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Mark Western's around-Taiwan kayak trip

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Postby lane119 (aka Cola) » 10 Jun 2004, 10:43

Mark, thanks for your candid camera comments. All in all, the TVBS interview came off good. Thansk for explaining how they tape it.

BTW, for your next trip, how about a kayak trip from Keelung (Jilong) to Okinawa Japan, to highlight the links between Okinawa isles and Formosa Isle in the ancient of days? THAT would be a cool trip. Ever considered such an adventure?

Get NHK-TV involved, they might even fund it. OR....(drum roll)....kayak from Tainan to Penghu and on to China's coast, to highlight cross-strait friendship... great media story there!

But most of all, get a good long rest for now and get your land legs back. What's your idea for a title for your book? And will it be in English or Chinese or bilingual format?
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Postby almas john » 10 Dec 2004, 11:32

Mark,
Can you give folks an update on how the book is going?
Cheers
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Postby MJB » 10 Dec 2004, 12:08

almas john wrote:Mark,
Can you give folks an update on how the book is going?
Cheers


His book is out and available in most bookstores. I'll ask him to post the latest developments when I see him tonight.

For those of you who are new to forumosa, or haven't had a chance to go through this thread, I invite you to do so.......Marks journals are here in their entirety, and make an interesting read.

Last summer Mark spend 34 days on a solo kayaking expedition around the island.

Photos from the trip can be seen here:

http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/michaeljb ... /my_photos
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Postby fee » 10 Dec 2004, 15:38

Thanks for posting this link, MJB.

I am looking forward to reading this and looking at the photos.
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Postby almas john » 11 Dec 2004, 20:25

I picked up a copy of Mark's book "Made to Journey" (English title) yesterday at Taipei 101. Very reasonably priced - just NT$280. It reminded me of a porno mag; seeing as I can't read Chinese I could only look at the pictures.

There are lots of great pics that capture both the beauty and ugliness that is Taiwan. On page 74 there's a picture of Mark paddling past a dead pig which is - cartoon fashion - on its back and has all four legs stiff and raised to the sky.

Great stuff Mark!
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Postby lane119 (aka Cola) » 13 Dec 2004, 00:22

This URL for online orders ....

http://www.books.com.tw/exep/prod/books ... 0010276962

....shows the cover and a brief introduction in Mandarin.
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Postby inspire » 14 Dec 2004, 14:37

Thanks Lane119 for posting a URL for my book - and yes, it can be found in most bookstores now. FYI, although it's not noted on the book itself, 10% of my proceeds (not the publishers!) will go to coastal protection (Society of Wilderness and the Kuroshio Foundation).

And I suppose I should get around to posting the English version in a PDF file. That is, once I've figured out how to make a PDF document. I know, duh.

English version coming soon ... cause hopefully it's a little 'cleaner' than those rough journal notes posted here back in May. Who wrote that shit, anyway?
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Re: Mark Western's around-Taiwan kayak trip

Postby Beitouzen » 30 Oct 2015, 19:05

It's 11 years ago, but does anyone know if the English Pdg file can be found somewhere, or better a book in english?
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Re: Mark Western's around-Taiwan kayak trip

Postby almas john » 06 Nov 2015, 10:31

Beitouzen wrote:It's 11 years ago, but does anyone know if the English Pdg file can be found somewhere, or better a book in english?

Hi Beitouzen,
Welcome to Forumosa.
There's no English version of his book, nor (to my knowledge) a PDF file of the draft that was translated into Mandarin.
Was there any particular info you were after?
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Re: Mark Western's around-Taiwan kayak trip

Postby Wookiee » 04 Mar 2016, 15:23

Just saw this now. I do have a copy of the "original" English text that was translated. Not sure if you'd be interested in giving it a read.

However, Mark is at it again. He's been living in Hong Kong, and in early June he'll be solo-kayaking around HK--with a bit of portaging along the border areas to raise money for a worthy cause. I'll post links to his site later in the day.
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