‘Brung’ I like, it has a certain earthyness. Infitinite sounds like clothing of the wrong size. Or maybe a body of the wrong size.
Just teasing. Nikeh, as a newbian you have yet to undergo the ritual humiliation that long-time forumosans with nothing better to do all day reserve for anyone with a more interesting brand of English than they have. Don’t worry about it, just keep posting until they get used to you.
But I do have to take serious issue with the idea that Taiwan needs to introduce tipping. The places that screw my order up the most often also have the temerity to add a 10% service charge to the price they quote me. Expecting me to stick another random amount on to that, and put up with even worse service if I don’t measure up, is absurd.
Advice to anyone opening a ‘western’ restaurant here: Charge people the price you offer, even if you have to raise the price a bit. Pay your staff properly, train them properly, and fire their useless bodies if they don’t measure up. Poor service in Taiwan comes from poor management, not from a lack of desire to please.
Even telling a Taiwanese that your drink has gone mysteriously empty will embarass them beyond measure. If someone takes the trouble to teach them to anticipate that horrible event, and prevent it happening, then all they need is a little appreciation.
I NEVER tip at my fave restaurant. The staff who know me give me excellent service, because they know what I want, and I don’t get charged the extra 10% either. Tipping is for people with no personalities.
The best service I ever had was in Turkey (away from the tourist traps) where the staff felt that a tip was an insult. Tipping implied that the waiter was lazy, and needed to be bribed to do his job properly. One huy actually chased me down the street waving the money I had left because I was so impressed with the service.