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Anyone departing from their homeland concerns himself with settling in a new place. Different places where foreigners go have different rules so people tend to ask questions regarding any accident or unfortunate circumstances. Due to the survival needs, mankind places health at top of its priority. Healthy people are able to afford goods and services for their wellbeing and prosperity. Second to that is security, the decision to select a place to live in a country is driven by the need to feel safe. Those who have experienced security breaches have learned their lessons the hard way. Sometimes, one has no choice but select a place compatible with financial status. Taiwan is not an exception to these assumptions. Therefore, no matter how friendly the country is, it is worthy to know what is out there that can change or impact life in a less desirable way.
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 and disadvantages of being a foreigner in Taiwan. This is because basically at any point in which we humans find a difference in language and culture in general we tend to make imaginary boundaries that identify us as a certain kind of people, which in my opinion is a barrier that will eventually disappear as the so called "foreigners" keep mixing up around the globe. Before this happens, we can still explore these benefits and drawbacks when coming from somewhere else and living in Taiwan.


To tell the truth, at the beginning of my life in Taiwan I did not like most Chinese desserts. I found them bland, tasteless, and well ... not sweet enough!Now, after a few years in Taiwan, I always enjoy a bowl of sweet red azuki beans or a bite of mochi for dessert.
Anyway, these are the most important sweets that you will find in Taiwan (or at least, the ones I have eaten). Some are typically local, some come from Mainland China.
For sure I am not a professional gourmet, so I certainly cannotgive complete classification of Chinese Desserts, but at least a list of the Chinese desserts that I most likely encounter during my stay in Taiwan.



Now, I have 20 months living in Taiwan as a student and I’m very happy for having this time with the great people from this lovely island and with other foreigners as well. I have to thank God because all the experiences lived here (all of them) have a good purpose for my life and my dear ones. Food is definitely a complete experience to live in Taiwan. But, I have to make a warning; I decided to write about food pros and cons trying to express exactly as I have the real feeling about it.



Now here I go talking about Taiwanese food which has been my everyday meal since I came to this place,which somehow makes me feel like I am local Taiwanese people for the simple reason as the saying goes: You are what you eat!


Writing about Taiwanese food is not an easy matter. First of all, my perspective comes 15,000km far away from Taiwan in different latitude, altitude so the way I perceive, tasted, smell food is just different.
I would focus this topic in four aspects
·      Price and taste
-              Drinking
-              Fruits and vegetables
-              Cooked food
·      Method
-              Ingredients
-              Packaging


The only cons of Taiwanese food is that it so delicious and you eat exaggeratedly that eventually there comes a time when you got to go, and you got to go no matter what – you know where. But we got to be critical when we eat and we have to tell the differences that exist when we compare. Definitely, Taiwanese cuisine is unique not only for its flavor but also its smell, color, and a very important point, its size and cost.



If there is something where Taiwanese show how creative they are it is the food! In all countries, when it comes to eat there are many options, but in Taiwan the list of options seems to have no end and the dishes are as delicious as strange. Anyhow as may be expected, there are some issues about the food which deserve to be mentioned, but they are mainly a matter of habit and taste.



Before coming to Taiwan I had in mind that Taiwanese food was similar to the Chinese food I can buy in my country, of course in that moment my perception and knowledge about Asian cultures was very limited, now I know the differences and I can say that my expectations were to find that Cantonese style, which is quite different.

This Year’s Moon Festival was my First holiday experience in Taiwan and as such I classify it as unforgettable. It was fun, educational and most important it provided me with the opportunity to be introduced to my new family- The Kun Shan University ICDF students and staff.
Like in most gatherings and holidays, there is always some special meal to go with it. Well this couldn’t fail to do just that. There were Moon Cakes and Barbeque, both were very tasty, as a matter of fact that might just be one of the main reasons why I can’t wait for 2011 to come. On the night before the Moon festival an activity was organized for us, where each student was given the opportunity to Barbeque a peace of meat or marine product of his or her choice. I chose chicken, as it is my favorite. Sizzling, spicy peaces of chicken, pork, beef and shrimps were lined up on the Grills. The smoke of the coal along with that released by each type of meat made a mouthwatering taste and a pleasant smell that filled the atmosphere. How could I not want another Moon festival?