Tomorrow is Teacher’s Day in Taiwan and to all the teachers out there, both in Taiwan and elsewhere, Happy Teacher’s Day!!! ~~~~~~~~~~~ I looked at my watch and it was time to teach my favorite class. I have been teaching them for close to 5 years now and I have honestly enjoyed watching them grow … More Why I Love Teaching in Taiwan : Feeling Appreciated!
Fall is just around the corner. I can feel it in the air. The temperature has already dropped a whopping 3°C, the sun is shifting its position, and the wind is beginning to blow from the north. Unfortunately, the changing of the seasons is not as substantial like in parts of the States or Canada, … More Crazy About Flowers – Flower Festivals in Taiwan
The gathering of friends and family, the smell of barbeques lingering throughout the neighborhood, the giving and receiving 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 the above signals the arrival of … More Moon Festival: BBQs, Moon Cakes, & Pomelos
Please Note: This legend is very popular in Taiwan that clips of the story are usually turned into art which can seen in at lantern festivals and flower festivals (mostly referencing the ‘moon rabbit.’ The pictures included in this blog are examples of some that I have seen over the last few years and were … More Moon Woman: The Legend Surrounding Moon Festival
As we drove down highway #9 on that very hot day in early August, I could see our destination in the far-off distance. We were nearing Sixty Stone Mountain (六十石山) which is located between Hualien and Taitung (often spelled Taidong) on Taiwan’s east coast. When we turned onto Chanye Road, glimpses of green grassy fields with pops of orange could … More Tiger Lilies Galore: 60 Stone Mountain, Taiwan
Growing up in a small town in Canada, space was never an issue. Fields of green as far as the eye could see, 360° views of wide open spaces, and the ocean extending and continuing forever towards the horizon. Picture perfect, raw, untouched, natural beauty! Examples of Mother Nature at her best! Now I lived … More Little Pieces of Paradise in Taiwan
There is something about the glimpse of fall in the air that conjures up excitement inside. Memories of previous falls flood into my mind. The cool, crisp air caressing my skin and the fresh, gentle breeze blowing through my hair. The shorter evenings remind me of harvest season, the season to be thankful for my … More Daydreaming & Reminising about the Perfect Fall
We woke up feeling energetic and determined to hit the road early, bound for Jhushan in Nantou. The weather forecast promised a lovely day with a zero percent chance of precipitation. As dawn broke and the sun started to shine, the stage was set for an awesome day of hiking the trails around Tianti (Sky Ladder). … More Stairway to the Sky – Tianti = Sky Ladder = Suspension Bridge