Seeing Taiwan Through My Sister’s Eyes

It’s exciting when someone visits us in Taiwan. Seeing Taiwan through someone’s eyes for the first time is rewarding, especially when it’s your sister. Continue Reading →

Photo Essay – Tom Rook’s Hao Haus Gallery Exhibit

Tom Rook is a British artist living in Taipei. ‘Dragonflies’ is a finalist for the International Artist Grand Price at Art Revolution Taipei. Tom creates mostly in pencil, pen, and ink. His drawings of cities in Taiwan and from his homeland are utterly unique. Continue Reading →

The Shock of Reverse Culture Shock

This guest blog is by Ava Apollo. When she’s not writing for MSW, she’s blogging about adventure travel at bemytravelmuse.com.  I had full blown reverse culture shock when I moved home from Taipei.  I’m talking sleepless nights, forgetfulness as to how to operate a vehicle, the feeling that nobody cared I was back, the whole shebang.Yes, I just said “shebang”. The only thing is, I had no idea what reverse culture shock even was before returning home.  Why would it be odd Continue Reading →

Self Realizations from Living Abroad: Meeting Fellow Expats

This guest blog is by Ava Apollo. When she’s not writing for MSW, she’s blogging about adventure travel at bemytravelmuse.com.  Click here for the previous post in this series. After the typhoon blew through Taipei, life returned to normal. Classes resumed, and I had spent a considerable amount of time working on my assignment: giving my classmates details of my hometown in Mandarin.  This was going to be an easy one for me.  I loved talking about LA.  Everyone knew where it Continue Reading →

Self-Realizations from Living Abroad: I Can Eat Anything

This guest blog is by Ava Apollo. When she’s not writing for MSW, she’s blogging about adventure travel at bemytravelmuse.com.  For the previous post in this series, please click here. The fall had fallen on Taipei.  This made me particularly happy because now, I could wear pants and limit the area available to mosquitoes to just my toes (and my! How they partook gladly of what was left), and I could finally break out those boots from home I had previously been Continue Reading →

Self-Realizations From Living Abroad: I Can Do It

This guest blog is by Ava Apollo. When she’s not writing for MSW, she’s blogging about adventure travel at bemytravelmuse.com.  Anyone who has lived abroad has gone through a series of self-realizations and glorious light bulb moments of “I can do it!”.  As most people will say of their time abroad, with a sigh and a look of longing, it changes the mind, perspective, and frankly, one’s entire life. The following is my journey, from its humble beginnings: Growing up, I spent Continue Reading →