Uncle Smile is from Taichung. He is the store manager of FUN FUN TOWN in Tainan.
Why are you here in Tainan?
I’ve been asked to move to Tainan around 5 or 6 years ago, and the idea had been in my mind for a while before I put it off for the lack of a specific motivation. Two years ago, I left my job at a company I worked for almost 8 years and started a long vacation of self reflection. A friend in Tainan had heard about my situation, and invited me over for a summer. That was how I ended up in Tainan. By the end of the vacation, I became a store manager and started my new life here.
Then, do you like Tainan?
Yeah, I like it! Many people prefer Tainan over Taipei, but I like them both equally. I’ve spent 20 years in Taipei and discovered many facets of it as a big city. A part of it has the same atmosphere as Tainan, but it is only a part of it, not the whole of it. I am living a more relaxed life here, in line with the slower-paced city and my own tempo, so I guess it suits me better! In addition to what it is known for on the surface, the city seems to carry other faces too. Maybe it has something to do with all the newcomers to the city and the never-ending clashes between old, the new and the newest. We’ll wait and see.
What would you suggest to people visiting Tainan that they should do here? Where should they visit?
Eat less and walk around more!
Place to visit: in Yantian near Budai, take Provincial Highway 61(West Coast Expressway) to Route 173A. It is the County Highway that comes closest to the sea in Taiwan. You will go past many abandoned salt pans and fisheries, and the desolation feels like being at the end of the world.