Getting to Know the Neighborhood

We live downtown in Taichung, Taiwan in an area that is close to just about everything. The hospital where we get our medications and see our doctors is a walk away. We have a pretty little park around the corner. There are bakeries and tea shops, clothing stores and hair salons, grocery stores and restaurants on every street and side alley.

Because there is so much packed into a tight area AND because we don’t read Chinese or even speak it very well, it’s taking us quite a while to really get to know the neighborhood. It’s always fun when we find a new place that fits us. Just last week, we found two new places to add to our list of regulars.  Continue reading “Getting to Know the Neighborhood”

{Foreigner in Formosa} Lee’s Restaurant

It’s funny how distance and travel time are relative. I used to think that driving from KY to NJ and back during a four-day weekend wasn’t so bad (only twelve hours each way), but now the thought of going four and a half hours to Kenting seems like a looooong trip. Maybe it’s because Taiwan is so much smaller than the expansive U.S. of A. Likewise, living in the city has definitely changed my perspective on how far things seem. When I lived in Dashe, we had to drive to everything, so even the “close” restaurants were a good ten minutes by car. Now if I drive ten minutes to a restaurant, it’s “far;” only places we can walk to are “close.” Lee’s Restaurant is one of those ten-minute drives, but it is totally worth it. Continue reading “{Foreigner in Formosa} Lee’s Restaurant”

A Multicultural Easter

Happy Easter! 復活節快樂!

We celebrated Easter Sunday at New Life Bilingual Church, a Southern Baptist church plant here in Kaohsiung. It’s the church that my sisters and I have been attending this year. We love the pastor and the people. The preaching is great, the music is encouraging, and the fellowship is rich. This year, Easter was extra-special for my sisters and me because our mom is here visiting for two weeks, so we were together for Easter Sunday. Continue reading “A Multicultural Easter”

{Foreigner in Formosa} Heavenly Hot Pot

Last night, my friend and I went to a hot pot restaurant in town. There are lots of places in Taiwan that serve hot pot; many restaurants offer it as a menu option alongside noodles, dumplings, and other delicacies. At those restaurants, you order a set meal of raw items that come with a boiling pot of broth over an individual burner, and you cook the items in the broth as you please. Many people enjoy ordering hot pot at restaurants like these, but I tend to reserve my hot pot orders for places like the restaurant my friend and I went to last night.

The restaurant we visited is called Shabu-Shabu, and it’s a chain buffet hot pot place. At Shabu-Shabu, you begin by picking your soup or broth. I went with “Health Chicken Soup” (not a typo on my part), and my friend got a tomato soup base for hers. Continue reading “{Foreigner in Formosa} Heavenly Hot Pot”