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Hollywood comedy actor finds Taiwan's food irresistible

TAIPEI--Hollywood comedy actor Rob Schneider described the food in Taiwan Thursday as being so good, he has been having a hard time during his current short visit deciding what to eat when he wakes up each day.

Schneider said he and his wife, Patricia Azarcoya Arce, had hired a wedding photography studio in Taiwan to take pictures of them during their stay, but he joked that it was difficult for the staff to find pants that fit him.

“Because of the fried rice and chicken soup ... all the beautiful seafood we've enjoyed. It's affected my pant size,” he said.

Schneider, who was invited by the Tourism Bureau to endorse Taiwan's tourism, said he likes almost everything about Taiwan, singling out the High Speed Railway as one of the things that has amazed him the most.

He noted that the bullet trains are fast, comfortable and stable, and he expressed hope that a controversial initiative for a High Speed Rail system in California will be successful.

The American star also praised Taipei 101, saying that the building has wonderful views and restaurants that offer “amazing food.”

Schneider and his wife, who is five months pregnant, also visited Chung Shan Hospital in Taipei to see the quality of Taiwan's medical services.

Schneider also said that they are trying to come up with a Chinese name for their baby.

Arce said that if it were not for the long flight, she would even consider giving birth in Taiwan because of the quality of the health care here. Schneider, who is also a director and screenwriter, first came to Taiwan 12 years ago to promote his best-known film “Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo.”

He said he fell in love with the island, so much so that he chose it as his honeymoon destination last year when he married Mexican television producer Arce.

The couple arrived in Taiwan July 6 to spend their “second honeymoon” and shoot some short films that will be used to promote Taiwan in North America.

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