主席一声,那也太不给马英九面子了吧?我说这个立法院院长根本不把马英九放在眼里,你说是不是?

2.   马英九由司法单位监听(可能违法)得到法院院长關说的消息怎么不经过仔细协商推敲就在立法院院长还在国外时召开记者会公布这个消息?在记者会以前你难道没问一问院长去那了就公开的大做文章?这个总统是越做越糊涂了吧?

3.   这也就罢了;马英九你怎么还当场要求院长马上回国解释解释,一定要给国民(Read:马英九)一个交代?难道马英九要院长抛下下午要为女儿主持的婚事马上坐船然后坐飞机回台湾跟马英九报到?这也太不够情不够理了吧?马英九啊,马英九,你好歹也是五六十的人了你这样做也实在是太不会做人了吧?马英九你自己说说,你这样做是不是连死心塌地为你忠心为你卖命的人都感到难过失望呢?他们感到难过是因为你一错再错。他们失望是因为你像一个扶不起的阿斗。大家以为百分之十七已经是够低了,没想到你居然能把自己的满意度搞到百分之九。那也是破记录的了,你说是吗?

4.   事到如今,你想一想在院长要嫁女儿那天跟你协商的那几位是不是跟你一样糊涂?还是他们有心故意要把你推下汤锅看你在台上出丑?他們的居心何在?你的幕僚,你的党秘书,你的党前辈,你的副总统,你的行政院长和你的监察院长是干嘛的?他们难道没跟你说如此做不太妥当吧?还是你一意孤行,自以为是完全听不进别人的劝告?还是你打着正义的大旗想要靠报章杂志来打击立法院院长靠社会舆论来拉下这个不听话的立法院院长

5.   在院长正要嫁女儿的那天早上跟马英九协商的那几位是不是都和跟马英九一样没有中国做人的基本常识吗?难道你们不能等个三,五天等院长回来把他违法關说的证据告诉他私底下请他辞职?道不能等几天等院长不辞职以后再召开记者会宣布院长违法的事实然后公开要求院长辞职,好给台湾人民一个交代?

6.   马英九身边怎么没有一两个律师或两三个台湾出生的谋士呢?由司法单位监听得来立法院院长關说的消息是否合法?这个监听得来的潘朵拉盒子一旦搞出来是不是会产生意想不到的反效果?看来马英九的幕僚存心要马英九丑,而马英九以为他举的正义大旗可以拿来抵挡民进党的大炮和子弹。没想到,马英九不但在公共舆论上搞的体无完肤还弄到自己要出庭为自己的行为辩护。马英九啊,马英九,你这个总统也实在做的太窝囊了吧?

7.   马英九,请问你,你晚上睡的着吗?你的夫人是不是又给你眼色和颜色看了?她难道没有教你几招吗?她难道看不出来你光打着正义的大旗和清廉的招牌是不够的吗?你难道不知道你须要先站在不败之地才能进攻才能打败你的敌人?如今你的正义大旗被你的敌人打的体无完肤。而你拿来进攻的武器却被敌人从根挖起。你不但没有打击到你的立法院院长,反而要为你的行为辩护。而你的手下你的党员被调查被起诉的将会有好几个。看来我们中国人说的“偷鸡不着蚀把米”正是你的写照。

8.   欲听后事如何且听下回分解。

都有点问题。令人觉得实在

Acer and HTC: 台湾的缩影 September 28, 2013

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531期的天下雜誌 (2013-9-8) 问:台灣科技品牌为何屡屡落敗?

The magazine was talking about Taiwan’s two tech companies:  宏碁 Acer and  宏達電 HTC

I own an Acer laptop since 2011 and liked it a lot. It’s cheap and performs as well as comparable products from Dell and HP. Although I have used Apple iPhone3 and have recently switched to Samsung’s Galaxy S4, I heard that HTC’s phones are equally good. 

That being said, these two companies’ stocks can only be described as 惨不忍睹。

See for yourself:

宏碁/Acer 5-year chart

 

My first answer is: 台湾的顶尖人才都跑到中国大陆去了。台湾的教授也跑到中国大陆去了。Pay there is better。Period。台湾, in a way, 被别人从上面和中间掏空了。The majority of businesses staying put in Taiwan are service oriented: restaurants, massage shops, travel related companies, night markets and taxis.

My second answer is: 爸爸(国民党)和妈妈(民进党)天天吵架,家里的小孩(台湾的人民和公司)这么能长的好呢?Both parties are fighting hard to strengthening their own party. They are not working for the people. They are working for their party instead.

My third answer is:台湾的教育失败。See for yourself:

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My fourth answer is: 台湾’s problems are structural in nature. Taiwan has been very good at putting things together for other companies. It may have slacked behind on fundamental researches which are very critical in the highly competitive technology space. The central government has been throwing money in the area of social welfare to please the voters for years. By doing so, it didn’t do what it supposed to do: helps Taiwan’s businesses compete with other companies in the world which enjoy total support from their respective governments.

Taiwan’s current leader,马英九, has over the past six years been fighting for the survivor of his political life. He lacks the vision to help companies such as Acer and THC and is powerless under the constant attack from the opposition party. He hasn’t shown any leadership quality and is mired in a dismal approval rating of low teens.

My fifth answer is:The CEO of both companies probably have squandered their respective company’s good fortune, became lazy at the top and didn’t adapt to the changing landscape. Once they starts to play catching up, their technological advantages were gone. We call this: 创业维艰守成不易。

If something is not done fast, both companies, along with hundreds of jobs, will by gone soon.

