Like I said in my previous post, our December 2015 trip to Taipei did not go as plan. Never in a million years did I think I would be pregnant when I booked the accommodations and high speed train tickets. But I was, and even though fatigue and sickness plagued me, I tried to make … More Reminiscing -2015 Christmas in Banqiao [New Taipei City], Taiwan
[A Video] Planning I am sure that those who know me in ‘real life’ would vouch that I am a planner. And I am a very big planner when it comes to traveling, vacations, and holidays. Yes, I usually go all out planning the details. I am the one who organizes where to go, what … More When Plans Go Wrong – Christmas 2015 [In and Around Taipei 101]
Happy Halloween from Taiwan!! 🎃👻🎃💀 .. It's my baby boy's first Halloween and he has spent most of his day kicking a witch decoration that will laugh an evil laugh when touched. He is focused on the witch in this picture (not in photo) and although he is not looking at the camera, I did … More Happy Halloween!
Thanksgiving is a time when people stop for a moment, consider all the good in their lives, reflect on their many fortunes, and honor everything valuable that they have. It is a time when the entire family come together to share a meal and publicly acknowledge their many blessings in life. For me, Thanksgiving has … More His First, My Best – [Canadian] Thanksgiving 2016
This is my second time writing this post. My first attempt took an unexpected turn and became very long and very deep – essentially, it was not what I wanted to say at all. I mean, what does my late sister’s family dog have to do with 3D cat murals? So, here I am, giving it another … More Meow! – 3D Cat Murals in Chiayi, Taiwan
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