Missing Person, David Allan Broderick, “Dave”


#1470

Suggesting to use Google Flights to check for prices, also considering leaving/returing a few days later/earlier: https://www.google.com/flights?gl=ca#flt=YYZ.TPE.2019-07-13TPE.YYZ.2019-07-28;c:CAD;e:1;s:11;md:1260*1260;sd:1;t:f

What I saw is ~CAD1400 per person for flights < 21hrs with max 1 stop:


#1471

Just so you guys are in the loop I am now at $1110 in the gofundme account.
Inching closer to my goal, thank you all for your support, encouragement and help with everything.
Hopefully I will meet some of you when I arrive in Taiwan, or you can add me on fb if you want. :grinning:


#1472

Of course, who else would have been my best man at my wedding.
July 20, 1996, me on left Dave on the right.


#1473

you look like uh…brothers !

Was thinking, if Dave’s ex wont see you at all, there would be no point in going down to TAitung.
And especially if the Canadian trade office is going to help and you can meet with some top Police Brass in TAipei. Then perhaps more time spent in Taipei with the second most time spent in Hualian would be more efficient


#1474

The cliff should not be your main focus, in my opinion. There is no chance that you will find any further physical evidence at that location. Sure, you should visit there a few hours so you have a good idea of what the location looks like when talking to others, but THAT should be the focus: communication with people who were involved with the situation.

Physical evidence is not going to be something you can get a hold of at this point. That’s gone. Instead, your visit to Taiwan should be a series of interviews. Find out the location of the police precinct that was in charge of the investigation. Make appointments to meet with anyone who had any involvement in the case.

Spend time with the ex-wife. Kindly but thoroughly interrogate her on all things leading up to Dave’s disappearance and following his disappearance. Talk to her family. Never come off as blaming them or they will immediately close all doors…and you will NOT be able to open them. Ask the wife about Dave’s lifestyle, who he worked with, who he hung out with. Trace those people down. Go to the diving community in Taidong. Ask around about Dave.


#1475

I know a lot of people are saying you can eat for 50nt a meal, but I think this is a good amount. Some foreigners don’t like the local food here as it takes some getting used to in my opinion. (The cleanliness of food preparation here is off-putting to some) Western style food is expensive here.
Not everyone can eat local lunch boxes.


#1476

Ah, yes they can. If you’re hungry you’ll eat them.


#1477

I would cut any cost as much as possible to make unavoidable money for transportation.


#1478

Plus you’ll lose donors if you’re saying you want to spend over 2000NT a day on food. That’s a hideous amount of money to fill your belly.


#1479

That is for 2 people I believe. I don’t think budgeting 1000nt a day for food is unreasonable.


#1480

Costs that are out of control like transportation is the priority. You can always compromise a bit on food and accommodation especially when using donations. Trust me 50~100nt here is not like 2-3CAD in Canada. I normally eat a person’s whole salary just going out the office or home for a quick meal (after reading some threads about food budget here). But when I am hungry and there is nothing around I eat a 50nt meal and there is nothing wrong with that. Last night I left in a hurry and found myself late (over 9:00pm) still without have had eaten dinner, so I saw a local restaurant open and spent a ‘whooping’ 60nt that made me full and satisfied for a meal.


#1481

That’s 333NT per meal. You would have to eat pretty darn fancy to hit that amount in Taiwan. 200NT per meal is PLENTY in Taiwan.


#1482

In Hualien you can eat a 7 course meal in Tasty for 400nt. 2000nt is a fine budget if he had more $ and since this is not a trip he can stretch the money as much as possible. In case of emergency expenditure like extra trips to Police office etc he should budget for that.


#1483

100 Cad per day
50 cad per person
17 cad per meal, breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Is 17 cad per meal too much?
What is that in NT?


#1484

As @Taiwanguy said, 17cad per meal in Taiwan is quite a lot for someone who is coming on a budget. You can decrease that a lot and you will NOT go hungry, trust me.


#1485

Cost to eat can be 300 NTD (=13 Canadian dollar) per person per day, as I said before.


#1486

I have no idea what things cost there, just basing things on what it would be here and going from there.
Looks like my plane tickets will cost more than anticipated as well.


#1487

Per day?? 13 cad


#1488

Yes


#1489

One meal at Mcdonalds here cost me more than that