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ffvlkyx3mo
Wish I had some better shots of the lanterns on fire... but there were tens of thousands crowding around the shoreline tonight.
tmwdgylnbx3mo
wow that's pretty cool!
quccita3mo
The ghost banquet the following night was also pretty cool...
nayfhdxaea3mo
so beautiful ๐Ÿ˜ฎ
lgchqilovxjhlddd3mo
Does anybody here have experience buying medication in Taiwan? So far I've had no luck at pharmacies _or_ hospitals. One hospital had an alternative drug, which I'm considering. Would Taipei be better than, say, Kaohsiung? Should I wait it out until I'm there? Any help is appreciated! (the drug is Novorapid insulin FYI, the alternative is Actrapid)
eglenpvbntfclbxe3mo
Anybody have experience buying medicine in Taiwan? :disappointed:

So far, no luck (they don't have it, seemingly)
svsqrvkapuaawmwuz3mo
hello! Just arrived in Taipei, anyone willing to exchange some intelligence about nice places to work from? I'm in Biemen, near Taipei Main Station
pkebzpysyahzgrgeo3mo
Hello! Just arrived in Taipei! Can I join anyone to work from a cafe/coworking? Any recommendation on where to work from?
pynphrjlyjwtlxact3mo
hello Taiwan! Anybody in Taipei these days? Would be fun to meet up and exchange some info, as I've just arrived in town.
mluobbllxx3mo
this map goo.gl/Ljq5rG from iekzsqwq is quite good
yczibsooziqrnsbmb3mo
hhpxjvklqounlywup3mo
I'm going to try Notch cafe :) www.facebook.com/NOTCHfrontstation/
atnqkte3mo
That map is a bit old... But I update it now and then. Notch by the main station is a good place to work, I was just there the other day...
uifhrpu3mo
Big-time student vibe ๐Ÿ˜… but you shouldn't feel shy to step outside for a snack.
faykaqrpvd3mo
bring your passport, you'll get a discount ๐Ÿ˜‰ cc olqlvhqmun
tirliezvalqumacut3mo
why the passport gives me a discount?
htrpybnyc3mo
China has recently restricted exit visas to individual Chinese nationals wishing to visit Taipei
wvzmykggw3mo
recently China restricted exit visas for Chinese nationals wishing to visit Taiwan
pmolqtpxk3mo
the move is thought to be as an economic tool to pressure the Taiwanese government as well as avoid exposing independent tourists to Taiwanese democracy since soon next year there are elections
aywveztmu3mo
this coffee shop has a large message on their window saying they'll offer a discount to anyone showing up with a passport
hmdsvbeym3mo
it's more of a publicity stunt probably - anyway, Taiwan travel industry figure are mostly unaffected by lack of Chinese tourists
kpcfubkij3mo
as far as I know there are still tour groups allowed in, those tend to be on pre approved itineraries and with a mainland or pro China tour guide
ypcexvfseosqzivdp3mo
interesting!
cdnpocodk3mo
by the way xfobje I asked them on your behalf if they'd also accept CN nationals passport, at first they didn't understand what I was talking about, but then of course they said yes - in the end I think no one is really grabbing the offer, as a resident I wouldn't bother
czdeprqbnbhpmittc3mo
you guys live here long term?
muuojudbvafhdgjsx3mo
and speak mandarin?
kuebcbr3mo
Notch has the passport discount? I didn't notice... (BTW the prices there are already pretty cheap!)
jdwkyqb3mo
I gave my map a little update earlier today, added a few and removed some noise.
veuhilg3mo
I'm fairly long-term and speak/read a little Mandarin (and always learning more). I travel around but still prefer it here over other places.
ndytejr3mo
Probably a long-shot, but is anyone else headed to Toucheng for the ghost grappling festival tomorrow? It starts at 11pm so you gotta be committed ๐Ÿ˜… but I'm definitely checking it out.
xcoegcmxo3mo
been here for 3 years and no mandarin, save for taxi or restaurant use
gbspioplm3mo
fun thing I can sometimes exchange a couple of words in Japanese especially with elder Taiwanese. A cab driver the other day said something in Japanese to me as he couldn't think the words in English, and he froze when I replied lol.
rdgakog3mo
Haha that is hilarious! Will keep it in mind when I visit Taiwan in January.
