Yes, it is that time of the year again. Autumn is here and we are feeling the ever so slightest drop in temps in Taiwan. But, the changing of the seasons also means that it is festival time in Taichung. Here is some information about the upcoming festivals occurring in central Taiwan this fall. … More Music and Flowers – Details about the 2016 Taichung Jazz Festival and the 2016 Taichung Flower Festival
The gathering of friends and family, the smell of barbecues lingering in the air, the giving and receiving [and often re-gifting] of moon cakes among colleagues, friends, and family, the careful cutting and artistic peeling of pomelos, the modeling of ‘pomelo hats’ by kids and the young at heart…!! Yes!! All of … More Celebrating Moon Festival [Mid-Autumn Festival] in Taiwan
I have been asked by many (both in real life and online) if I enjoy being a Mommy. Here is my answer! The last seven weeks of my life have been a whirlwind of positive emotions, but if I had to sum it up in one word I would refer to it as AMAZING! Watching … More Motherhood
Way Back When… I have been going through my photos from way back when – way before my blog, Foreign Sanctuary, existed. Back to a time when photography was purely for fun. Like… …when I lived in Taipei Remembering all the times I cycled to Danshui (Tamshui) and watched the sunset. A photo posted by Constance … More Way Back When…
If you follow me on facebook or twitter, then you probably already know…. Our son arrived over two weeks ago and he is a real cutie pie. He may be keeping us busy these days, but we love him to pieces. To us, he is absolutely perfect!! We are now a family of three. My … More Our Baby Boy is Here and He is Perfect!!
[A video tour of the festival is located above.] More than Just a Flower Festival The Changhua Flower Festival, which was held in February this year, has long since come and gone, but this year it was more than just a festival. The day we went was the first time that I had felt normal … More ‘Monkey’ing Around – The 2016 Changhua Flower Festival [2016花在彰化] in Xizhou, Taiwan
Remember back in March when I introduced you to the ‘Cinderella High-Heel Church,’ located in Budai, Chiayi County? Well, seeing we were in the area, we decided to also check out these 3D art murals on that Sunday as well. The Murals This collection of 3D murals are located near a couple of pretty nice … More 3D Art Murals in 好美里[Hao Mei Community], Budai, Chiayi County, Taiwan
It was hard to come up with a suitable title for this post, so ‘Baby Daze’ will have to suffice as it kind of summarizes what I am feeling these days. Less than 10 Weeks to Go! It is now week 31 of my pregnancy and I can feel that I nearing the home stretch. With 64 … More Baby Daze & Life Lately
My First Glimpse of Driving in Taiwan Let me state the obvious: driving in Canada and driving in Taiwan are on two different ends of the spectrum. Canadians [at least where I come from] seemed to obey most traffic rules and well, Taiwanese have their own set of ‘unspoken’ rules for the road. Can you … More Driving Culture: Canada Vs. Taiwan (My Skills Vs. My Husband’s)
Taiwanese Taste Taiwan is known for its oddities and unusual attractions. It is also the island that is quite fond of anything cute. I remember the hype and appeal the yellow duck got in Kaohsiung, with people traveling up to five hours just to see a huge yellow duck floating in the harbor. Then, there … More If the Shoe Fits…! – ‘Cinderella High-Heel Church’ in Budai, Taiwan
Prenatal Thoughts – The New Series Before I get down to the whole ‘gender’ business and reveal, I just wanted to touch on the fact that this is my new series, ‘Prenatal Thoughts,’ – thoughts, moments, ideas, whatever, as I count down these last four months of pregnancy. In essence, it is a chance … More Prenatal Thoughts: Blue or Pink? Boy or Girl? Tickled Pink? Tickled Blue?