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What Taiwan has Taught Me…

19 Dec

After an another amazing 4-month increment in my life I am leaving again…. With that being said here is a little list of funny times, quotes that stuck, mind opening experiences and things I learned while in Taiwan:

–       I have acquired a new rule to life: Any post-graduate education must be obtained where there is a beach within 1 kilometer. Why study in a library when you can study on a beach?

–       At NSYSU you can be witness to a dance battle, solo instrumental performance, full out orchestra rehearsal, martial arts, and various other dance styles from all over the world! So always have your camera handy.

–       It is perfectly fine to party the night before a midterm and a final exam when in Taiwan.

–       These are the best times of our lives, live for the moment, be sure to always love what you do and do what you love.

–       Fireworks are strangely popular in Kaohsiung; there is not a night on the weekend where you cannot hear some boom. You can’t always see them but you can hear them all the time!

–       If food smells funny, it most likely tastes funny too… sorry Taiwan, not a fan of your chòu dòufu (stinky tofu). However, I will be using Chinese spices and ginger in my cooking more back home!

–       Some of the funniest moments had were enjoyed at 5 am, helping ourselves to coffee mugs at Màidāngláo’s 😉 and convincing the taxi driver to turn up the radio as loud as it will go, to preferably the English station (if not we will make it work with Chinese).

–       Also, in regards to taxi’s in Taiwan there were only 2 times I thought I was going to die… other than that they were wonderful & most of the time would try and teach you some Chinese too!

–       …Tonight I will love love you tonight
 Give me everything tonight
 For all we know we might not get tomorrow
 Lets do it tonight… – Pitbull

–       It can be more fun to be dropped off at the tunnel and run to the dorms rather than having them drop you off at the door, right? (then we can get more drinks at Family Mart on the way home… but really, like we need anything more to drink)

–       Just because your dollar goes a long way in a different country, does not mean you are getting a good deal. Do not compare it to what you are paying in your dollar but what kind of deal you are getting locally, would a local be spending this much for this ________? If not, then it’s not a good deal.

–       It is always more fun when you are partying on a boat… oh and it is so much better when funneling beer out of a watering jug for plants.

–       When talking to someone from France you need to make it clear, did you say bitch or beach and are you hungry or are you angry? However, after being here for the semester with so many of you wonderful Frenchies… OF COURSE I can tell the difference!

–       ‘When life is hard, patience helps. When people are hard to figure out, honestly helps win intimate friends.’– The Everlasting Light: Dharma Thoughts of Master Hsing Yun

–       Champagne showers are the best type of shower, and even better when coming from Steve Aoki. Oh, and if you happen to catch the bottle after the shower, well then that’s just the sweetest cherry on top.

–       NSYSU needs to get a handle on the stray dog situation, I know it is difficult because there are soooo many of them, but it is so sad to see all of these dogs that are sick or hurt and still having more puppies. In the classic words of Bob Barker, “Help control the pet population. Have your pets spayed or neutered.”

–       When planning a road trip in unchartered territory, always look somewhere for road conditions first, especially if there are mountains involved. Also, never start a journey into to the mountains with less then half a tank of guess, even if you don’t want to return the rental car with more gas then what was in it when you got it.

–       Every party needs a pre-party… especially where you play a good Canadian drinking game like Flip Cup or Moose 😀

–       Let people know that you appreciate them.

–       Hostels should always have VIP Lounges, leopard/zebra print EVERYTHING, and speakers to blast your pre-partying tunes.

–       Radiate positivity, show your zest for life, and do not be afraid to let it be known that you are an amazing person. Good people come into your life when you display your greatness for all to see.

–       After coming home from a party on at least 3 occasions with only one earring… it turns out I need to always wear earrings with really strong backs. (If someone who is still in St. Andrew’s could send me a new pair of sparkly purple earrings from the jewelry shop downtown that would be great!)

–       ‘The world is half good and half bad. Though the good half seems to be losing, it will win in the long run. Though evil seizes the initial advantage, it will fail in the end.’ – The Everlasting Light: Dharma Thoughts of Master Hsing Yun

–       How come Famiy Mart always gives you a discount at the register? You see a price as 20NT they scan it, hit some button and the price magically drops by a few NT. I have never understood why this happens the entire time I have been here but I like it.

–       Shit happens, and you may end up having the wrong VISA… so learn to deal with the hand you are dealt. I did not get to go to Vietnam, Singapore, Philippines, Hong Kong, etc… but I have to say I believe I have seen a LOT of Taiwan, and I enjoyed every single minute of it.

