Self-sticking postal stamps, or at least stamps that you only have to lick before sticking them on, instead of globbing the paste on with a brush and getting it on your fingers and when you push down the stamp the paste oozes out so perhaps the letter will stick to other letters. I’ve seen the same paste and brush technique in Vietnam or Cambodia, but fer crisakes, Taiwan boasts about its technology – why not some decent stamps?
Telephone directory assistance, so you can call and ask for the number of Sandman in Bitan, for instance, and they’ll give it to you unless he requested anonymity. My understanding is that in Taiwan directory assistance is only available for businesses, not individuals, and even then only for businesses that request it. Why so lame? With a monopoly on phone services it should be no problem for Chunghwa to provide this simple basic service.
Real estate magazines, like they have in every city and town in the US, crammed full of photos of properties for sale, with prices, descriptions and the various realtors’ contact info. Such magazines are tremendously helpful for buyers and are surely well worth the price for realtors who post ads in them. So why the hell don’t they have them in Taiwan? Instead, here one must walk down the street looking at the photos in the windows of individual realtors and deal with one realtor at a time (not that I want to buy a house here, but just wondering).