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What are the Benefits and De-benefits of Being a Foreigner, a "Wai Guo Ren" here in Taiwan

Who is not a foreigner and where cannot be found? states a question remarkably similar to the one written by Guatemalan writer José Milla y Vidaurre, Salomé Jil, almost two hundred years ago in his book "El Canasto del Sastre", and might still be used to go through the advantages…

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Which systems – political, educational, transportation, etc. – in Taiwan would you implement in your own country

Taiwan could be a leading model for Kiribati through the country recycling programme system which has been very successful. The programme encouraged elders especially in Taiwan to participate in gathering waste materials and in return they will receive sufficient funds as a source of income. The waste materials collected are…

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Places in Taiwan I will Miss After Returning to My Country

Taiwan can be considered by many people as a small island, but for a small island has everything you always need and want. Taiwan is a land with many faces known by a lot of people as the Formosa Island or Beautiful Island. It´s stunning landscapes include from white beaches…

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My Taiwanese Health Care Experiences

Taiwanese people in hospitals are extremely kind! Once, I had a big emergency and had to be hospitalized for some time in Pingtung Christian Hospital. All taiwanese in the hospital always took care of me. 

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Why I chose to study in Taiwan

I had always heard Taiwan was a beautiful place, where cutting edge technology can be touched, colorful sceneries can be appreciated and remarkable education was taught, kilometers advanced from El Salvador. By hearing all those good things about Taiwan, I decided to make some research and validate the acclaims.

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The Culture Shock I've met in Taiwan

The first thing that you notice is that Taiwanese are extremely polite and always willing to help, especially with foreigners. People kindly help you whenever possible. And the ones who don’t help you, let you realize something very particular of this culture: Taiwanese are very shy (and that comes from…

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My University and My Program

When I received a letter from the Taiwanese embassy in my country to call at the office one afternoon June 2010 I thought will it be a positive result or am just going to receive a regret note that my application to study in Taiwan had been unsuccessful. To my…

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The Most Embarrassing Moment while I Speak Chinese

"你好" Let me start by introducing myself. My name is Pachuri Wianglor and I come from Thailand. I am a first year student doing a Masters in Health Care Administration at the Taipei Medical University. TMU is where I first started to learn Chinese and where I got my first…

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Taiwanese food: Pros and Cons

Taiwanese food has a large variety of tastes and shapes, of course share also common characteristics that let us differentiate it from the food of other Asia countries. Talk about the pro and cons of Taiwanese food is not an easy task; and still, after two years of living in…

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How do you cope with the pressure from schoolwork

As time progresses and lecturers give out more and more assignment school work can become more and more stressful. There are certain strategies I use to mitigate the stress levels when the schoolwork piles up. These methods may help in reducing the amount of pressure one endures during college education.Taiwan…

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How do I overcome homesickness.

Having to move miles away from your native country is not an easy task. Leaving your country to embark yourself in a new adventure, means you have to leave behind everything you know: your city, your house and more important than that, your family. The bond between an individual and…

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My Adventure in Taiwan

Standing in front of the boat as it makes its way through wave after wave feels awesome. The cool wind blowing against us, the sight of the vast horizon stretches across the ocean, sea birds flying high and low in search of small fish to feed on, flying fish glides…

I found my first experience with typhoon very interesting, because in my country, which is El Salvador, we do not have this kind of natural events, we have rains that can last for 2 or 3 days but there is not so much wind as typhoons bring, so when I heard one was coming, I was excited to know I would experience one.

So I could see the sky as it was getting dark on the first day and it was getting windier and I could see the clouds moving faster, I think it was a little scary to see all that, then it started to drizzle at that moment I was coming back from the university, it was getting windier and windier from that moment, it did not stop raining for 2 or 3 days, so I had to be in my room for long hours, which was good because I had to read some articles for the different classes I am taking but when I got bored I would watch through the window and I could see how the wind moved the trees and almost broke them. Sometimes I would come down to the lobby of our dorm to watch a movie and there were some Taiwanese people watching the news in Chinese of course, so I would ask them what the situation was, it was amazing to see how in different parts of Taiwan the rain was causing damages to streets, people’s houses, there were some flood slides, the police was working hard to rescue some people that were in danger.

The only time me and my friends would go out was to get some food, that was funny because we had only bought very low quality umbrellas, which would turn inside out as the wind hit them, which helped us decide that we needed raincoats instead of those umbrellas to survive here in Taiwan. One of the situations I remember is one night we did not have food in our dorm so we decided to go out, actually it was during the hardest part of the typhoon and most of the places were closed so we were going from one place to another looking for the food we know how to order, but the restaurants were all closed so we decided to buy instant soups, now we have learned that as soon as we hear a new typhoon is coming , we need to get supplies for a couple of days, otherwise we will be in the same situation.

In general, I think typhoon are part of this region and Taiwanese people are very used to them or at least, that is what I can sense, because sometimes they say, you know what a new typhoon is coming, but they do not seem to be worried about them, I think people in my country would be very frightened if something like this happened.

So this was just my first experience now I know what they are like, I know what I have to do and what I do not have to do, as far as I know there will be one or more coming, I just hope they do not cause any damage to people or their belongings , which sometimes is impossible.

For those of us, who have just come to this beautiful country, we have to get used to them, as everyone else has done, because even though things like this happen at every moment, that is not a reason for not enjoying being with people and going to the different nice places that are available here in Taiwan.