Forumosa has helped me out of my shell to go online and exchange information, opinions, and banter with strangers while I was in Taiwan. Even though the friends I made after joining Forumosa were not Taiwanese (which I had hoped living in Taiwan would ensue), I would not trade discovering Forumosa for anything else.
There was a period of three months where I stayed home all day and only went to the gym and library -- alone -- and had no one to speak English with, to watch movies with, and resorted to very nails-on-the-chalkboard format of Taiwanese "newstainment" when bored. My one and only friend mentioned Txxlxx and I think through there, whilst perusing various ads, I clicked onto Forumosa.com. I don't know how I made it through those first three months! But I really think Forumosa is a great website. It's resourceful, informative, and if you log on long enough, like everyday, five times a day, it will become your oasis in the middle of the desert. When you think why oh why you're here, you log on and voila -- instant friends.
Use it wisely, and it will become the most valuable thing you have during your stay in Taiwan, or if you are just interested in on knowing more about the country. It costs nothing, you give a little, but gain a lot. I would recommend it to all my friends.
The most invaluable thing I walked away with is the abundance of information from posters from all walks of life imaginable. Never ever would I have thought I'd be able to meet online and/or in real life the people from all over the world who call themselves Forumosans. I am the first to say I used to have an insular view on people, jobs, countries, you name it. Having a website such as this one really changed my way of looking at things and I am thankful.
I only wish my friends where I am now could have the opportunity to discover this website, unfortunately not many of them are interested. Life gets better post-Taiwan because I had Forumosa during those years by my side. I keep in regular contact with the friends I made there, it's so great to hear their stories about Taiwan after I've left.
There's a fine line between enjoying this website and overstaying it. But for either sides, it's a buoy that kept me afloat during my best and worst of times in Taiwan.
In short: Forumosa is the ultimate go-to website on all things Taiwan. It's the best $0 I never spent. It's nice. I maked many happy time there.
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