I live with the Yilan County’s Children’s Folklore and Folkgame Festival’s International performers in a dorm in Sanxing. ( the internet connection here is absolutely terrible, which has made blogging regularly quite difficult). Since I’ve been in Sanxing I have lived with: Armenia, Mexico, Indonesia, Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, Bolivia, India, Philippines, Russia, Hungary, Guam, Korea, Hong Kong, Turkey, Serbia, and I’ve only met one other American who has been living in Taiwan for the last 20 years (his Chinese was off the hook!), and presently I am the only American living in the dorms.
It’s a bit like being at home surrounded in diversity, and let me tell you…it’s been pretty amazing. Continue reading The Intern Diaires: Dinner Plans with Japan
I love animation! I am a huge Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki fan. I grew up watching Saturday morning cartoons with my brother where my love for Batman and the infamous Kevin Conroy (hands down the best actor to ever play The Batman) blossomed. I cried buckets the first time I watched the Pixar classic “Up” and marveled at the billions of balloons that lifted the little old house and the little old man into the sky. Continue reading The Intern Diaries: 5Qchannel – learning chinese via animation and manga
There is a book I’m in love with that I’ve never finished reading. It disappeared when I was on my way to school about halfway done with it. I had been reading it on the bus, and when I reached … Continue reading I lost a book – I got lost in one: reflections on reading in a second language
I am a coffee addict…
In the movies, where there’s that scene when the protagonist — guy, girl — doesn’t really matter, pours themselves a cup of hot coffee and curls up in a window seat, pajama clad and notebook in hand. That’s the feeling that coffee gives me — security, comfort, romance, nostalgia… Continue reading I dream of coffee 『Louisa Coffee 就是我的咖啡夢想』
I talk about trying to stay motivated learning Chinese after SIX YEARS~~~ Continue reading girl in transition ： 「如何再愛上學習中文」
I dyed a cloth in San Xia, and threw a pot on Lingge Ceramics Street!
Just another ICLP Fieldtrip (^_^)Y Continue reading tian ah! san xia: a day of dying and midday molding
I met the sweetest family in Taiwan. After being invited to go eat dinner with one of my SF State classmates and his friend’s mom, we hit it off, bouncing back and forth in Chinese over dinner and then over … Continue reading lanterns in the sky: shi fen, home of railroad wishes
We’re going to a PALACE!? say whaaat? My trip to the palace occured during my second week at ICLP, before we’d started classes. This post, unfortunately, is going to be very lame because after a long lecture on “How to … Continue reading shiney! : a trip to the national palace musem
Let’s not forget, I did come to Taiwan to study Chinese. So after spending the bulk of my morning prepping for my first day of class on Monday, naturally I was feeling quite stressed…and hungry. I’m trying to avoid the … Continue reading if you want to eat good food: do it on yong kang jie [part 2]
Or rather: “slowed down: a magical traffic jam in jiu fen.” As anyone who has talked to me knows: I have been dying to go to Jiu Fen. If you’ve listened to me drool over this place–you will know, that … Continue reading spirited away : a magical stroll through jiu fen