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“But he was able to understand one thing: making a decision was only the beginning of things. When someone makes a decision, he is really diving into a strong current that will carry him to places he had never dreamed of when he first made the decision.”
― Paulo Coelho
Starting over in a new country can be really expensive – emotionally, mentally, and financially. It can break your bank while it breaks your heart, as you get rid of all your “stuff” and break-up with your old life. So, if you’re considering moving to Taiwan, here’s a breakdown of … Read more
“Aren’t you ever scared?” they ask me.
“Of what?” I reply. They can’t really answer that. They just have a vague sense that my lifestyle should be scary but no specific reasons why.
I recently spent a few weeks in my hometown of Zumbrota, Minnesota and was … Read more
Before moving to Taiwan, I knew very little about the country except that it’s an island with some murky connection to China. I had a Skype interview with a Taiwanese school, jumped on a flight and arrived on this island totally clueless. In the past few years, I’ve learned a … Read more
A friend of mine is coming to Taiwan for an extended visit and, in preparation, he asked me an important question:
“Is English spoken at all in the streets…or am I already late for the “Mandarin Express”?”
My response – no, English is not widely used in my neighborhood. … Read more
My recent article about the reasons Expats choose Taiwan included glowing reviews of the friendly people, great medical care, and wonderful food. And life in Taiwan really is good, but it’s not all sunshine, roses and butterflies every single day. The reality is, sometimes life is inconvenient and people … Read more
When my younger sister was very young, she had a couple of imaginary friends who lived in the front closet and she named them Shawn and Mindy. Many years later, I now have an “imaginary fan” named “Jennifer”. She sent me an email a few days ago from … Read more