By Joshua Dent
I announced a few weeks ago that I have been earning some money writing freelance articles for Yahoo Contributor. I love to spend hours writing funny and insightful posts. I am still slowly breaking Yahoo into my more direct style. But, this was the first one that I received a paycheck on. It has nothing to do with Taiwan, travel, or any of my other antics.
I hope you enjoy the business side of me. Give it a read and let me know what you think in the comments:)
By Joshua Dent
The big day came. The camera man at my commercial audition goes “Lights, Camera..”
Shit! I have two different socks on.
My first commercial audition the other day was quite the flop of course. ha ha..
They asked me to take my shoes off when they started taking my pictures. Much to their surprise, I had two completely different socks on..
Then, they asked me to do a one minute video about myself, and somebody’s cell phone went off in the middle of it, which caused me to start stuttering like a prick.
So with two different socks on, and 40 seconds of stuttering on video, the girl running the audition said “You do stand up. Let’s hear your act.”
Asking a comedian to perform without a stage, an audience, or let’s see a Comedy SHOW, is about the equivalent to asking Tiger Woods to play 9 holes of golf with you without his clubs, or a course.
I reluctantly agreed. I warned her in advance that my jokes are a bit offensive.
I proceeded to stutter again through my only racist against Taiwanese joke I have, in a room full of Taiwanese people that I am not even sure if they spoke English.
I didn’t even have to make eye contact with anyone after the joke was done. I could just feel the awkward silence had already been taken to a whole new level.
Before I even put my shoes back on, the lady was very clear that “She will call me if a good fit becomes available.”
Needles to say, that is not a call I am waiting for.
By Joshua Dent
Most Interesting Taiwan Job of The Week!
We all need hope that there is LIFE AFTER STICKY BALL!
An interesting analysis about the first job to make the job of the week cut.
The ad was actually removed from Craigslist as I was writing the article. It is still useful to know what opportunities are out there.
It was for a client relations specialist for Resume Companion LLC, in the Da An district in Taipei.
- Three weeks of paid vacation– Most buxibans would pretty much murder you before you get a few weeks of paid vacation.
- Company Lunches– Free grub! Enough said.
- 3. No Saturdays and No Evenings- Working on Saturday is a fact of life in “The Taiwan.” It SUCKS!!
- 4. Useful Skills to Learn- Resume writing, SEO optimization, and Social Media Marketing are all great skills to learn.
1.“If accepted for the position, you must pass the CPRW exam prior to your start date.” I am leery of anybody who wants me to do work for them before I even start. Why is that not a part of paid training?
2. “ Being a client success advocate.”– This line reeks of you better come ready to slurp down the “Company Kool-Aid.”
3. “Compensation 0-99,000 NTD-” It makes me think it is a commission only position
4. “Don’t apply if you are not 110% dedicated to your career.”- I would be cautious that this means round the clock unpaid mandatory overtime.
By Joshua Dent
Thanks so much for following these lists of information. Here is another list of groups generously lumped into one category “Living in Taiwan Stuff.”
Taiwan Travelers- https://www.facebook.com/groups/282795421812482/ A great place to find a travel buddy, share stories, etc.
Langveler= Language + Traveler- https://www.facebook.com/groups/524620774283509/ A new group formed with the aim of sharing different languages, and traveling.
Taipei Potluck- https://www.facebook.com/groups/taipeipotluck – This is a one stop shop for all of the info you need about the monthly potluck at Da’An park. The potluck is 6 years old now. It was even featured in Lonely Planet magazine.
Guanxi Mag – https://www.facebook.com/groups/206686419350784/ general info about life in Taichung
Taipei Buy Sell Trade- https://www.facebook.com/groups/taipeibuyselltrade/ – 9788 members doing exactly what it says, buying, selling, and trading stuff in Taiwan.
Foreign Expats in Taouyuan- https://www.facebook.com/groups/135075213352793/ Group has been slow to get off the ground. It has about 50-75 members. But, there hasn’t really been any organized activities.
Taiwanease- https://www.facebook.com/groups/taiwaneasians/ This group is pretty well done for getting more information than just promotional interests.
Foreigners in Taiwan- https://www.facebook.com/groups/29399609213/ This group has a wide range of info including blog posts, tips on writing Chinese, and many upcoming events.
Drinks in Taipei- https://www.facebook.com/groups/341081145979282/ A large group with a mission of having a 1) tight knit group of friends, 2) happy hours, 3) weekend trips out of Taipei, and 4) and meeting people from different walks of life abroad.
I hope this helps!
By Joshua Dent
Eating is one of the favorite things for many people to do in Taiwan. Here is a list of some Facebook groups revolving around eating in Taiwan.
Delicious Taipei- https://www.facebook.com/groups/privatedining/ – This group has breakdowns on restaurants, grocery store shopping, and some fun recipes for cooking at home.
Taipei Eat & Drink Club- https://www.facebook.com/groups/426178777444168/ – This is mostly just restaurant advertisements.
