How Did Living in Taiwan Change You?


#1

Other than being familiar with squatting flat footed over a hole in the floor that is called a toilet and bringing your own paper.


#2

Most places at least have western toilet options. It’s very rare I come across a place that only has the old hole in the ground (maybe once a month). It’s fine to piss into the hole, but if I had to take a dump I’d hold it (even though pooping in that way is supposed to be healthier for the colon than sitting on a toilet, which scrunches up your abdomen). But I digress…

Taiwan hasn’t really changed me on a mental or spiritual level, since I’ve previously lived and worked in Japan and South Korea. Not the same, but they have enough in common that the adjustment isn’t too severe. I guess it’s just made me more aware of my surroundings when crossing the street, since it’s the wild west out here with scooters zipping around in all directions and a general lack of sidewalks to find refuge on. The air pollution is also an adjustment for my body in general. Feel like I lose my breath a lot these days. Finally started wearing a mask. Besides that, usual stuff like new language, food, etc., but nothing too life changing tbh.


#3

This x 1000.


#4

Never ever once used one of those toilets. No need


#5

Born and raised here+have difficulties with the squatting shitholes. It’s not nearly as much a sanitary/cultural concern as an anatomical one. I just can’t squat properly like my friends can…how do they do that thing with their legs??? Unfathomable.


#6

I just don’t see squat toilets as commonly as you guys. Even places that have them usually have a western option. Do you live in the countryside?


#7

On the positive side, Taiwan has taught me to save and invest for the future and place emphasis on family. On the negative side, Taiwan has taught me to drive like a crazy Italian and burp loudly in public.


#8

Still adjusting after all these years, every day when walking on the street or watching the Taiwan ‘News’ accidentally I know there is still a need for adjusting.


#9

My biggest change and also my biggest worry is that I no longer have my guard up for crazy people or people with guns or knives or meth heads or insensitive police sneaking up behind me.


#10

I am happier. 1000Xhappier.


#11

I don’t think you really have to worry about losing that once you’ve developed it…kind of like learning how to ride a bike. Whenever I visit the U.S., my “tweaker radar” just automatically turns on.


#12

Ive found the joy of picking my nose without worrying what people think since they are all doing it too.


#13

I was gonna mention that, but felt slightly sheepish about it. At least I haven’t reached the “roll it around between finger and thumb while examining it closely from various angles” stage…something I see with shocking frequency on public transportation.


#14

Sheepish? You’re* a cow!

I’m pretty crass so I lay it out here gladly

*Edited


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#16

You got me :slight_smile:


#17

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#18

Went from skeptic about national health care to believer. Went from gun toter to gun controller. Accepted fact finally that I am racist due to my belief that Chinese people can’t operate motorized vehicles.

. . . Also became much better engineer because of so much exposure to wide range of manufacturing technologies.


#19

I’m not a grammar nazi. Just alt-write. :wink:


#20

His belly-button


My belly-button
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