During my three years + in Asia, I have learned to cope with many annoying things, and eventually adapt and appreciate the Asian way of life. There are many endearing things in this culture, and as an open minded person, I always try to see the bright side of baffling culture.
But hey, I gotta vent!
I lived for two years in Seoul City and never had the same negative feeling that I do here in small town Taiwan. What is it with some of the rude habits of the Taiwanese?
For example: Yesterday me and my gal were trying to enjoy a short afternoon at the park. Along comes a family of four with two little kids. Here is the mother encouraging their little girl to make these loud, very annoying noises not five feet behind us. What’s up with that? Why do the Taiwanese talk to each other, and comunicate with each other, in the loudest possible voice so that EVERYONE within a 500 meter radius can hear what they are saying???
I mean, they behave as if there is nobody else around who just might be a tad annoyed at that irritating noise that they’re coaxing their child to make. :loco: I also had this problem when I tried to pay the security fee at my apartment. Some guy who was “trying to help” the front desk attendant starts shouting at me in Mandarin. Withing a few moments, everybody and their dog is staring at the stupid white boy. Is there no discretion in this culture???
Then there’s the speaker trucks. I know this has been discussed on this board before, but isn’t there a limit to these things? Can I go to jail if I decide to throw things at them? Like maybe a few bricks? I swear I can’t take that shit anymore. Especially when they park near my apartment to take a break…with the speakers on full. I came very close today to ripping the speaker off the truck…definetly worth spending some time at the local police station!
I’ve been in my apartment for almost a year and for some reason, the hot water in my shower is almost non-existant. And they’ve been in there on three or four occasions to “fix” it. Yeah right. I am starting to realise that they see no problem with icy cold showers. They look at me like I’m weird when I say I want a hot shower. :help:
The final straw yesterday was when I couldn’t start my bike with the electronic ignition…again. And my kick-start is pretty much shot too. So I finally had the problem fixed for the third time at 500NT$. It really sucks when you’re trying to kick-start your scooter with your sandles on and your girlfriend is standing there watching you with her helmet in her hands.
Yeah it was a bad day. But this is only a fraction of the everyday nonsense that is prevalent in this backwards society. How do you longtimers cope??? What is the secret???
I’ve got a great gal and a decent job with some nice folks. But 90 per cent of the life that I have experienced here is really beginning to make me wonder if I have the patience to live here on a permanent basis.
I really think the best thing for me would be to move to Taipei and be a little closer to the western community, where there is a little more understanding of the standards we are comfortable with. There’s just too much a poor little white boy like me has to contend with out here in the boonies with the natives.
Yes I know it ain’t Kansas anymore, Toto. But I’m really starting to lose it.