I live in Taipei, Taiwan, and last Friday I had a barbecue at my rooftop. About 25 friends turned out to gather in a tight space to grill, drink beer, and chill. Nobody was concerned about being infected by coronavirus, and nobody even wore masks.
Since the coronavirus...(more)
Being in Taiwan during the coronavirus is surreal, especially seeing all of the news out there about how well Taiwan is doing handling the virus. Somehow I can’t imagine a developed country where people aren’t taking the same steps Taiwan has.
These are things like having my temperature...(more)
According to the Central Epidemic Outbreak Command Center (CECC) as of March 26, a total of 252 people have been diagnosed in Taiwan, with 29 lifted from quarantine.
Taiwan has done a number of things to ensure that the Coronavirus doesn't get out of control and it's quite impressive to be here watching it happen.
There have been less than 100 cases as of Wednesday this week (4/19/2020) and international news is going wild reporting on this underdog...(more)
When I first came to Taiwan as a student in 2010, a couple of friends and I loved to hang out at the internet cafes and play StarCraft II all night. They were magical places where you could sit at a computer, order a way too sweet tea, and play video games and talk shit all night. Unlike some of...(more)
Most people in Taiwan are wearing masks because the news media is pumping out endless clickbait and bad news about the coronavirus. The fact is China people can't really get to Taiwan without all the red tape. So that means we don't really need to worry about it here in Taiwan, except for those...(more)
I've never seen a Lyft in Taiwan, but when Uber showed up about five years ago, it was a godsend. Taxi drivers in Taipei had really gotten complacent, never improving their service in the least bit.
Getting into a taxi in Taipei is to open the door and be greeted with a whiff of cigarette...(more)
If you're job choice is not industry specific, then I would consider language as the first factor when making your decision, and then cost of living as a close second. If you are interested in learning/using Mandarin Chinese, then avoid Hong Kong. You wont' get much of a chance to use it, and...(more)
This is actually a tough question to answer for me. Culture shock in Taiwan has been pretty minimal for me compared to other places where I have lived (Japan and Korea). But I'll begin with a few things that I had problems with initially.
Obviously, if you arrive in Taiwan as a Westerner...(more)
Many of the larger banks in Taiwan offer you the ability to buy foreign funds, but you must first have an account at the bank in the currency of the fund you want to buy. So, for example, if you have an NTD account at your bank and you want to buy a Vanguard index, you’d need a USD account to...(more)
Just thought I’d throw out a list of various bank’s debit card options for foreigners. Will do one for credit cards as well shortly. This was from just a few years ago so the info should be pretty much the same. If you have trouble getting a debit card, feel free to PM me for...(more)
Your goals for your time in Taiwan should help you determine where you study Mandarin in Taiwan. The country offers plenty of public and private schools that offer very different learning environments. I've spent time at three different schools studying Chinese in Taiwan, and have heard plenty of...(more)
I worked for two years at a Taiwanese online newspaper. Even though my title was Reporter/Editor, the majority of my day to day work was spent translating local news published in Chinese into English (about 50%). Not strict translation, but mostly paraphrasing main points of the important...(more)
You'll need something called an ARC that stands for an alien resident certificate that will allow you to work in Taiwan for one to possibly three years, depending on the type of ARC that you get. However there are some very distinct disadvantages to having an ARC and the first one that...(more)
Here are seven things that totally surprised me before I came to Taiwan, and keep me living here ten years later.
1. Taiwan is full of food you've never heard of
Especially in the night markets. For example "little sausage in a big sausage (大腸包小腸)" is a famous...(more)
This depends on whether you’re looking for a full on adventure in Asia, or a relaxing place to live, work, and save money. I’ve spent two years teaching in China, first in Qingdao and then in Shanghai. As a 21 year old college graduate, it was a shock to my system when I landed in...(more)
When I came to Taiwan in 2010, internet cafes were much more popular than they are today.They are called 網卡 (Wang Ka) in Chinese and are basically places for guys and girls to play multiplayer PC games all night long while eating instant noodles and getting wired on sugary...(more)
This is a typical studio apartment in Taipei city. As you can see there isn't a kitchen, or even a living room!Taipei is one of the most densely populated cities in the world. Space is sold at a premium, and in a city where there's a 7-Eleven at every corner, street vendors, night markets,...(more)
The most popular countries in which to teach in East Asia are easily China, Taiwan, Korea, and Japan. Each one has its pros and cons with regards to the jobs available, working standards, cultural rules, and a hundred other areas you should be aware of. Here’s our post on why teaching...(more)
The airport has them for tourist's or ask a friend to get one.
