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i have been in Kaohsiung and now, in Taichung, here in Taiwan!

i will share some adventures!

This photo is Kaohsiung. It is one of Taiwan's largest cities!
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The desserts are famous here!! Take a look at all the varieties of chocolate ice cream! Each from a differently sourced cocoa bean!

Caja China? An oven, named after Chinese influence? Or is it a coincidence? c:


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if you want a nice introduction to Baji, this video is pretty cool! it's part of a series and are a lot of fun to watch if you are into chinese martial arts like me! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTxzd_LKIew

oh my god <3 i want that in my mouth right now!

that's an upgrade!


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Or the waffles! i am going to get Alishan oolong tea, Venezuelan chocolate, and strawberry cheesecake!


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tada c: dessert to split with my sisters


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More photos of our dessert parlor!


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What's with all the grating on the bar table there?


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The bakery used to be a bank!

Here is another bakery! This bakery used to be a department of internal medicine!


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All these places are gorgeous.


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So I've been following the Carlos Ghosn case for a while now. Admittedly it fell out of my interest up until the most recent events, and I've sort of realized something.

The most ridiculously contrived parts of the Phoenix Wright games is actually how it works over there. If they weren't set in LA then it would be much more believable. A shame.


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The legal system in Taiwan is quite fair, and takes after the American system.

The Japanese legal system is extremely broken, and very unjust, though it looks good numbers wise to those who do not understand

This is random photo of soldier crab c: so cute. Like little blueberries. They, unlike most crabs, can walk forwards


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That's a very weird crab.


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How much of a Yakuza influence is there nowadays?  

Japan is an interesting place, despite having some messed up prime ministers they keep on going.  Have to wonder about the USA though, people here really have problems.


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Do you speak Chinese of English during your travels to Taiwan?


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...oh. That is... The wrong picture... Though that dino is so cute c:

In Japan? Substantial. It is often in plain sight. Just walking around Golden Gai, for example, the influences are obvious, but unspoken

Both ^^ much of Taiwan, especially in Taipei, speaks English!


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A nice bowl of noodle soup c: with handmade rice noodles!


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And finally... Today, i am in Taipei. My home city, here in Taiwan. This is where my family is from!

This is the famous Taipei 101. Taipei is a very large, very modern city. It is, in many ways, a technopolis, as technology here is quite advanced!


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Being able to speak Chinese must be wonderful, Moons.


Yummy, did you add some spice?

Happy new year,Moons


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It can be helpful, just like speaking Spanish ^^

i did! A little very floral hot sauce!

This is breakfast!


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>[Applejack's] attitude, behavior, and mannerisms make not much sense to Asians.

It is the obligation of the republic to keep at bay the instruments of Rooseveltian propaganda.



what is that?


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Sucks good old boy style corruption extends everywhere...


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i'm so jelly <3


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The very stubborn nature of Applejack is unusual in East Asia, and considered bad behavior!

It can be used to get around and talk to locals ^^

Corruption in East Asia is, at least, somewhat kept in check by powerful social pressure, even amongst the corrupt

There is a sense that corruption is "dynasty ending" behavior, so the corrupt will even keep the degree of their corruption in check

Taipei is a place i know you would love c:

This was me at church service today!


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After church, rice porridge is served to all who wish to partake, even the old and hungry who are not of the church!

You can also... dress up like a middle eastern shephard c:


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if you could just drop me off there, i would just like to live there thank you!


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You'd think the Taiwanese would be a bit more receptive to that.


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it just doesn't translate too well to East Asia is all c: Applejack is a touch headstrong!

Hmmm how about here?


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now i am visiting the gravesite of my grandfather.

He was a pilot in the Old Republic, and he fought against the evil empire.

This is the mausoleum


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Many think the war against Japan was very one-sided until America arrived, but that is not true.

The Japanese started Pearl Harbor and the invasion of South East Asia precisely because their war effort in China was stalling, and they needed resources

The Republic put up a valiant effort.


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This is the view from up the stairs. This is one of many military cemeteries. Each stone is a pilot who perished in active service during the war. During the second world war, China lost around 20 million people in the struggle against fascist evil - nearly as many as the Soviet Union. Many of these people though are not remembered, and in the West, we are not even aware of their sacrifice.


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Every stump has the name and serial of the plane, and besides, each stone is for a person.

These were all bomber crews.


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Ah, the American Quaker, famous for his ginseng c:


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How to people in Taiwan feel about the Japanese?  Something we never told my fathers side of the family, we had an admiral in the Japanese Navy who fled.  Atomic bomb wiped most of them out in hiroshima.  

How are vets treafed in Taiwan?  That's something that always suprised me about Americans, they run their mouths off about war but the minute talk of the draft comes up everyone thinks of a way to try getting out of it.  That and what pisses me, they treat vets here like garbage.  

Odd you should mention the war dead, same thing with the wwi and wwii dead in Normandy, i saw the American as well as European graves there, far as i can tell people here either don't seem to know nor care.

