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if you come to taiwan

Post #695 • December 27, 2005, 11:03 PM

Movie theaters don't have candy, however, popcorn comes in your choice of salty or sweet. You still won't get out of there for under ten bucks a head.

You buy pants by the waist size. They hem them for you right there in the store. They go by waist and outseam, not inseam like in the US, so if you tell them your waist/inseam measurements, the helpful salespeople will look at you as if you were a heavy drug user. Prices come down 10-20% upon conversing with the salesperson, even in a shopping mall.

When crossing the street, assume that the oncoming cars are not going to slow down for you in the crosswalk. Oh, quite the opposite. (Speaking of cars, I heard a car alarm for the first time in 2 1/2 weeks. Wow. Didn't miss that.)

Electrical outlets are the same as in the States. Leave the adapters at home.

The proper response to an amazed stare is a respectful bow. There's some kind of life lesson in that.

I swear to God, I think I accidentally bought chicken-flavored peanuts. At least I knew not to buy the almond-flavored dried fish. Although, who knows - maybe they're tasty as hell. Chicken-flavored peanuts, though - neh.

You pronounce "chu" in the Wade-Giles system by saying "ch" as "zh." For the vowel, position your lips to say a long U, and instead say a long E, followed by the faintest hint of R at the end.

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