Noah was rrrright.... - Reisverslag uit Taipei, Taiwan van Michael Balvers - Noah was rrrright.... - Reisverslag uit Taipei, Taiwan van Michael Balvers -

Noah was rrrright....

Door: Michael

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09 Juni 2007 | Taiwan, Taipei

...the flood has come, and it started here in Taiwan!!! It has been raining non-stop for about 5 days now (!!)...but, fortunately I am safe here in the Ark (also called: dormitory) together with some rare indigenous species which are displaying some quit eccentric behaviour. They’re actually all human, men and...Taiwanese. Although I haven’t uncovered why they are all making strange noises every morning when they collectively move to the water well to brush their teeth....I have had another breakthrough: I found out why all Taiwanese guys dry their hair with a hairdryer after they had a shower. If you namely don’t, your hair will start to stink plus, even more important, you will become bald quickly. After these convincing arguments I was compelled to also start using a hairdryer :cool: and with that I leave my quest to uncover the mysteries of the Taiwanese for what they are...for now though... :D

Anyway, enough about the other occupants of the dorm...let’s move on to what I did here the last couple of weeks. And, as you might already have noticed, this story is written in English because of the simple reason that one of my vegemite eating friends convinced me that that is the best language evva (obviamente no...español es mejor, en nederlands natuurlijk ook...maar laat ze maar denken :badgrin: ). And another website was moved from johojournal to, meaning that it looks a little different and the address became (they should erase the ‘joho’ from it within a few days, but I guess you’ll see soon enough).
So what did I do...a few weeks ago a fellow Dutch student, who is currently doing his MBA here, arranged a recruitment lunch for Dutch students at ING here in Taipei, and I was invited. Together with six others we arrived at the ‘Taipei 101’ (the famous tallest building in the world), and after the introduction to the three managers who would be accompanying us we set of to a restaurant on the 52th floor. After eating some shitty though quite expensive food, they gave us a tour of the office, a presentation about ING and we had a chat with the CEO of ING Asia Pacific in his office amongst others about financial markets in this region and the increasing power of shareholders....very interesting :).
The disappointment was considerable when I entered my new room in the dormitory a few days later (I namely had to move down the hall because of the new semester). The contrast between the view from my new dorm room and the office of ING Asia Pacific’s CEO could not have been bigger; a view of the city of Taipei and mountains in the background compared to....A PINK WALL!! Imagine one of those crappy Hollywood movies where the main characters go to a cheap motel, enter the room, pull open the curtains...and look at the wall of the next building that was built one meter from their motel room. Well...that’s about what happened to me. On top of that, when I first crawled into my new bed, which is by the way exactly 1.85m long (I am also 1.85 ;)), I saw the biggest porn collection ever of Chinese sex stories. Not in my bed, next to my neighbour’s bed. Nice....tissues were completing the picture :x
Fortunately I had enough reasons to not spend a lot of time in the dorm....goodbye parties being one of them. In essence not very nice, as friends were returning home, but often very enjoyable. Especially the Mexican goodbye party for Claudia....I have missed tortillas, guacamole, valentino sauce and dancing salsa (viva México!...nos vemos corazon :) )

After saying goodbye to some good friends, it was time to explore Taiwan, as I had hardly seen anything more of it than Taipei and the beach. So together with Simone, Guillaume and Eoin I left for Taroko Gorge on the east side of the island. We rented a car with which we explored the gorge, stopping occasionally to do some hiking and to eat some of Taiwan’s finest choudoufu ;). After two days we continued our trip and drove for about 5 hours through the mountains to the other side of the island enjoying some spectacular scenery along the way. We arrived at sun moon lake, supposedly the top tourist attraction of Taiwan. Hmmm...if it really is than I think these Taiwanese have a serious problem tourist-wise. My god what a boring place! And by far not as beautiful as the ‘photoshopped’ pictures you find in all the guidebooks....well ok, maybe it wasn’t that bad (check the pics)....but it was a bit of a disappointment. After sun moon lake we drove back through Taroko gorge to Hualien where we tasted some delicious mochi (dough ball with sweet filling of beas, peanutbutter etc) and went on to Taipei. Back ‘home’ I borrowed the 125cc scooter of a friend of a friend :) so the rest of the weekend I cruised through Taiwan’s bustling capital winning quite a few drag races...apparently a foreigner waiting for the traffic light to turn green looks very provocative :D. Together with Simone I scootered to snake alley on Saturday evening.... a night market where you can eat snake, tortoise and probably a lot of other exotic food we would not dare to touch with knife and fork...or chopsticks for that matter. Especially the killing of snakes, before they end up in your soup, is excruciating....they strip the snake of its skin while it is still alive and then hang it to die. Or they ‘tap’ its blood and drink it... GATVERDAMME!!!...not really something to remember :?

