Moving to Taipei

hi everybody!
I’m from spain and next year i will be studing 6 months in taipei city, so I have some questions:

  • Wich is the best way to rent an apartment -4 bedrooms (via web/ or you recoment us to stay first on a hotel, and once we get there serch for one)?
  • I use to surf in Spain and i listened that here you have some great spots to surf but difficult acces (we know that buses won’t allow us to travel with the boards)
  • talking about party: in spain and europe we have free parties (raves) in forests…, where there is no police, no one controling you and we listen //drum and base, dubstep, hardtek, reggae, frenchcore, tribe.//
    is there something similar here with these tipes of music (I don’t care if it’s a club, but I must listen these music!)?
  • Finally: searching google I saw that in taiwan if they catch you with drugs (possession) they trate you as a trafficant and they can kill you!!! - IT’S THAT TRUE?¿?¿???¿?
    I like hash and weed, and if I get mdma to party will be good too!, and here in Spain if police catch you smoking, means a fee about 300€, but NOT prison or kill you!
    Is it usual to see people smoking marihuana/hash here, in streets, houses… or its strange?

sorry about my english, and thank you for reading me,
waiting for replys!

spanishboy:)

[quote=“ekatombe”]hi everybody!
I’m from spain and next year i will be studing 6 months in taipei city, so I have some questions:

  • Wich is the best way to rent an apartment -4 bedrooms (via web/ or you recoment us to stay first on a hotel, and once we get there serch for one)?
  • I use to surf in Spain and i listened that here you have some great spots to surf but difficult acces (we know that buses won’t allow us to travel with the boards)
  • talking about party: in spain and europe we have free parties (raves) in forests…, where there is no police, no one controling you and we listen //drum and base, dubstep, hardtek, reggae, frenchcore, tribe.//
    is there something similar here with these tipes of music (I don’t care if it’s a club, but I must listen these music!)?
  • Finally: searching google I saw that in taiwan if they catch you with drugs (possession) they trate you as a trafficant and they can kill you!!! - IT’S THAT TRUE?¿?¿???¿?
    I like hash and weed, and if I get mdma to party will be good too!, and here in Spain if police catch you smoking, means a fee about 300€, but NOT prison or kill you!
    Is it usual to see people smoking marihuana/hash here, in streets, houses… or its strange?

sorry about my english, and thank you for reading me,
waiting for replys!

spanishboy:)[/quote]

Hi Ekatombe. Sorry but we ain’t really going to discuss drug use amongst foreigners here on an Internet forum. The short answer is yes, the authorities are pretty severe on this, many of us have friends/acquaintances in prison for drug related offenses. The police tend to show up at raves and drag people off for urine testing. Please do not turn up and wander round clubs asking where the drugs is at…you’ll get yourself into a world of trouble.

?¿ what are you talking about men?, I’m trying to look for what I like, I don’t care if you are bald and bored. NEVER said that people in taiwan is uncool, I like his culture so that’s the way I’m coming!

I think world would cry more for me rather than for you (a fat and bald men) with no social life and criticise the posts!

THAK YOU THE BEAR I WILL CONSIDERATE IT, GOOD INFO![/quote]

Did you mix up Thailand for Taiwan?

Thailand is probably where you want to go not Taiwan.

[quote=“ekatombe”]hi everybody!
I’m from spain and next year i will be studing 6 months in taipei city, so I have some questions:

  • Wich is the best way to rent an apartment -4 bedrooms (via web/ or you recoment us to stay first on a hotel, and once we get there serch for one)?
  • I use to surf in Spain and i listened that here you have some great spots to surf but difficult acces (we know that buses won’t allow us to travel with the boards)
  • talking about party: in spain and europe we have free parties (raves) in forests…, where there is no police, no one controling you and we listen //drum and base, dubstep, hardtek, reggae, frenchcore, tribe.//
    is there something similar here with these tipes of music (I don’t care if it’s a club, but I must listen these music!)?
  • Finally: searching google I saw that in taiwan if they catch you with drugs (possession) they trate you as a trafficant and they can kill you!!! - IT’S THAT TRUE?¿?¿???¿?
    I like hash and weed, and if I get mdma to party will be good too!, and here in Spain if police catch you smoking, means a fee about 300€, but NOT prison or kill you!
    Is it usual to see people smoking marihuana/hash here, in streets, houses… or its strange?

