Do You Find Yourself Just Sitting in Taiwan?

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Re: Do You Find Yourself Just Sitting in Taiwan?

Postby tommy525 » 26 Apr 2012, 16:19

Meanwhile, here in the bay area, i just work and go to my usual haunts. I don't do anything touristy unless got visitors.

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Re: Do You Find Yourself Just Sitting in Taiwan?

Postby Rabidpie » 27 Apr 2012, 16:38

Every moment I have been in Taiwan has been spent outside unless I need to either sleep or shower.

That being said, I really think the thing here is your age and not the place you are living. Taiwan is definitely a very exciting place at night compared to most Western countries. OP, are you fluent in Chinese? I think what might be happening is your having a losing interest in the culture as you don't feel quite integrated.
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Re: Do You Find Yourself Just Sitting in Taiwan?

Postby StuartCa » 27 Apr 2012, 16:59

Rabidpie wrote:Every moment I have been in Taiwan has been spent outside unless I need to either sleep or shower.

That being said, I really think the thing here is your age and not the place you are living. Taiwan is definitely a very exciting place at night compared to most Western countries. OP, are you fluent in Chinese? I think what might be happening is your having a losing interest in the culture as you don't feel quite integrated.


Yeah but Rabid, haven't you only just arrived from the mainland?

I've been here 7 years and now I have a lovely house with lots of space and no noise I love spending time inside. It could also be an age thing and the fact I have 2 young kids and going out is a military mission.
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Re: Do You Find Yourself Just Sitting in Taiwan?

Postby GuyInTaiwan » 28 Apr 2012, 06:39

Rabidpie wrote:That being said, I really think the thing here is your age and not the place you are living. Taiwan is definitely a very exciting place at night compared to most Western countries.


Dunno about that. I'm from Melbourne. There's an absolutely kick arse live music scene there (pick a genre, practically any night of the week, and you'll have a dozen gigs you could see), not to mention a whole lot of other art and cultural activities. Hardly a week goes by without some sort of international festival going on. I'm not just supporting the home team here. Melbourne is internationally famous as an awesome place to go out in. Taipei isn't. There are plenty of other large cities in the West that are kick arse too. Sure, if you're living in the boonies or a smaller city or town, they suck, but they suck in Taiwan too. Let's compare apples to apples. Taipei is Taiwan's largest city and has several million people. Other such cities in the West include New York, London, Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam, Rome, Vienna. Even relatively small places like Copenhagen are pretty cool. I'd also like to throw in one non-Western city that is absolutely awesome at night: Istanbul.

What is so exciting about Taiwan at night? Night markets? Night clubs (that exist everywhere in the world)?
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Do You Find Yourself Just Sitting in Taiwan?

Postby headhonchoII » 28 Apr 2012, 07:19

Most places in Asia are the same, it's a different culture obviously, it can be hard to integrate. People live to work here, long working hours , little disposable income. There are some boring cities in Australia too, if you are living in the burbs with kids you will not be going out at night too often.
That said there is a leisure centre and basketball courts near me and they are packed with people playing sports and swimming every night. You can also see many cyclists at nights and weekends.
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Re: Do You Find Yourself Just Sitting in Taiwan?

Postby mike029 » 30 Apr 2012, 04:51

I've been here 3 years and I totally feel this way. I'm also a very sociable person and love to go out, but these last 6 months I've been so out of it. I thought I was just depressed being here, so over CNY I went on this extravagant unplanned trip all over the place for 2 months. Came back here and it's back to being judgmental of everyone because everyone besides me sucks and just watching reruns of NCIS on Channel 74 because apparently that's the only show that's on. Ever.

I have unfulfilling days at a school where I feel retarded attending. I'm trying to make my business grow but there's nobody competent that can help me do the menial stuff and I'm being overloaded with work (which I guess is good). I didn't even finish my own company's website yet...hung up on graphics ATM. I stay up until 4AM like right now because I'm also working on my own secret massive project, but I have to do crap for clients too that doesn't require my brain power, just my time...the worst part is that I literally feel like I'm wasting time at school. But! I have to graduate because even though I want my own success, I still need a degree at least to SPONSOR MY OWN FRIGGIN VISA. I'm 23 and am a sophomore in Uni. My situation at MCU is pretty favorable right now (get $25k a month from the government and an American accredited program), but I literally feel like being there is killing me. We have a "multimedia" class where we make animations by drawing pics in MS Paint then putting them in a PPT. Last week we had to "embed a video in a web page", and we had 4 hours to do it, IN A GROUP. My group waited for me because they knew I could just do it quickly. I showed up an hour late, got my grade docked for the day because I missed an hour, and then I "embedded a video in a web page" in 10 seconds by copy pasting youtube embed code and changing the size. He wouldn't let me leave early because it's 丟臉 for the other students that I can do it so quickly. So, I had to sit there for another 3 hours and 50 minutes.

