Mini History Lesson:
October tenth ( Double Ten Day) marks the beginning of the Wuchang uprising which eventually led to the fall of the Qing Dynasty and the formation of the Republic of China in 1912.
Then history happened as well all know, and a couple of World Wars later and more specifically due to a lot of stuff that happened during the Chinese Civil War (which we only glossed over in IB 20th Century World History, so I won't go into details/I'm not too clear on the details anyway), the Nationalists were forced on to Taiwan in 1949 and the current Republic of China, or Taiwan, thus was born (kind of).
10 reasons i'm proud to be taiwanese
1. Taiwan has the highest per capita number of convenience stores in the world.
Also, 7-elevens can do way more stuff in Taiwan than here. I mean, in addition to more food and groceries than you would ever want or need in a convenience store, they also offer printing services, you can have things shipped there for pick up, you can pay your bills, call a taxi...hell, I even saw a blood pressure machine at the closest 7-Eleven to my apartment over the summer. Hashtag winning? I think yes.
2. ktv culture
3. night market capital of the world.
4. the second tallest building is beautiful, regal, has dtf, and has 394857394857 fireworks coming out of it on new years
Fast forward a month and a half and Chinese New Year festivities take over the country in the most traditional sense from traditional markets selling seasonal goods to events at temples. The best of all worlds.
6. mrt, youbikes, transportation in general
7. food court in taipei main
Also, side note, underground mall food courts are pretty awesome too. Mostly because they are part of underground malls (which should probably also get it's own shout out..).
Taxis are awesome. So awesome that they made it on to this list of mostly broad things. They are air conditioned havens. I'm still impressed by how well they know and can navigate the tight alleys. They are equipped with TVs. And when you tell them you are running late they will do scary semi illegal things to get you there. With time to spare. I heart them so much because they are always there when you need them. Yeah, you can call for one. But you can also stand somewhat near the edge of the side walk and do nothing more than sneeze before a taxi slows down for you. Plus taxi drivers are just awesome people. Curious about life. Knowledgeable about random stuff. And inherently good people. During the 2009 typhoon, taxi drivers contributed to the cause by driving supplies down from Taipei to the sites.
9. perks of a small country: you are just a short ride away from luscious mountains, beautiful beaches, traditional temples and modern department stores.
11. this view is a 30 min hike away from the city hall
The lantern festival. One of the world's best healthcare systems. The fact that there is a rapper named MC Hot Dog. The fact that some vendors specialize in frying foods. Or grilling. Or braising. And how NICE everyone is. Whether a global event or just giving directions, people often go out of their way to help you out, especially in southern Taiwan. Taiwan was one of the first responders to Haiti. And despite all the shitty history that should result in animosity toward their northern Japanese neighbor, they did everything they could to help out during the earthquake a couple years ago. Taiwan is awesome and underrated.
Happy birthday, beautiful island.