Oh no I can’t eat gluten in Taipei- https://www.facebook.com/groups/169820153218103/ – A great spot to find about non-gluten alternatives.
Taiwan Facebook groups and pages cover almost every area of interest. The next analysis is on the writing/arts-related groups.
Taiwan Travel Blogs- //www.facebook.com/groups/1384957995088757/ They do a good job keeping it well-organized. It is only one “post of the day,” and it must revolve around traveling. This is more a FB page than group.
Taiwan Comedy Writers- https://www.facebook.com/groups/328055547222234/ Taiwan comedy writers, talking comedy, and upcoming shows. This is also a good spot to connect with people if you are interested in performing in a show.
Taiwan Blogs- https://www.facebook.com/groups/1414585738765230/ Bloggers come here to post their blogs and comment and share on others work. An opportunity definitely exists here to all help one another grow each other’s blogs.
Taiwan Writers- https://www.facebook.com/groups/taiwanwriters/ A place for people to promote books, blogs, and some occasional sharing or critiquing of work.
Facebook Center Taipei- Non-profit https://www.facebook.com/TheCenterTaipei Non-profit group catering towards the needs of foreigners. It’s always a good idea for writers to be around non-profit groups. They always have plenty of worthwhile causes to write about.
Formosan Bloggers- https://www.facebook.com/groups/415017728611273/ Very small group of Taiwan bloggers. Only a handful of posts so far.
Taiwan Filmmakers- https://www.facebook.com/twfilmgroup This is a very active group. Most of the posts are in Chinese. But, they seem to be revolving around a wide variety of industry-related information.
Attention! Did I miss a facebook group for writers that you are aware of? Please drop a comment with the name of the group, the link, and any additional info you know about the group. I will be glad to add it.
By Joshua Dent
This is a short list of sport-related Facebook groups I am aware of in “The Taiwan.”
Don’t sit your lazy ass in bed, and get ACTIVE!
Hiking Stuff/Outdoor Activity/Yoga-Meditation/ Sports
Taiwan Adventure Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/293037870801884/ This is an excellent group of friendly and adventurous people organizing day hikes, and even some overnight trips. They hold events almost every weekend.
523 Mountainerering Association- https://www.facebook.com/groups/523MountaineeringAssociation/ This is one of the more active groups I have seen. Guided and free trips occurring on a regular basis.
Taiwan Adventures- https://www.facebook.com/groups/TaiwanAdventures/ I personally shy away from this group. I know they offer great service on some overnight hikes. But, the prices always seem a bit high.
Hiking and Riding in Taipei –https://www.facebook.com/groups/44517786437/ This is a great place to join well-organized hiking and biking trips. The only problem is it seems to go long periods of time without any advertised activities.
Taiwan Camping- https://www.facebook.com/taiwancamping This page houses some basic English and Chinese pictures about places to camp in Taiwan.
Taiwan Mixed Martial Arts https://www.facebook.com/groups/408377755864499/ So, you have been in Taiwan and don’t want to worry about some grizzly no-teethed mafia SOB stomping you outside a KTV. Here is your chance to educate yourself on MMA.
Southern Taiwan Ultimate Frisbee- https://www.facebook.com/groups/kaohsiungultimatefrisbee/ This is a group of people getting together to play ultimate frisbee in the Kaoushiung area.
Kampa Meditation Center- http://www.meetup.com/Kadampa-Meditation-Centre-Taiwan/ They seem to be having weekly Wednesday night meetups in Taipei. I have no personal experience with the group.
Street Workout Taiwan- https://www.facebook.com/StreetworkoutTaiwan This site’s info is in Chinese despite the English name. However, the pictures look like it gets a group of people together to workout at parks, and other outdoor venues.
Silat Combative Group- https://www.facebook.com/pages/Silat-Combatives-Group-Silat-Taiwan The group is run by an English speaking native. They offer MMA training. Again, my info is limited due to lack of personal experience.
Once again, these events and groups are normally run out of the kindness of somebody’s heart. Nobody is doing this to make substantial profits, if any at all. I am not PERFECT by any means. I have made some of these mistakes myself.
Here are some basic DO’s and DONT’S
DO show up on time! Shit happens for sure. But, do take every necessary precaution to make sure you get there on time. And, at least call if you are late.
DO ask before inviting friends. This depends on the group leader preference for that day.
DO bring proper attire. Some guy you never met is going to look at you extremely funny if you show up to a hike including sections of rope-climbing in a pair of flip flops.
DON’T say you are coming to an event unless you are a definite. These events normally have a maximum. You are taking somebody’s spot if you say you are coming and you aren’t even sure.
DON’T forget to respect your own fitness level. If you are going to an event that looks difficult for you, contact the event leader for their thoughts and suggestions regarding your desired event.
Assistance needed- I am certain I am missing a ton of groups. Please comment with the name, link, and short description of the group if you are aware of one. Also, please either share or like if you think this might be able to help out somebody you know.This is for hiking/sports/outdoor/ yoga-meditation/ stuff.