You go outside and try to drive home where you witness an accident where nobody is helping, then a 7-11 delivery truck passes you on the left so when he gets in front of you he can just pull over, 4 busses almost side-swipe you, and then you get to the restaurant to buy some dinner and you realize, "oh, it's just noodles with different sauce on it, my bad, with this exotic of a name that doesn't make any sense, I was under the impression that it would be something new to try", then it starts pouring on you the last 20 seconds before you get home.

I like to get out of Taipei once every 2-3 weeks just to clear my head. Yesterday morning, the weather was so nice I thought I would drive to Taimall, even though I hate that mall, but I couldn't think of any other reason to go to Taoyuan. After I bought a new shirt and some shoes (finally had my size), I go out to find...RAIN. I got stuck in Taoyuan for 5 hours before it stopped raining and I felt like I could drive home. Worst 5 hours ever. I sat in a wangka. There was no way I was going to leave my scoot scoot and bus it back...that would mean I would have to go back to Taoyuan to get my scooter. *insert puking smilie*

I need to sleep now, got statistics at 9AM! EVEN THOUGH I ALREADY TOOK 2 SEMESTERS OF STATISTICS AT Zheng-Da THEY WOULDN'T TAKE MY CREDITS. I'm pretty sure Zheng-Da's statistics class is better than yours, Mingchuan. Whatever, I'm using my same final project. Let's not forget PE at 1PM! And this Friday is a mandatory assembly thing where we have to listen to some girl give a presentation about her "international volunteer experience", whatever the fuck that means. Good job, you got to visit starving kids in Africa and share Jesus' love with them. Why didn't you just take the plane ticket money and donate it you self-righteous bitch? Don't go to the assembly, you get "2 conduct score demerits" (yes, we have a conduct grade) and have to do 8 hours of community service or something.

I need to sleep well and get ready for my awful tomorrow. When it will probably rain, again.

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Re: Do You Find Yourself Just Sitting in Taiwan?

Postby jp_mtl » 30 Apr 2012, 07:05

What is so exciting about Taiwan at night? Night markets?


A lot of people would consider that more exciting than an obscure indie band playing the triangle in a Melbourne or an Environmental Film Festival. Bottom line, it's a matter of personal preference and lifestyle.
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Re: Do You Find Yourself Just Sitting in Taiwan?

Postby GuyInTaiwan » 30 Apr 2012, 08:31

HH: The suburbs suck, for sure, but the suburbs are a huge improvement over the equivalent here. What are the "suburbs" in Taiwan? Banqiao? Zhonghe? Taoyuan? All the places people regularly argue over about being the armpit of Taiwan. The main advantage, in my mind, for living in Taiwan, is the low cost of living and ability to save compared to much of the West. If you're not saving though, why even bother being here? That's precisely why so many young Taiwanese people go on working holidays or study abroad and then don't want to come back. If I were working in a buxiban and saving less than 1,000 USD/month, I'd be thinking of how I could leave this place. That's a road to nowhere, and it's not like it's a road to nowhere but you're living in either an exciting place like New York City or a really beautiful place like the south of France.

mike: I feel your pain.

jp_mtl wrote:
What is so exciting about Taiwan at night? Night markets?


A lot of people would consider that more exciting than an obscure indie band playing the triangle in a Melbourne or an Environmental Film Festival. Bottom line, it's a matter of personal preference and lifestyle.


Who said you have to see an indie band? You could see a blues band, a jazz band, a metal band, a reggae band, etc. Also, who says you have to see an obscure band? Tons of international acts go there. Anyway, people who love night markets are retarded. It's all the same crap, with all the same clowns carrying poodles in handbags. It's like people who like going to shopping malls. Those places are the last gasp too.
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Re: Do You Find Yourself Just Sitting in Taiwan?

Postby creztor » 30 Apr 2012, 11:08

Guys, you must be living in the "wrong" Taiwan.
I think if you post a video about how much you love Taiwan, it would do wonders for your career and outlook on Taiwan.
All I can think of when I watch this is bread and circuses.
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Re: Do You Find Yourself Just Sitting in Taiwan?

Postby 914 » 30 Apr 2012, 11:28

That's quite a rant there, mike029. But I had to recommend it because I totally feel for you. I've had days like that too, when it seems everyone else lives in bizarro world. Keep your head up, this too shall pass. :D
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