Backtracking, good to ear Japan is still like that, know hawaii is.  My grandparents/grrat grandparents graves are stil in immaculate condition, that and esp. On the outer island people care for each other, can't say the same for what I've seen of people here.  Going to be real interesting to see what happens when the economy tanks and people turn on each other more than they already have.  Talking to my cousins is almost like going back in time.  The Japanese kids are still very respectful,shopping malls are still a thing and you could pass out drunk in public and no one would rob you.  Meanwhile here esp. If you're male they love to just diagnose you with whatever and shovel meds down your throat, if you dare question if someone is a fit parent the whole don't judge me nonsense parents here love to spew comes out.  

Probably is for the best I'm leaving, never fit in here and the older i get more i realise how little i fit in anymore.


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Here it is, my cousin and now a lot of my moms side has seen these and probably as much of Europe as my uncle did.  Cousin is in the service, like a lot of people in Hawaii he's very patriotic.  Reallt interesting to see how people in the mainland honor the war dead vs. The Japanese American and other Asian American communities.


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In Taiwan, there are two definitions of veterans. There were the world war veterans, all of whom are treated, or were, i guess, with great veneration, and as heroes.

Then, there are regular veterans, as in, those who served. In Taiwan, that means pretty much every single male of a certain age born before 1994. Nowadays, those born after that year do not need to do it, though they have to do like a 4 month training nonetheless

Veterans receive great benefits, and a stipend. Even when the Republic was destitute, each veteran still received a stipend

If there is one thing Taiwan handles excellently, it is government benefits. Taiwan has, quite literally and actually, the best healthcare system in the world. And some of the best, and best managed, retirement, veterans, etc. benefits.

Taiwanese don't harbor hatred against the Japanese. In fact, there is much we learn from them. You can walk around and see, many blocks have their own izakayas, and Japanese food and culture are popular here.

We... you know, don't like the war denialism, but unlike Mainland China, the war here isn't used as a political prod.

...ironic, since we, as in the KMT, did most of the fighting. but that is another story for another time, ie am thinking c:


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That's the way it should be, when one of the few people on my fathers side i was close to died, it was a disgusting mess.  His grandchildren are entitled to no end and have no respect nor appreciation for what was done for them, was a wwII vet too.  

Medical is another thing im watching, in the end I'll probably go the cosmetic surgery route, something nurses can do.  You see more and more Americans setting up shop in Tijuana and SE asia to dodge malpractice costs and make a killing financially.  Sooner or later we'll get socialized medicine but it's not going to work out i think.  They're slamming nurses with more and more work, liability included and like doctors not paying them fairly.  When the govt does start dictating what people can and cannot charge for they'll do nothing about the cost of school, malpractice costs nor the lawsuits.  The greedy nature of Americans is really going to screw them, like doctors nurses can go abroad.  That and if you go to the cdc and read starts on millenials its mind blowing how unhealthy they are.  Big suprise the grandkids i mentioned have all kinds of problems, lot of it due to shitty parenting and the crap environment many here have to grow up in now.  Meanwhile the cousins and what not on moms side are still quite well adjusted.  Going to be interesting to see how people here work this out vs. Doing what many in my field think will happen, people here continuing to make it worse while expecting society to clean up their mess.


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I meant your breakfast, Moons.


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Ohhhhhh! ....i fee silly. That is a traditional breakfast called "Shao Bing you tiao" or 燒餅油條

A shao bing is a sort of flat bread! Very flaky! The you tiao is ... like a fried crueller donut. Each has a subtle flavor. You put the crueller inside the bread, and add an egg! It is very yummy!

It is often served with a tofu soup, that looks like this! It's not really soup, it's more like porridge. It is called dou Jiang - 豆漿

This is a savory style dou jiang with many mixins. Often, dou jiang is just freshly pressed soy milk!


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> It is very yummy!

I bet. is one enough to make you feel full?

>dou jiang is just freshly pressed soy milk!

So, milk on a plate instead a glass?

Tell me a bout the tofu, Moons.


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Here is another picture from breakfast today!

The tofu is soft, like pudding! It is like having a cheese porridge.


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i am in the underground mall, here in Taipei! A giant underground city, full of shopping!

i have found some bootleg pony stickers! Note the inclusion of older generations and... a not pony character at all


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This looks more real ^^ i especially like the little Ponyville in the center


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Pony name stickers! You ask for your name to be printed on the blank space! Works for English, Chinese, and Japanese!


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Thats awesome to see pony merch still around! Especially in other countries. I hope your trip is going well Moony!
Did you explore the undergound mall alot? Sounds fun.


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it was so fun, dragoni c: you could spend a whole day down there thogh5! It goes for miles and miles

This is where i am now! Exploring some shops c:


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Dinner! Korean food!


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You are making me hungry, Moons.
Looks delicious, and the color is nice as well, please tell me is spicy.


It seems you like bootleg as I do.

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