Recently I sat down to write about my Top 10 memories of this year. Most of them were from Taiwan, as life has really calmed down a lot since I returned due to Covid (crazy to have so much free time! I'm getting really good at the Ocarina). Suddenly the memories started flowing out of … Continue reading 10 Memorable Days in Taiwan
A particularly dramatic retelling of my experience in the Taiwanese healthcare system, accompanied by my thoughts. Sweat dripped down my forehead. The hum from the car engine grated on my ears, and even the brightness of the day pained me. When I closed my eyes, I could feel every bump in the road shaking my … Continue reading Healthcare in Taiwan
https://youtu.be/wsiOY9mD-a0 In June, all the Inbound exchange students gathered in Hsinchu for a Chinese Speech Competition. I prepared for two weeks beforehand and won 2nd place (2nd only to Callie of course!! I have her to thank for it as she really helped me learn a lot of Chinese during those hours we spent in … Continue reading 2nd Place in Mandarin Speech Competition!
Rotary New Years Trip 新年快樂!!! For New Years, at least 100 exchange students went to Taipei to see the fireworks off of Taipei 101. I remember rebounds telling about this trip when I was still in Canada, and it felt like a lifetime away. Now I can't believe it's already behind me!! Yesterday, we started … Continue reading 新年快樂
Before you start reading, go watch my 4th Month in Taiwan video, and check out the bonus video of our trip to see the Christmas lights in Taipei. All my videos are available on my Youtube channel - click on the blue text to be taken to these videos. You can also look under the … Continue reading Hotpot and fancy shrimp restaurants (among other things)
What's a Beavertale, you ask? No, I'm not talking about the delicious Canadian dessert. District 7080 has Outbound exchange students write open letters home at 3 points in their year abroad. The letters, called "Beaver Tales", are posted on the District 7080 website. They act as a great memoir for us, an update for our … Continue reading Read Our Beaver Tales
Before we begin, head over to Youtube to see my 3rd Month in Taiwan video by clicking on the blue text! 上星期，我們去海攤! 我們找牡蠣和蛤蠣! 很好玩! 我找了一點點，沒有很多，而我且很累了! 之後，在海灘，我們燒烤牡蠣，和吃很多海鮮。我吃報飽了，之後我們去吃火鍋和吃很多海鮮很好吃! 肚子很脹。 Last week, my family and my counselor Tom's family all went to the beach in Changhua to scavenge for clams and oysters. To get there, we rode in … Continue reading 海灘,山,和食物 ~ Mountains, oysters, and tying knots?
Before we begin, click here to see my 2nd Month in Taiwan video! Hello again! Before I start, I want to say I’m sorry for the missing post last week – but I’ll do my best to stick to weekly updates!! I like writing in this blog, and I’m attached to it now, so don’t … Continue reading Challenges in Chinese
I took the train by myself today!!!!! 我今天單獨去候車!!!!! I spent the day at Chinese classes with the other exchange students, where we had our first dance class - the instructor tried to teach the girls how to be sexy and the boys how to be “powerful”. Almost all of us have no experience dancing, and … Continue reading Living vs. Adjusting
2 days, 2 mountains, 3 bubble teas! I think this is my fifth blog post in Taiwan– which means I’ve been here for a little over a month. It’s scary to think about how quickly time passes (head over to Youtube to see my 1 Month in Taiwan video) - click on the blue text … Continue reading 2天，2爬山，3珍珠奶茶
This week’s special: I lock my host mom and I out of the house!! Everyday, I hear my favourite type of music through the walls of my house: angry piano music. I asked my mom about it, and she said our neighbor plays piano very well. We went over to say hi, and as I … Continue reading Mishaps with Mandarin
I left last off week’s post on Friday, which was going to be my first day of school. Luckily for me, there was a change of plans, and I didn’t have to go!! I debated between trying to be a great exchange student, and asking to go, or staying home and catching up on sleep. … Continue reading Lost on the Streets of Toufen
Am I back again, already? Time flies. My second week gave me more time to relax than the first. Saturday, however, was full of excitement! I spent the whole day at our Inbound Orientation, which was held in a banquet hall and hosted by District 3501 (my district) and 3502. With both districts, there was … Continue reading Alone on the Streets of Toufen
Ahh!! I can’t believe I’m finally here. I’m no longer an outbound, preparing to go – this is the real deal. So far, I have been in Taiwan for 4 days. Each day is so full that I haven’t even had time to unpack. (Well, I could’ve unpacked on the first day I got here, … Continue reading The First Week
Here you can find general advice other exchange students have given to me. I hope this helps! In Preparation For Exchange Study the language of your host country as much as possible!!!Write down your goals for exchange. Then write a letter to yourself outlining those goals and what you hope to achieve on exchange. Have … Continue reading Advice from Exchange Students
Hi there! Thanks for joining me. I am a Rotary Youth Exchange student from Canada to Taiwan for the 2019-2020 year. I also went on exchange with ISE Ontario to Quimper, France, for 3 months in 2018. Here, you can find all the updates about my exchange, as well as information about exchange if you're … Continue reading Welcome to my blog!
Sitting at the computer, procrastinating on an English paper, I picked up my phone. I scrolled aimlessly through social media and started texting an Inbound who is in Taiwan for the 2018-2019 year. Her name is Laura. She's Canadian too, from District 7090, and lives only a few hours away from me (in Canada, not … Continue reading I Can Do It! Another Step Closer to Learning Chinese
some pickles I have with blanket advice taught at many Outbound Training sessions “Always say Yes, to everything”, they tell you in the trainings. No offense to Rotary, but this is not great advice. In principle, it makes sense, and in the first few months it is crucial; if you decline opportunities because you're tired, … Continue reading Rotary Trainings: What to Learn
Videos: August September October November December (for the rest of the videos, check out my Youtube channel) 2019. 12. 14 Christmas Lights in Taipei Beavertales Slides: Culture Fair Presentations: 1st Month 2nd Month 2.5nd Month 3rd Month 4th Month 5th Month 6th Month 7th Month About Taiwan (English)