Fun Around Town
By Marcus Aurelius Translated by Ann Lee
Everyone who has been in Taiwan longer than a year knows that September and October are by far the best months Taiwan has to offer. Typhoon season is a thing of the past, the days are still long, ending with vibrant sunsets and, best of all, perspiration does not seep out of every pore of the body with one quick trip to the local "dan bing" shop.
As summer winds down, so do the Oasis Pool Parties and their Sexy Girls of Summer contest at the Taipei Country Club (1, QingYong Rd, XinYi District). For the past three months, 12 nubile women have been wearing skimpy bikinis while shimmying and sashaying around the best pool in Taipei city. Liquid Lifestyle and Bliss Promotions have had these enchantresses hula-hooping, limbo-ing, and playing suntan lotion twister with each other for a shot at $50,000 in cash and prizes as well as a spread in FHM magazine. There is still time to vote for your favorite hot thing at www.sexy-girls-of-summer.com. The final pool party of the season will be filled with great music, cheap drinks and winner will be crowned on September 6.
After the preliminary competition at the Ba Sian Water Park, ICRT has whittled the contestants down to five in their fierce Battle of the Bands competition. The lucky five High Tide, The DoLittles, Ding Ding & Xi Xi, 那我懂你意思了 Oh I Got U, and The Frengers are competing for NT$30,000 in equipment and to scare the daylights out of innocent people getting off the crowded train from a long day at the office. Finals are at the DanShui MRT on Sept. 13 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
The Urban Nomad Film Festival has been making a lot of waves, not just in Taiwan but all around Asia. For this year's Taipei Biennial, Urban Nomad will be part of the opening weekend showing films at the Taiwan Beer Factory (台灣啤酒廠) on Sept. 12 (7:30-9:30 p.m.) and 13 (3:00-9:30 p.m.). After the Biennial, Urban Nomad will be having a six week's worth of free screenings starting on the 14th of September at the Taipei Art Park (台北藝術公園) and then every Saturday evening from September 20 through October 18 back at the Taiwan Beer Factory. All screenings are at 7:30 p.m.