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What to Bring/pack for Taiwan?

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Re: What should I not forget to pack for Taiwan

Postby MJB » 14 Jan 2009, 23:56

If you are a man and over a size 11.5 for shoes I'd bring as many pairs as you can carry...Ditto if you are a woman who wears a size 9 or above.
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Re: What should I not forget to pack for Taiwan

Postby Sleepyhead » 15 Jan 2009, 03:22

Buttercup wrote:
Oh, to the OP, absolutely definitely do not even consider bringing illicit drugs in. The penalty is death. Just so you know.


Hmm, I'm sure the OP is now thinking, 'Hmm, better take that kilo of coke out of my bag now: I might DIE!'.


I had the misfortune of working with a hardcore fundy christian while I was in Korea whose "logic" (he is a creationist, so that should tell you his level of "logic") was, "I'm a Canadian, so I can smoke pot in while I'm in Korea."

I shit you not. The moron actually rationalized it that way, that drug laws only applied to Korean citizens.
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Re: What should I not forget to pack for Taiwan

Postby bismarck » 15 Jan 2009, 03:27

british_desi wrote:
citizen k wrote:Decent deodorant. Hard to find in TW. I always stock up when abroad.

And 7-eleven or some variety thereof (Hi-Life, Family Mart) are everywhere here. You can't walk more than a few steps without seeing one!

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hahahah thanks matey. I actually was going to get that from there.

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Especially the under-arm variety.

Edit: Actually scratch that. You can even find that easily enough at Carrefour. Mulling it over and browsing through this thread has led me to conclude:
a. I've been here too long,
because,
b. I think that besides the female underwear and hygiene products Buttercup described you can find almost anything on this island. Even boerewors and biltong.
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Re: What should I not forget to pack for Taiwan

Postby anglophonus » 15 Jan 2009, 04:24

I've just spent the last year and a half in Albania. Trust me, finding things in Taipei is easy.
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Re: What should I not forget to pack for Taiwan

Postby housecat » 15 Jan 2009, 04:34

I know the boys might enjoy this post, but I'd take over the counter yeast infection medicine. You can't get anything (for a yeast infection) OTC in Taiwan. Of course, there's always the plain yogurt method, but it's messy. I'd never had a yeast infection until I moved to Taiwan. Trust me, if the dr and his nurse think you can't understand, they don't care a whit about confidentiality. Better to be able to try to fix the problem yourself first.

McCormic Ranch dressing mix is available at Costco, but Hidden Valley is un-heard of there.

Other than that, or maybe a Mr. Pibb, I think you could get nearly everything you could think of in Taipei.
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Re: What should I not forget to pack for Taiwan

Postby anglophonus » 15 Jan 2009, 04:43

housecat wrote:I know the boys might enjoy this post, but I'd take over the counter yeast infection medicine. You can't get anything (for a yeast infection) OTC in Taiwan. Of course, there's always the plain yogurt method, but it's messy. I'd never had a yeast infection until I moved to Taiwan. Trust me, if the dr and his nurse think you can't understand, they don't care a whit about confidentiality. Better to be able to try to fix the problem yourself first.

McCormic Ranch dressing mix is available at Costco, but Hidden Valley is un-heard of there.

Other than that, or maybe a Mr. Pibb, I think you could get nearly everything you could think of in Taipei.


McCormick ranch dressing for a yeast infection?!? Hidden Valley, I can understand....
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Re: What should I not forget to pack for Taiwan

Postby Buttercup » 15 Jan 2009, 04:45

YOU USE RANCH DRESSING? But they sell Canestan cream over the counter!
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Re: What should I not forget to pack for Taiwan

Postby british_desi » 15 Jan 2009, 04:47

I just want to thank everyone who has posted! I really do appreciate it and am repacking as we type. I booked a return for mid March so that'll give me enough time to realise what I need when there. But all your lists have v helpful and put things into perspective me, once again thanks I appreciate it :)

I'm a lil worried about the bread there though. Do the high end supermarkets not stock regular whole wheat bread? If not I'm going to try to sneak some loafs in :loco: .

There have been some interesting wants/needs mentioned I doub't I'll be needing them though. To each their own hey.

I need this cough to go before I'm in Taiwan!!! Cough cough time to eat a normal meal while I can.

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Re: What should I not forget to pack for Taiwan

Postby housecat » 15 Jan 2009, 04:50

anglophonus wrote:
housecat wrote:I know the boys might enjoy this post, but I'd take over the counter yeast infection medicine. You can't get anything (for a yeast infection) OTC in Taiwan. Of course, there's always the plain yogurt method, but it's messy. I'd never had a yeast infection until I moved to Taiwan. Trust me, if the dr and his nurse think you can't understand, they don't care a whit about confidentiality. Better to be able to try to fix the problem yourself first.

McCormic Ranch dressing mix is available at Costco, but Hidden Valley is un-heard of there.

Other than that, or maybe a Mr. Pibb, I think you could get nearly everything you could think of in Taipei.


McCormick ranch dressing for a yeast infection?!? Hidden Valley, I can understand....


Ha ha ha. Silly boy (or girl). I do admit to the non-sequitur feel, there, and to the funny-ness of the pun, but I meant it as a list. But of course, you knew that.

And while I was an almost terminal "user" of ranch dressing at one point in my life (actually, until I went to Taiwan and Hidden valley was no longer available), I never used it for THAT!
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Re: What should I not forget to pack for Taiwan

Postby bismarck » 15 Jan 2009, 05:01

british_desi wrote:I'm a lil worried about the bread there though. Do the high end supermarkets not stock regular whole wheat bread? If not I'm going to try to sneak some loafs in :loco: .


Bread is plentiful...unfortunately, so is the sugar content...
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