Last week was back to usual as classes started again. My class didn’t change a lot besides for the fact that we moved up one level and we have a new professor. Very interesting guy...he dresses like a general and has plastic machineguns and hundreds of other happy meal toys in his classroom. Furthermore...he excels in asking strange questions (like, did you ever eat cockroaches?) and is known to teach very unusual vocabulary...such as the Chinese word for: mole with large hairs growing out of it....LOL :)

Hao...that’s all I have to tell for update will probably come from Japan, on my way back to NL. I am going to the pool now...because if it keeps on raining like this I might actually need my swimming skills...

Tot snel / Hasta pronto / CU soon!



p.s. translation in nederlands or español: on request.....fill in the form at the bottom of this fivefold please :evil:

  • 09 Juni 2007 - 18:36

    De Kaat:

    Ja ik ben de eerste wat ik er vsn vind komt zo (nu 20.33):)

  • 09 Juni 2007 - 18:54

    Was Ik Weder (20.42):

    Ja kerel heb dus weer erg genoten en leuk om ook nog nieuwe verhalen te lezen, die ik dus nog niet gehoord had van je.
    Kan je geen foto van die professor maken ben nu wel heel benieuwd hoe hij er uit ziet :)
    Met die andere foto's ben ik natuurlijk ook heel blij mee, ze maken het verhaal ook weer wat completer.

    Morgen vertrekken wij dus naar "la douce France"en gaan waarschijnlijk de mont ventoux o.a weer beklimmen. Ik zal aan je denken als we op ons fietsje zitten.;)
    dikke knuffel
    de kaat en ik tel de weken al af ;)

  • 09 Juni 2007 - 19:00


    Hey Apie! Leuk verhaaltje weer! :D
    Hoe was het om herenigd te worden met je YARIS? Nog arme varkentjes aangereden? ;-) TOT 1 JULI!

  • 10 Juni 2007 - 07:55


    MIKE Mooie fotos,je ziet nog eens wat van de wereld,wij houden het maar op UITHOORN.
    Had wal wat moeite om je verhaal te lezen voor oude mannetjes is Engels toch wat moeilijk geworden
    je verteld het deel waar ik moeite mee heb bij thuiskomst.
    GROETEN van je OMA en OPA

  • 10 Juni 2007 - 13:50

    Simone :

    xie xie ni: ni yong ying wen suo yi nide Ao da li ya de peng you kan de dong. Sui ran wo bu hui xie zhong guo zi (wo de dian nao hen ben), Wo ke yi yong zhong wen, yin wei ying wen, xi ban ya wen, he lan wen... zhong wen bi jiao lao, ke neng bi jiao nan... bi jiao hao? wo bu zhi dao! Ni ne?
    Ni wen wo: 'ni kan guo wo de dian nao gu shi?' xian zai wo kan guo... xia yu zai Taibei, hen ma fan de shi you, hen piao liang de feng jing cong sushe de chuang hu, hao wan de luxing... ni yi jing gao su wo, keshi wo hai juede hen you yi si.
    He he he...Ni chi guo zhang lan ma?
    Wo ting shuo zhang lan hen hao chi, ke shi chou dofu bi jiao hao chi. Zai Tai lu ge women mei chi chou dofu... ni chi le yi ge ren ma? Wo zhi dao ni ZUI xihuan chi chou dofu.
    Xian zai wo ying gai wan wode gong ke(wo ren zhen de bu de liao, hai shi hen lan yin wei wo hai mei wan)!

    Wo jue de xia ge ci ni ying gai xie zhong wen... wo gei ni yi ge tian zhan!

    Ke Xi Meng :-p

  • 10 Juni 2007 - 15:13


    nice post, mole with big hairs and snakes aside. i'm still supposed to do snake alley.... although it seems like one of those horror movies everyone tells you, you must see but i'm not really up for... we'll see.

  • 11 Juni 2007 - 08:45

    Tim (DM):

    Hey Mike... I can't find the form ;)

  • 11 Juni 2007 - 08:57



    Wat een heerlijk verhaal om te lezen tussen de jaarrekeningen en het stageverslag door! Ik heb nog 5 dagen stage, daarna tentamens..dus als je terug bent gaan we is ff goed avonturen en verhalen uitwisselen..

    Have fun in Japan!


  • 12 Juni 2007 - 08:16

    Ke Xi Meng:

    ruo guo nide lao shi juede ni hen cong ming, ni ke yi shi dian ban li kai tu shu guan, deng lu yi gong chi. You're just jealous! wo ren zhen de bu de liao!

  • 12 Juni 2007 - 22:10

    Que Pedo Cabron :):

    que onda mr Balvers, como te va el verano? Despues de un viaje chingon por mexico, guatemala y Belice sigo disfrutando mis vaccaciones antes de ir a Boise por la chamba. Gracias por mandarme la dirreccion de tu pagina, me interesa todo lo nuevo que has conocido, cuidate amigo

    atte jesse

  • 24 Juni 2007 - 15:24



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