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You can get arguably the best shanghai DUMPLINGS! and hong kong milk tea in Taipei. It's a food lovers paradise.

*⁂((✪⥎✪))⁂* (Steve Shasta), Saturday, 29 August 2009 01:46 (ten years ago) link

Esp the night market scene.

*⁂((✪⥎✪))⁂* (Steve Shasta), Saturday, 29 August 2009 01:46 (ten years ago) link

shasta otm, the street food is outta hand and of course cheap

rent i want to know why the snap decision and what you'll do there, if ya wanna

jergins, Saturday, 29 August 2009 01:47 (ten years ago) link

lol @ DUMPLINGS! autoformatting.... haha

*⁂((✪⥎✪))⁂* (Steve Shasta), Saturday, 29 August 2009 02:05 (ten years ago) link

DUMPLINGS!

permanent response lopp (harbl), Saturday, 29 August 2009 02:59 (ten years ago) link

LOL

permanent response lopp (harbl), Saturday, 29 August 2009 02:59 (ten years ago) link

Bubble tea is still the best inside of Taiwan. get one of those giant chicken breasts they pound out and fry. also the Chinese hotdogs. not sure why you would find the best shanghainese DUMPLINGS! and hong kong milk tea in Taipei though!

it's kind of a sprawling city (what Chinese city isn't?) so think about getting a motor scooter like the locals! and a fashionable surgical mask, maybe one with a skull and crossbones on it.

stay away from betel nuts! they taste awful and the buzz is worthless.

tony dayo (dyao), Saturday, 29 August 2009 05:41 (ten years ago) link

hmm maybe Steve is talking about Din Tai Fung. but they have branches all over Asia! maybe they're better in Taiwan.

tony dayo (dyao), Saturday, 29 August 2009 05:48 (ten years ago) link

night markets and cheap used scooters both contributed to my decision more than i should probably admit. i'm going there to teach 12 yr olds and adults. had offers from this place, indonesia, moscow and shanghai, but this one just felt the best, and had everything i was looking for (good rep, decent pay, scooters, DUMPLINGS!).

can NOT wait to get there. the fact that it was a snap decision means that it hasnt become this thing that i talk about all summer and eventually get used to. possible negative is that im not fully prepared for the mind-breaking culture/language barrier im about to throw myself at, but it should be okay. the other teachers ive talked to at the school seem alright. anyways, very excited. going to hong kong (brb) the weekend of oct 3rd if anyone's there or has suggestions.

rent, Monday, 31 August 2009 15:04 (ten years ago) link

btw i should say -- thanks for the tips, and for further stoking my excitement.

rent, Monday, 31 August 2009 16:58 (ten years ago) link

well hey, stoked 4 u

i had friends that taught is Taipei and also did film work. they loved the city and i did too when they showed me around.

i also spent some time in Kaishoung and (temple time) Tinian. neither are as interesting as Taipei of course but there's some stuff. i think it'd be really fun to get to know the whole island, take a road trip down the east coast etc

jergins, Monday, 31 August 2009 17:49 (ten years ago) link

great for you! I'm in HK right now, so if you need any recs for what to do or have something you wanna find, drop me a line and I'll look into it

tony dayo (dyao), Tuesday, 1 September 2009 00:55 (ten years ago) link

hey thanks, dyao. i might take you up on that. that's great.

i'm gonna check out as much i can, no doubt, though i hear highway scootering is not for the uninitiated. i guess the mountains are pretty nice too. jergins do you remember what areas of taipei you hung out in?

rent, Tuesday, 1 September 2009 04:35 (ten years ago) link

two weeks pass...

DUMPLINGS!

rent, Sunday, 20 September 2009 07:35 (ten years ago) link

yeqaaaaaa!!!!! just saw the request. you probably know the town better than i do now

jergins, Sunday, 20 September 2009 07:45 (ten years ago) link

figuring it all out, yeah. doing a lot pointing at things. everyone here has so far been extremely kind and helpful. and the food...good lord. ive just been ordering stuff randomly since i got here and im at probably at about a 90% success rate in terms of dishes that i could happily live off for weeks at a time. also enjoying figuring out the traffic & and hoping to graduate from my bike to a scooter as soon as i get the cash together. so far, though, i gotta say im kind of loving taiwan, and i still haven't really left the urban sprawl of my little hub.

rent, Sunday, 20 September 2009 14:02 (ten years ago) link

four years pass...

http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1517307/three-killed-taiwan-subway-stabbing-spree

I'm in Taipei right now and took the subway 4 times today :\

, Wednesday, 21 May 2014 15:28 (six years ago) link

eight months pass...

http://www.cnn.com/2015/02/04/asia/taiwan-plane-crash-transasia/index.html

Jesus

, Wednesday, 4 February 2015 17:45 (five years ago) link

That taxi that gets clipped by the wing, it's a miracle the driver just has minor head injuries.

xelab, Wednesday, 4 February 2015 17:51 (five years ago) link

Video in link is pretty intense btw

, Wednesday, 4 February 2015 17:56 (five years ago) link

it's been a very bad week for unsettling/horrifying accidents and other acts of violence.

