(Life of a Taiwanese Farmer – Final)
“Holy crap, this is heavy!”
I’m heaving a bag of rice onto a forklift and I think I almost pulled a muscle. At 50kg, the rice bags were the heaviest set of weights I’ve ever attempted to lift. I looked at Guang-Hui and he cocked an eyebrow at me with a knowing smile.
I stirred awake, not knowing what time it was but realising I had woken up to the crowing sound of a rooster and the crack of dawn peeping through our bedroom window. Continue reading
I poked my head into the dark warehouse squinting my eyes for any movement.
“Ni hao, you ren zai zhe ma?”
(“Hello, is anyone here?”) Continue reading
Woke up to sunlight streaming through the window. Though bleary-eyed and barely functioning, I already know today’s going to be a great day. Continue reading
Coming up to a year of my Taiwanderful life, I sat down with Rose Vassel from the Australian Office in Taipei as part of their #AskAnAussie series to showcase experiences in Taiwan through my eyes.
I scanned the page of the last chapter of my Chinese textbook and smiled to myself. The characters for ‘hug, embrace’ jumped out at me, and I was instantly reminded of Andy, a Taiwanese local who has come to be one of my closest friends, and also my tutor in more matters than just the Chinese language alone. Continue reading
Part II – The Burning of the Boat
Following my previous hitchhiking adventures to Kaohsiung, I spent a day gallivanting around the city before I eventually made it to the site where The King Boat Festival (迎王平安祭) was held. Continue reading
Part 1 – The Hitchhiking Adventures that Ensued
While most people in Taipei were busying themselves with Taiwan’s National Day celebrations, I stayed up late one night to finish a sign. A sign which hopefully will guarantee me a lift when I attempt to hitchhike for the first time. Continue reading
My sister got hitched this month in one of the most idyllic of places – Provence France! And in keeping with the romantic Provençale setting, she had the perfect wedding gown custom-made to match. Now you may not know much about the dresses themselves, but I’m sure you’re familiar with the cost that could be associated with them. However, they really needn’t be an arm and a leg to afford. You just need to look to someone who currently lives in Taiwan and can go shopping for you! Continue reading
To celebrate my 6 months of being an expat in Taiwan, I thought I’d share some thoughts of my experience of living here so far. There’s been plenty to absorb and learn from, and I hope Taiwan continues to keep me intrigued with an ever-growing list of curious places to discover. Continue reading
Sujin and I sat side-by-side in the cafe, doing our due diligence by finishing our homework and preparing for the next day’s test.
This is our usual routine whenever we have time to spare together after class. You can’t really put off studying Chinese for too long, or you’ll fall behind pretty quickly. Continue reading
The Study Life
…Run…pant…5 more minutes…I’ll just make it…
This seems to be me everyday. I am a fresh student of the Chinese Language Division at National Taiwan University (國立臺灣大學). Continue reading
Just four days after leaving Adelaide, I have settled in nicely in my new home. Everything seems familiar as though I’ve been here all along, but altogether strange and exciting! It may be too early to tell but I feel that I’ve made a most wonderfully correct decision to be a new resident here. Continue reading
It’s sunny in Adelaide again but at twenty eight degrees celcius, it’s the cool change most people have been waiting for. I’m at a cafe, sipping coffee and watching people catch up with colleagues over a quick cuppa before work. According to the weather app on my phone, by the time I arrive into Taipei this week, I can expect a cloudy and chilly night with possible chance of rain. I scrunch up my nose…I’ve always been more of a summer girl, and I was expecting a warmer welcome from Taiwan in the Spring. Continue reading