---Friend: What up, how's the motherland?
Me: Dude, I've been meaning to ask you ... Why are there no tampons here?
Friend: Because my people don't use them. I think they think it's really taboo to, you know, insert. Ha ha.
Me: That's so crazy.
Friend: How's the culture shock?
Me: Mostly people are really polite, except they talk about weight and money more than Americans.
Friend: OMG, tactless - I know. How do people dress?
Me: Mmm, Japanese. Layers.
Friend: You see, I have no idea about Taiwanese culture because my parents are ancient and they immigrated when Taiwan was all conservative. My parents were strict about dating growing up because Taiwan was conservative when they were young.
Me: I wasn't allowed to date until I was 16.
Friend: I wasn't allowed to date until I was done with college. But like, my dad was really serious about it.
Me: Out of college?! Your dad didn't really want you to be that socially maladjusted.
Friend: I dated of course, I just never introduced my parents to anyone.
Me: Weird. Yeah, I don't really know what the norm here is now.
Friend: The next time someone asks you what you weigh you should ask them when they lost their virginity.
---Probably the most entertaining piece of advice I've received on living in Taiwan. I'm saving it for a boring day...