qvtq3mo
globrnkyrv where are you seeing that the industry figures are mostly "unaffected"
koxe3mo
a huge portion of Taiwanese tourism is Chinese
vrhgfgx3mo
Tldr Chinese individual tours are down, inbound tourism from just about everywhere else is up.
hkrbxnqem3mo
yes that
dnsjcnn3mo
Things get weird when you start testimony daily spend per tourist from various locales tho
mwwuobrph3mo
I can't find a better link
yjzplkhix3mo
anyhow, I would argue that chinese bus / group tours are the scourge of Asian tourism a bit everywhere - their itineraries are designed to profit the same people, often mainland chinese or with ties to china
vqsymzlzs3mo
granted, the ban is for individual travel, a much better and welcome form of tourism
rfixqkkpy3mo
which is a shame really, the real victims are Chinese freedoms here, not so much Taiwan economy
zbyrkyt3mo
Yeah I'm annoyed by this. A Chinese friend was planning to visit in October and won't be able to...
rqmdjagjy3mo
since I arrived here I can take credit for bringing two dozen tourists who probably wouldn't have come to TW ๐Ÿ˜„
ytyx3mo
ndpyeunhru I read that Chinese account for 1/3 of tourists
nwrh3mo
that seems fairly significant
nryx3mo
in that link that was posted earlier, it's 28%
hijp3mo
for an increasingly flailing economy, dips in things like tourism can be significant
qzsddehtd3mo
I can't find a better link and have no time for this - there have been countless statistics showing that disengaging from over-reliance on Chinese tourism was a good thing and that tourists from other countries can make up for any loss. From a business perspective is also a no brainer if you put all your eggs in one basket, even without political intervention, a downturn in the economy of that market will bring down your business with it. Besides, who cares. If the Chinese government chokes the freedom of its people for political pettiness I don't see why one should be supportive of that just for the money. Looking for other revenue streams is the way to go and it's working. The mere fact that a government dictates who can go in and out and uses its own people as economical cannon fodder is repulsive.
ecym3mo
I'm not advocating one should or shouldn't do anything. You have a monopoly on having made political statements regarding the policy in this conversation. All I did was inquire the source of your numbers, because I was interested - especially since the policy was just put in place earlier this month. Just because there are less Chinese tourists doesn't mean that magically other people want to come to Taiwan in their stead. Diversifying, in general, is of course a good thing - I'm not sure you need "countless statistics" to establish that, however, it's not as if Chinese are taking up precious tourist spots that people are clamoring over, so there seems to be some kind of fixed pie bias in play here. I'm not going too deep into the politics of it, as it's not appropriate for this channel, but you seem to be unaware of the millions of sanctions, tariffs, rules, travel restrictions (E.g. US to Cuba), monetary restrictions, trade restrictions, IP restrictions, etc that are par for course of literally every single nation on this earth. Perhaps you find them all equally repulsive, but such a restriction is far from unique.
ujih3mo
This is silly. I explicitly stated I was neither justifying nor defending the policy. You're just clamoring now because you were making conclusory, unsubstantiated statements that have no factual basis, which does everyone a disservice. When someone takes offense at having to provide authority for a conclusory statement, it typically speaks to the value of the statement in the first place.
slwyexk3mo
The ghost grappling festival in Yilan tonight was really impressive!
imtn3mo
nice
wefu3mo
are you still mainly biking around yrpibdbe
zaantui3mo
This mission is on foot + bus + train, only because I'm keeping it short. Normally I'd ship the bike ahead so I have more freedom of motion, but I'm trying to not take too much time off for fun stuff like this ๐Ÿ˜
ekwphwfbrnyjfcn2mo
Hi all, heading to Taipei tomorrow. Anyone know what the best sim card/plan is to get? Looks like Emome has a 30 day unlimited plan, but it's supposed to be non-extendable and I'll be there for 50 days..
itikadc2mo
fnqqfpjknjkjxtvx Are you landing at a reasonable time? The big telecom counter outside of customs has the best deals in the country.
tgwwpdq2mo
It's easy to find, prices will be closely matched between carriers, Taiwan Mobile or Chunghwa or whatever will probably be about the same (but I use TW Mobile). They'll have 60 day plans. I'm pretty sure.
drvxngdhkvfylby2mo
siettcje landing at 10:30pm tonight, so hopefully they'll still be open. Thank you!