There was nothing I could do to control it and my amazing Uncle Walter passed away while I was here. In learning to deal with this while away from my family, I believe I have become a stronger person. Thank you to my dear friends who were so supportive to me in Kenting when I found out, you have no idea how much you did for me by simply being there for me to cry on your shoulder. For those who I was not able to be with back home during this time, on Boxing Day we will have many many many caesar’s and listen to Waltzing With Bears on repeat!

Amazing people can be found all over the world… they are what makes leaving Taiwan so incredibly hard. I keep saying that I wish I could have stayed for the full year, as I am not ready to go… but in perspective if I were to have stayed a year, it would have been just as hard (if not harder) then as it is now to say goodbye. People come into your life for different reasons: someone who gives good advice, someone to cheer you up when you are sad, someone to hold you at night, someone who loves to party just as much as you do, someone who can help you with your studies, the list goes on an on… I have to say that every single person I met while in Taiwan has left me with a different reason to remember them by.

Over the last few years I have been getting better at saying goodbye (Mum says it is a sign that I am getting older and more mature, blahh) but I really am struggling with all the goodbyes this time. I’m going to blame it on the magnitude of how many goodbyes there are.

If any of you are EVER in Canada please let me know, because I will happily tour you around and show you a good time! Do not be a stranger, keep in touch, add me on skype, write me postcards from all of your new adventures and someday (near or far) have a couch ready for me to crash on and come visit you!

In the great words of Dr. Seuss “Do not cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.”

Love Always

Haley

 

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Catching Up

12 Jul

I have been M.I.A. lately with the blog, and I apologize, but there really hasn’t been much new happening. Since my last entry there have been a few momentous occasions, and for some reason I never have my camera to document them.

Fairmont Float in Canada Day Parade

Fairmont Float in Canada Day Parade

 

Canada Day in St. Andrews was definitely entertaining. Main street is closed off, the regular market is ‘supersized’, there is a parade, cake cutting at the hotel, fireworks (that could rival major cities across Canada), and celebrations that continue into the night. It also kicks off the start of the busy summer season, and I can say the town and the hotel have thawed from the winter months and come to life as much as the flowers that line the streets in town. I had the day off, so I volunteered my time to help out with the face-painting booth, raising money for a charity going towards a local memorial scholarship. We were taking donations for the face painting and giving out ice-cold jumbo freezies. In total we raised over $400, not to bad for a day of fun in the sun.

Bikes Lining the Streets of St. A

Bikes Lining the Streets of St. A

More recently this past weekend St. Andrews was home to the annual Atlanticade Festival. Brining 100s of bikers from across North America to come and join in on the festivities. For five days there were beer gardens, live entertainment, show and shines, and anything else that comes along with a biker festival. Personally, I am not a big fan of motorcycles, not too sure why, but they are just not my cup of tea. I have never been on one, so I am basing my stigma around them on something I have never tried before. Someday, I will find someone who I trust my life with and I will go for a ride, but until then I will stay scared of the beautiful noisy machines.

Pool Day

Pool Day

The rest of my time lately has been preoccupied by sunny days at the pool and working lots. I am starting to realize that the summer is basically half over for myself. One month and a couple weeks and I will be finishing up here and making my way back to Victoria to pack for my exchange semester to Taiwan (which my VISA just arrived for yesterday!!). Reading my Lonely Planet Travel Guide for Taiwan just gets me more and more excited. So far my lists of things to do while I am there include:

–       Sun Moon Lake

–       Night Markets In Taipei

–       Snorkel Penghu Island

–       Drink lots of really good TEA

–       Surf in Kenting National Park

 

Now I am getting quite ahead of myself as I still have time here in New Brunswick, where there is also a list of things I really would like to do here as well:

–       Visit Hopewell Rocks

–       Swim in the Bay of Fundy

–       Eat a lobster

–       Hike and swim at Chamcook Mountain and Lake

–       Go to Boston (maybe)

–       Whale watching

–       Trip to PEI or Nova Scotia

 

The majority of these things I will be able to achieve with a few friends and when family comes to visit. Boston is a big one, and I would LOVE to go see a Red Socks game!

With my time here already flying by I am going to be a little more aggressive with planning all of these things! I know that there is so much more of the East Coast left to explore and will have to come back someday to tour it all. I am very excited to see what I can achieve in the next few weeks, and even more excited to know that visits from friends and family are soon to come!

ps. I am reading a really great book right now that is called ‘What Casanova Told Me’ by Susan Swan, much of the book is about travel and new adventures. In this book he lists his 10 Principles of Travel. Here are a couple quotes that I absolutely love:

 

“3. Travelling is like breathing, so exhale the old, inhale the new and allow your heartbreak to fall away behind you.”

“4. What you desire always awaits you if you are brave enough to recognize it.”

“9. Your journey is not over until you bestow  a gift on the lands you have visited, knowing full well that you will never be able repay  half the riches they bestow on you.”