 

$2,819.73 per sq ft August 9, 2013

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According to a news report on money.udn.com today (8/9/2013,) it is only a matter of time that one of a most expensive condos in Taipei will command an asking price of $3,000,000 新台币 per 坪。I made a slide using the information included in the report and added an example of such a condo for this post. 

At current exchange rate of 29.899795 NTD/USD, the soon-to-be asking price for 皇翔御琚 will be $100,335.14 (USD) per 坪.

Now, one 坪 is equal to 35.5832 sq ft.

When, not if, this extravagant unit price becomes a reality, you will have to pay $2,819.73/sq ft for a condo in one of the busiest sections of Taipei.

皇翔御琚 is located at 忠孝東路5段236巷 in the 信義 district of Taipei.

NTD 3,000,000 per 坪 condo for sale 皇翔御琚

NTD 3,000,000 per 坪 condo for sale 皇翔御琚

If you are looking for a river, it is a few miles to the west. Ocean is about an hour drive to the north. A small, about 1.8 acres, park is a few blocks away although you have to be on the right side of the building to see it though. A high school and an elementary school are about 200 feet away. You won’t miss them because students walk by all the time. The view can be spectacular if you like buildings after buildings on each side and some small mountains to the north.  101 is a few blocks away though if you like very, very tall building.

If you have money, you can have a 6,760 sq ft condo for 570,000,000 NTD. The larger unit, about 10,319 sq ft, will cost you a cool 1,035,000,000 NTD; that’s $19 million and $29 million, respectively. Penthouse will cost you even more.

Many rich Taiwanese businessmen who have made tons of money from their plants and operations in China bought condos like this for couple of reasons: status and flipping. It appears that condo prices in selected areas in Taipei will continue to go up. Real estate prices in the rest of Taiwan are either stagnant or trending downward because of slow economic growth in the rest of Taiwan. 

This not-too-unique-phenomenon in Taipei epidermises what is commonly referred-to as “穷者越穷,富者越富.“ For new college graduates in Taiwan who struggle to make ends meet with their puny 20,000 NTD per month salary, this is an explosive issue facing  马英九 and the ruling 国民党. Many new regulations have been put in place but the condo prices kept going up and up to levels out of reach by 99,9990% of the people in Taiwan. 

A few years ago, my son spent about 15 months in Taipei. He lived at a rented condo near 忠孝复兴 (subway station) about 3 subway stations away from 皇翔御琚. When we visited him in Taipei, I was completely taken aback by the exuberant condo prices in Taipei. Many small condos, around 1,800 sq ft, were asking for $1.5 million USD. I said to my wife that there was no way that we could afford a condo in this area. Since then, we have been back there a few times but the asking prices of newer condos just kept going up and up to unbelievable levels.

May be we can afford a small, one-story house somewhere at the foot of a small mountain in the middle section of Taiwan. The wooden house may be situated in the back of a small plot of land which matches what Feng shui calls:

“左青龙,右白虎,前朱雀,后玄武”

A small creek flows by to the east; a winding country road to the west; an open space, preferably with a good size fish pond, in front of the plot and lastly a hill or a small mountain in the back.

We could catch a fish or two in the pond, plant vegetables and a few fruit tress to the west of the house and watch sunset in the mountain when we have nothing better to do. A mid-size city with 高铁 connection may be half an hour away by bus. A dog runs around by itself but we’ll have no chicken or pig. They would be too time-consuming to take care of. TV is not necessary but wifi or Internet connection is a must. Too bad, Taiwan has no snow in the winter otherwise we could just watch snow falling while sipping a cup of tea or coffee together. 

NTD 3,000,000 per ping condo for sale - a house in the country 1

It sounds pretty good and it sure beats running a restaurant for living, doesn’t it!

Well, it doesn’t hurt if we dream a little! We only have one life to live and time waits for no one.

裕隆, 你在哪里? July 13, 2013

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Kia (起亞自動車) just rolled out its 1,000,000th car from their factor in George. My first thought after reading this story is ” where is 裕隆 ?”

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2013/07/12/kia-west-point-georgia-factory-one-millionth-car/2512295/

Source: Kia Motor America

I saw the first Kia dealership about 10 years ago. I couldn’t help but wondered how it planed to compete with the big three; not to mention the rising popularity of Toyota and Honda?

Before long, Kia rolled out their famous 10-year, 100,000-mile bumper to bumper warranty. I said to myself that Korea was playing it for real. But the real story was how Korea the nation was behind the initiative and how Korea the nation was determined to make it a success.

Fast forward 10 years, we now see Kia cars flourishing all over the U.S. Korea utilized Kia’s existing supply chain and the dealership network to add another name to its portfolio:Hyundai (現代) so that they can more effectively compete in multiple classes.

In the mean time, I am still waiting for 裕隆 to make a move. But where are you, 裕隆?

Taiwan used to be Number One among the the so-called Four Asian Dragons (亞洲四小龍) in the 80’s and into the 90’s of the last century. unfortunately, economic development, among other things, came to a screeching halt not long after Taiwan adapted Democracy.

I submit to you that Democracy was one the major culprits of many ills plaguing Taiwan these days. Yes, Taiwanese can vote the one they like to be the president for the next four years. So what! Look at 马英九 who got elected with 51.60% of the vote on his second term。But where did he lead Taiwan to with his 20% or so favorite rating in the poll?

Will 马英九 ever do something to 裕隆 like Korea’s past presidents did to Kia and Hyundai?

I think not. 马英九 has enough trouble as is with his own party;not to mention all the headaches he has with 民进党 and with his wife in his own house.

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