A: I think the air conditioner’s on the blink. It doesn’t turn on when I push the button. What are we going to do?
B: We’ve had this air conditioner for years. Let’s just get a new one. We could buy one with a heater function.
A: Heater? Are you pulling my leg?
Photo: Pan Tzu-chiang, Liberty Times 照片：自由時報記者潘自強
B: A lot of people do the same thing: They buy an air conditioner in the summer when it’s scorching hot, and they forget how cold it gets in winter, much to their regret when it gets cold.
A: That’s right. My brother-in-law is from the US, and he says that Taiwan is colder than any other country, because in the winter the temperature drops to under 10 degrees, but there’s no interior heating.
B: It’s not cold in Taiwan for a long time over the year, but for those few days when we have a cold front, having a heater is worth every cent you spent on it.
（Translated by Paul Cooper, Taipei Times／台北時報林俐凱）
On the blink
Usually referring to a mechanical or electrical device, meaning that it is malfunctioning or functioning erratically.
Taiwan’s national drink, pearl milk tea, has taken the world by storm in recent years, and it is the addition of tapioca balls — also known variously as “pearls,” “boba” and “bubbles” — that creates the beverage’s unique flavor and textural experience. However, foreign media are reporting that logistical delays have caused both Taiwan-produced tapioca balls and tapioca powder from Thailand to be stuck inside shipping containers as the shipments await customs approval. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the global shipping industry, goods and commodities shipped from Asia, including Taiwan and Thailand, have become held up at
How’s the house-hunting going? (5/5) 你房子找得怎麼樣了？（五） B: The other good thing about the apartment we saw is that it is unfurnished. It has a refrigerator and washing machine, but that’s it. A: Why is that a good thing? I thought you would want it to be furnished, so you didn’t have to fork out for new furniture. B: We own most of what we need. We have a bed, sofa, dining table, chairs and a chest of drawers from the last apartment. A: It’s all good then. Don’t forget to ask about whether there is a management fee, and remember that you will need to pay the agent: I
How’s the house-hunting going? (4/5) 你房子找得怎麼樣了？（四） B: We went to view an apartment yesterday. It checked all the boxes for me, but my partner was not entirely convinced. A: Well, it’s an important decision. You will have to give it a lot of thought before you take the plunge. B: I know. It has a modern kitchen with newly fitted units and a spacious bathroom. All the walls are clean and there is plenty of storage in the bedrooms. A: It sounds pretty good to me. Why was your partner undecided? B: The main bedroom overlooks a main road. It could be quite noisy at night. We need to go
Are you a dog person or a cat person? (1/5) 你是擁狗派還是擁貓派？（一） A: Why didn’t we see you at the BBQ yesterday? B: I went to the temple. A: Heavens, since when did you become so pious? B: Actually, I went there to see the cat. A: The cat? Oh, you mean the cat that scared us half to death during the night last time? B: Oh, don’t put it like that, she’s lovely. A: 昨天烤肉，你怎麼沒來？ B: 我到廟裡去了。 A: 天哪，你什麼時候變得那麼虔誠？ B: 其實我是去看貓啦！ A: 貓？啊，就是上次半夜把我們嚇得半死的那隻貓嗎？ B: 哎呀，別這麼說，牠其實好可愛。 （Translated by Paul Cooper, Taipei Times／台北時報林俐凱） English 英文: Chinese 中文: