Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover
At first glance, Taiwan may appear to be a highly populated small island with a nation of hard-working, career-driven people. But once you escape the hustle and bustle of the cities and begin peeling away the layers, you will come to realize that there is more to Taiwan than high-tech factories and bumper-to-bumper traffic.
When you stand on the peak of one of Taiwan’s mountains for the first time and witness the clouds hovering below you, when you explore the beautiful white sandy beaches on the islands of Penghu, when you gaze at the dramatic, visually stunning Qing Shui Cliff as it extends into the aqua blue water, or when you find yourself surrounded by the vast marble rock faces of Taroko Gorge, that is when you will truly realize and appreciate the true beauty of this tiny island.
I, too, am guilty of previously judging Taiwan. I secretly doubted Taiwanese when they claimed that Taiwan is a beautiful place and when they told me all I had to do is escape the cities. I internally rolled my eyes when they described the picturesque places and the unique natural landscapes.
Little did I know that I was the one who was wrong. All my previous misconceptions and preconceived notions made me feel highly embarrassed. All I had to do was hop on a train, a bus, a scooter, or in a car to explore the prized natural possessions that comprises this magnificent island that I currently call home.
Taiwan is a beautiful place – the people, the views, the scenery, the food, the traditions and culture, the overall friendly atmosphere! It is not surprising that it was once called Formosa, meaning ‘beautiful place.’ I love to explore the magic of the place and appreciate all it has to offer. Living in Taiwan has been a very rewarding experience for me, both personally and professionally. It is a place where you can sometimes get physically lost but internally found.
Life has a lot twists and turns and I believe everything happens for a reason – and nearly 15 years later, I still remember how Taiwan was chosen as the destination.
Let’s Have Some Fun – A Guessing Game
Yes, you read it right! Taiwan is the place that I have called home for nearly 15 years (!!!) !! – in less than a month, I will celebrate my 15th ‘Taiwanversary.’ And in celebration of spending nearly a decade and a half on this island, I thought I would begin my trip down memory lane with a little bit of trivia.
During the winter on 1999, one of my best friends and I decided to embark on the journey of a lifetime – to live, work, and travel around Asia. We considered three options – Korea, Japan, and Taiwan. Korea was eliminated fairly quickly; however, we found making the decision between Taiwan and Japan rather difficult.
So the trivia question is (a guessing game again):
How did we make the decision to teach in Taiwan instead of Japan?
~1~ A coin toss
~2~ Paper, scissors, stone (or Rock, paper, scissors)
~3~ We thoroughly researched both locations and made the decision based on facts
Be sure to cast your vote and let me know why you picked that particular answer. I would love to hear from you.
The answer will be revealed next Wednesday. Until then, I will be publishing my next article in my series, Taiwanese weddings, on Saturday – so be sure to check it out!