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Taiwan's Peace Fest 2009 Review

Taiwan’s Peace Fest 2009 Review

This year’s Peace Fest was set in the village of Sanzhan in beautiful Taroko National Park. Now in its 5th consecutive year, Peace Fest 2009 was the best yet for many reasons. First, the location was unbeatable. With lush green mountains draped with wispy clouds and an azure stream as backdrop, the music and good […]

Expat Culture in Taiwan: Everyone is setting up a marketing company

Expat Culture in Taiwan: Everyone is setting up a marketing company

There are a number of stages you go through in Taiwan. This one was called: Taiwanese don’t write perfect English so i am going to set up a marketing company. “Just look at this, buddy,” said Josh holding up the brochure for his student’s hose-pipe company, and blocking access to my food which was sizzling […]

Taiwan culture shock: It is hard being the superior sex

Taiwan culture shock: It is hard being the superior sex

As foreigners in Taiwan we had the opportunity to play above our league. It may seem straightforward, but Taiwanese girls are different (see Culture Shock: Women) and there is alot of adjusting to do. It is difficult for all of us but for Eric particularly so. Eric looked around at the people sat around him […]

Ghost Day 9-5-09

Ghost Day 9-5-09

Today is the 15th day of the seventh Lunar month, otherwise known as Ghost Day, a day people gather to burn incense and hell money, and lay out lavish amounts of food to feed hungry ghosts. During the seventh lunar month, the gates of hell open up to allow ghosts of the deceased to roam […]

Taiwan culture shock: Don't expect PC

Taiwan culture shock: Don’t expect PC

At the time i really committed to learning Chinese. I was going to two classes a day. This was the afternoon one. “Good afternoon everyone,” the teacher would say in English every class and i would start to grit my teeth. “She is quite hot! Maybe, I’ll do you a favor and ask her out,” […]

Taiwan culture shock: Wishing you weren't a foreigner

Taiwan culture shock: Wishing you weren’t a foreigner

You know when you are an vacation or business you have to press palms and talk about yourself. You happily do it for the first few months in Taiwan, but then you remember you are not in Taiwan for two weeks, and sooner or later the non-PC unsubtly and stereotypes begin to get you down […]

Culture: Not necessary to live with your wife

Culture: Not necessary to live with your wife

You get used to the usual questions, but the one about marriage I always found funniest: “Where you from?” “America.” “Very good. I have been to New York, and…uh…Disneyland.” “How long you want to stay Taiwan?” “Two years.” “You come alone?” “Yes. Huh, so brave. You don’t miss your family?” “Not really” Chuckles and giggles […]