5.11.2014

Facts about Taiwan


Hi, didn't know getting back from a short trip from Taiwan could be this interesting.
Here's a few facts to sum up some of my own idea about Taiwan. Of course, you may
choose not to believe it just b'cuz it a point of view from my experience as a foreigner at there.


Facts 1 - Rubbish Bin
You couldn't simply find a rubbish bin at Taiwan night market. It doesn't mean
they want you to throw rubbish everywhere. Someone from the local tell me that
the government portray a campaign that hopes everyone bring home all the rubbish
to throw & not simply at outside?

It sounds pretty good but i still feel strange to carry my rubbish all around the city
as you see, my hotel doesn't walk around with me.
But of course, there's plenty of them in the shopping malls.

Facts 2 - Minsu
There are dozens and dozens type of "minsu" (which means homestay which different 
type of theme being decorated and usually have only a few rooms available for each theme)
for you to choose at Taiwan. In these small lodges, guests can stay in a family-run
establishment and enjoy a blend of informal hospitality, local knowledge and natural
scenery that few hotels can match. 
Living in "minsu" could be pretty enjoyable and
the home-cooked Taiwanese meals!

Facts 3 - Pets

You could see plenty of pets walking around on the street of XiMenDing, restaurant, 
24 hour marts, the railway station, shops, night market,and anywhere that you could name it!
It's pretty legal to walk and bring your pets everywhere you go at Taiwan.
But it seems that the local prefer smaller pets such as poodle, you can barely see it everywhere.
It's cute ! They even hand carry them in small bag pack by their side. You can really 
see all the pets have attend a good pet school back then!

Facts 4 - Night Markets

You may think this sound similar with facts 1 but this is not! 
Talking bout night markets at
Taiwan, you could never miss out eating 
and shopping at there. But the true is, never ever
simply tried out foods 
that really seems like popular to the locals. It doesn't mean that you should
miss out what's not to buy but instead, be prepare to ask what is the food and how it was
prepared. From my last experience, we went to queue for this 
super duper long queue food
stall at
Fengjia night market, and just simply ordered it due to it's popularity on the tv and
bla bla bla. Ending up waiting for more than 
20 minute and didn't realising the meal was cold
Cold ? Really ? After a bite, we decided to throw it. It doesn't suit our taste and didn't
know it was 
served cold and everything was throw inside a plastic bag. (that it how they serve)
But i highly recommend the people to try their authentic papaya milk drink!! Do not miss out!

So it was really a lesson, do not simply queue and buy a food at night market.
I mean even at a restaurant. But of course, if you never try you will never know.

Facts 5 - Soups

So you think it's easy for you to say "yam cha" in Taiwan?
It's harder when you choose at restaurant. In Taiwan, we can hardly find a drink
menu in a restaurant, base on the Taiwanese information, they prefer enjoying
a good bowl of soup than ordering a glass of water. That is why you could observe,
all restaurant will serve their food mainly in soup.
Who doesn't enjoy a good bowl of soup? 

Facts 6 - Tissue Paper

Do you always flush the tissue paper after settle your 'matters' in the toilet?
I mean yes, so does me. But in Taiwan, you do not throw your tissue paper
in the toilet bowl. But instead, have it throw beside the rubbish bin provided
next to it. There is always a rubbish bin prepared beside the toilet bowl.
They say that tissue may stuck in the process of filtering the water.
So now you know, do not flush your tissue paper in Taiwan.

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