I decided to do a follow-up:
It is assumed that befriending a Foreigner on the street means free English lessons
White-Foreigner Males in their 20s-30s have a bad reputation on the Island, and I can see when I pass a girl, or father, who puts me in that category.
On the other hand, there are times when I pass a girl on the street, she'll stare at me in a way that probably would have gotten me beat up by the boyfriend on her arm if it were to happen in the States. I typically look at him to try to neutralize the situation (and size him up, just in case), but I'm greeted with a wide eyed, smile that rivals his girlfriend's gaze.
There's usually a bout of giggly laughter after I pass by.
It's okay to tell your English teacher he's fat if it's true.
It's okay to tell your English teacher he's fat if you think it's true.
They see being fat as unhealthy, not unfabulous
Girls still starve themselves to be thin, however
The one rule on the road I've seen followed is “No Right Turn on Red”
At bigger intersections, Scooters have to make a two-light right-angled turn instead of simply turning left. This is occasionally broken.
Mothers let toddlers stand between their legs on the floor of their scooter helmetless as they ride through the reckless city.
But the AC and heater are rejected, largely, because it is deemed unhealthy and a waste of unnecessary energy.
The Dryer is seen as a Clothes wrecker, and thus ignored.
Duck and Chicken heads and feet are served as edible additions to your dinner.
Every Night Market must have a Squid-on-a-Stick Stand
Best factory-placed sticker on the side of a scooter: “Strictly for Wind Cutting.”
7-11 does not sell any Energy Drinks, and their soda list is about 4 beverages long. However, they have three refrigerators full of bottled tea.
McDonald's, KFC, TGI Friday's, and Costco all taste more or less the same, the only difference is the bilingual menus.
Speaking of Costco... it's nothing short of an adventure-outing here. People queue up 15 people thick and wait a good ten minutes all for a nibble of the new chunk of Cheddar cheese.
Oh, and the Pizza in the cafe near the entrance? Tastes the same, except the flavors are Cheese, Hawaiian, and Seafood. I have yet to see Pepperoni anywhere.
The Pamello fruit is a festival delicacy that is typically eaten once a year. It tastes like a white orange.
You sort your recyclable trash at public fast food restaurants and in office buildings
The lady at the DVD rental store has a strange but decent taste in English speaking movies. (American and British)
Even when you know you're full, you're still hungry. Because you obviously didn't eat enough. They don't have a problem telling you this. (for circular reasoning, see numbers 5-6)
Those snack bags with the wasabi-wrapped-wafers, and the stale ginger-flavored communion crackers, and the crunchy flash-fried (whole) minnows... they're actually not half bad. (Just don't think about the minnow part as you're putting it in your mouth)
Jr and Senior High Students study for fun, and practice their instruments on their day off. (Yes, day. As in one.)
Taiwanese try to out-entertain their guests at weddings. C-Rate Magicians always do more harm than good. That simply should be an international policy.
If the only substantial facial hair you can grow is four inches of straggly mess out of a neck mole... by all means, go for it...