sorry about my english, and thank you for reading me,
waiting for replys!

spanishboy:)[/quote]

No, they won’t kill you for possession of drugs. If you are caught with a small amount of weed, you will probably get ordered to go on some drug re-education course. If you are caught growing your own weed or dealing drugs, you can expect a very heavy prison sentence.

Yea, please go to Thailand. It’s more hedonistic than Taiwan. Although the laws are just as severe for drug use (if not more). I don’t condone your habits, but please be careful and don’t end up another drug statistic.

[quote=“the bear”][quote=“ekatombe”]hi everybody!
I’m from spain and next year i will be studing 6 months in taipei city, so I have some questions:

  • Wich is the best way to rent an apartment -4 bedrooms (via web/ or you recoment us to stay first on a hotel, and once we get there serch for one)?
  • I use to surf in Spain and i listened that here you have some great spots to surf but difficult acces (we know that buses won’t allow us to travel with the boards)
  • talking about party: in spain and europe we have free parties (raves) in forests…, where there is no police, no one controling you and we listen //drum and base, dubstep, hardtek, reggae, frenchcore, tribe.//
    is there something similar here with these tipes of music (I don’t care if it’s a club, but I must listen these music!)?
  • Finally: searching google I saw that in taiwan if they catch you with drugs (possession) they trate you as a trafficant and they can kill you!!! - IT’S THAT TRUE?¿?¿???¿?
    I like hash and weed, and if I get mdma to party will be good too!, and here in Spain if police catch you smoking, means a fee about 300€, but NOT prison or kill you!
    Is it usual to see people smoking marihuana/hash here, in streets, houses… or its strange?

sorry about my english, and thank you for reading me,
waiting for replys!

spanishboy:)[/quote]

Hi Ekatombe. Sorry but we ain’t really going to discuss drug use amongst foreigners here on an Internet forum. The short answer is yes, the authorities are pretty severe on this, many of us have friends/acquaintances in prison for drug related offenses. The police tend to show up at raves and drag people off for urine testing. Please do not turn up and wander round clubs asking where the drugs is at…you’ll get yourself into a world of trouble.[/quote]

And please don’t say 420…nobody understands that term in the 'wan (not even the Forumosans :whistle: ).

thanks far all replays relly helpful!

I am a Taiwanese and all the replies show me how uptight TW really is
even the foreigners …
What do u mean, we don’t discuss this on the internet??? Internet is the only freedom we have
I guess u are the ones who wants to censor the Internet as well huh???

Booze, cigarettes, coffee and weeds. Weed is the least addictive and destructive of them all.
It is a tyranny to control what I do at my own spare time. If I do something or say something that doesn’t hurt no one and this thing called the government wants to lock me up???
how crazy is that? and there are people willing to follow this illogical reasoning? :loco:

They don’t discuss here because there could be legal problems and very quickly Taiwanese media would twist it to say that we are promoting drug use.

I personally don’t agree with promoting drug use on a discussion board that could have under 18 year old members.

Occasionally the board discusses the use or sale of illegal drugs, but the discussions usually focus on the possible consequences:

[quote]Another westerner was busted for selling pot according to the Apple Daily. Some 60ish guy called Allan from USA.
When will foreigners learn that Taiwan is not a good place to be selling Cannabis.[/quote]
[forumosa.com/taiwan/viewtopic.ph … 0#p1305830](Another Western Foreigner Busted for Cannabis June 2011

[forumosa.com/taiwan/viewtopic.ph … 6#p1305596](How many drug busts do you personally know about in 2011 June 2011

[forumosa.com/taiwan/viewtopic.ph … 6#p1266526](Big drug bust in Taipei March 2011

