Friday, December 23, 2011

Arrived.


The first chore was to fetch a cell phone so that we can stay in touch with the relatives while we are here.  The slang for a cell phone is 大哥大, which on the surface means "big brother calls".  "Big Brother", however, is the name of the head of a gangster group.  It was a stereotype when the cell phones just came out that only gangsters had cell phones, and their answering one meant that they were getting a call from the chief.  Thus, the origin of the common term for cell phones - at least here in Taiwan.

4 comments:

Delirious said...

Wow, when you said you were on the move, you really meant it!

If you make it to Taichung, wave to my daughter if you see her. :)

Looney said...

OK. The airport and this hotel have plenty of foreigners, but we should be more distinctive when we get away from the main points of interest.

Dee Ice Hole said...

WOW---what a trip. Is that where Mrs. Looney is from?

Looney said...

Yes, she is from Taiwan, although her family emigrated to Singapore when she was young. Thus, relatives are scattered here and there!