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The Hotel that Looks Like a Morgue

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Jason76, Mar 20, 2017.

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    Not much space left for more humans in the larger cities in Japan and things are headed that way many other places around the world.
     
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    Since I stayed in those kind of hotels , more than once, I should say a few words for them.
    Such hotels have (at least those in Taiwan) a big common areas where you can relax and make friends with other people.

    When you want to retire or sleep, you go into the capsule to read or to sleep. And when your eyes are closed, it matter little how big or small that capsule will be.
     
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    Just to add a bit more to capsule hotel in Taiwan, I found an old piece written long time ago, on places even longer time ago and might no longer exist now. If I went to a city in Taiwan on my own, I likely stay in a SanWenNah, the precursor of coffin hotels.

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    http://shanlung.livejournal.com/11424.html

    Extracted partly and plagiarised into here

    Tinkerbell revisited - meeting with Tsaoling bird whisperer and quirks of harness design

    June 28th, 2005
    Since I was banging away at the keyboard until early into the morning, I knew I never be able to wake up that early on my own to see Tink and Yu even if it was for such a yearned for event as meeting my friend Mr Ling, that bird whisperer of Tsaoling.

    So I got a man in tuxedo with a bow tie to shake me at an appointed time until I woken and actually placed both my feet on the ground before he left me to struggle to complete the rest of that process. I was worried that if that was not done that way, I would just rolled on back to sleep again.

    How can I explain that to you folks. Of a guy in a bow tie coming to shake you gently on the shoulders when you are asleep until you wake up?

    Let me begin by telling you of one of the institutions so unique in Taiwan that may be beyond my ability to describe. It is the places that are simply termed as SanWenNahs literally translated into 3 temperature places and opened 24 hours. The SWNs are very luxurious, but their golden age was in the early 90s. A local explained to me many years before that it was the traditional bath houses of ancient China brought over to Taiwan and still maintained close to the manner as practised in the past. Some others said some Japanese influences crept into that during the times when Japan controlled Taiwan until the defeat of the Japanese after the 2nd World War.

    Yet another pointed out that SanWenNah is a chinese attempt at trying to incorporate the sauna word into that name. If so, I felt that strange. Admittedly SWN do have saunas like that known in the Western world inside those establishment. But the area of the sauna may be less than one percent of the entire establishment. SWNs are so bizarre that I never would have stepped into one until the evening when a friend dragged me screaming and kicking to try one of them. I was an instant covert after I was shown and taken by the hand through the rituals. I, on my part, converted many unbelievers by the same method, dragging them screaming and kicking the way it was done to me.

    I have written even more in a piece that I finally saved in a private file (see below) and copied and paste the the starting portion of that above here. It was so getting so lengthy with me so much more left to be written that I might not even have the time to get to harness and Tink and Tsaoling even if I spend another two hours writing just on SWNs. So I gave up , saved that in a private file and complete that should I ever have the time. I suspect I may never finished that at all but that hour and half of writing would be totally wasted if I just deleted all of it. I summarise that in a few lines. You get to soak in wonderful hot spas or medicinal spas and swim in swimming pools usually in landscaped surroundings based on ancient Chinese legends, and saunas too. You then dry yourself and pick a soft cotton kimona of your size and go to what is termed the dry area where restaurants served the best local food with softdrinks and cigarettes free on the house while live music may be played to you. The latest magazines and periodicals (all chinese I am afraid) will be available. Then 5 or so cinemas with soft inclined sofas, or comfortable beds in dormitory style with very dim lights.

    Yes, part of the SWNs service you can expect is that you can arrange when you wanted to wake up and that man in tuxedo and bow tie will come and shake you gently on your shoulder until you do.

    You pay about 15 US on entry and once you leave, you have to pay again if you want to enter. After staying at a motel near Yu for 4 nights and returning on to sleep, I checked out of the motel deciding to stay at SWNs which cost a lot less and gave so much more especially as I am travelling alone.

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    http://shanlung.livejournal.com/11261.html



    Tinkerbell revisited - file on SWNs that is postponed
    June 28th, 2005
    Tinkerbell revisited - file on SWNs


    Since I was banging away at the keyboard until early into the morning, I knew I never be able to wake up that early to see Tink and Yu even if it was for such a yearned for event as meeting my friend Mr Ling, that bird whisperer of Tsaoling.

