Attracting foreign work force to
Judging from discussion going on in
foreign experts for Taiwan: expect difficulties before they find their way... (bridge in Taipei)
Live like a local?
Basically, the attractiveness of living in
Fungus and noise…
The apartment will have a few small rooms, wall cancer (moisture, fungus) in the walls, will NOT have a heating (you would miss a heating in winter with a cold wind and 7 or 10 degrees outside), dogs would be barking 24/7 outside, scooters with broken exhaust pipes would be driving noisily outside on the streets even at night. You would hear neighbours jumping up and down and moving furniture as early as 5.30 am or as “late” as 1.00am in the apartment above you (wife says, magic requires shifting furniture sometimes and people here are more lively than at home). If new neighbours move in, they will not call the painters, they will call the construction workers to jackhammer away the walls down to the steel rods, which will make an insane noise for about 4 weeks, even on weekends.
English bridging the cultural gap (finally I found an excuse to post my bridge pix somewhere)
Survival in traffic
The average Taiwan citizen will go to work in the morning by scooter or car, spending a lot of time in an insane traffic, which is basically a combat of people without driving license (they don’t have a real driving license in Taiwan, they just test if people can park and move the car slowly in a special training area), driving intoxicated or LIKE being intoxicated.
See things growing on your skin!
In summer, air will be humid, hot and extremely polluted, causing skin diseases and circulation problems for some foreigners. I once had red circles everywhere on my skin. Gosh, that was exiting! And pretty itchy as well.
In office from 9 to 9…
Vacation only for weaklings!
You do NOT have any paid vacation in the first year and can hardly take a day off. Second year should bring 7 days, may be only 3 paid vacation days if your company betrays you a bit. Third year and following should bring 10 days, but people may still be offended if you take 10 in a row, because an annual leave is here more like 3 work days plus weekend.
Health insurance is cheap (don’t get it quickly though)
You will have a cheap health insurance, but it will usually be denied to you within the first six month, even if against labour law, solely because you are a foreigner and may just want to get your health fixed here.
Keep slim! (we have low-calorie food and low wages)
60 NT buy a good lunch box, so the
Of course, you should ask for a higher salary than the
So why am I here? Hey, I didn’t talk about me. Things are super-smooth and cool for me, man! And I am married to a local.
So should you come? Hell, yeah! Sounds like paradise, right?
Well, in the parks Taipei is usually a zone of tranquility. Only in the early morning, a lot of people go there for a TaiChi or whatever workout, afterwards park is mostly empty.
Seriously, unless you are looking for a temporary adventure, you should see that you find a company from home to bring you here as their representative with high pay and then you live in one of these fancy foreigner place next to the
However, Taiwan is interesting if you plan on experiencing Chinese culture. In that case, xenophobic China may be a hassle, while foreigner-friendly Taiwan make living a little more comfortable, that's what a lot of people say who know both countries. English gets you along often, but not always in Taiwan and the Chinese culture of Taiwan is more genuine than the often redefined culture of China.
Foto: Ludigel (blog author)