20 Reasons I Prefer Teaching in Taiwan Over Honduras

This past year I have been living and teaching in Taiwan, which has proven to be a refreshing change of pace from the small village I lived in previously in Honduras.  And although comparing the two countries is like comparing a cactus to a camel, it doesn’t take a genius to realize that Taiwan is […]

Texas Bound Y’all!

It’s been one year, and 29 days since I’ve been home, and I don’t know which one I miss more-Tex Mex, or my family. This trip will be especially interesting, as Dom and I will be going home as a newly engaged couple! Plus, his parents will be meeting us from England on their FIRST […]

An Expat Guide: Visiting the Dentist in Taiwan

When living in Honduras and Indonesia, I understandably saved a visit to the dentist for my occasional trips home. But with Taiwan recently being voted as having the world’s best health care system, there is no need for me to postpone. My last visit to the dentist was exactly two weeks before moving to Taiwan, […]

The Day the Pollution Mysteriously Disappeared

Yesterday in Kaohsiung, an odd thing happened. Every Kaohsiungian awakened to clear blue skies, and fresh, crisp air. I don’t know where all of the pollution went, but I’m grateful either way. In light of the clear day, Dom and I went to the top of Monkey Mountain to watch the sunset. I’m glad we […]

Taiwan’s Foreign Police: Protecting Expats Everyday

Are you an expat in Taiwan who is in trouble? Has an employer, doctor, or someone wronged you in any way? Perhaps they are playing the “language barrier card” in order to take advantage of you. Well if this is you, then I have good news: There is such a thing as the Foreign Police, […]

10 Things I’ve Learned During My First Year in Taiwan

I can’t believe it, but today marks my one year “Taiwanniversary”. It’s crazy to think that one year ago, Dominic and I arrived in Kaohsiung with no job, no home, and no friends. Today, I am blessed with all of the above, and for this I am grateful. Taiwan has been good to me, and I’m […]

My McDonald’s Nightmare

Two weeks ago, I interviewed for a position to teach a toddler class in the evenings, and what I found upon arrival was unexpected, and extremely disturbing. At first, I was greeted by McDonald’s images plastered on the walls. After introducing herself, the owner of the school asked me to teach the kids fast food […]

How to Avoid the Toxic Air in Taiwan

Yoga bag, keys, and my cool new air filter mask. Just your everyday necessities for a day out in the city. Yes, I might look like the creepy guy from Silence of the Lambs, but at least I’m breathing in cleaner air. And with the current hazardous air quality in Taiwan, I’m totally cool with looking […]

The Power of Maybe in Employee/Employer Relationships

It’s been one year since moving to Taiwan, and one of the most important things I have learned is the power of the word “maybe“. I’ve noticed that most Taiwanese are extremely non- confrontational and indirect. This is especially true in employer/employee relations.  I am a pretty direct person, and sometimes probably a bit too […]

Merry Christmas From Taiwan!

It’s my first Christmas away from home, but how could I be sad when I’m  surrounded by these cute faces? Merry Christmas y’all!! Jenna