    So I got a man with a bow tie to shake me until I woken and actually placed both my feet on the ground before he left me to struggle to complete the rest of that process. I was worried that if that was not done that way, I would just rolled on back to sleep again.

    How can I explain that to you folks. Of a guy in a bow tie coming to shake you gently on the shoulders when you are asleep until you wake up?

    Let me begin by telling you of one of the institutions so unique in Taiwan that may be beyond my ability to describe. It is the places that are simply termed as SanWenNahs literally translated into 3 temperature places. A local explained to me many years before that it was the traditional bath houses of ancient China brought over to Taiwan and still maintained close to the manner as practised in the past. Some others said some Japanese influences crept into that during the times when Japan controlled Taiwan until the defeat of the Japanese after the 2nd World War.

    Yet another pointed out that SanWenNah is a chinese attempt at trying to incorporate the sauna word into that name. If so, I felt that strange. Admittedly SWN do have saunas like that known in the Western world inside those establishment. But the area of the sauna may be less than one percent of the entire establishment. SWNs are so bizarre that I never would have stepped into one until the evening when a friend dragged me screaming and kicking to try one of them. I was an instant covert after I was shown and taken by the hand through the rituals. I, on my part, converted many unbelievers by the same method, dragging them screaming and kicking the way it was done to me.

    Most unfortunately, SWNs are only for guys. My wife have been to SWNs for the ladies with wives/girlfriends of my friends and colleaques. From what she told me, those for ladies are a paradigm shift lower than those for guys.

    Japaneses who have great pride in their hotsprings and spas came to try the SWNs in Taiwan and left speechless when they found how low their perceived high standards are below that of the SWNs here.

    The golden period of SWNs was in the early 90s when you entered one and thought you were suddenly in paradise. Sad to say, standards have dropped so much that the current best saunas in Taipei is barely ranked 5 from a scale of 1 to 10 from those during that golden period with 1 as the best. The SWN in Chiayi is ranked 6 on that scale. The best in Taipei in current times are only as good as rank 4 against those in the golden period.

    Even with the present low standards, the SWNs are far better than another that approximate them in Japan or Korea.

    Even now, the most humble of SWNs are still luxuriously outfitted. That can always be done elsewhere in the world. But it is the scale and size that is done in Taiwan that is so breathtaking.

    You get in the SWN to be warmly greeted and given a numbered bracelet. You are known only by that numbered bracelet after that point regardless of who you are. You then remove your shoes to be kept by attendents and then you go to the locker rooms where you remove every stitch to be kept in your locker with your key with that bracelet.

    You then have a shower with the best toiletries provided, sitting on smooth granite stones to clean yourself thoroughly before going to the hot pools, saunas and swimming pools. I have been to those renowned hot springs Japan and spas of Baden Baden Germany. Out door hotsprings are of different standards altogether and not compared with.

    But the wet areas of SWNs are more luxurious than those of Baden Baden. A lot laid back without the rules all over in the spas of BadenBaden with recommended times as to how long you remain in each pool. SWNs are for people to relax in with attendents all over serving and keeping the place sparking clean 24 hours. Alabaster, ornyx, blue granite, jadite, rough rocks are used in profusion in a wonderful blend of luxury. Swimming pools would be decorated with carvings of dragons and appeared to be part of Chinese ink paintings with mists following down. SWNs are used as meeting places with groups of friends here and there chatting away or maybe closing business deals.
     
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    Those things are bizarre. Maybe someone can be sent to Mars in them. But Japan is like Mars already anyway. :D
     
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    If I am in a SWN, I dont care where they want to send me to. If meetings arranged between Israel and Palestinians in a SWN, they end up shaking hands and swearing eternal peace. Trump and Kim will hug and kiss each other in a SWN.

    And wherever ISIS is, kill everylastoneofthosemotherfuckers, slowly if possible.
    I have more regards for cockroaches and bedbugs than for those buggers in ISIS
     
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    I laughed but I respect your opinion.
     
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    I escaped Hotel California and am now here in Florida waiting for someone to talk with.
     
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