Western people are a bunch of pussies! Plain and simple.
Taiwan is a great place for getting away with anything on the road. Remember when you were a juvenile and wanted to speed, park anywhere, drive on the sidewalks and cut everyone off because YOU are the most important person on the road?
Well, you can do that here in Taiwan! You can even drive blindfolded and nobody will notice! And for the most part, my experience has been that even the police don’t want anything to do with white western people.
You can make as much noise as you want and other people don’t give a damn. Heck, leave your door open and let your kids run wild in the hallways (like at my apartment). Really, your neighbors will actually encourage you to do this. Also make as much noise as you can opening and closing those flimsy metal screen doors. The middle of the night or first thing in the morning seems to be the best time for this activity.
And I ask you; where else in the world can you get a job simply by being a native English speaker? (okay, Japan, Korea, Europe and Southeast Asia notwithstanding).
You can be the center of attention here in Taiwan if you’re not Asian and you look slightly confused (especially if you’re an extrovert to begin with). Why, I just love it when people stare at me as if I’m a movie star when I’m shopping for a pair of slippers; eating; sitting in the park; paying for something; trying to figure out the train schedule and the train I’m supposed to be on; doing ANYTHING in public with my girl. It’s great to have the eyes of the masses watch your every move!
Forget about the cheap food, beautiful women, cheap housing and the sites and culture of Taiwan. Boring!
Call it an ephiphany but I’m wondering what the heck I was thinking every time I complained about ANYTHING in Taiwan,
I’m just glad I can be here and do all of those things that in my country you’d be hung upside down for, swingin’ by your peepee!