Today was a beautiful day in Taichung. The sun was shining, there were cotton candy clouds, and the breeze was warm but not too warm. Of course, I had to get out of my grandparents’ house and into the sunshine! I called my sister and we galloped eagerly down the dank stairway into a local park.
Wow! Time really flies! Here I am, with only one week left to spend here in Taiwan. After more than a month in this unfamiliar land, I am so ready to go back home to the US. I know I will be leaving behind relatives, delicious food, and fun sights, but home is where the heart is, of course. However, there is a time for everything. Sometimes we must leave the comforts of our home to experience new things and risk new opportunities. Sometimes we must stay in our home and draw closer to our family members.
Today I leave you readers with a wisdom filled passage from the Bible, our light. Read, and meditate on it.
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
As we enter the New Year, keep in mind this passage when it comes to difficult situations. Pray to God, and let Him be your Lead in stormy seas. God bless.
“Do you like my back massage?”
“Look at my mask!”
“I need help!”
“Do you want your backpack?”
“Guess what I did in the airplane!”
We were driving around in Taiwan. It was a gloomy, rainy day – and it became even more gloomy when two young boys belonging to our friends jumped into our van. They were…….indescribable!
December 23, 2014 but posted on December 26, 2014
Wow! Today we visited our second cousins in the very center of Taiwan, her Sun Moon Lake. They kindly took us out for a whole day of sightseeing! It was all very exciting, with so many new things to see (and eat). To finish the day off, our relatives drove us to a fancy hot pot restaurant. A hot pot consists of a pot of soup, with ingredients of your choice.
Chao Zhou is an enchanting place. We took a 3 hour train ride here from Taichung. Along the way, I saw rice paddies, gardens tucked here and there and everywhere, and bananas and sugarcane.
So I’m in Taiwan. A stranger from America. Although I’ve been here several times already to visit relatives, everything is still new and strange. On this trip, I determined to remember everything I saw. When I first arrived here two weeks ago, I was stunned by the pollution, the noise, the busyness! I live in a place where it’s peaceful, so it was a bit of a shock for me.
Also, the weather captivated me. In sweat. For winter, it was extremely hot and humid! Much too hot to be comfortable. But enough of these (memorable) complaints. Here are several things that I absolutely love here: the food, the night market, and the convenience!
1. Convenience — restaurants can be reached on foot in less than five minutes. You could stroll the streets of your neighborhood and spend a day’s worth of shopping there. I LOVE THIS PART
2. The food — Taiwan’s food is amazing. Everything tastes better here! The fruits are sweeter and juicier, the vegetables are more tender, and you can find dessert coordinated to your special taste. For me, it’s not much milk and egg taste and less sugar, thank you. The foods we have in America would cower before their versions here. Have any of you eaten shaved ice? Here, shaved ice comes with do hua, a kind of dessert tofu that’s soft and slippery. The taro and sweet beans are delicious!
Ok, I could go on and on about food, but I guess I better stop now……
3. Lastly, the night market — basically you can find everything here. As you you can see from the name, it occurs at nighttime. At large markets, hundreds of booths, stalls, and tents are set up to display merchandise. And that merchandise can vary widely – from noodle soup to blankets. I especially like to buy shoes here. Young people at the night market sometimes stay till 1:00 A.M. However, my family and I retire before 11:00 P.M. The clamor and bustle makes us exhausted.
Well, this place is fun and exciting, but I miss our cozy home in America. One more month to go….I’ll keep you posted (no pun intended). See you!