Originally Posted by Wen
And here is an interesting curosity: In Taiwan toilet tissues, paper hankerchiefs and paper table napkins are all the same; flat tissues in a box. (You only see toilet rolls in expensive hotel room.) Shops sell bulk packets of 10 or 12 standardised paper tissues which fit into flat toilet paper/tissue dispensers, lovely paper napkin dispensers for dining tables and paper hankerchief dispensers, often designed to hang on the fall in the bedroom.
So no one here needs to be embarrassed to buy toilet paper - it has a multi-funtion purpose.
And if you are looking for a Chinese new year present.....give a pineapple with a red ribbon tied around it. Pineapples in the Republic of China and mainland China are considered to bring luck in the new year. The price of pineapples has more than doubled this week.
And finally, apples make wonderful new year presents in Taiwan. There are NO apple trees here (too hot) - all are imported from Japan. But only the highest quality apples and they are frightfully expensive!
in Chinese: Xinnian kuailie = Happy new year
I have visited Japan, and all of their fruits are so juicy, and delicious, but sooo expensive