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xyvmahfjioxe10d
I feel slightly stalked by now but if it helps...
dpfgerag10d
I'm not receiving that on my side with Chunghwa
spkqcjirlhgg10d
hm, I've got Taiwan Mobile
ktxpjpmz10d
I guess since you provided your passport when you bought your tourist sim you can assume the authorities have your number
jruzfotw10d
They also took the number of my airbnb host when I arrived, but I didn't hear for any of those two
ehkyjpyj10d
that can be a scam too (what for? I dunno)
zzgfutkeliwe10d
Yeah, doesn't make sense as a scam.
isavynfhyphh10d
But weird that it's in Chinese for tourists too haha
sqjpldwiqpfa10d
I think they've matched the passport to my flight details, I've arrived via SFO
hfwkjajtsrwj10d
Now they check because it's corona everywhere in the US
vsfiokwe10d
> But weird that it's in Chinese for tourists too haha
Yeah that's what has raised my suspicion aha
cgdenseb10d
just respond "English please" xD
corymothcrjg10d
I've double checked the translation with a chinese speaker, I don't want to respond and accidentally go to corona jail ๐Ÿ˜„
pasuxhd10d
They will come to you if you don't respond.
fjecddwtvoab10d
But I'm not quarantined, don't think they know where I am (except the general phone location)
wxswhiv10d
I would call 1922 and ask what the situation is.
diluzvtalnn10d
Didnโ€™t receive it with Taiwan Mobile (new 90-day card registered in March, with my passport entering in Dec)
nyktsmpqeyz10d
I think the gov is backtracing a number of people who entered in early March. Is there any time point that you might meet?
eybpzbwznnse10d
I've entered two weeks ago, maybe it stops soon. I'll ask them what's happening if they call me again.
xhmlael10d
You are self-quarantining at present?
ahfonmg10d
They might just ask you to stay where you are and pay you a stipend. Better look into it.
qflsfle10d
Seems reasonable. Really, I suggest calling them and asking.
cxjdcvkevtdg9d
Woah, woah, woah. You mean actually use my phone for calling in 2020?
ivwiqai9d
Well you could always try texting and see if that works ;)
jvotsrgxpc9d
Found this really impressive dashboard www.againstcovid19.com/taiwan/dashboard
btpysew9d
There is some evidence of undetected transmission emerging, which is probably why these measures are being proposed. Still nothing to be super concerned about, but looks like we're not out of the woods just yet (as we thought we might after April 2).
kstzrntu9d
Yeah I mean, even with all the measures they've put in place and even with contact tracing, it's impossible to trace everyone, like how can you know if the Uber you took didn't cough over your meal bag and gave the virus to you this way? There will be undetected cases in the wild, that's for sure, but not to the extent of the US/Italy/Spain for instance
iyyavyqa8d
Hey guys, does any of you know what is the best prepaid sim card which last for 3 months? My current plan is with ChungHwa but it's only 30 days and it seems it's the same for every carrier excepted Taiwan mobile maybe. Thing is I can't find anywhere where to buy long term card, I looked on the internet but the information is a bit misleading. Thanks ๐Ÿ™
eispwtgjrbq8d
Taiwan Mobile 90 days unlimited data with phone number NT1800
yiteemv8d
I usually pick up the longer prepaid phone plans at the airport. They usually have the best deals, but you can only get them at this location.
qagujbnvd8d
it's my last day of quarantine ya'll ๐Ÿคช
ihougre8d
When does the countdown end? Midnight?
edsecbvgk8d
yeah midnight, but probably won't head out until tomorrow for lunch
mjphxatt8d
jeez, it's impossible to pick a card like this outside the airport? ๐Ÿ˜ž
bmcvznzf8d
I didn't know I would be staying more than 30 days when I first came here lol
kjrvcqz8d
You can renew anytime, it doesn't take long.
yqkijviuum8d
mwpvdfcqgs I can recommend my favorite eats around where you are to celebrate
ccmpvkevo8d
sure, would love to hear them!
itxtpdshh8d
im basically at the intersection of xinyi/guangfu. super high concentration of restaurants here, and every week still discovering new nooks we haven't wandered to before
mmewzlpzgq8d
haha I guess where you live , use to live there for 2 years ๐Ÿ˜„
lwefuusqzb8d
g.page/red138?sharebr /> good lunch deal healthy

