An Incredible Photographer: Update With Link

I posted (HERE) about the beautiful pictures shot by my friend Frederic.

He sent me today the invitation flyer from the German Biological Institute which used one of the pictures I posted before:

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If you want to know more about his pictures, you can visit his website HERE.




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An Incredible Photographer

Have a look on the below pictures.

My friend, Frederic, a French guy living in Taiwan with a beautiful Taiwanese wife and soooooo cute 2 kids (girl and boy) is the author.

This guy is good.

Really good! He is a pro! But it is not his main activity (he is in business, can you believe that?). The world is missing a lot!

But so humble! It’s only a long time after I knew him that he let me discover his creations. I knew he loved shooting pictures but I didn’t know he was so talented.

His flicker’ site is full of comments from professional photographs.

His macros are art. But his portrait pictures are very beautiful too.

The first picture was chosen by the Zoo of Denver to illustrate the “ornate flying snake “.

The second one, the bee, was chosen by a German Biological Institute to illustrate its invitation flyer and also put on its website (


ornate flying snake




If you want to be in touch with him, let me know and I will forward to him your mails.

This guy is incredible!

Even in my dreams, I won’t be able to be close to his talent.



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Taiwan and the International Community

I remember that a while ago, not so far in the past, when Taiwan reacted following an international event, it did according its own interests.

It is not anymore the case.

I think you all have read the news about the sinking of a South Korean naval ship on March 26 with the loss of 46 lives.

An international team was investigating and Friday, it announced that the naval ship has been attacked by a North Korean small submarine.

All countries are condemning this attack (HERE and HERE for example).

Wait… All countries?

Not China…

And do you know what?

Taiwan followed the Chinese position… (HERE):


Taiwan’s Presidential Office yesterday did not follow Japan and the US in condemning North Korea, instead emphasizing that the national security unit would continue to monitor the development closely.


It seems that the Taiwanese (?) Presidential (?) Office doesn’t want to offend China.

Who is really in charge of Taiwanese international political policies?

Or, does Taiwan still have of its own?


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Taiwan Sold To China?

Sometimes, cartoonists are very funny and good in their drawings…

Have a look on this one (today Taipei Times cartoon):

Do I need to mention the secret channel(s) between Taiwan and China? News are full of that… Even the former NSC Secretary confirming it… According the news…

So maybe, just maybe, this cartoon express more than any stuff…

For my foreign friends, Ma is the President (…) of Taiwan.

If of course, it’s true 😉




Taiwan: Scapegoat… Did You Said Scapegoat (Again)?

Obviously, things do not change here.

Do you remember the story concerning the “misusing” of the special allowance funds for which Mr. Ma was indicted by prosecutors a while ago, as the mayor of Taipei city? [He is now the president (?) of Taiwan]

He used the funds but he was not guilty…

But the guy who provided the wrong or fake receipts in view to claim reimbursements was put in jail…

Just remember that the reimbursements were for Mr. Ma.

And today in the news (HERE), the Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-Pyng, a key figure in the KMT (political party in power) was cleared of the “misusing” of the special allowance funds case.

But guess what:

His (Wang’s) aides (3 people) may be charged by the prosecutors for forgery.

Wait, the story is not finished yet. Do you know why Wang may not  be charged by the court and not be the main benefactor (means Wang)?


Prosecutors said the three submitted fraudulent receipts to be used in the accounting for Wang’s special allowance fund, but regulations state that such accounting matters are not required to be approved by Wang.


So in other words, someone is asking from his staff to get reimbursements (and put the money in his bank account) whatever the way, and he is not guilty. But the people who have no choice but to obey their boss are in risk to go to jail, as the former staff of Mr. MA (see above).

It seems that the law is not very clear and at least, many people will be at risk for the same reason.

I am just wondering… The other accused people but from the opposition party (DPP)… Will they be condemned or …

Let’s wait and see…

Continuing about the scapegoat story, the news said (HERE) that


the Control Yuan yesterday censured the Taipei City Government over its construction of the problem-ridden Wenshan-Neihu MRT line, demanding that officials be held accountable


And it… cleared the name of Mr. Ma, the one who was the mayor of the city at the time it was decided to construct the line and the time construction started…

The bidder is blamed but who chose it?

As the 1987 film, some people here are obviously “Untouchable” except that the reason may be totally different…

You know, it’s funny. A few days ago, Taiwan again received an invitation to attend the World Health Assembly (WHA) as an observer, as last year.

And as usual, the party in charge [and the president (?) of Taiwan] – HERE


are all overjoyed at the invitation, which they attribute to warming cross-strait relations and the success of Taiwan’s “diplomatic truce” with China.




