The ATM (on the right) accepted my card, gave no cash from the savings account and failed to return the card.
Meanwhile a young lady behind me was sitting down against a window, reading a book and apparently watching.
The Situation. I’d just arrived from Australia, it was 7pm and I needed cash to pay for my hotel room, and the ATM has just ‘kept’ one of my cards, one with savings for the next six weeks or so. Not good.
A mild panic situation set in. What to do next? There was an attendant nearby but he represented the offices upstairs and had nothing to do with the bank he gestured in sign language – and the bank was closed.
As luck had it, when I returned to the ATM, for no apparent reason, a sound came from the machine and my card popped out.
About five minutes had elapsed. If I’d left the building, the girl reading the book could have easily taken my ATM card. (I’d kept an eye on her all the time, of course).
The lesson learned from this little experience was, where possible; Use ATM’s at major banks when they are in business hours.
My anxiety was to remain high over the weekend. The receipt read NT$10,000 (and being unable to decipher the Chinese text) I was uncertain whether this sum had been deducted from my account or not. It was not beyond belief that the cash might pop out in another five minutes, I later thought.
Apparently the hiccup came from the card being foreign yet I never have such problems with ATM’s at the Bank of Taiwan.
China Trust? Hardly.
Can anyone help me locate the email address for this Kaohsiung nurse.?
I’d like to give her and her friend a reward for the kind services shown at Chi Ching Island (Kaohsiung) back in 2004.
The only clue is her email name ’cherria’ or something similar.
Apart from putting a notice in every hospital of Kaohsiung I’m at loss to the next step, if any?
Mr Vincent Lin did a rare and special guided tour of his ancestor’s famous Estate in Taipei. The Lin Family Mansion Estate is a treasure of old Taiwan.
The video (a temporary version with technical problems) on 24 October 2012 features 8th generation Charles Lin, his wife (and Vincent’s daughter-in-law) visiting from California.
See also: http://linfamily.ntpc.gov.tw
I visited the then US Trust Territory of the Pacific as a member of an underwater scientific underwater expedition.
Our expedition took us to Nukuoro, in the Eastern Caroline Islands. These are the only true Polynesian islands in what was then Micronesia.
In recent years I have read where anthropologists have traced Polynesian DNA to eastern Taiwan aborigines. Many now believe the Polynesian culture began here in Taiwan and migrated throughout the Pacific.
The son of little Balu balu (pictured) is at university in Taipei!
His mother lives in Arizona, USA.
An American Peace Corps volunteer who spent three or more years on Nukuoro (and who I exchange notes with) called her this week and was delighted to hear the same ‘little girl laugh’ remained, 41 years later!
How amazing to be able to learn this after many years.
I look forward to meeting the son of little Balu balu for dinner in Taipei.