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... when spoken is sounds like the word for prosperity. People are so obsessed with the number that they will even pay extra for things like a number plate with an 8 on it.
"Teacher teacher, where do you hold your chopsticks?" Well, if you hold them close to the bottom your future husband or wife will be local, hold them high up and the future spouse will be from further afield.
Never put your chopsticks point down into a bowl of food, ...
... desert, plains and restricted areas around Leh.
Unless I’m going to the States, travel insurance isn’t something I usually bother with, but seeing as we would be sharing the roads with drivers who, by all accounts, are even worse than Taiwanese, it seemed like a sensible purchase. Stubbornly and frustratingly, CAA, RBC and BlueCross wouldn’t cover me as I wasn’t departing from my home province, so I was forced to source alternative ...
... of the west envies. The likes of Acer, Asus, BenQ and HTC all come from here as do the chips in almost all of your electronic kit.
Yet it is not all ultra-modern. Away from the bustling city centres full of neon and the global chain stores and cafes, Taiwan is staunchly traditional and respects many ancient rituals. Temples are dotted all over the the countryside and there are many tribal villages full of aboriginals, there are the formerly Japanese villages and there ...
- The Enterprise: stolen off the rack of a 33 bus on the way to work. a sad day :-(
- Mongoose: seat stolen outside Wheeler's apartment, shocks & brakes wrecked by Koreatown's crumbling gutters. Fixed & sold before leaving to Taiwan
- Shadowfax the Strong: still hasn't given me a problem. I feel like I'm the only paranoid nut who actually bothers to lock up his bike here. :-o
... box filled with Angry Bird stickers and these POG-shaped collectable metal disks I never learned the name of. The first half was a rapid-fire series of language games like something out of Mario Party, the second half was usually quiet bookwork and reading. English cram school is extra-curricular so the fun and games quotient tends to be high. More draconian measures are reserved for "Chinese School" ...