An Engineer Walks Into a Hardware Store

A joke: An engineer walks into a hardware store and shows the owner a Chinese word for a “file” on his cell phone. The owner starts looking for the item, and the engineer’s wife tells him they’re from North Europe, definitely not from Norway, as the owner thinks, but from Finland. Then she proceeds to…

50 Shades of Taipei

Nearly 5 months ago, I arrived to Taoyuan airport with my husband, a back-bag, Pleco downloaded to my phone and very high hopes in heart. And OMG (a serious OMG, sorry guys, I’m rather excited about everything that has happened here), we have been having fun. As a matter of a fact, I want to…

“Do you speak Chinese?” “Yidiandian…”

One of the first things one notices after arriving to Taipei, is how well Taiwanese speak English. Another thing is, they they don’t seem to think so. Have you ever been to, let’s say, India or China? Ask any person there, if they speak English, and the answer is always an affirmative and self-assured “Yes!”….

Basically Just Really Fun and Awesome Stuff

After spending over 3 months here in Taipei, I am happy to say that we are having fun. Although studying the language and trying to find a job is not always super easy (crying, tantrums, annoyance..), most of the time we are very very satisfied with our decision to move here. I am also very…

Year 106 And How to Feel Good About Being Bad in Chinese

When we first arrived to Taiwan, we started noticing little, weird things. You could see signs saying “3C” everywhere, hear trucks playing Für Elise driving around, and then, after figuring these out, we realized no matter where you looked, be it a neon sign with dates on it in a bank, or a receipt from…