Taiwan

Dogs on Campus in Taiwan Universities

Among the many surprises of spending extended time on a university campus in Taiwan was seeing dogs wandering around inside the various buildings. I saw them in halls of student dorms, halls and common areas of the classrooms and wandering around outside on campus. Apparently this is the norm here.[…]

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Japanese Bathrooms 101

Voilated. That is the single best word I can use to describe my first experience with a Japanese toilet. But, at the same time, I was intrigued. Maybe the whole concept of dry toilet paper used in the west was really super unsanitary  and the Japanese have it right. In[…]

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Asian Stickers with Purchase

The first time I made a purchase in Taiwan, along with my change and receipt, I received a very small sticker with a cartoon character on it. I thought it was sort of cute and perhaps a thank-you gesture from the merchant for shopping at their store. This same event[…]

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Asians Not Removing Shipping Plastic

I love Asia and Taiwan in particular. The people and food are fantastic. However, I have occasionally noticed some behaviors that are quite different than those of America. One such habit among Asians in at least four countries of Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and Taiwan is leaving the thing protective film[…]

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All You Can Eat Buffet for $1.00!

Taiwan is amazing and I’m really enjoying my time at Nanhua University here where my girlfriend is attending school. One of my favorite things about Taiwan  is the food and I am extremely fortunate to have landed right in the middle of one of the best food deals I’ve seen[…]

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Happy Breakfast in Taiwan

I absolutely love breakfast and, on a side note, it is one of the few meals that I feel I can cook well. Psychologically, eating breakfast each day sets my emotional mood and gives me a sense of overall stability. I’m not sure why, but I seem happier and more[…]

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Gift Giving Customs in Taiwan

Giving gifts in any culture has a certain level of custom and tradition. In Asian cultures, where protocol and etiquette are the norm, it is far more important to be aware of local customs when trying to make a good impression, especially if you are giving a business related gift or[…]

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Ding-Ding-ah Trolley in Hong Kong

I find the name both amusing and fun at the same time. Ding Ding-ah is what locals in Hong Kong call the trolley tram that runs down the middle of the street. I’m told the name comes from the sound it makes. Each trolley has a bell that it rings[…]

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