travel Taiwan: EasyCard / iPass




What's EasyCard / iPass?

It's a reusable ticket in Taiwan. You can use it for Taipei Metro, bus services, designated car parks, stores and government agencies.

What's the difference between EasyCard and iPass?
They have the same function, just different names from 2 companies. EasyCard is earlier than iPass so that more service supported it.

Where to buy?

(1) information of MRT
(2) convenient store like 7-11, Family, Hi-life

How much?

Every card costs NTD100. Besides, you need to deposit some money for paying your fare. The maximan is NTD10,000.

You can find machine in front of the entrance of MRT or just tell the clerk of convenient store how much you want to top up.





Why it's convenient?

1.MRT

The only 2 cities with MRT systems are Taipei or Kaohsiung. Taipei is the capital city in the north part of Taiwan and Kaohsiung is the central southern part. The fare depends on distance. You will be charge from NTD15 to NTD60 as usual.



2.Train

Taiwan is surrounded by the sea. You can take different trains to travel around this beautiful island with EasyCard. And the most important is that you can get 10% discount when you move from A to B under 70 km.※Few trains such as Puyuma, Taroko and tourist train only allow paper ticket.







3.Bus

You can take a bus to somewhere without MRT or far from main station. The fare also depends on how many stations you will pass by. (distance) For example, it costs from NTD15 in Taipei. Only when you across from 2 cities, you might be charged 2 times.
※Discount: if passenger transfer between MRT and bus in one hour, the fare of the 2nd transportation costs half price only



4.Ubike

When you arrive a city and want to visit it slowly, you can try ubike! There're 6 cities offer ubike service in Taiwan. You can rent a bike at place A and return it at place B. Very convenient!



5.Pay to store

In Taiwan, convenient stores are everywhere. You can pay by EasyCard / iPass especially sometimes we don't have cash in the wallet. Just touch and go!



For all the reasons, when you visit Taiwan, that will be great if you use EasyCard or iPass. It could save your time of buying ticket and money. Next time I'll introduce the detail about every transportation, see you then!




What I learnt from Philippines



2 days ago there was a presentation about my Philippines experience and ready to share to other Taiwanese. Before this date coming, I felt excited and revised the content many times. The only one purpose is giving different opinions to the audiences during 1.5 hours



Why I went to Cebu for 3 months?
(1) have a vacation after tiring work
(2) make new friends from other countries
(3) studying English

After coming back to Taiwan, I already got more than the above. For example, I'm full of energy to face reality and act immediately with positive attitude when I get idea. Suddenly I realize this experience changed me a lot and maybe it should be shared to others.



What I learnt from Philippines?

(1)Family first


All of the Filipinos I met there have very strong connection with their family even though they live far away with each other. One of my friend said her father already not came home in 2 years, she felt happy they could celebrate Christmas together this time.

Honestly, I can't imagine this situation happened on me because I'm not close to my family  even we live together. As I know, 50% Taiwanese are just like me. Some of us work hard for going abroad and never want to come back. That’s why we were described “selfish” by the elder.


(2)Life is tough, but still can find way to live happier


If we compare the average of salary and the environment between these 2 countries, perhaps TW is better than PH. It seems we should feel satisfied with life quality. But most Taiwanese still complaint everyday especially living price is getting higher without raising salary.

On the other hand, Filipinos look happier than Taiwanese. They know:

"There's always something not good enough in our lives which will make us down. Pain is just a part of life and no need to focus on it too much. We still have to face many parts." 
and do it well.

Every country has different problems not only TW or PH. The Average Joe couldn’t decide policies but think it positive and do something to improve our surroundings. Not only complaint!


(3)Nothing is deserved


In Taiwan, we already have many high-quality service in our daily life such as :
  • 24-7 convenient stores and coffee shops with WiFi everywhere
  • good public transportation like bus, train, MRT, high speed train, etc.
    you can check all of their arrived/departed time or book tickets by mobile App
  • easy to find post offices
    some of them even open on weekend time
  • convenient online system
    when you want to apply passport/Visa/pay tax/...
    only need to fill out the form and click few bottoms through internet
Too many to count. We always consider these services are deserved because they already existed for long term. In fact, not every place like here. We should be thankful and realize there’s still large space to improve at the same time. So don’t be opinionated.


(4)Should use more positive sentences


A lot Taiwanese are depressive because our parents usually use negative sentences like "you can't", "you shouldn't", "don't do this" to us when we was children. Therefore, we are afraid to make mistakes or to do action for our right/dream sometimes.

But Filipinos prefer to use positive words. I think it’s better. To encourage others more instead of looking someone down is good for our inner health.



(5)Versatile Filipinos


I spent my time on Helloween and saw creative decoration by lovely teachers. They use simple materials to make realistic scenes. They're artists. It also happened on Christmas, Chinese New Year and Valentine's Day.

Besides, most Filipinos have very good voice in singing!! (Fortunately, I could hear in person.) They love singing and dancing after tiring work. It's fun.


(6)The power of young generation is coming


Young people want to change their life. This situation happens in the whole world but I worry about Taiwan is too old to follow up.

In PH, more than 50% people are less than 25 years old. I believe that will change PH itself as well as enhance the influence among other countries, especially in Asia. Not easy but possible.

For those reasons, I will always remind myself “keep learning or be left behind”.



The weather wasn't good at that night. So I was appreciated there were still some people coming. Hope you brought something useful from here.

2017 is the year of freelancers


▲from - hk.thenewslens.com

In developed countries, worker's wage is raising. It means companies must pay more to their employees but they just want to save money. So nowadays, when technology products and application are improved, manpower will be replaced as soon as possible, especially manual work.

How to face this situaion? Let's see human resource trends 2017 first:


▲from - www.talentsoft.com

If you thought it just happens this year, I'm sorry for correcting you immediately. Actually in 2015, one in three Americans were freelancing and it seen as a positive step not only for professionals, but for the economy.


▲from - www.cnbc.com

Hire part-time employee or freelancer by project is a trend absolutely. Everyone should prepare yourself to match this new work pattern. Keep learning and be an expert on what you really interest can help you avoid being out of phase.

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