amazing noodle
cheap homemade
I'm sure you know that one
go there during crab season
dope turkey rice
hidden japanese cury
dope burger
expensive, but great lunch deal
vollqhwgc8d
ah cool
jvqjhssnz8d
been to a few of these
zxibvcmfq8d
always walked by umeal and foodman without givin gthem a second thought lol
kmnuocbeu8d
do you still live in taipei/around here?
kpctvgtua8d
have you been to ็‰›ๆจ‚้บต๏ผŸ
uockravrlb8d
I didn't
tusmtrfufp8d
ow wait, that one you HAVE TO try ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น goo.gl/maps/wUsbPrxAJQ2M44J96 , the soup dumpling is to die for , it's actually my go to go plance when in the area now
ifqjbxubt8d
highly recommend that one! their beef noodle soup is my favorite and everything else on their menu is really solid. working my way through it all
ozyamodnj8d
can you try that link again? it just leads me to a generic gmap
itpbfiudx8d
oh interesting, we always walk past this place but never go in haha
nmlorrrae8d
will have to try it!
hwaxcosinz8d
yeah it's super crowded for lunch
qzxczdrxs8d
yeah! lol exactly
qdnnhkgyc8d
what do you get there
wfebvmqtfs8d
the pork ribs noodles
or pork ribs + dumplings
udggffonxn8d
ahh and almost forgot that thai restaurant goo.gl/maps/vMwJ5PjgorStjrzr8 everything is excellent there
ohmnxpdzxu8d
ok i'm done with recommendations lol
bitpyfmvt8d
haha nice. thanks
jaaqvvathp8d
Mmmm I love Taiwanese food.
kzlriappls8d
zdhvgyfovyy have you run up against the upper limit of the green flags yet? I've had a bunch of mine disappeared, so now I'm more careful with flagging in Maps
qhkrdvrguc8d
I don't think google lose any pins, It sometimes doesn't show up well on desktop , and not all are visible in mobile. But I think that is their clustering algorithm showing pins that isn't great .

can't argue have too many pins now , become not readable. Can only blame Taiwan having too much good food
fvtmiaih8d
I tried to find a way to top up ChungHwa but I couldn't find an easy way to do so
kyeqajep8d
omg xD
keooaom8d
Xinyi-Guangfu crew represent ๐Ÿ˜…
vettwsk8d
At the store? I use Taiwan mobile and just pay for a month of unlimited internet when it runs out.
pklretdajyg7d
Thatโ€™s a lot. Need to leave in each city for a month to try a bunch of them ๐Ÿ˜‚
yuuogubtamp7d
There are also providers of portable WiFi too. You can order it online and deliver to door
pswyflzp7d
Oh ok, thanks guys :)
dqtdtxjlfc7d
Walked into a high street myfone and they gave me the 90day student SIM card $1800 unlimited data
lvilbubpri7d
No need to be a student apparently, just have to be able to prove youโ€™re allowed to stay in the country for longer than 30 days
bkxpzkcxqyw7d
This is the Taiwan Mobile plan Iโ€™m using
nzgfeldh7d
๐Ÿ˜ฎ awesome, thanks guys, I think I'll go with that!
kulchdvu7d
It's cheaper than Chunghwa also
kuvddxvnsbg7d
FYI, while you cannot extend the data plan after expiry, the phone number is still valid for up to 1 year I think. Good for receiving SMS messages
nsgarvjw7d
gtk, thanks ๐Ÿ™‚
obalopwwrcoy5d
Don't want to turn this into #_covid19 but that's pretty great www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3910210
hwbgsny5d
The slow trickle of cases with no known origin is a little concerning... but the overall count remains low.
cpspudfrn5d
new measures? went to a restaurant tonight and had to write down our names and phone number and the day/time we were at the restaurant
vvicsmkwuru5d
I was only doing that when visiting parent-children center (gov operated)
ioqhyzjpf5d
well guess its going to start being a more widespread practice
dmmejdzgoxb4d
Is there anyone up to for a meet up?
I think is kind of a no :worried:
Just some regular socializing, sight-seeing and a few drinks
wunbjtfrjiit3d
I don't think there would be anything wrong with it
hagkrhdpvwhu3d
Restaurants and cafes are busy as usual here, this isn't different
ahrkxettxoph3d
I'm mostly at home but I work from cafes 2-3 times a week
lrzqgreyzjq3d
yep!
drfryjmlysew3d
Apparently lots of people traveled over the holiday weekend, that might be a problem ๐Ÿ˜
ohfomyh3d
Grab a friend, buy some drinks from the 7, go for a hike on a non-tourist trail ๐Ÿ˜ท
icsytxw3d
I was hoping everything would be cool two weeks after mandatory quarantine but people were waaay too complacent on the long weekend. Now gotta hit the snooze button and wait some more.
dyntopbupgoq2d
Hi all โ€” after 2.5 years nomading, Iโ€™ve decided I want to semi-permanently (and maybe indefinitely) stay in Taiwan, at least as my home base. Itโ€™s convenient timing I suppose, in light of the virus, but Iโ€™ve fallen in love with this country and am super happy/productive here. I was in touch with a US-based accounting/incorporation guy yesterday and am setting up time with a lawyer here as well to explore visa and structuring options, but wanted to drop a line to this group in case there are any words of warning or advice folks have. If youโ€™ve written on the topic or know of resources that you recommend I read, Iโ€™d accept any info with open & appreciative arms.

NOTE I am providing context on my business below in case thatโ€™s relevant to how folks answer my question above. I am not trying to be self-promotional and am happy to delete the context on the business below if itโ€™s not kosher or helpful to the community. I donโ€™t know what the policies are on that as Iโ€™ve never directly discussed my work within nomadlist. If the below context is against community guidelines, please advise and I will delete accordingly. Thanks!

