Hello folks, it’s my first time in Taiwan. Glad I found this forum. landed on the 23rd and currently stuck in a tiny hotel room in Taipei, which is mad depressing honestly. At the moment, I know zero people in Taiwan. I’m also a Gold card holder.
I’m African, but have lived in the US for the past 8 years. And in terms of language I only know how to say thank you in Mandarin. I believe it’s easier to learn language by immersion, ie interacting with the locals. maybe the reading part, will do online.
Also when I landed the hotel, I had booked apparently wasn’t a quarantine hotel even though it was listed on Taiwan stay. The gvt folks ie police ended up finding me a room, which costs roughly $100 a night. The room, should be priced at $10/night but with Chinese new year and it being Taipei + covid regulations, market forces are gonna rule. That was the only bummer, I ran into. Also the hotel, I’m at they don’t take visa cards only bank transfer. And well, you can’t transfer money using Transferwise into Taiwan.
Having lived in NYC, Philly, And Austin. I have a preference for slightly smaller cities. Hence when I get outta quarantine I’m thinking Tainan or any other affordable city not called Taipei. How is working from home regarded in Taiwan ? I’m a Tech generalist which means I’m a Software | Data | SRE Engineer. I don’t plan to get a full time job at the moment, but If need be how accessible are the jobs to foreigners. Or I would’ve to target western companies etc.
Otherwise, will appreciate any tips etc. On how to cope with quarantine. Finding an apartment. Linking up with other foreigners and locals etc.