Taipei, Taiwan
Chris, 48
Screenwriter & English Educator
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I'm a screenwriter who is also a corporate English educator. Maybe they're the same thing.

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?

Washing cats! Their claws are really like little hands that don't let go!

Were you born and raised in Taipei? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to Taipei?

I was born in Vancouver, Canada but I've lived in Taipei for over 9 years. I came on a whim and never looked back.

What’s your current hood in Taipei and what’s the best/worst thing about it?

I'm in Da An District near National Taiwan University. It's really lush with wide sidewalks and lots of little parks however I pretty much live under a highway overpass, but you might not notice.

What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?

I love Jazz - saw Miles Davis in concert as a kid. Muzak grates on my nerves.

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

R&B, jazz or any uplifting movie soundtracks.

Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?

Old school all the way! The Fugitive - who doesn't love a four-year search for a man with one arm?!

Name some spots in Taipei that are good for a Tinder date.

I would suggest going to Xindian, which is a riverside area conveniently located at the end of one of the subway lines. There's a suspension bridge overlooking an emerald green water way and a strip of restaurants for some outdoor dining, For more adventurous Tinderers, there are ill-fitting swan shaped paddle boats that pretty much commit you to being set adrift while you paddle in circles only to be towed back to the shore once you're too exhausted to complete your mission. Great fun had by all!

Which public figure would you want to see “roasted”? (every public figure is fair game).

Come on, President Warren Harding, of course.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

Costco!

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

There isn't an area I won't be caught dead in! The city is full of rich experiences no matter where you go.

Where would you go in Taipei to celebrate some freaking good news?

Good News, like welcoming new people to Taipei? I would take them to my local hang out, 23 Public.

What’s your choice of transportation in Taipei and why?

Subway (MRT) Clean and convenient and gets you where you want to go.

What are the Taipei spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

First time visitors need to see Longshan Temple, for a more traditional experience to understand a strong part of Taiwanese culture. A trip to Taipei 101 would also be recommended

What are the Taipei spots tourists should run from screaming?

The riverside area, Danshui, is overrun with tourists. It's not my taste but some people like it.

Tomorrow’s your last day in Taipei. How do you spend it?

I would climb up to the top of Elephant mountain and take in the view of Taipei 101. It's the view of seekers looking back at each other from mountain top to building top.

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