On one side of the Taiwanese cultural spectrum you have a nation of people who’ll sing the praises of traditionalism, worshipping your parents, starting your own business, not giving a crap about what goes on in the world (except for what happens in Japan, China, Lady Gaga and Korea) and working hard.
Perfectly counterbalancing this image are the thousands of discarded betelnut boxes that litter the island. On each of these boxes you’ve usually got a racy picture of some girl, with the idea being I guess to distract the purchaser from the fact that oral cancer continuously ranks as one of the top causes of death in Taiwan.
Whether you’re out on a field trip as an English teacher, showing your visiting parents around where you live, trying to keep a straight face as you show your newly arrived friend around “traditional Taiwan” or just walking the dog on a sunny summer morning, the abundance of these little slutty boxes lying around never fails to amuse.
As such I’ve decided to catalogue the photographable betelnut babe boxes I stumble across in my travels.
The rules for qualification being that I have to come across the box randomly, it has to have been discarded as trash in a public area and it can’t be my own trash (ie. I can’t just go buy betelnut and throw out the box myself just to take a photo).
I’ve been snapping these boxes for a few months now and I figure I’ve got enough (and will continue to acquire enough thanks to Taiwan’s large betelnut-chewing “I don’t give a crap about the environment” population), to make this a semi-regular feature of the blog.
Spotted on the side of Provincial Highway #3 somewhere in central Taiwan’s Taoyuan County, here’s the first installment of “Betelnut Babes in Taiwan”:
Nice balloon breasts but what’s up with the purple beanie and scarf?