I dunno. (amateurist), Wednesday, 4 February 2015 18:08 (five years ago) link

at least the ones that appear in the news

i think i need to step away from mass media for a while

prayers for more survivors

I dunno. (amateurist), Wednesday, 4 February 2015 18:09 (five years ago) link

two years pass...

going back in a couple of months, i don't know if ilxors care but eh

rove mcmanus island (Autumn Almanac), Tuesday, 30 January 2018 06:37 (two years ago) link

The DUMPLINGS! in Taiwan are far superior to all other DUMPLINGS!.

Yerac, Tuesday, 30 January 2018 07:36 (two years ago) link

I am half dumpling. (taiwanese).

Yerac, Tuesday, 30 January 2018 07:36 (two years ago) link

oh cool!

otm re the dumpilngs, they are incredible in taiwan

rove mcmanus island (Autumn Almanac), Tuesday, 30 January 2018 07:37 (two years ago) link

I haven't been back since my early 20s. My mom doesn't like to go back because everything is automated now and she is just not having that.

Yerac, Tuesday, 30 January 2018 07:39 (two years ago) link

okay i don’t quite understand that

rove mcmanus island (Autumn Almanac), Tuesday, 30 January 2018 08:01 (two years ago) link

sure you can buy a drink with your train pass but

rove mcmanus island (Autumn Almanac), Tuesday, 30 January 2018 08:02 (two years ago) link

how're yr traditional characters, AA? been listening to a bunch of taiwanese bands who play/tour on a japan-taiwan-xiamen-guangzhou-hong kong circuit.

(been slacking on my chinese so a bit embarrassed to post in the relevant ILx threads plus now I'm back on twitter I feel vaguely engaged by liking dylannn's tweets, heh)

etc, Tuesday, 30 January 2018 08:09 (two years ago) link

my trad chars are exploding, mainly because i’ve spent at least the past six months chatting almost exclusively to people in taiwan and forcing myself to use the trad keyboard. it’s sticking. this will be my fourth time in taiwan, and i can’t wait to see how much easier it is to just read all the stuff that baffled me in 2014.

if you feel your chinese is waning, keep up something on a regular basis. watch youtube videos, listen to podcasts, anything to keep it moving. that’s what i did in my horror year (2016–2017) and it paid off enormously.

rove mcmanus island (Autumn Almanac), Tuesday, 30 January 2018 08:16 (two years ago) link

My mom is super old school. She won't even use a computer. So she gets stressed out about having to use a machine to buy tickets, etc.

Yerac, Tuesday, 30 January 2018 08:25 (two years ago) link

ohhh, yeah that would be stressful if you don’t want to learn how to do a load of things that were once done for you

rove mcmanus island (Autumn Almanac), Tuesday, 30 January 2018 08:28 (two years ago) link

three weeks pass...

i had planned to stay in taipei and meet a load of people, but (a) having realised most will just english at me the whole time and (b) one guy i haven’t even met was desperate to travel across the country just to meet me (despite me saying no a hundred times), i’m going off on my own. fuck it.

definitely going to hualien because the earthquake has rendered the locals desperate for visitors/income and because the damage was relatively minor beyond those four buildings that fell down. enough of taroko’s open to make it worthwhile. also i’ll probably go back to kaohsiung for longer than a few hours this time. really loved it the first time round.

reverse-periscoping (Autumn Almanac), Monday, 26 February 2018 05:56 (two years ago) link

tainan? i took a day trip up from kaohsiung and really liked the city

alomar lines, Monday, 26 February 2018 06:10 (two years ago) link

i’ve spent time in tainan before, also getting around is a pain in the arse. not compelled to rush back there tbh.

reverse-periscoping (Autumn Almanac), Monday, 26 February 2018 06:19 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

i’m in tianmu (failing to find a bluetooth keyboard) and have just eaten a deconstructed hamburger

karl wallogina (Autumn Almanac), Monday, 2 April 2018 06:18 (two years ago) link

oh and hualien is all running as normal, apart from some completely unremarkable car parks where the damaged buildings used to be. everything i wanted to see in taroko is accessible. also i’m convinced there’s more soft jazz per capita than anywhere else in the world.

karl wallogina (Autumn Almanac), Monday, 2 April 2018 06:22 (two years ago) link

ten months pass...

i’m in tianmu (failing to find a bluetooth keyboard) and have just eaten a deconstructed hamburger

i have no memory of tianmu or the deconstructed hamburger, but i did find a six storey building full of bluetooth keyboards

calamity gammon (Autumn Almanac), Friday, 8 February 2019 21:38 (one year ago) link

i had planned to stay in taipei and meet a load of people, but (a) having realised most will just english at me the whole time

i’m going back soon (fifth time iirc) and would be open to a lot more englishing, since my chinese has gone backwards recently and i need a leg up to get back in.

towards the end of the above trip i ended up going to drinks with some people who spoke varying levels of english and played cards against humanity all night. it was fun. usually i put so much pressure on myself to achieve that i forget to just enjoy the place.

calamity gammon (Autumn Almanac), Friday, 8 February 2019 21:47 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

this time i have put very little pressure on myself to achieve and as a consequence i have achieved. made an absolute pantsload of friends too. i love the hell out of this place.

times 牛肉麵 (Autumn Almanac), Friday, 26 April 2019 04:06 (one year ago) link


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