Tag Archive: Taiwan

A bunch of random thoughts from Taiwan

I have been lucky enough to have spent the past two weeks in Taiwan. Although two days back at work is enough to make it feel like I haven’t had a holiday for months! While I was there I got to catch up with family and friends that I haven’t seen for many months. I also found myself with lots of opinions on a wide range of topics, I have included these here… The nanny state can sod off Not that I want to brag (too much), but I had the pleasure of enjoying a few days in Kenting, in…
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October: What a month!

Well, that was quite a month. Today is a rather wet and cold haloween night and this is the first post I’ve had a chance to put together this month. Admittedly a lot as happened, both for me and in the wider world. For the first two weeks of the month I was in Taiwan celebrating my wedding with my wife’s family which was hectic to say the least. I also had an interesting driving lesson, learning to navigate the mass of scooters zipping around Taipei like a game of Asteroids! On the plus side though, my wife is now…
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Explained: Entering the UK as the Taiwanese spouse of a UK citizen

As I announced three weeks ago today, I got married to my wife in lovely Taiwan. What I wasn’t sure of though is whether we were actually married in the UK. Having done some research online it appeared that this was not the case, the UK government would not recognise the marriage and we would need to marry again in the UK. Calls to citizens advice and a number of immigration specialists seemed to confirm this. On the other hand we have a couple of registry officers who claim that as long as the marriage is valid in Taiwan, then…
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Taiwan: January 2012

So, that’s it, all I have left to do now is get a few hours sleep, go to the airport and fly back to the UK via Hong Kong. My Taiwan holiday is officially over and it’s back to the real world of work, getting up at 6am every morning, broken toilets on the train, so on, so on, and so forth. But lets not be negative, so here’s the highlights… Lets start with the big one, I’m married! A few days ago I married my fiancee of nearly four-and-a-half years in a manner that reminded me more of going…
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So you think it’s bad in the UK… You should take a look at Taiwan!

For any Taiwanese reading this, I understand that the politics of this lovely country are somewhat complicated, but I would like to pose a question and that I am going to upset a majority by asking this but… What kind of idiot would vote for the Blue Party? Seriously, here you have a great country that is open in terms of personal and corporate freedom, that is relatively free of corruption and is regarded as a world leader in terms of technology. However 500 miles away you have the Peoples [yeah right] Republic of China (Oh wait, that’s another billion…
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