Out with the Old, In with the New – Happy New Year! Happy 2015!

Happy New Year!! I actually had this post ready to go live at 12 a.m. but I couldn’t get the internet to work to schedule the post on my smartphone. I would like to wish each and everyone of you an amazing 2015!  I hope the new year brings lots of joy, laughter, good fortune, … More Out with the Old, In with the New – Happy New Year! Happy 2015!

Trip Down Memory Lane! – My Five Most Popular Posts Published in 2014!

5 days ’til 2015! I thought I would take the time to ‘countdown’ my 5 most popular posts of 2014! I know the number may be a little skewed as some of the top posts were published earlier this year in January, but that’s OK. Most of these posts are very near and dear to … More Trip Down Memory Lane! – My Five Most Popular Posts Published in 2014!

Wishing Each and Every One of you a Merry Christmas!

This is a very short and sweet and to the point post! Wishing each and every one of you a Merry Christmas!  I hope your holiday season is filled with joy, happiness, love, and laughter! Season’s Greetings all the way from Taiwan from me at ‘Foreign Sanctuary!’ Constance ~~All of the photos included in this … More Wishing Each and Every One of you a Merry Christmas!

Once Guava Tree, Then Decorative Piece, Now Christmas Tree: The Tree that Keeps on Giving

From Seed to Guava Tree The whole thing started out one evening on a whim. Yes, a random thought after dinner turned into my husband’s little project as curiosity got the better of him. We were eating guava and as we cut the seeds out of the middle, he casually wondered out loud if those … More Once Guava Tree, Then Decorative Piece, Now Christmas Tree: The Tree that Keeps on Giving

It’s Christmas Time in the City: Christmas Displays in Taichung, Taiwan (a Photo Essay)

As promised, my blog has been and will continue to be all holly and jolly this month. So far, I have written a post with some ideas of how to get into the festive swing of things and beat those holiday blues if you are a traveler or an expat. I also dedicated a post … More It’s Christmas Time in the City: Christmas Displays in Taichung, Taiwan (a Photo Essay)

Silent Night, Party Night: Christmas Cards in Taiwan

My General View about Taiwan First off, I love Taiwan. There are many things that Taiwan does right. For example, snacks like shaved ice with fruit, peanut douhua, and wheel cakes containing red bean, butter cream, and taro inside. There is the convenience of buying anything and everything at just about any time. Then, there are … More Silent Night, Party Night: Christmas Cards in Taiwan

Starting Over: 5 Things I Learned from my 3 Month Blogging Break!

NOTE: This post was written in September when I began blogging again! I have been back blogging nearly three months now since my long blogging break over the summer. I decided to take some time to re-evaluate the overall direction of my blog in general. For awhile, I lost my blogging ‘spark.’ Writing posts became … More Starting Over: 5 Things I Learned from my 3 Month Blogging Break!

Analyzing November & Thinking Out Loud about December

Another month has come and gone and it is now December, the last month of 2014. Personally, I love this time of year. Christmas is just around the corner which means lots of excitement and anticipation for the arrival of the holiday season. We will soon bid farewell to 2014 and welcome the new year … More Analyzing November & Thinking Out Loud about December

Have the Holiday Blues? – 10 Ways to Enjoy Christmas Abroad

In honor of this post getting a major overhaul and revision, I thought I would post it again. I have added some new ideas, changed some of the script, and added lots of photos – plus I posted it too late last year meaning it only reached a very small audience. I think it is … More Have the Holiday Blues? – 10 Ways to Enjoy Christmas Abroad