To my friends, I would say, “ Taiwan is the land of the noodles, tofu, green and black tea, fruits, food on sticks, mass rate transportation, scooters, bicycles, hot springs, unusual weather, and the home to the most tranquil and traditional people I have ever met.

The first thing any Belizean would like to know is of the food. This is because Belizeans in general love to dine and cook delicious food and are eager to try foreign cuisine. Belizeans love the taste of Cantonese food as is evident when they flock Lee Chee’s, a Chinese restaurant on Freetown Road in the heart of Belize City everyday to buy their good old fry chicken with fries, beef, chicken and shrimp fry rice and others. This brings to us to my first Chinese words which are as follows: niuro chaofan (beef fried rice) and yi ge chi pi (one fried chicken). If you like instant noodles, many flavours and colours could be found in the neighbouring Seven Eleven and Hi-life supermarkets. Food vendors crowd the night market and are very popular for locals and for foreigner since they have a wide variety of meats and vegetables that can are cooked and served on a stick like the delicious “Shishcabab” which we are accustomed to. Tofus are Taiwanese favourite but for a Belizean it is worth a try to add foreign flavour to your taste buds. To quench your thirst there are many stalls that serve a variety of drinks such as green tea, black, pearl milk tea and many more. The tastiest is the Chen chu ni cha, which is a black milk tea served with black pearls inside. Looks very strange but it is delightful pearl are chewy and sweet.

It is a relief when you don’t have to worry about the bus being late or even malfunctioning mid-journey and as result hitch-hiking to your destination. The mode of transportation is very reliable and it can take you to all corners of this large island. The mass rate of transportation, MRT, is modern and well kept which caters for the elderly, handicap, pregnant women and children so they can journey in comfort. The train stations provide the passengers with well maintained restrooms at the public’s disposition. These are some of the small details that are often overlooked in other countries. It is a pleasure to ride the MRT! The other most popular and economical mean of transportation is scooters. In Taipei City, capital of Taiwan, there are so many people on scooters that at the traffic lights the motorist looks like swarms of bees running green lights. Like many Belizeans, Taiwanese use bicycles at the universities.

In many instances while travelling to different counties, I got lost and had to resort to the passer-by. Fortunately, the Taiwanese are very courteous and helpful in giving me directions and any assistance I may be in need of. You are always bound to find someone who can translate. In addition, they are very quiet and shy not like our people who are loud when they speak and especially when they laugh. It is rare to hear a Taiwanese laugh out loud like Belizeans do.

There are many activities that you can do in your leisure time. The most wonderful experience for me was the Hot Springs and I recommend that no visitor to Taiwan should leave before relaxing for a maximum half an hour in the hot springs. As the word implies, the Hot springs are hot but pleasurable to the body and it is said to be good for the cardiovascular circulation. Other must do activities are like visiting the country’s landmarks such as the National Palace Museum, Taipei 101, Kaohsiung- Love Pier and of course the many beaches in Taiwan.

It is wise that your always carry an umbrella and a sweater. You may never know when it becomes chilly or begin to rain, especially during the winter time. Taiwan weather is very unpredictable so you must be prepared when you are going outside.

Like Taiwan I have experienced no other. It has been an opportunity to explore a foreign culture, food, transportation and in general a totally different lifestyle so with these words I end: Xie-xie and zai-jian.