(last year)

At no time during the assembly did WHO Director-General Margaret Chan (陳馮富珍) officially mention the presence of a Taiwanese delegation and she was absent from the meeting when then-health minister Yeh Ching-chuan (葉金川) spoke. In short, Taiwan arrived at the assembly unannounced and left in the same way




Finally, the government’s “diplomatic truce” policy has still not enabled Taiwan to take part in the international tuberculosis prevention network, or get hold of information related to stemming the global trade in fake medicines, or to become a signatory to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, and so on. Even government officials admit that Taiwan still faces obstacles regarding these matters


So “they” do whatever they want, they won’t be condemned and they obviously have a political agenda concerning Taiwan and China…

The opposition party (DPP) said a while ago that it is willing to talk to China, given the fact that China respects Taiwan’s democratic society and as long as there were no preconditions (HERE)

China responded that the (Taiwanese) party must give up its pro-independence stance.

And then, the party asked a very goo question:


has the government (KMT in charge) already accepted these Chinese preconditions as the basis for cross-strait talks?


Every day, we can read or hear that the government is proud of the “diplomatic truce”…

Does it mean that the government did not consider that independence is an option and it is working on an unification?

You know it  already…


Finally, not so much to laugh about…



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How to Handle Stress: The Secret

Prepare yourself for this beautiful journey I am offering to you.

I know, you need it. I can feel it! You are stressed!

Don’t worry. Here is the secret way to get rid of it.

Are you ready?

Read and digest slowly each sentence, until the end.

Picture yourself near a stream.

Birds are softly chirping in the crisp, cool mountain air.

Nothing can bother you here.

No one knows this secret place.

You are in total seclusion from that place called "the world."

The soothing sound of a gentle waterfall fills the air with a cascade of serenity.

The water is clear.

You can easily make out the face of the person whose head you’re holding under the water.

There now……feeling better?



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Taiwan, China, ECFA and… My Birthday

You may wonder, what could be the link between Taiwan, China, ECFA and my birthday…

Seems strange, as a title… 🙂

Today, it is April 25th, my birthday.

Today, there is a TV debate between the Chairman of the political party in charge – KMT(who is also the President of Taiwan at least if he is not talking to Chinese in which case, his title becomes Mr. Ma) and the Chairwoman of the opposition party – DPP.

A debate about what? About the ECFA between Taiwan and China, economic agreement which will be signed, whatever the opinion of the Taiwanese.

If you look at the news in China, officials from the Chinese government always clearly mentioned that the ECFA is a first step toward unification.

But the Taiwanese government and KMT seem to totally avoid to detail this fact to the Taiwanese people.

We do not need to feel surprised about it. The simple fact Taiwanese officials mention the potential unification in a more or less far future between China and Taiwan is enough for us to understand that obviously the KMT is in favor of such a political move.

Obviously, the big majority of the Taiwanese are against it. So how the KMT may put forward its hidden agenda?

When Taiwan will be totally dependant to the Chinese economy, the game will be over.

And the Taiwanese democracy too.

It seems that the Chinese Communist Party and the KMT are having the same agenda, as illustrated by the Editorial cartoon in Taipei Times (April 22 20190):

The government is so proud of the “new diplomatic policy of Ma”,citing for example Taiwan been an observer in the WHA.

Every normal person understand that it is the case only because the conditional approval from China.

But this year, it is the first time that US had officially showed that Taiwan’s participation in the WHA was fully contingent on approval by Beijing (HERE).

If something is getting wrong, of course China will not renew it.

How many times we could read in the news, Taiwanese officials saying that after the ECFA is signed, Taiwan will be able to sign FTA with other countries.

Who is so naive to believe that?

The ECFA is leading to a common market, concept promoted by the actual vice-president of Taiwan since 2000 as a recent editorial mentioned (HERE):


During an exclusive interview with Mexico’s largest newspaper, the Sun News on Aug. 26, 2008, President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) said that the cross-strait relationship was not a matter of relations between countries, but rather a matter of relations between regions. By making this claim, he diminished Taiwan to a region, which was a clear hint at his preparedness to signing an ECFA


By the way, Google published the Data or Removal Requests made by countries (seems to still be in a beta version) (HERE).

We can observe that all the countries let this information been freely published except China… Surprised?

KMT is siding with China. So does it mean that KMT approves the Chinese system?

Tim Maddog put on his Twitter (HERE) the first polls after the debate which is just now finished:


ETTV (pro-Chinese KMT) asks: Do you support ECFA? Yes: 6,762 (76%); No: 2,080 (24%)

CTiTV (pro-China/Chinese KMT) asks: Who’s winning the debate? Ma: 31,573 (79%); Tsai: 8,490 (21%)

SET (supposedly green): Do you support ECFA? NO: 92,465; Yes: 14,356. SET has the highest number of participants of the three I listed.

ETTV + CTiTV’s survey participants (48,905) = less than half of SET’s (106,821). What does that tell you? .@fvarga

SET has started a new poll after the end of the debate: "Who do you think did a better job?" So far it’s Tsai: 15,983; Ma: 981.


It seems that people are awakening?

Let’s see.




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