Whack Things in Taiwan (part 3)

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Re: Whack Things in Taiwan (part 3)

Postby superking » 18 Mar 2012, 10:19

mups wrote:
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headhonchoII wrote:A woman once wanted to have my baby within one minute of meeting me on the MRT. I think she was a bit
mad though, she progressed to peel and eat an orange in front of the horrified MRT riders. The horror of it! ( the eating of the orange, not the let's make a baby part and no I did not tale up the offer).



It's weird isn't it, you can vomit puddles of red betel spit onto the floor in public, make deep deep nose and throat clearing wrench sounds at the dinner table, and freely spit fish bones onto pieces of toilet paper in restaurants, yet so much as reach for a chewing gum on the MRT and the horror stare is unleashed.


I think it's because the MRT is relatively new and pristine, and therefore sacred. People there typically stay orderly on the escalators and such, and when getting on and off. But once they step out into the crap that is Taipei, it's hork city and pinball sidewalk.

I'm a firm believer surroundings are reflected in people's attitudes.


I suspect there is also a lessening of the type of dirt spewing sections of Taipei society seen riding on the MRT. You open an MRT in the greater Taichung area, Changua etc and it would quickly become a place for transporting gas bottles, caged wild animals and the like. Heck they'd probably be openly barbecuing on an MRT in some parts of the country. You gotta love Taiwan for that though.
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Re: Whack Things in Taiwan (part 3)

Postby E04teacherlin » 18 Mar 2012, 10:35

mups wrote:
superking wrote:
headhonchoII wrote:
I'm a firm believer surroundings are reflected in people's attitudes.


Which is why Canada is such a lovely place. Now if only they had kept Chris Bosh, I'd still be watching. The Jeremy Lin circus is the wackiest thing in Taiwan in my opinion though. Taiwanese people seem to love everything LA Lakers, because of Kobe Bryant, which is also stupid, since the Clippers are a much better team.
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Re: Whack Things in Taiwan (part 3)

Postby finley » 18 Mar 2012, 11:52

I think it's because the MRT is relatively new and pristine, and therefore sacred. People there typically stay orderly on the escalators and such, and when getting on and off. But once they step out into the crap that is Taipei, it's hork city and pinball sidewalk.
I'm a firm believer surroundings are reflected in people's attitudes.

Possibly just the "broken window syndrome". People keep the MRT clean because it's clean. People treat Taipei like a shithole because it's a shithole.
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Re: Whack Things in Taiwan (part 3)

Postby Icon » 19 Mar 2012, 11:43

Yesterday I witnessed a heart-breaking scene that had me reaching for a shotgun, but none was available. :cry:

While admiring the beautiful big, red plate Japanese bikes struggling up the mountains from Xindian into Pinglin, a horrible sight left me in shock: this wannabe biker, in a huge yellow and black bike matching his "leather" yellow and black tights and jacket, carried a stuffed Winnie the Pooh on his back.

Mind you, I am all for cute, but that was disgusting. Really. And the worst part? I am afraid it's like the "call sign" of some bike club, as not far behind trailed a red and black equally clad "biker", with the stuffed resemblance of an anime character -can't remember the name right now, but it has a red hat and looks like a rat- on his back, too.

Imagine this in the West. Hopefully, them driving in front of a group of Hell's Angels or something like that. It would be brief.

Your man cards, driver's license, and bikes, please. Give em' back!!!!
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Re: Whack Things in Taiwan (part 3)

Postby PigBloodCake » 20 Mar 2012, 16:54

Life is a bitch and death is her sister.

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Re: Whack Things in Taiwan (part 3)

Postby mike029 » 20 Mar 2012, 20:31



Another Apple Daily gem. I actually called them yesterday to get them to report on my university forcing both Taipei and Taoyuan students to all go to Taoyuan campus on Saturday from 9AM-6PM to watch a cheerleading competition (and if you don't go you fail PE), but apparently this is more newsworthy.
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Re: Whack Things in Taiwan (part 3)

Postby PigBloodCake » 20 Mar 2012, 22:07

mike029 wrote:


Another Apple Daily gem. I actually called them yesterday to get them to report on my university forcing both Taipei and Taoyuan students to all go to Taoyuan campus on Saturday from 9AM-6PM to watch a cheerleading competition (and if you don't go you fail PE), but apparently this is more newsworthy.


Totally. I mean, come on.....pulling 4 vehicles with.... :ohreally:

And he's in Tainan too (Bismarck county). Come on Bismarck, be his disciple. All the girls will "love you long time" :wink: :discodance:

Perhaps we can ask Guinness to put him in the record book :whistle: :thumbsup:
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Re: Whack Things in Taiwan (part 3)

Postby Icon » 21 Mar 2012, 09:36

Eh, wasn't that already in a National geographic special?
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Re: Whack Things in Taiwan (part 3)

Postby bismarck » 21 Mar 2012, 13:54

PigBloodCake wrote:
mike029 wrote:


Another Apple Daily gem. I actually called them yesterday to get them to report on my university forcing both Taipei and Taoyuan students to all go to Taoyuan campus on Saturday from 9AM-6PM to watch a cheerleading competition (and if you don't go you fail PE), but apparently this is more newsworthy.


Totally. I mean, come on.....pulling 4 vehicles with.... :ohreally:

And he's in Tainan too (Bismarck county). Come on Bismarck, be his disciple. All the girls will "love you long time" :wink: :discodance:

Perhaps we can ask Guinness to put him in the record book :whistle: :thumbsup:

They already love me long time! :D

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Re: Whack Things in Taiwan (part 3)

Postby kjmillig » 23 Mar 2012, 08:07

Whack? The general attutude about driving that most Taiwanese have. I understand traffic in a crowded country, but when people continue to run 15 cars and scootes through a standing red, make long angled left turns into oncoming traffic, park so close that they hit your leg with their scooter, etc (ad nauseum) I have only one word...
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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