Funnies from Taiwan!

by ilene on November 17, 2011 · 12 comments

in travel, Uncategorized

Ni hao from Taiwan! We are nearing the end of our stay here on this yam-shaped island. As much fun as it has been visiting relatives I haven’t seen in 20 years, eating good food and even having a second wedding banquet thrown for us last weekend, I miss home. There truly is no country like the US of A. I miss the comforts and conveniences of America- like walkable sidewalks, napkins bigger than the palm of my hand and non-squatting toilets. After checking into different hotels 7 times in the last few weeks, I’m looking forward to being back at  our cozy apartment in San Francisco!  Unfortunately though, Jeff’s three week business stint is looking like its turning into a three MONTH project so he’ll be flying back after Thanksgiving.  I’m pretty bummed about that.  His unpredictable job is taking some getting used to for both of us.

With Jeff working, I’ve had a lot of time by myself exploring the local area.  I’ve been spending lots of time at our hotel but everyday I will venture out and explore.  Yesterday, I took a taxi to Costco (yes! they have costco here! and it sells the same stuff as the US!) because I considered buying a sewing machine to use out here. I miss crafting and sewing! There are so many projects I want to work on! It’s also been a challenge to keep up a blog while traveling!  Sorry that I haven’t been able to post a lot.  But I took some funny photos with my iphone of stuff I’ve seen around that I thought you guys would get a kick out of.  It’s definitely been a culture shock being out here because so many things are different from the US!

The fanciest toilet I’ve ever seen in our hotel room. Not only does the toilet seat cover open and close automatically based on a motion detector when you enter the bathroom, but it also has these surprising options:

There’s a seat warmer and different options for “rear cleansing”, including “pulse” and “oscillating”. I’m definitely not up for trying any of those features!  There is also a “drying” and “deodorizing” option. I’m not adventurous enough to touch any of these buttons!

I see signs, labels and slogans with funny engrish everywhere I go.  One day, I got a takeout bowl of beef noodle soup and had a good chuckle over this random picture and caption on it:

Yes, Luck Baby, I like you!

One of our favorite things to do after a long day is to indulge in a late night $20 foot massage. They give you slippers to put on and I burst out laughing at these girly, leopard print women’s slippers they gave Jeff:

They were definitely for women, look how slender and small the slippers are!  He had to squeeze his big feet to get into those. And if that wasn’t emasculating enough, check out the pink “cape” Jeff had to wear when he went to a local barber to get a haircut:

It has little teddy bears (or pigs?) all over it!

The name of this clothing store cracked me up- “Pimp 99- For Man”:

We went to a popular bathroom-themed restaurant called Modern Toilet, where all the food and decor was potty themed. You sit on toilet seats instead of chairs, the table is a converted bathtub and the napkin dispensers were toilet paper rolls hung off the walls.  The food was “creative” and all served in mini toilet bowls or urinals. Jeff got the curry and I got a swirl of chocolate icecream:

The food was mediocre at best, it was more for the fun and novelty of it.


Part of my daily afternoon ritual is to take a walk to one of the many 7-11 stores.  There are 7-11s are on every street corner and you can do just about anything in that store- buy food, get a cellphone, buy underwear and even order a taxi. I go almost everyday to get a snack, its probably the highlight of my afternoons.  The snack aisles always have the most “interesting” offerings. Like this bag of “Lonely God” potato twists: 
Not sure why God is dressed like a little fairy and what does it have to do with potato twists?!

The chips sectional in general had a very “diverse” selection. Like sushi and plum-flavored chips.  And bacon-flavored pringles (brilliant!). They tend to like meat flavored chips, like garlic steak and chicken!

And wash it all down with a carton of delicious asparagus juice!

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{ 11 comments }

1 Anonymous November 17, 2011 at 10:53 am

TOO FUNNY. Love the way they drew the “bottom” for those toilet buttons. And c’mon, if you don’t try those buttons in Taiwan, when will you ever try ’em? 🙂 Did you at least try the asparagus juice? X-P

2 Angela Chang November 17, 2011 at 10:54 am

Sorry, I. “Anonymous” was me!

3 Cathie November 17, 2011 at 11:56 am

Oh, yes-you must try the toilet buttons. I don’t know how appetizing it would be to eat out of a toilet, but I must say you are very adventurous to eat CHOCOLATE out of one.
Asparagus anything sounds yummy to me.

4 Snob on a Budget November 17, 2011 at 11:58 am

I think you should try the toilet buttons, you are there see what it’s like!

You should bring back the weird chips as gifts for people as they are a cheap gift and really show the local “flavor” so to speak. I actually have a blog post in my hold about this very subject!

Have fun on the rest of your trip.

5 Renee November 17, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Hands down the food served in a toliet bowl – priceless! All those settings for a bedet – I can barely work the thermostat at home – YIKES! Love the leopard print slippers too – men can get away wearing leopard print, right!?!

6 xin lei November 17, 2011 at 3:08 pm

Wow, I am going to have to check out that toilet restaurant the next time I’m there….hilarious!!

7 Mel November 17, 2011 at 11:58 pm

sushi flavored lays?! curry in a potty?! pimp 99?! hilarious!

8 Judy Kim (@judochops83) November 18, 2011 at 1:21 am

i miss asia!!~ i would do the same thing at 711!! haha. chishiyi!!!

9 Jen November 18, 2011 at 10:04 am

Ewww asparagus juice? That sounds a little crazy for my taste. I could go for the bacon chips though

10 ashley November 18, 2011 at 9:13 pm

Those pics are too funny!! The pimp 99 store had me and my boyfriend laughing! Thanks for sharing!

11 natty January 22, 2012 at 12:08 pm

asparagus juice, gross

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