[quote]They found .82 of a gram of hash in a vitamin box that we have had for ages. We don’t really smoke that often but it’s nice to have a bit for rainy days and all that. They arrested us, we got booked, piss tested and spent a few hours in jail until someone could bail us out. * * * We got our sentences in the mail saying that we both have to do 6 to 8 weeks in a “rehab” jail up in Tu Cheng.[/quote] [forumosa.com/taiwan/viewtopic.ph … 5#p1144215](Headed for 6-8 weeks in a "rehab" jail; what to expect? April 2010

[quote]I was caught in Taiwan growing marijuana and I think I was charged with possesion,growing 8 plants about 12 inches tall and about 20 seedlings, lights and in a purpose built growing room,plus I think I was charged with selling. [/quote] [forumosa.com/taiwan/viewtopic.ph … 3#p1101863](Drugs and the Justice System January 2010

[quote]I remember a guy who had rented a multi-storey building and was sub-letting apartments in it to others. One of them was growing plants on a balcony and the cops were called. The guy who rented the building was arrested, tried and convicted for manufacture / trafficking along with the grower because his name was on the lease. Five years in jail, followed by deportation and permanent blacklist. So, be careful who you rent your property to.[/quote] [forumosa.com/taiwan/viewtopic.ph … 9#p1101879](Drugs and the Justice System January 2010

[forumosa.com/taiwan/viewtopic.ph … 0#p1239520](Another big nose busted for growing weed December 2009

[forumosa.com/taiwan/viewtopic.ph … 7#p1090707](UK citizen caught smuggling cannabis at Xiaogang airport December 2009

[forumosa.com/taiwan/viewtopic.ph … 2#p1068772](All the recent foreigner drug busts November 2009

[quote]A Taiwanese acquaintance got busted with 50 plants. He is facing 6 years. Sounds like 6-7 years is the norm. [/quote] [forumosa.com/taiwan/viewtopic.ph … 1#p1076251](All the recent foreigner drug busts November 2009

[quote]I learn a lot from teaching adults now and a cop who comes to my class said it is becoming more common to see young Taiwanese take/busted for drugs. He also said it is always easier to focus on the foreign crowd than the locals for the media, it makes for better news and confirms the sterotypes.[/quote] [forumosa.com/taiwan/viewtopic.ph … 7#p1070887](All the recent foreigner drug busts November 2009

[quote]Seen on TV this afternoon: Teacher ‘Steven’ at golf training center in Taichung caught growing marijuana at home and dealing in local clubs. Police found 57 g of the product and 3,500 ‘seeds.’ [/quote] [forumosa.com/taiwan/viewtopic.ph … 4#p1074654](All the recent foreigner drug busts November 2009

[quote]Now from what my most dependable sources have told me the foreigner is South African(confirmed), he lived in Lugang(confirmed), and he was busted with about 200 plants(unconfirmed).[/quote] [forumosa.com/taiwan/viewtopic.ph … 3#p1064233](South-African caught growing weed? October 2009

[quote]There are loads of people serving time in Taiwan for drug relatively minor drug offenses. They really don’t like foreigners getting involved in this stuff here. [/quote] [forumosa.com/taiwan/viewtopic.ph … 60#p836260](Cannabis in Taiwan March 2008

[quote]I wonder what happened to the Brit?
Sounds like he got off easy with 5 years, but that’s still a looong time to think about his mistake. [/quote]
[forumosa.com/taiwan/viewtopic.ph … 05#p770905](High court sentences Canadian to five years for drugs August 2007

[quote]Nine celebrities who were tested for practically every known recreational/abusable drug because their numbers were found on a pot-dealer’s cell phone will be going to the clink sometime around Chinese New Year. Another eleven are now going to be tested.[/quote] [forumosa.com/taiwan/viewtopic.ph … 16#p665516](The New Puritanism - Taiwan style December 2006

[forumosa.com/taiwan/viewtopic.ph … 28#p406228](English teachers nabbed in drug-ring bust (Part 1) August 2005

[Club Raids at Xmas! December 2001

[quote=“kevinsang01212”]I am a Taiwanese and all the replies show me how uptight TW really is
even the foreigners …
What do u mean, we don’t discuss this on the internet??? Internet is the only freedom we have
I guess u are the ones who wants to censor the Internet as well huh???[/quote]
Forumosa has a rule against promoting illegal activities. Telling someone where to obtain illegal drugs would count as that.