---CONTEXT---

My plan is to incorporate 2 entities in Delaware one for-profit and one non-profit (think google.com|google.com + google.org|google.org structure). My intention is to self fund the for-profit and fund the non-profit through the for-profit activities, while also allowing tax-deductible donations to the non-profit efforts. Itโ€™s possible I would accept investment on the for-profit side down the road, but I think thereโ€™s a <20% chance that Iโ€™ll need or want to do that.

The business teaches emotional intelligence (mindfulness & self-awareness) and communication skills to help people better understand themselves, others, and how to navigate contentious conversations so both sides benefit. Focuses include but are not limited to differing views on religion, politics, values, and numerous tangential areas (e.g. climate, abortion, racism), and also extends into areas like starting/ending relationships and giving/receiving feedback. Value is delivered asynchronously (e.g. youtube channel, podcast, written posts,) and synchronously (e.g. retreats, workshops, coaching). The synchronous side is administered both virtually and physically (once COVID-19 is past us).

I was planning to launch live in Bali in June with events planned for New Zealand, Thailand, Montreal, and others, but instead Iโ€™m focusing on the asynchronous and virtual sides of the business this year. Iโ€™m very open to hosting events in Taiwan once the virus is past us and social practices return to normal.
fkayviylzl2d
sounds well planned. i'm curious about your cost on setting that up in Taiwan. if you want to share a bit more ๐Ÿ™‚
yfcegcijccxf2d
paxjvjpvmrm I can share more on costs once Iโ€™ve connected with the Taiwanese lawyer. I donโ€™t know yet.
ojaavzb2d
You didn't say anything about the non-profit. What's your goal there?
rafcyyxymbsr2d
Ah, yes. Didnโ€™t comment on that b/c I didnโ€™t see it as relevant to my original question, but the idea is to use the non-profit for social projects that help reduce dogma and polarization within society, as well as to provide offerings to folks who might not be able to afford retreats, workshops, coaching, etc.

Itโ€™s not just people with means who need/want to learn such things and I want the services to be accessible for all types of people/communities. Thatโ€™s a bit vague, I know, but thatโ€™s the spirit of it.
kbshg1d
sounds complicated. why not just have a non profit? you can still pay yourself an ungodly salary. probably better to ask US accountant for service than here :)
nprui1d
Most non profits are scams anyway and operate like for profits
zjbfwzpwvexs24h
eggszq Sounds more complicated than it is. Itโ€™s relatively common in the US. The google example is just one. I already spoke with my US accountant but was specifically asking this group for any advice/thoughts on visas and operating a business from Taipei, as Iโ€™ve decided this is where I want to be for home base going forward.

I would disagree that โ€œmost non profits are scams,โ€ but would acknowledge that many are and that type of org is very susceptible to abuse, especially on small scales of <$50k/yr in revenue, since the IRS doesnโ€™t invest the time to review small ones closely. So, yes, to your point lots of people abuse that. But Iโ€™m not interested in making a big salary with this, nor running a scam. Iโ€™m thinking Iโ€™ll draw a modest salary from the for-profit and then reinvest all profit back into scaling the for-profit and/or donating into the non-profit.

Iโ€™d rather have a for-profit where I optimize for quick decision making that doesnโ€™t need to be run through a board or community of stakeholders, while also allowing the structural flexibility to take investment down the road if that proves the best route to accomplish the mission. The segregated non-profit would purely focus on social good. Having 2 separate entities keeps everything clean and transparent from an accounting standpoint, as non-profit books are publicly viewable when annually filed with the IRS. Iโ€™ve mostly worked with for-profits, but also founded a non-profit 501c3 ~10 years ago.

The reason that I (and many other companies) need both rather than just a non-profit is that non-profits have a lot of restrictions and bureaucracy in how the organization conducts business (e.g. board of 4 people, board makes decisions, required quarterly meetings, required documentation of all meeting notes), plus introduces expenses in just keeping the lights on as you still need to go find money (e.g. grant writing, fundraising). Running a successful non-profit fundraising campaign takes a similar amount of effort & process as building a sales organization as a for-profit company, and introduces a lot of overhead / inefficiency. So, I think itโ€™s better to minimize the non-profit overhead by just running a for-profit company that funds the charitable efforts itself, rather than needing to spend money raising donations. Any donations that people outside the company choose to put into the non-profit is just icing on the cake. Not essential to survival, but fuels the mission for those so inspired.

Non-profits also require a board and all kinds of oversight on decision making thatโ€™s important to maintain the purity of the mission, and iโ€™ll definitely have that for the non-profit, but that kind of consensus building can slow down a for-profit org.

By using both, I can more effectively ensure that the overall mission is unencumbered. At least, thatโ€™s my intention. Iโ€™m open to being proven wrong and discarding my approach for another structure that better serves the mission.
cswpxvhjz13h
I'm jealous! I want to come and hike in Taiwan. I hear it's Hiking Central. (City+hiking is my fetish, which is why Cape Town is one of my favorite places, but it's "somewhat"...not safe, which I hear Taiwan is also great for :D)
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