This is long overdue.  For months now, I have been telling myself that I would finally sit down and detail my stay in Taiwan, my first days/weeks/months in Taiwan.  But life has stood before me in determined abstinence, demanding that I spend my time doing otherwise: reading, doing my assignments, and studying.
I took the afternoon this past Sunday to collect thoughts; ponder the meaning of life, the universe and everything and get some exercise during a spell of balmy autumn weather.

 On this planet, there is a small Island. Her name is Taiwan, every time I think of her, I had a sense of security, belonging and a home away from home, because she is the home for all regardless of race, nationality, religion, and ethnic background.

There are green, ashes, black, white, and blue sky and I can see God pouring His blessings in this beautiful Island given support and aid to mankind.
Daily life in Taipei. Real life of the beautiful Taiwanese people. I respect very much their style of life.
I am sure that Taiwan is one of the most interesting countries in the world! First of all because of beautiful, smart and hospitable people!
Taiwan is an innovation powerhouse, with ADSL in a quarter of all homes, glittering metros swiftly ferrying passengers from one station to the next, world-class manufacturing facilities, and links to design, production, and shipping firms all over the world. Moreover; it runs, not on electronics, software, and OEM production, but on a system in which flows of money out of the central government treasury into local government coffers.
Yes, this is a beautiful island, and every time I leave the city (which I try to do every weekend), I am reminded of that. I never could have imagined a city of 23 million people plus that has beaches, mountain and jungle hikes, hot springs, green tea fields, and waterfalls all within less then an hour from downtown.
Many traditions that have nearly been wiped out in other part of the world still survive in Taiwan. The Taiwanese still use traditional Chinese characters, Buddhist culture is thriving, the museums are packed with some of the most ancient and important historical artifacts from the mainland, China, and there are more vegetarian restaurants then I could hope to conquer in a year's time.
But underneath this Chinese facade, Taiwan is in fact aboriginal to the bone, and this becomes more apparent once you leave the capital region. Driving across Taiwan you can encounter native festivals, parades, and gatherings with where the participants wear colorful garments that remind me of traditional Native American attire. Aboriginal food includes many root vegetables like taro and sweet potato cooked in a variety of ways, as well as wild meats such as boar. Chewing betel nut, a mild stimulant that stains the teeth red, is quite an obsession among elder Taiwanese.
City life here is very westernized, hectic, and work oriented. Children and adolescents study study study and adults work work work. The Taiwanese are very internationally oriented. English is widely spoken, and Western foods like pasta and fried chicken are extremely popular. Taipei is extremely modern and efficient, with one of the best public transportation systems in the world. However, it still retains a somewhat grungier or grittier feel then other ultra-modern East Asian countries. The youth like to congregate in the city's many night markets, where they pack in elbow to elbow to sample the thousands of unique street foods that Taiwan is known for throughout Asia. The Taiwanese are also considered by many to be the friendliest people in Asia, and I would have difficulty disagreeing, and I would also add that that they are abnormally polite.
There are many advantages for selecting Taiwan as a place to further your education. Taiwan's strong reputation in the field of technological education attracts students from developing countries for the study of bio-tech, semi-conductor technology, business, forestry, agriculture, animal husbandry, and chemistry, to name a few. Thanks to the Government and Taiwan ICDF for the continuous support to students of the developing nations. This will certain ensure a brighter future in the life of many people who benefited from this aid.
Long live the beautiful Island of Taiwan! God bless the Island of Taiwan! Long live Taiwan ICDF! God bless Taiwan ICDF! Long live National Taiwan University (Taida)! Long live the Department of Agricultural Economics! God bless Taida!
Taiwan, truly and really is my second home. My home away from home!