In the late 1960s and the 70s,the scenarios were the same in Taiwan as in South Korea.The countries were ruled by the military and curfews were imposed nightly from dusk to dawn.
The Taiwanese and the Koreans especially the younger ones were trying to flee the countries and seek freedom elsewhere.
Life in these sort of places were harsh and one could be sentenced to be executed by the firing squad for petty crimes.
So we stewards were looked upon by the young girls of those countries to be potentials savior husbands.
I have blogged about the situation in Seoul and it's not much of a difference here in Taipei. The difference here was the Taiwanese people and we Singaporeans could conversed in Mandarin or Hokkien which was and still is the main dialect of the Taiwanese.In Korea,we were a little lost because we could not speak Koreans.
Quite a number of the crew married Taiwanese wives in those days. But today,the story is different again. The Taiwanese girls do not depend on having foreign husbands to leave their country.
In the late 1960s,we crew used to stay at the Mandarin Taipei,a plush hotel in those days. Not sure whether the same hotel is still there. Heard the last time it was partially destroyed by a fire. We crew loved that old Mandarin because it was one of the best hotels the airline (MSA or the now defunct Malaysia Singapore Airline) had ever let us stay.
The staff in the Mandarin were very pleasant and friendly people. The security guys were very helpful and nice to us.
The hotel guests were strictly not allowed to bring local girls to their rooms but somehow,the security people always closed an eye to us. We could bring girls back to our rooms even in the night.
The trick to hook the local girls was to visit the shops like in Seoul during the days or in eating outlets and make a date with them.The moment they heard we were airline crew and staying at the Mandarin,the girls would turn hysterical.They would give all kinds of excuses to their parents,boyfriends etc just to visit us and spend the night with us.
Please forgive me here,you nice Taiwanese people as well as Koreans. I do not mean to belittle your girls but that was a fact of life in those days,under a repressive government. Off course,Taiwan and South Korea are fully democratic countries now.
There were crew who would not go for the decent type of girls,knowing their motives but instead used the services of paid professionals. It was inexpensive to engage the services of this type of girls.The charges were anywhere from $20 to $40 a night in the hotel room with the crew client.
There was no fear of AIDs in those because there was no such a thing.The girls were generally "clean" because they were not so exposed to many men with VDs.
There was a Caucasian captain who usually engaged the services of two girls to take care of his sexually needs whenever he night stop in Taipei. There was a rumour that this particular captain once sent his female companion to a local hospital unconscious by an ambulance after "overstretching" the poor girl all night.