[color=#0040FF]Hi everyone, hope you guys are enjoying Taiwan as much as I am.
Seeing that this is my first post on the forum since I joined, I thought I should make it count.[/color]
[color=#0040FF]I’m a European in my mid-twenties that just moved to Taiwan (7 months ago), to live with my girlfriend’s family while I learn Mandarin.
I’m from one of those cold countries in the north where you try to stay as far away from your own family that is physically possible (I moved out when I was 17). :eh:
I grew up on the countryside (my village had about 75 people in it).
Keep this in mind as I get started on how it is to live in an “average” Taiwanese family in Taipei County.[/color]
[color=#FF4080]First impression counts:[/color]
[color=#0040FF]My GF gave me two rules before I got here, ‘eat everything they put in front of you’ and ‘look happy’. These has been two of the best advice I have ever had, anyone can get accepted in any Taiwanese family by just following these 2. But there are still a few things to get used to besides these.[/color]
[color=#FF4080]Day to day matters:[/color]
[color=#0040FF]*While you are off to school or work your room will be cleaned and your laundry will be done for you, which is great just remember, do Not leave anything incriminating out in your room. You will have your own room, don’t even think about sharing one with your GF until after you get married in fact be happy if you even get to live in the same apartment. :s
*Food is served at regular times, make sure to make those times or you need to tell them in advance that you will miss one, my tip be hungry. :neutral:
*Grandma rules the house, (if she is the oldest one) she gets her way, always, not much point in trying to argue, you’ll just get in trouble for trying. :no-no:
*If you are unlucky enough to have kids in the house (I got 4 under the age of 3 here) buy earplugs and watch where you step. (This is where the separate rooms come in handy, have a couple of kids screaming in the apartment, and you no longer want to produce any yourself).
*Never ever again sleep in the buff [nude], everyone has access to all places in the house, without knocking, also there might be an earthquake in the future where you have to run out of the room fast (I have to admit I have still do not understand why I have to run out of my room incase of an earthquake???). :no-no:
*Great activities to do during the day while you are staying away from the apartment, coffee shops, (you can spend hours there drinking coffee and watching people walk past…), shopping, go to a bookstore find a book you like sit down on the floor and read the whole thing time will fly past, you don’t even need to buy it. (Just make sure that there are already people in the store doing this…)
*Driving, don’t do it. (No more needs to be said on this topic.)
*Being a passenger, here is an interesting one; if you are in the back seat the driver will be offended if you put on the safety belt.[/color]
[color=#0040FF]That being said, living with her family is survivable if you have a favorite hideout (preferably one that serves beer) outside of the apartment.
If you have any tips for me feel free to post them here [/color]