I have without doubt formed an opinion that the Taiwanese are amongst the most generous people in the world. Upon the arrival of our first child we were showered with gifts and hong bao’s containing quite substantial amounts of money. Upon turning a month old, we then sent out the traditional ‘you fan’ (oil rice) to the givers of presents, and in turn they again gave us more hong bao’s. Teacher’s day generally is, and again was another windfall with SOGO, Grand Hyatt and Starbucks vouchers the norm, and also the odd pen or watch. Christmas is alway big here, with most students giving their teacher something, and the bosses putting on Christmas dinner (some bosses). Chinese new year brings the wei ya and hong bao’s yet again. Let’s not forget the birthday presents and other holidays and more surprises.
I just wanted to put all this down somewhere, there’s generally a bit of whining about the pet peeves in Taiwan, but the Taiwanese are pretty damn generous. Thanks guys.