Taking a Break

This week, I took some time off of work, and my youngest sister, Ashleigh, came to visit me for three days. She brought along the toddler that she is fostering (let’s call her “Munchkin” for this post), and the three of us spent our time exploring Taichung and finding some new places that Charles and I can return to. It’s easy to feel out of touch with nature while living in the big city, so we looked particularly for some natural spots. We had a wonderful visit, and I’m so glad Ashleigh and Munchkin came. Continue reading “Taking a Break”

Post-Wedding Update

Charles and I have been married for almost two weeks, and we’re having a blast. We spent our honeymoon in NY state, and since then we’ve traveled to Virginia for my grandmother’s 90th birthday party (and Charles’ 31st birthday on the same day!), and now we’re in South Carolina spending time with Charles’ parents. We’ve been busy busy busy, and it won’t be stopping any … Continue reading Post-Wedding Update

{Foreigner in Formosa} English Practice

“Foreigner in Formosa” is a new series of short posts I’ll be writing about all the things I find winsome, intriguing, and delightful about Taiwan (formerly known as Formosa, meaning “beautiful island” in Portuguese). I aim to show little glimpses of Taiwan with a picture here or an anecdote there, simply sharing life as it comes. I hope you’ll enjoy each new view of this unique and beautiful island. 

English Practice

Laura and I frequent a roadside stand that sells the best fried chicken, fried squid-on-a-stick, and sweet potato fries in the world (hyperbole? no). Last night when we stopped by, there was a mom with her two boys there, and this mom desperately wanted her older son to practice English with us. “My name is Gary. I am 8 years old. My English teachers are…” went his little speech. Continue reading “{Foreigner in Formosa} English Practice”

Hatchlings in Hong Kong

I just returned from a memorable trip to Hong Kong over Fall Break with my sisters. The initial purpose of the trip was for Ashleigh to renew her Taiwanese visa which had expired. However, when she realized that she had to take a trip out of Taiwan, we decided that we would make the most of it together. So we hopped on a plane and experienced everything from roller coasters to metro travel to dim sum to night markets in “Asia’s World City” (Hong Kong’s self-proclaimed title). We had a blast and made some wonderful memories. (Note: Ashleigh’s visa run was a success as well!) Continue reading “Hatchlings in Hong Kong”

More Moments with Beth in Taiwan

The second week of Beth’s visit in Taiwan was just as exciting as the first: it consisted of trips to local cultural areas like Lotus Lake and Sandimen aboriginal village, eating more delicious local cuisine (and choosing her favorites to repeat!), watching movies just for fun, going shopping at the morning market, and it was even topped off with a small typhoon that rolled in just in time to delay Beth’s departure for a day. Here is a very brief look at the highlights of our second week together; it’s just enough to entice you to come for a visit too! P.S. I’m not filling this post with food pictures from the second week (though we took a bunch!) because I’m saving them for a special post all about my favorite foods in Taiwan. I know you’re on the edge of your seat now… Continue reading “More Moments with Beth in Taiwan”