Travel Tuesday: Top 5 reasons to go to Costco in Taiwan (from a US expat)

Warehouse 13




I love Pittsburgh, they put fries on nachos here.

— Pete Lattimer, Warehouse 13



For those un-familar with the reference, Warehouse 13 is an awesome Syfy show…and Costco is a warehouse store – yeah, weak connection here.

Yet another themed blog series

Starting with the recent Foodie Friday blog post (Foodie Friday: Taiwanese dessert 芋圓), figured I should add another non-geek themed blog post series – Travel Tuesday – probably every week or two, eh?!

Okay…so what’s this about Costco?

yeah right – so back to the title of this post – what are the top 3 reasons to go to Costco in Taiwan (from a US ex-pat).  The background is that my family and I are hanging out in Taiwan for the next few month – so lots of weird tips and foodie tips from Taiwan over the next few months, eh?!

5) Well, it’s Costco after all!

Where else can I buy enough toilet paper to survive the next ice age?  Or have such easy returns?  Or have actually good customer service?  But what’s great is that this is the same here in Taiwan too!

It’s still a huge warehouse with tonnes of the stuff that us ex-pats recognize but also plenty of stuff that’s made for the local market such as great Korean pears, Japanese quality fruit, etc.

4) OMG – Spacious Parking!!

If you drive around in Taiwan – almost anywhere in Taiwan that isn’t a highway – you are absolutely surrounded by a million scooters.  And if you don’t get a migraine from avoiding running over any of the scooters, parking in Taiwan…well, parking just sucks.  Small parking spaces, vehicles parking in places that just …aren’t parking spaces (e.g. in the middle of the road), …, ugh!

And at Costco – that’s just nice.  Wide lanes so two cars can actually comfortably fit, plenty of spots, and most importantly – spacious parking spots so I can actually park, get out of the car, and not worry that another car will trap me from getting into the car.

3) “Reminds me” of Seattle

And as many of you know, I’m based out of Seattle… and so is Costco! Costco’s home office is in Issaquah (suburb of Seattle). Costco’s Kirkland brand name is in homage to their original headquarters which was in Kirkland, WA (another suburb of Seattle).

So whenever we’re missing home – we just head off to Costco and we’re good to go!  Sort of reminiscent Garbage’s Only Happy When it Rains!

2) The ability bulk order scotch

Yeah, that’s just cool!  ‘nuff said!

But the primary reason you want to go to Costco when in Taiwan (from a US-expat)

1) Toilet Seat Covers!

I don’t think I need (nor do you want me) to explain this one!

Confucius says: Man who stand on toilet is high on pot!

One Comment

  1. I was excited about the prospects of buying brownies and chocolate bars first time i went to Costco in Taiwan.

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