- Aug 24 Wed 2016 18:10
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- Aug 12 Fri 2016 18:05
[Richard has a few implants. He also has an irrational fear of people in white coats carrying pliers.]
A visit to the dentist is distressing. You know it will hurt, and the dentist has the power to control how much it will hurt. If you only have a minimal comprehension of basic Chinese, then going to a dentist here just adds another layer of fear, dread, and uncertainty.
Sometimes you can be fooled by the cuteness of their signage.
- Aug 11 Thu 2016 10:29
- Aug 03 Wed 2016 18:19
- Jul 29 Fri 2016 14:04
[Richard has lived here for 18 years and thinks that Taiwan is his cup of tea.]
Taiwan has excellent teas. The people here are very proud of them. They have red tea, black tea, green tea, and many others. The best tea is grown on the high mountains. The sparse air up there gives the tea rich aroma and smooth taste.
If you visit a person at home in Taiwan, you may get to have some tea served Taiwan style. They usually have a big coffee table in the living room. The host will sit in front of a big tray with small tea cups and a ceramic teapot. He will have a kettle of hot water and rinse the teapot and cups. He will put the tea into the kettle and fill it with hot water. Then he will pour out the water after about twenty seconds. He then refills the kettle and pours for his guests.
- Jul 27 Wed 2016 18:07
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- Jul 14 Thu 2016 10:38
[If you do not speak English, I am at your disposal with 187 other languages, along with their various dialects and sub-tongues. – Robby the Robot]
There are some free automated translation websites. The quality of their output is far from perfect, but due to customer feedback, they are continually getting better. Users can suggest improvements in translations of words and phrases. It has been very useful to people like me who never could become proficient at using the Chinese language.
Translation involves much more than knowing what words mean in other languages. It requires a deeper understanding of how the words are used. There often is not much logic in what people decide a word or phrase may communicate. Chinese phrases are often just a few words from a longer name or sentence. Instead of saying 國立臺灣大學; they just say 臺大; instead of saying 7-11, they will just say 7. A translation machine needs to be aware of that.
- Jul 13 Wed 2016 17:48
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- Jul 06 Wed 2016 17:00
- Jul 01 Fri 2016 12:04
[Richard has been shopping in Taiwan for 18 years.]
Taiwan supermarkets sell meat, cheese, bread, noodles, vegetables, and rice, but I can never get anything that tastes like home. There are many kinds of cream-filled wafers sold in Taiwan, but they are none of them very sweet. The ones that they sell in America are sweet and heavenly. Of course, the Taiwan style is probably healthier, but who needs that. If I had wanted healthy, I would have moved to Finland.
I miss TV dinners. I used to eat TV dinners often. Most homes in Taiwan don’t have large ovens, so there is not a lot of baking supplies. TV dinners are nowhere to be found in Taiwan. There are not even any microwave TV dinners.
- Jun 30 Thu 2016 17:57
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- Jun 23 Thu 2016 16:40
時尚潮流 新品展示 輕鬆觸控 完美呈現
- Jun 16 Thu 2016 17:51
- Jun 14 Tue 2016 11:37
[There is something to be said for the wisdom of the ages.]
Many old wives’ tales that are sort of true, even if they are not exactly correct. These are modern myths. They try to explain things that we do not understand. Many of these come from the days when many Americans were settlers in a wild, new world and just trying to survive. Many people never went to school and they only had these tales to guide them in life.
One old wives’ tale states that lightning never strikes the same place twice. There is no reason for this to be true except for the fact that the Earth is so big that the odds of lightning hitting the same place twice within a time span that anyone would notice are so small that you can get away with thinking that it would never hit any one place multiple times. The lightning rod on the top of Taipei 101 must get hit often. (Many times a day, the Internet said.)
“Bounty is the quicker picker upper.” That one was going around the television before there was an Internet. They even had videos that showed the paper towels ‘actually’ soaking up spills. There were many gullible people who believed it. Many paper towels were sold.
- Jun 06 Mon 2016 15:50