steelersman wrote:However what is the point of coming to Taiwan to work that hard? Why not just stay in your home country and work hard?
Some people like living in Taiwan.
Ironlady's a pretty good example. If she could have got PR with an open work permit here, she might well have opted to stay rather than moving back to the US. And with her skill set, I'm sure she could easily rake in 200k a month from interpreting, translating and various other kinds of work.
One quite lucrative source of income for people like her is working as a conference aide. I've done that a few times in the past, attending international conferences, keeping a record of discussions, and churning out short speeches, summaries, proposals and so forth for the minister or whoever's in the chair to deliver at various stages of the proceedings. I've never been paid less than 25k a day for that, even when the meetings only lasted half a day. The first time I ever did one, well over 15 years ago, I was paid 80k (cash in hand) for just 2.5 days work. If you're working as a translator or interpreter, and are otherwise sufficiently qualified, opportunities for stuff like that are often going to be tossed your way.
However, as I've said before, I'm well and truly in the camp of those who value time far above income. You do have to work hard to earn 200k a month, and I'm not interested in working that hard, so I very seldom earn anywhere near that much, especially now that I have a small kid to whom I want to devote as much of my time as possible. These days, I'm well content to earn 100k a month while keeping a high proportion of my time free from work. Hello carpe diem, goodbye carpe argentum. I'd rather be living for the day than living for the pay, and am pretty sure as to which is the more enriching.