OK - this is my last post on this whole bag, because it’s getting personal & this forum is meant to be fun and allow us to let off some steam (I thought).
Jl2000 - yes you were right the third time, just throwing the line in to see who bites…
BUT - seriously, I have nothing BUT respect for the local staff in my company. They are exceptionally well trained, professional, and conduct themselves to the highest standards. My posting here is to (I hope) compliment the existing skill base. This is the best branch of our company I have come across. Yes, some things are done in a particularly local way, but that is exactly how it should be - local expertise & knowledge supported by international resources etc. I came from an office in the west which had expats working there, we learnt off them and I personally gained from my exposure to them. So, if the perception of Non Teacher is that NT feels superior to NT’s colleagues - this is FAR off the mark.
For the record, the 2 things I like about Taipei are 1. The people - probably the nicest and most accomidating anywhere in the world. 2. The food - every day brings new gastronomic pleasures.
And re. the cultural sensitivity - this forum is my place to say Taipei is ugly and ask why. Not to the Taiwanese who I work with and socialize with after hours. I tell them I am privellaged to work with and know them, and I do truly believe that. Yes, I would prefer to be somewhere else. When I arrived here, I didn’t expect the place to be so non-international (vs. say somewhere like Singapore or HK) or ugly. It’s a challenging post but I will be better for it, and I hope my colleagues also. My previous posting was in Asia - I loved the city, the country and the people. I am already planning another trip back.
Now, if you want to still have fun - the Non Teacher thread is the place to bag me. I will respond accordingly.
A closing note: StLouTom, you are very scary. This sexual undertone and racial business I find disturbing. No, really.