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Awkwardness at a Taiwanese sex shop

I’m not talking a bawdy house or dirty movie cinema here.  I’m talking one of those shops that couples can visit and buy toys/lingere/costumes to spice up their sex life.

I was skyping with a friend from home a while back, and the subject of sex shops came up.  When asked what a Taiwanese sex shop was like, I realized that I had no answer (this not being my top priority in a land where it’s hard for me to order food), but as I was the sole ambassador here, I felt it my duty to find out.

I’d been to sex shops (Stag shop) occasionally back home.  They offer your standard selection of sex toys, dildos, costumes, movies, condoms, ointments, gels etc etc.  After committing to find one here, I was excited to see what the mysterious East would offer up.  I mentioned this “research project” to my gf, and surprisingly she was up for it (generally being typically Taiwanese shy around sexuality if it’s on public display).

So we found a shop of interest and went there at around 8:30 pm on a Saturday evening.  Turns out, it was a pretty awkward and weird experience. Continue reading ‘Awkwardness at a Taiwanese sex shop’

The Taiwanese Princess

If you’ve been in Taiwan for 24 hrs. or more, you know exactly what I’m talking about.  If you haven’t, you’re not missing out.

What I’m referring to is the fashionably dressed, accessory carrying, irritating female embodiment of sickening “cuteness” that refers to everything as “Hen ke’ai” (Soooo cute).

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not talking about real, normal Taiwanese women.  They are fantastic, no complaints here.  No sir!  I’m talking about the under evolved variants – the walking, talking avatars of annoying and fake.  The epitomes of corny, the mistresses of cheesy.  The ones you want to slap in the face just for being born.

Yes, I’m talking about the Taiwanese Princess.  Here’s a gaggle of them: Continue reading ‘The Taiwanese Princess’

Adultery laws in Taiwan

So you are Mr. {generic name}, newly arrived from {western country} to Taiwan.  Wow!  What an amazing place.  Beautiful scenery, easy lifestyle, willing enchanting women…you should’ve found this paradise sooner!  You decide to stay for a while.

After some time, you settle down with a nice girl to enjoy a family life.  But as time goes on, you find married life getting rather boring.  You were a bit of a cad back home, and find yourself missing that life.  So you decided to dip your nose – just a little, mind you – to see what the other boys are enjoying.  After all, you don’t want to ruin your life, you just want a small amount of excitement. Continue reading ‘Adultery laws in Taiwan’

A Taiwanese wedding

A few weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to attend a Taiwanese wedding reception.  I was pretty excited about this because I’d heard a lot about how lavish these affairs can be, and I really wanted to experience one.  In this particular wedding, the family of the bride is VERY well to do, so the occasion included all the bells and whistles.  Before I get into it, here are a few things I’ve learned  about weddings in Taiwanese culture: Continue reading ‘A Taiwanese wedding’

Redefining relationships – Dating Taiwan style

Like any single guy moving to a new country I was very curious to know what the women would be like in Taiwan.  Having heard tales of how easy picking up beautiful women was going to be, the lascivious side of me was, well, being lascivious.  Hand in hand with these stories, I also read accounts of how “crazy” Taiwanese women can be if spurned.  All of my dating history was in Canada, so I was used to looking at relationships from a western perspective.  I was aware that Taiwanese culture is more conservative, but this flew in the face of the  seemingly rampant sexual conquests experienced by others, so I really didn’t know what to expect. Continue reading ‘Redefining relationships – Dating Taiwan style’

Taiwanese man’s brilliant plan for continuing an affair

Affairs have been going on for as long as relationships have existed.  People are constantly coming up creative ways to hide their skeletons, but this one takes the cake.  A Taiwanese man implemented a soap opera-esque plan to continue to see his mistress – by hiding her in plain sight.

Mr. Tse, 48, is a married man who lives and works in Taoyuan, a city close to Taipei.  He met and was charmed by a young (33), unmarried enchantress, Miss Tam.  They started having an affair. Continue reading ‘Taiwanese man’s brilliant plan for continuing an affair’

Man sues wife for being ugly – and wins

I was browsing around when I came across this gem.  A Chinese man sued his wife after he found out she’d had plastic surgery to alter her looks.  Here’s how it unfolded.

Jian Feng, a well to do Chinese man married a beautiful woman – typical situation.  Their marriage was all fine until she bore him a daughter.  According to Jian Feng, the daughter was so horrendous to look at, that he couldn’t believe it was his child (egotistical much?) and using vast reservoirs of patience and empathy, accused his wife of having an affair.  After DNA tests the daughter was proved to be his.  This led his wife to confess that she’d augmented her looks through the use of plastic surgery before they met. Continue reading ‘Man sues wife for being ugly – and wins’

Why NOT to buy shoes for your Taiwanese significant other

I’m useless at trying to get gifts for people.  Mostly because I never cared to put in the effort it takes to get a “great” gift.  I usually settle for a gift certificate, money or booze – all of which are usually well recieved and require no thought on my part.  They hit the bar of acceptable, but never vault into the realm of exceptional.  This was one of the things I’d resolved to work on – stop being a thoughtless bastard, and start putting effort and caring into gift selection. Continue reading ‘Why NOT to buy shoes for your Taiwanese significant other’

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