The OP had to be warned that Taiwanese law takes drugs very seriously and deals with users and dealers in a far harsher manner than in most Western countries. The OP seemed unaware of what a serious issue drugs are, as well as how the local media like to paint foreigners are drug-addled good-for-nothings.

[quote]Booze, cigarettes, coffee and weeds. Weed is the least addictive and destructive of them all.
It is a tyranny to control what I do at my own spare time. If I do something or say something that doesn’t hurt no one and this thing called the government wants to lock me up???
how crazy is that? and there are people willing to follow this illogical reasoning? :loco:[/quote]
I agree, but sadly it’s still against the law. The solution: change the law. You’re Taiwanese: you can vote, write to your legislator, protest unjust laws. We foreigners can’t.

?¿ what are you talking about men?, I’m trying to look for what I like, I don’t care if you are bald and bored. NEVER said that people in taiwan is uncool, I like his culture so that’s the way I’m coming!

I think world would cry more for me rather than for you (a fat and bald men) with no social life and criticise the posts!

THAK YOU THE BEAR I WILL CONSIDERATE IT, GOOD INFO![/quote]

Did you mix up Thailand for Taiwan?

Thailand is probably where you want to go not Taiwan.[/quote]

What’s with all the attacks on the fat and bald men all of a sudden? Is it national anti fat bald weekend or something?

Something to do with Andrew Zimmerman perhaps?

[quote=“headhonchoII”]What’s with all the attacks on the fat and bald men all of a sudden? Is it national anti fat bald weekend or something?

Something to do with Andrew Zimmerman perhaps?[/quote]
Confusing George Zimmerman with Andrew Zimmern?

Both fat bald men, but I like the latter much more than the former!

[quote=“Chris”][quote=“kevinsang01212”]I am a Taiwanese and all the replies show me how uptight TW really is
even the foreigners …
What do u mean, we don’t discuss this on the internet??? Internet is the only freedom we have
I guess u are the ones who wants to censor the Internet as well huh???[/quote]
Forumosa has a rule against promoting illegal activities. Telling someone where to obtain illegal drugs would count as that.

The OP had to be warned that Taiwanese law takes drugs very seriously and deals with users and dealers in a far harsher manner than in most Western countries. The OP seemed unaware of what a serious issue drugs are, as well as how the local media like to paint foreigners are drug-addled good-for-nothings.

[quote]Booze, cigarettes, coffee and weeds. Weed is the least addictive and destructive of them all.
It is a tyranny to control what I do at my own spare time. If I do something or say something that doesn’t hurt no one and this thing called the government wants to lock me up???
how crazy is that? and there are people willing to follow this illogical reasoning? :loco:[/quote]
I agree, but sadly it’s still against the law. The solution: change the law. You’re Taiwanese: you can vote, write to your legislator, protest unjust laws. We foreigners can’t.[/quote]
I don’t believe in any law that violates personal freedom.
It is common sense to not hurt people and steal other people’s property. Other than that, most laws are not there to help people. They are made to protect interest groups and suppress.
And the interest groups are the politicians and big corps.
If writing to some legislator will work then I won’t be here b*tching about personal freedom. Politicians don’t have our best interest at heart, they have THEIR best interest at heart. Just look at the freak show in the parliament here or any government in the world. Spread the word and discuss this on the Internet is the most effective route for me right now. Most people I meet in real life have been brain washed beyond reasoning.
Censoring the Internet is the governments’ way to control the media again cos they know people are starting to turn away from the main stream media. I don’t watch the stupid TV anymore.
I don’t mean what I say about my previous comments about TW and foreigners in general. Just frustrated that it is 2012 and it is still so much BS.