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4000 Golden Household Goods? Huh?

16 Mar 2019 1 minute read 0 comments MaaDawCG

This sign seems to say “4000 Golden Household Goods”. One might assume that this crowded store sells 4000 different items. But could they ALL be made of gold? Clever readers would probably realize that something is amiss. “4000” is written as a pure...

Buddhist Meal: Nazis Not Welcome!

6 Mar 2019 1 minute read 0 comments MaaDawCG

Nazi? First time visitors to Taiwan are occasionally taken aback to see swastikas in public settings. Not to worry! They almost always point to Buddhist temples or vegetarian restaurants. Although I like vegetarian food (I often eat in veggie cafeter...

Off-Beat Tourist Spot: A PX Supermarket 全聯福利中心 Chyuanlian Fwulih Jongshin

5 Mar 2019 2 minute read 0 comments MaaDawCG

Contents of This Post What is PX Mart?; Why should tourists go there?; Caramel-flavored drinking yogurt; Label notes; Explanation of GR Tonal Spelling What Does the Name Mean? The somewhat oddly named PX Marts that one sees all over Taiwan are a supe...

Welcome to Taiwan “Sign” Language!

1 Mar 2019 1 minute read 2 comments MaaDawCG

Tourists and short-term residents who are not fully fluent Chinese readers miss out on the subtle delights of Taiwan’s gentle version of Chinese culture. On this this blog, I will share some of the less obvious cultural treasures I have collected and...