Ran The Man

Ran the Man is a musician,martial artist, language teacher, and defrocked renegade missionary (really). He has spoken Mandarin for over 20 years and been in Taiwan for over 10. He can be found occasionally in some God-forsaken dives in central Taiwan, where he drinks Coke and rum. See more of Ran's musings at his blog - The Truth About Taiwan
Confessions of a MILF Hunter

Confessions of a MILF Hunter

I hooked up with my friend- we”ll call him Sly- a long time Taiwan foriegner and cassanova of sorts for this interview.What he says may shock you. All names have been changed to protect all parties involved. Ran: So Sly, how did you you start “MILF hunting”? Sly: Actually, we found each other, not really […]

Avoiding False Date Rape Charges In Taiwan

Avoiding False Date Rape Charges In Taiwan

I decided to skip my order of business and go to a really important issue for foreign guys in Taiwan. The following is not meant to be a replacement for legal council. A friend of mine down south got into some big shit that almost cost him his freedom. To make a long story short, […]

How to score with Taiwanese women

How to Catch Taiwanese Women Without Getting Your Balls Busted (I’ve been really busy, but i thought it was better to put this out for you guys than to wait till it’s perfect. What follows is just a list of tips to get you going.  I’m sure you’ll take it from there). The Basic Daily […]

Bringing Christmas to Taiwan

Western holidays are slowly taking over in Taiwan. I have a student, a high schooler, who said he was tired of Chinese New Year (nong li nian) because it was “stuffy, boring, and too long with too many rituals”. He said he liked Western New Year (yuan dan) because it was happy, upbeat, and “high”! […]

The only good girls are Taipei girls

‘The only good girls are Taipei girls……..’ told to me by someone when i first came here If you live in Taipei, consider yourself fortunate. There are TONS of quality ladies there- OUTSTANDING ladies that you will feel fortunate to have known, no matter what happens between the two of you.There are many who are […]

Pitfalls of Learning Martial Arts in Taiwan

‘caveat emptor’- let the buyer beware One would think that to find true knowledge, he/she must go to the source. While it is true that Taiwan and it’s many masters are a vastly important ‘living archive’ of the martial arts, my personal opinion is that while the quality of INFORMATION is generally very high, the […]

Foriegners In Taiwan: Are We Ronald McDonald?

Foriegners In Taiwan: Are We Ronald McDonald?

Today was one of those days that my “McDonald’s urge” hit me and thus I found myself buying a number 4 meal, and, for lack of a China Post, sitting alone looking at a cutout of Ronald. It then dawned on me the scary possibility that Ronald represents my (our) place in Taiwanese society. Think […]