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TAIWAN authorities slapped a ban on the free distribution of disposable polystyrene tableware and plastic bags last Wednesday despite an outcry from the industry.
The only reason most of us would go back to work on a public holiday (and grudgingly at that) would be the double overtime. But there are people, like radio disc jockey Yasmin Yusoff, who come to office because they (gasp) actually want to.
In that classic children's story. 'Town Mouse and Country Mouse', a city rodent visits his cousin in the 'ulu' and vice versa. Both end up hating each other's lifestyle because it's so strange and different and neither can wait to get back to what they are used to. The classic tale suggests we are all creatures of habit and familiarity, and that pulling up one's roots and replanting them in a new environment is next to impossible. But a young couple and a retiree who exchanged one lifestyle for a completely different one offer a new take on the simple tale. REENA GURBAKSH finds out why a country mouse bolted for the city and why a town mouse headed for the hills.
Besides shopping, gorging on endless buffets and visiting the ostentatious hotels modelled on legendary monuments, lavish theatrical productions and concerts are the top draws of this desert city, reports JOHNNI WONG.