Even after a year and a half here, there are still some things that are so strange, one never gets used to seeing them. Things that, while make sense in a certain way, violate my perception of what’s normal. The other day, I was at a restaurant when one such thing happened.
We had finished our meal – Korean BBQ – and were preparing to leave. There was way too much food, so we asked for take-out. As we walked to the counter, the waitress busied herself with packing the leftovers. She brought them up to us, we paid and left.
When we got into the car, my gf said she was thirsty. Briefly looking into the bag, I didn’t see a glass or liquid container of any sort.
“Oh. I think we forgot to grab your drink.” I said.
“No..no…it’s here.” She pulled out this:
Oh my! I had forgotten all about those. Taiwanese weirdness strikes again! A take-out drink bag!
In all fairness, it’s a pretty good idea. There’s less material wastage, it’s cheaper than a take-out cup and it gets the job done. Notice the straw for easy drink access and the prettily tied ribbon around the top? Nice aesthetic touch…right?
Yet, my brain was still struggling with a drink bag – it’s just so…well…weird. Kind of reminded me of my student days when we purchased wine by the bag instead of by the bottle for financial (or lack thereof) reasons. Drinking anything out of a bag just seems very, very ghetto.
And then there are other questions that arise. It can’t be that easy to pour a drink from a glass into a plastic bag. Also, when you drive away, where do you put your bag? It won’t fit in the cup holder, and I haven’t seen any hooks to hang it from. Finally, in terms of sturdiness, this plasctic bag is much more likely to sprout a hole and pee your drink all over the place.
Imagine ever seeing this at a McDonalds drive-through in western suburbia?
As I’ve been doing for a while now, I just accept this as another weird/cool piece of Taiwan.