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Former Mexican reporter praises Taiwan's friendliness on blog

Former Mexican reporter praises Taiwan's friendliness on blog

Taipei, Jan. 9 (CNA) A Mexican blogger who is studying Mandarin in Taiwan recently blogged about his life in Taiwan, highlighted by the New Year celebration. Emmanuel Felix, a former journalist for El Siglo de Durango, a major northern Mexico newspaper, wrote about his experience of bringing in the New Year in Taipei in a Jan. 5 blog post titled "You can hear firing, but it is not shooting." Felix first pointed out the stark contrast between how people in Mexico and Taiwan celebrate the countdown to the New Year. "My fellow Mexicans have long been unexcited about New Year parties. Perhaps because of the insecurity in Mexican society, fewer and fewer people enjoy going out to have fun like they did in the past," he wrote. He said that when he first arrived in Taiwan, he was so nervous he would duck when he heard the sound of firecrackers exploding and he was more used to the sounds of gunfire from Mexican gangsters in northern Mexico. However, he went on, he enjoyed joining the crowd to watch the fireworks display at Taipei 101. Felix recalled walking around the city after watching the fireworks, the peak of Taipei's countdown celebration. However, he and his friends ended up wandering around a park because the streets were full of people and they could not get home. He said they bumped into several policemen in the park, which immediately made him think of the police back home, who would be likely to shake them down. "But my face relaxed with what happened next. The police offered us maps to get to those places where most expats gathered on New Year's Day. In the most kind manner, they told us we don't have to drink in a park but, if we want, we can find a table outside some bar or, more directly, somewhere with more light." The policemen's friendliness surprised him and left him moved. Seeing Taiwan's stability and progress, Felix said he wished the social order in his country could be one day be as comforting as here. A student at the Technology and Science Institute of Northern Taiwan, Felix received a scholarship from the Taiwanese government last July to study here. (By Wang Tung-yu and Kendra Lin)


Updated : 2021-07-28 11:52 GMT+08:00