9-in-1 Election in Taiwan Today: What the Election Campaigns in Central Taiwan were Really Like

My husband just left to cast his vote(s) in the 9-in-1 election happening today in Taiwan and I am here enjoying the silence on this early Saturday morning. There are no trucks with loudspeakers blaring around the neighborhood today. Everything is peaceful and quiet. However, it was a different story here yesterday morning when the … More 9-in-1 Election in Taiwan Today: What the Election Campaigns in Central Taiwan were Really Like

Clouds and Flowers = The Perfect Day to Visit the 2014 Taichung Flower Festival

Our Thursday morning began before the crack of dawn this week. We awoke to complete darkness and left our house just as the sun was beginning to make its presence. As we drove, we watched the big round sun gradually move into the sky while sometimes playing hide-and-seek under the abundance of clouds decorating the sky. It … More Clouds and Flowers = The Perfect Day to Visit the 2014 Taichung Flower Festival

The Bears are Back in Town: The 2014 Teddy Bear Lohas Carnival in Taichung, Taiwan (2014泰迪熊台中樂活嘉年華)

Taiwanese Love ‘Cute’ Like I said in a previous post, Taiwanese love cute things and after living in Taiwan for more than 15 years, I sometimes tend to gravitate towards certain things that are cute and adorable as well. Now, you won’t see me sporting Hello Kitty T-shirts or wearing pretty bows in my hair, … More The Bears are Back in Town: The 2014 Teddy Bear Lohas Carnival in Taichung, Taiwan (2014泰迪熊台中樂活嘉年華)

Modern World, Modern Thoughts: A Story of Open-Mindedness and Acceptance

This is the second post written by my husband. I was going to call it a ‘guest post,’ but he seems to be interested in blogging and may become a regular contributor on Foreign Sanctuary. I was also going to put in my two cents worth, but I think I will keep my thoughts about … More Modern World, Modern Thoughts: A Story of Open-Mindedness and Acceptance

Exploring Xitou Nature Recreation Area in Nantou, Taiwan

Whenever the forested area called Xitou pops into my mind, I recall a very amusing conversation I once had with my 5 year old students when I taught in Taipei. I was introducing the word ‘bamboo’ to them, but none of the students fully understood what I was talking about (too bad the famous baby … More Exploring Xitou Nature Recreation Area in Nantou, Taiwan

A Small Town Girl in a Taiwanese World: How Taiwan Changed Me

~~ I wrote this post in June of this year and only now feel comfortable enough to post it.  It is a little personal but I feel that it gives insight into why I am a little ‘private’ on my blog!  However, there are going to be some big changes happening here at Foreign Sanctuary in the near … More A Small Town Girl in a Taiwanese World: How Taiwan Changed Me

I May Be Technologically Challenged but I am Indeed a Blogger (at foreignsanctuary.com)

My Never-Ending Battle with Technology From the very beginning, me and technology have never gotten along. I would even go as far as saying that we are sworn enemies. See, my computer battles date back to the days when Windows 3.1 and 95 powered our computers. The first time I wanted to fight with a … More I May Be Technologically Challenged but I am Indeed a Blogger (at foreignsanctuary.com)

All About Flowers: Looking Forward to the 2014 Taichung Flower Festival

Preparations are well underway for the 2014 Taichung Flower Festival which starts this Saturday, November 8th, 2014 and continues until Sunday, December 7th, 2014. From the photos I have seen on facebook and the design schematics posted on the internet, it looks like it is going to be pretty spectacular again this year. I think … More All About Flowers: Looking Forward to the 2014 Taichung Flower Festival