Mt. Xiaozuzheng and Mt. Keelung

My last hiking trip in northern Taiwan (for now) brought us to Houtong. A small town near Rufang (the village famous for it’s numerous stray cats), outside of Jiufen. Jiufen is famous because it was a gold mining town during the Japanese occupation of Taiwan. Now, Jiufen is centered around an overcrowded market street popular…

Ta Ta Taipei

August is traditionally my favorite time of year. That overwhelming feeling of summer freedom peaks, my birthDAY means I usually treat myself to a nice vacation, and even the most ginger of us get a tan. The worst part about August is that it ends. For most people the new year begins in January. But…

Graduation Day

  This morning was kindergarten graduation and Friday was the last day of P (grade school) classes. The last time I will see some of my students ever again, because unlike the other teachers I won’t be returning to Principal in the fall. My P class students didn’t really say a proper goodbye, the just…

The Foreigner Bubble

Lately I’ve been reading a lot of Asian-American literature. In every one that I have read so far they refer to foreigners as “ghosts” in Maxine Hong-Kingston’s “Warrior Woman” her mother often refers to America as ghost country, and refers to everyone who is not Chinese as a ghost (the postman ghost, the milkman ghost,…

Pick My Brain!!

A while ago I wrote an article for the International TEFL academy from whom I received my TEFL certification (http://www.internationalteflacademy.com/). It was written with my family and friends in mind, about maintaing relationships at home while being abroad. Take a look and let me know what you think! http://www.internationalteflacademy.com/alumni-stories/bid/206476/a-balancing-act-your-new-life-abroad-and-loved-ones-at-home?source=Blog_Email_%5BA%20Balancing%20Act%3B%20You%5D