Living in Taipei certainly can lead to ruin and damnation. And is certainly the road to perdition for many. With the rampant spending for “face” going on.
Many “true” Taipei-ians. The ones who have lived there all their lives are better prepared to not fall into this trap. Having long since found their place in the rat race.
But those who have newly arrived often just do not know how to manage affairs and friends and all the condiments from living in Taipei at times.
Yes I am saying im a true Taipei-ian and iv long since found my place there so I know how to be miserly.
ONe has to watch ones pennies and dimes and quarters , not to mention dollars in that vortex of over-the-topness they call Taipei.
And there are so many trapped in the truly vain madona-nistic materialism that its just unreal.
Young ladies are obsessed with purses costing 100,000nt and up and the such. Such crass materialism taking the place of an understanding of the meaning of life and the enjoyment thereof.
Watched a clip from a well known Taiwanese show where they interviewed six young ladies who work in clubs. They were between the ages of 20 to 26. They all work at niteclubs and had sex with customers for money. They were certainly quite pretty but oh so air-headed. The six of them together wouldnt be able to all find the door to leave the room so to speak.
They all aspired to have a rich benefactor who could provide , say, 500,000 nt a month of stipends to them. No matter if he is old , he has to be rich.
And yet with all their earnings. Quite good it seems, they cant seem to put any of it in a bank . They each had less then one million ntd to show for their sacrifice.
It all went to bags, shoes, and other accoutrements of the high clubbin life in taipei.
So many have lost their way. Having a warped sense of attainment . LIfe as measured in LV.
One of them was also some sort of online well known “beauty”. And she boasted that she could express a desire for a certain handbag and someone will call and offer that to her within hours !
FAced with this sort of temptation, values certainly can get skewed.