I count both New York and Manila as my homes away from Taipei, and for me, Taipei has always been a happy alternative. There are many things I enjoy about those places, but Taipei is my home now because of the healthcare, the proximity to family, and its laidback atmosphere.
My wife and I came back to Taipei from Shanghai so she could give birth here. We are pretty happy with the quality of healthcare and its affordability thanks to the national insurance programs. I miss living in Shanghai, and I would like to live there again, too. Comparing the 2 cities, for me, Shanghai is a more extreme version of Taipei both good and bad, but without the relatives. Shanghai also has a sense of danger to me that Taipei doesn't have - as a father of a young kid, I am happy to be without it, but before I became a parent, it was why I enjoyed being there.
My kid sister is raising 4 kids in Berlin. They have a wonderful life there, and she swears by her children's education (she and her husband are academics as well). So I can appreciate the high quality of life they enjoy there - but I do not feel Taipei lags behind there very much.
Back here in Taiwan, I also like that since the time I first came here (1993), life has become consistently better, easier, safer. Can't say that about Manila, Shanghai, or New York.