axzxcqvz2mo
IIRC, TW Mobile is better because you can get 2x30 day plan (which will continue on same SIM), but Chunghwa you need to get two SIM cards or something slightly more cumbersome like that. I think they're the same price otherwise; in terms of speed both are good :)
sdjzaxousbzzqwl2mo
In case anyone else has this question in the future, I arrived at the Chunghwa booth at a little after 11pm and they were still open and able to help.
bvtkucwacrqozyi2mo
Next question - does anyone have a dentist or dermatologist they recommend?
sxuksckbl2mo
check out Taiwan Adventist Hospital
skucoiaql2mo
has English speaking doctors, you can book one at the website; they will take you in even if you don't have a resident card, cost is generally reasonable
roqnnklsu2mo
as for other dentists outside hospital, can look up any clinic that has good rating 4*+ on Google Maps, and perhaps a FB page, to see if they can communicate in English
yrnwgssibynbqob2mo
Will do, thank you!
ijcihs2mo
alufqhpunfourkaai just arrived in ๐ŸฅŸ Taipei, #taiwan
bdbthe2mo
Got into Taipei late last night and had a good rest. Anybody fancy a craft beer later tonight ๐Ÿบ
pusvvyq1mo
Heh... it's always funny when a stranger sits down next to you in a cafe and you realize they're someone you recognize from NL ๐Ÿ˜…
gthaqvu1mo
Typhoon time!
anaqmv1mo
was it me flushedsweat_smile
dxqzpn1mo
It was me haha
thwgkupzuo1mo
Day off!!
avttqxzgzk1mo
Days off
mzqdhkbhhi1mo
Day off~~
qcvzlwkduc1mo
all taiwanese working china (national holiday) taking plane back home got their flights delayed ๐ŸŒง ๐ŸŒง ๐ŸŒง
qyuexwm1mo
This post-typhoon weather is so wonderful ๐Ÿ˜
tdofblfowkdq1mo
test post
lvzkwvqkebju1mo
Yea, like when there is plenty of breeze blowing across Taipei, moves that humid air around.
ucccmcabrode1mo
In Taipei til next Tuesday, are there any small meet-ups of anything kind happening this week (Fri to weekend)?
jcwzuchod1mo
Future ward is nice. They have a free Friday ive been dropping in for
dmszilcvwg1mo
Hey ๐Ÿ‘‹ I'm going to be arriving in Taipei at the end of November. Does anyone have any hostel recommendations / accommodation tips while I find my feet?
siacwqnqkr1mo
Hey ๐Ÿ‘‹
efyrezfzba1mo
I'm going to be arriving in Taipei at the end of November. Does anyone have any hostel recommendations / accommodation tips while I find my feet?
lacbnvoyz1mo
Would like to know as well :smile:
I will be there at the end of the month
btdmcj1mo
if you want a _hotel_ recommendation I can recommend e-house Ximen www.booking.com/hotel/tw/e-house.en-gb.html
yrrovc1mo
I did a few nights in an airbnb that was a total disappointment but have had a great stay here, got a deal on booking.com at a few day's notice at around ~$50/night
lxfrnertcl1mo
Nice one, thank you ๐Ÿ™
gnvcfj1mo
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uolfiw1mo
Also there is a coin laundry right around the corner next to a hipster cafe, very convenient ๐Ÿ‘Œ
frwobdqwdd1mo
etloefwtpx1mo
I recommend you to take the full room
keymfleduk1mo
and let me know if you find out what's going on behind this door ๐Ÿ˜‰
vuagwm1mo
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gdduxm1mo
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evfauo1mo
I went in Taipei last week and I was at Meander Hostel in Ximen. Very nice and clean place. The staff is lovely too
qpzcehe1mo
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gvfoksk1mo
should I just look for places once I'm there?
qdcnsdkdhygd1mo
Stayed there for an embarrassingly long time a few years ago. Really enjoyed the people there. Glad to hear they're still going strong! :)
cniacizn1mo
haha, you should've walked in and played dumb ๐Ÿ˜›
mtaemu1mo
Wow that's awesome man! Yeah, is a very nice place. Probably one of the best hostels I've been in Asia
hgzrnrkkywilf1mo
Hmmmโ€ฆ is pseudoephedrine illegal in Taiwan?
nwyjipnpl1mo
Not sure xiawliasefbgor I have some at my apartment if you're desperate still on Monday when I'm back.
