12 Reasons why Taiwan is a good place to call Home
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12 Reasons why Taiwan is a good place to call Home

Taiwan really is overlooked both as a tourist destination and as a place to call home. This little known island in the Pacific Ocean is rarely recognised as independent from China but it is an entirely different place and environment. So here’s our run-down of 10 excellent reasons why moving to Taiwan could improve your … Continue reading

Dreaming of Childhood: Jimmy Liao at Yilan Park
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Dreaming of Childhood: Jimmy Liao at Yilan Park

Jimmy Liao’s artwork seems to reach our eyes wherever we go. Luke and I wandered through a gallery of his illustrations back at the International Children’s Folklore Festival, and captivated by some of the pictures, even bought a print. Since then, we’ve both taken our Kindy class on a school trip to Yilan park, where … Continue reading

Beetles in an Attic: A bizarre school-trip
Culture / HESS English School / Luodong / Taiwan / Yilan

Beetles in an Attic: A bizarre school-trip

Every four weeks, we take our Kindy class on a school-trip. Currently teaching the ‘Garden of Life’ theme, I was imagining beautiful gardens, lakes and scenic areas for our trip out. I was sorely mistaken… We rocked up to the middle of nowhere, surrounded by rice fields and mountains, to a strange two-storey house. After … Continue reading

Sticky Fingers and Lucky Dragons: It’s Dragon Boat Day at School!
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Sticky Fingers and Lucky Dragons: It’s Dragon Boat Day at School!

I like dragons, what about you? Lucky, lucky, lucky dragons… No festival in Taiwan is complete without an in-school celebration, and Dragon Boat is no exception. This morning was all about making triangle rice, telling stories, singing songs, beating hand drums for and racing paper dragon boats on string. After a 30-second master class from … Continue reading

Vegetarian Eatings in LuoDong.
Food / HESS English School / Luodong / Taiwan / Vegan / Vegetarian

Vegetarian Eatings in LuoDong.

Upon arriving in Taiwan, people were aghast and genuinely sympathetic to hear that we are vegetarians. Popular opinion, at least amongst the other westerners we spoke to, was that life would be difficult if not impossible. At the same time, they admitted that the meat here is of a “different” quality to what you might … Continue reading