The tax year in Taiwan runs from January to December. For the first six months (183 days) that you are in Taiwan, you will need to pay 18% tax on your earnings. This period of time is determined by the entry/exit stamps in your passport, and not your employment contract. You then file for...(more)
This is the latest information about getting a health check at Renai Hospital in Taipei, Taiwan. A health check is required in order for your employer to apply for a work permit for you. The type of health check you get is determined by which field you will be working...(more)
Ximending has been called the "Harajuku of Taipei" and the "Shibuya of Taipei". Ximending is the source of Taiwan's fashion, subculture, and Japanese culture. Ximending has a host of clubs and pubs in the surrounding area. This area is in the northeastern part of...(more)
Among the young Taiwanese people that I've met, a big part of them have lived or studied abroad. Most of them come back to the island with a new sense of what it means to be "Taiwanese". They are exposed to things that they could never be exposed to in Taiwan, like the multiculturalism of places...(more)
Taiwan’s capital Taipei is one of East Asia’s most vibrant metropolises.It's is famous for its night markets; Taipei 101, one of the world’s tallest buildings; and the National Palace Museum, which holds a vast collection of imperial Chinese treasures. But beyond that, thereare many more...(more)
It is not as hard as you may think. In fact, someone may a guide on how to do just that.
Llary’s Complete Guide to DIY Representative Office Registration
When I first wrote this guide very few people had set up this kind of office as a cost-effective way to be self...(more)
Although Taiwanese trace their ethnic heritage to China, along with their language, religion and holidays, Yeh feels no such affinity for mainland China, which considers Taiwan to be a breakaway province that will one day be reunited with the People’s Republic.
Of course you can, but that all depends on how much you make and how much you spend. Currently I make NT600 an hour. 3 month contracts on all classes and one on ones. I get a NT50 raise after every 3 months.I only made NT14,000 my first month back and it had me worried.
This depends on whether you’re looking for a full on adventure in Asia, or a relaxing place to live, work, and save money. I’ve spent two years teaching in China, first in Qingdao and then in Shanghai. As a 21 year old college graduate, it was a shock to my system when I landed...(more)
For North America and Eurozone countries, a 90-day visa on arrival is given right when you get off the airplane.
Beyond that, to work in Taiwan you will need an "Alien Resident Card" or ARC granted to teachers and white-collar workers. This means you can come and go as you please, get...(more)
For the most part, Taiwanese people in the bigger cities have studied English since grade school. They can be a bit shy to use it though, so you'll likely need to open your mouth first. But they can surely understand enough to have a conversation. The older people will generally have a lower...(more)
I've found the best way to meet local people in Taiwan is to smile and chat with them, everywhere you go. Most Taiwanese people have been studying English since grade school and can chat about most basic topics, with a large percentage of them being fully fluent in English from studying or...(more)
In the big cities, there are clean and fast subway systems that take you down all the main arteries. Taipei has an excellent metro (MRT) and that means you'll never need to rent a car or take many taxis. The FUN way to get around will be on scooter or bicycle. Taipei is a compact city so getting...(more)
Living and working in Taiwan has been a treat. I've been here for almost ten years and Taiwan is ranked one of the top, if not THE top destination for expats. Taiwan is clean and organized, it's cheap and convenient, and it's full of cukture. The climate is moderate and the people are generally...(more)
This was one of the hardest things to do in Taipei, while much easier in the south of Taiwan, due to simple supply and demand economics. When I lived in Taichung and Kaohsiung, renting an apartment was as easy as calling the phone number on a window sign next to the character for "for rent" or...(more)
The majority of Taiwan's expat community consists of English teachers here feeding the demand to learn English from native speakers. They are a tight-knit group who support eachother through various Facebook groups.
There is also a sizeable professional group of expats working in Taiwanese...(more)
Unlike many expats, it wasn't love at first site with Taiwan when I arrived in 2010 as a full time Mandarin language student. I'd been living in Shanghai, so arriving in Taiwan came with me plenty of culture shock.People looked at me funny whenI was used mainland Chinese terms...(more)