yjnzwijpu1mo
yagtcfpt you can probably check the Facebook groups and people offer stuff in those. I did a monthly Airbnb last year when I got here for two months and worked okay.
kncqukxkr1mo
This looked interesting but haven't dug deeper than walking by and checking out their cafe www.9floorspace.com/
xujvjbkvzrons1mo
good for now thx, thinking I may load up before I leave spain
svmrqdzie1mo
No melatonin here either if that's your thing
kxofwpt1mo
Thanks dirvcnerix I ended up booking an Airbnb for the first month. 9floor looks interesting!
cqupqwhpddguo1mo
i wonder how strict they are about bringing that stuff in your suitcase
jejvauayaljsl1mo
are they like japan-level strict or no
fbuclqwqe1mo
I brought both in. I don't think that is a big deal
eovqjufle1mo
Just don't bring weed haha
xfdntrq29d
Cafe Nomad has a new version in beta... might be useful for some folks here v2.cafenomad.tw/
safmlvb13d
Iโ€™ll be working from The Hive for at least one month, if anyone wants to meet up
gtmdxkquypomry13d
Hi pzuuspoe - we're working at The Hive as well. We'll look for you tomorrow.
ytmivdrgxr12d
Hey! Iโ€™m coming in one week. OWould be glad to meet local community!
wttuuosgsl12d
Btw, Can you recommend good place to work in Taipei?
pcvrvryxg12d
cgdfvzqpvnb I like OCBC
qaaeggg12d
I'm still mostly into random cafes more than coworking spots
xumsdjwjv12d
yes I agree on that, esp in Taipei so many cafes, easier to work there
kssbytupjtjfwk11d
If you like coworking, we signed up at The Hive. The space has friendly managers, a few community activities planned and it happened to be close to where we are staying.
acoycf11d
The Hive is good. Iโ€™ve been using them since January, but am now moving out (have a booth desk on the second floor).
bzdcjfymj10d
Anything in Da'an is nice
dqcel9d
Daโ€™an is like the Hongdae of Taipei
gdsafmzjz9d
Yesss
samfbogiv9d
Taipei Main Station is like the Tenderloin
ywoffpbgld8d
<@UNWVD7P7T just arrived in Kaohsiung, #taiwan
ranwpqgtpk8d
<@UNWVD7P7T just arrived in ๐ŸฅŸ Taipei, #taiwan
zqytfnaucxgeod7d
Have we reached critical mass in Taipei to plan a happy hour? Any interest?
zvzevzfeyleomm7d
Yes, this is what Iโ€™m thinking of at 9am. Iโ€™m a pro-level procrastinator.
igzjnyv7d
Count me in!
devmepisizmtdu6d
Looks like it will be a small party tlipekhd
jxlrskgry4d
My partner and I will be there from Jan - April ๐Ÿ™‚
enarznq4d
I'll be there until Jan 12th ๐Ÿ™‚
csqbcfowehptkn4d
Dan and I just spent five hours at Addiction Aquatic Development. Amazing sushi. Incredible grilled shellfish. Highly recommend.
hcupempbtk3d
Iโ€™m going to be there (Taipe) from mid Novโ€ฆ not sure for how long yet ๐Ÿ˜„
bgcgnhikyaepx2d
o lawd that looks good
sctiiraakt2d
Is there a area that digital nomads like to hang out in Taipei? Something like Nimman area in Chiang Mai
wxojrbyuk2d
Da'an
kopxhly2d
We don't have the numbers for it to ever feel like a scene, but certain cafes seem to accumulate DNs. I've met more than a dozen at one of my usual spots just from striking up a chat.
hnkbcgc2d
Or maybe that cafe map I maintain gets shared around ๐Ÿ˜
cqdpgvn2d
But we're just a drop in the ocean of this huge modern city, so it won't ever feel like CM. Not unless there's a drive to start a proper DN getaway in Yilan or something.
vgowkbdkvb2d
is oromo still crowded?
jentquv2d
It comes in waves. Today it's chill, yesterday couldn't get a seat (and ended up riding to Notch at Main Station, which was quite a trip).
iqeuayijfa2d
Thanks jmrtobjq
vxsaayf11h
It's a cool city. Lots to see and do, plenty of small bars around, but not much international nightlife. Expat scene is mostly English teacher focused.
dkss5h
Itโ€™ll be tough if you donโ€™t speak Chinese
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