Photos by MJ Klein
I go off on a rant or two in this post.
Not to beat a dead horse over and over, but Hui-chen’s sister and mother are here for a few days, and we took them to Yong An fish market and port. You can click on the link if you want to see more in-depth shots and the previous article about the fish market. This post is going be more about some other aspects of the day.
We walked through one of the prepared food areas and came to a common area with tables for patrons to dine upon. Of course some rude man took it upon himself to occupy a seat at a table for a nap (instead of on one of the benches) preventing some families from sitting there and eating. The security guard was 3 meters away.
Oh my word – one of the most annoying experiences in my entire life: picking a restaurant in Yong An fish market! As you walk through the restaurant section, sales people from the restaurants lay siege to you, and they will even stand in front of you blocking your way while they go on and on about how good their food is etc.. If you hesitate for even an instant, they take it as a sign of interest, and then they launch a full frontal assault upon you! Hui-chen’s mother couldn’t even walk because some idiot woman was blocking her way, babbling about “e bai qui” dishes (NT$100), etc. I sternly said “zou kai!” at least 10 times before she got the message: get out of our way! The main problem is this – nearly all of the restaurants are good, truthfully speaking. But the people employ the same hard-sell techniques, so every time someone decides to eat at any restaurant, it reinforces their belief that this hard-sell tactic works. While Hui-chen’s poor mother was standing there (because someone was blocking her) another woman from the other side of the aisle came along and tried to hijack us to her place! The two women just would not shut up! I cannot tell you how annoyed and frustrated we all were! We couldn’t stop and even take a look at the food without people yelling stuff at us. And they all say the same things so by default it’s totally useless: “Our food is so good (like they would say otherwise?); its so fresh (duh, its a fish market); its so cheap (every place has the same prices – its called “competition”). Not to mention the horrible attempts at English (the worst way to try to sell someone!).
Note to restaurant and store owners: I am capable of making my own decisions, thank you. I do not require you to hard sell me. The more you push, the less inclined I am to eat/buy whatever you are selling. I do not like to be told what to do and ordered to sit down or buy something. People who live in Taiwan are intelligent consumers, regardless of nationality.
There, I feel so much better! I’ve been wanting to say that for a long time! I am not the only blogger who feels like this either. For the record, I didn’t say anything profane to anyone. However,
Next we went to Shih Men Dam and reservoir.
Hui-chen and I were at the dam back in 2005. If you haven’t been here before, its really something to see. The lake formed by the standing water is just gorgeous.
We are indeed fortunate to live in such a beautiful country.
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