VEGETARIAN LUNCH – Organic Yam and TINA

May 26, 2017 § Leave a comment

 

 

The round house at 39 NanHai Road, Taipei.  You’ll need to read Chinese or have a translator with you to know what the dishes are. We arrived early to get video of the food before others arrived.  The work in preparing everything would be huge.  Could never be possible in Australia.  Feast your eyes on this ‘slightly a bit-long’ video.  The location is half a dozen blocks south from North Gate to where NanHai Road should be then turn right.  Will return there next visit.

(Also within the same unique-styled building are several art shops downstairs).

Main entrance, restaurant on top floor.

Craft shop bowl, and the stairs to downstairs.

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INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL SERVICE – TAIPEI

May 25, 2017 § Leave a comment

Surgery and other treatments including acupuncture is available and is affordable. Most patients are from international embassies. An untapped opportunity exists for Australian travelers seeking world-standards providing extra care.

Americans, Canadians, British, French, German and Australians are VIP’s.  In fact all foreigners are VIP’s.  Many are from the embassies (aka trade offices) in Taipei.

The International Medical Service provides an English-speaking nurse-guide. At my request, ‘Sharon’ showed us the traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture clinic in a nearby building.

“The Veterans Memorial Hospital has 3000 patients daily and more than 30 operating theatres” said my guide Sharon, “it is always busy”.  With my appointed English-speaking guide, locating the various departments within the 19 floor building, was easy.

Choosing surgery in a foreign land where there is little English spoken is an adventure to be explained in my book “Foreigners are VIP’s in Taiwan”.

Worth noting, all three surgeons I met spoke fluent English.  Choosing to come to Taipei from Australia for medical help was a good decision.  I have a feeling that Taiwanese are more professional due to their  different lifestyle.  Nursing care had to be different too, I thought, as elderly people are treated with a respect that is no longer common in Australia and western countries.

“This hospital is known for treating many Taiwanese over the age of eighty”, said Sharon.

Meanwhile I’m contemplating eye surgery in Taipei at this hospital, even although such treatment would be free for me in Australia.

 

OYSTER SCARE at Green Island

July 19, 2015 § Leave a comment

Oysters are cheap (as compared with Australian prices) and plentiful in Taiwan night markets and wholesale seafood stalls – some oysters are imported.  Best to eat them cooked.

NEWS ITEM 18 July 2015 (Taipei Times) < Click

 

SEPTEMBER 2014, 6 week visit begins

September 5, 2014 § Leave a comment

Terrific picture - yet would they run this in an Australian newspaper?

Terrific picture – yet would they run this in an Australian newspaper?

Stunning poster would be unusual in Australia.  Zhongshan Rd and Nanjing Road West.

Stunning poster would be unusual in Australia. Zhongshan Rd and Nanjing Road West.

In=store display.  Zhongshan MRT area September 2014 - end of summer sales.

Zhongshan MRT area,  8 September 2014 – end of summer sales.

 

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SCARY SOUNDS – Keelung Ghost Month

June 23, 2014 § Leave a comment

 

Ghosts in homes of tragedy – buyer beware  (Taipei Times 24 August 2014)

Seven novelty shops are located at Chang An Rd West and TaiYuan Road area.  Take Taipei City Mall exit Y13 (Taipei Main Station).

Seven novelty shops are located at Chang An Rd West and Taiyuan Road area. Take Taipei City Mall exit Y13 (Taipei Main Station).

Taiwanese believe in ghosts.  So what is their attitude to Halloween and spooks?

Taiwanese believe in ghosts. So what is their attitude to Halloween and spooks?

LEARN THE CODE

May 31, 2014 § Leave a comment

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SUSHI at XINBIETOU

April 14, 2014 § Leave a comment

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XinBietou MRT (railway station) wide view.

XinBietou MRT (railway station) wide view.

Published on Apr 13, 2014

Japanese fast food restaurant at historic hot springs luxury area. During the colonial period (1895 to 1945) this was the exclusive area for the wealthy – today a holiday destination for modern Japanese to Taiwan. Each sushi dish is New Taiwan Dollars $30 – (about one US dollar in 2014)

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