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January 09 2010

Hi again!

I have some additions not regarding the traffic stuff, so I figured it
was worth another entry! Two weeks ago I went to see Guguan,
a small town famous for it's hot springs and hiking trails. Since I
forgot my bathing clothes I retreated to hiking. Tomorrow I will
be going to Lugu (check google images) which looks promising aswell.
Maybe I will post some pictures or a video in the future. Anyone
who added me on facebook can already see the whole set.

That's it for today!
See you...
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Happy New Year everyone!

I meant to write something about Taiwan's traffic earlier, but besides the
obvious things you spot immediately there are some things you just get
the hang on when you're here for a while - plus there is so much about
the traffic here that is diffrent to the traffic in europe, i didn't know where
to start.

The first thing one would notice is the tremendous amounts of scooters
on the street. I don't have exact numbers, but if I'm allowed a wild guess,
I'd say there are three scooters for every car. As opposed to the german
license allowing you to go with a scooter if you're allowed to drive a car,
there are two totally diffrent licenses for cardriving and scooterdriving.
Both are easy to obtain and don't focus on driving skills, but on the
knowledge of fees. The little driving you do in a school covers how to
park your car right and happens on a closed practice course.

The second thing you notice immediately is the high amount of traffic on
almost every street at almost every time of the day. While this is not a
problem in - say Germany - here it gets messy really quick, because
the traffic rules here are more understood as "advice". This covers
overtaking, traffic lights, the amount of lanes on a road, the speedlimit
and also the number of people on a scooter (I think the record is four
persons on a scooter - mother and her three children).
Needless to say this results in a high amount of accidents happening
everyday. Most accidents involve scooters.

To handle the situation the police has an officer on every big crossing to
take care of the traffic. So yes, there are traffic lights and a policeman
doing the same job as the lights. Some carry cameras in order to gather
evidence for drivers breaking the rules.

If you want to blend in Taiwan traffic, obey these simple rules:

1.) Don't brake, use the horn instead!
2.) Don't use the indicator.
3.) Don't use any mirrors.
4.) If you think you can go, go. Otherwise go anyway.
5.) There IS a parking lot.
6.) There IS enough space.
7.) Sidewalks are also good for driving.
8.) Feel free to phone or watch a DVD in the car.
9.) The right of way is given to the first one on the crossing.

One last word goes to taxi driving: the driver won't tell you
if he does not know the place you want to go, so you have
to figure out if he knows by the way he's driving. The drivers
won't try to go get more money out of you by driving you
wrong ways, at least that didn't happen to me, but still it's
best to know where you have to go inbefore entering a
taxi. Also it's not sufficient to know the name of the street -
u also have to pronounce it right. Best keep a written version
of the streetname in your pocket or always know where to go.

December 24 2009

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Merry Christmas!

Finally bought myself a digital camera, the Casio Exilim S12.
Got an 8 GB SD-Card and a spare battery as a part of the deal.
The picture shows my first attempt of a photo, shot from one of my
appartment's windows. You're seeing the biggest Hotel in Taichung,
named Hotel One. The christmas party of the TÜV was held on the
27. floor of that hotel. Of course they had german beer (Krombacher), sausages, sauerkraut and mashed potatoes!

Another trip to Kenting got me a diver's license of the PADI. At the time
being it's like 26°C and sunny, so short pants and T-Shirts. Last week it was pretty cold (~10°C), which you would not think of being cold,
but thats because german (western european) buildings usually have good insulation. My appartment acts more like a fridge. Combine that with a high humidity and no heaters, then it is cold. Well at least in the mornings.

November 16 2009

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Hey everyone!

Slowly getting used to Taiwan... Work is actually fun, I already
got some responsibility fixing the sun-simulator plus other stuff.

The picture was taken at the Grand Opening Party of our Laboratory
in Daya in Taichung County. What you are seeing there is the
traditional chinese liondance. The dancing is accompanied by some
drums. Since this party took place at friday afternoon, there still was
a weekend to spend in Taichung's clubs.

First I went to the Xaga Nightclub located at the bottom of Tiger City
(youtube it!)... Saturday I went to the Pig Pen, which seemed to
be some kind of Hiphop-club offering All-You-Can-Drink. So yes,
you can have tons of fun here in Taichung.

Still to come is some info about food and traffic...

Have a nice day, y'all!

November 09 2009

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Okay guys, finally a picture! ;)

As you already know, three colleagues and me went for scuba diving to
the south of Taiwan, namely Kinteng. Starting off at a sunny Saturday
morning we arrived four hours later at the Dive Shop. Leaving our stuff
behind we went for dinner in the city, which happened to be
very delicious thai food. After a small walk over the local night market,
we went to a beach bar that offered beside an awesome location some
loung music and beer. Stunning. Back to the Dive Shop, spending the night.

After getting up very early on Sunday morning, we went for 2 dives and some lunch at the shop. The dives were really nice, the visibility was good and
there were many fish. I was under water for a total amount of 1 hour and went
almost 15 meters deep.
In the Afternoon we went to the surfspot in Kinteng, where we visited
a surferbar with nice offerings... oh yeah. Being too tired to whack
some waves, we went to the harbour of Kaohsiung for dinner.
Had a hot pot. More on that another time!


November 08 2009


I have arrived!

Ni Hao!

Well, actually it has been a week since i arrived, but i've had no time to write some lines. Come to think of it, i even don't have time right now. I just came
back from a scuba-diving trip to Ken Ting finishing off a perfectly awesome
first week in Taiwan. The way i was greeted here was nice, my appartment is
awesome, my work is ok, colleagues are nice and I sure did make some new
friends already.

Also a friend of mine from germany visited me during my first week and
we had a great time.

There is so much to tell about Taiwan in general - I don't even know where
to start. Therefore I will just stop now and write something not concerning
myself in the days to come. Maybe I'll start with the strange stuff I ate

See you around!

October 02 2009

Hi Guys,

I don't know if this is good or bad yet: I'll be leaving Germany a bit later
than planned: Starting date is now November the 2nd. I already have my
room rented to someone else, so i probably will be loitering at my parents'
for the days to come. The good thing about it is that i got plenty of time
to SORT IT (TF) OUT (c) matt and i get to share some time with my
parents, too. While this is awesome, i'm really disappointed by the delay!
But, wie dä Kölsche säät:

Et kütt, wie et kütt!

September 20 2009


5 Facts about Taiwan

Good news, everyone!

I did some quick research and stumbled upon some interesting facts you might have already been aware of - but anyway, here goes:

1) Until this very month there were no flight connections between Taiwan and China (except Hongkong).

2) Till 2007 the Taipei 101 was the highest Skyscraper in the world (509m).

3) The northern part of the island is governed by a subtropical climate, whereas the southern part is tropical.

4) Taiwan is regularly subject to earthquakes. Furthermore Taifuns visit the island from May to October.

5) Taiwan Beer has a market share of nearly 80%. Although it is not brewn obeying the german purity law, it won some international prizes. The taste is
known to be very tart (?) due to the addition of rice during the fermentation process (what the...). It was first brewn in 1920.

Vote your favourite fact in the comments!

September 17 2009



Hi Guys!

Today I got the confimation email by the TüV. I will go to Taiwan for at least
6 Months starting at (probably) the 12th of October.
Since I'm new to this blog, I might check out some functions, resulting in
random spam on this site.

First updates to come in a few weeks...

Take care!
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