When I am at a night market, particularly 新崛江 in Kaohsiung, I am rarely looking for anything specific. (Though "funny t-shirts" is a permanent item on my shopping list.) However I often come home with at least a few items. But... I'm so cheap! And my salary is so nonexistent! How can I afford such behavior?? Here's your answer: almost everything I buy costs one hundred Taiwan dollars, roughly equivalent to US $3 (give or take a quarter, depending on the exchange rate).
So, the question is... What can you buy for 100 dollars?
Answer: Ridiculous handbags.
Answer: Colorful hats.
(...that you can make your boyfriend wear!)
Answer: Graphic T-shirts with bad English.
Answer: Multiple face masks to protect you from SARS, swine flu, or industrialized air.
Answer: Cloth or (p)leather belts of any color.
Answer: These sunglasses, or any of the others that I've purchased since I got to Taiwan.
Answer: This watch, or many others like it.
Answer: A USB-powered keyboard vaccuum cleaner?
So this, my friends, is how things like fanny packs, orange t-shirts, and neon pink hats happen. Remember this when you see me (and what I'm wearing) back home.
PS: Let this also be a catalogue for you of the many souvenirs I could bring back for you from Taiwan. Because with my salary, I can't afford much more. If you don't believe me, you can look in my neon rainbow-zippered wallet.