Taiwan holds a special place in my heart. I still remember my first trip to Taiwan, I think I was around 3 or 4 years old. The airplane seat felt big and spacious, there was a kids set with colouring in books and games, and I had my red dragon toy. I cannot count the exact number, but I have been back to Taiwan maybe around twenty times. It is my second time traveling to Taipei this year, as I came earlier this year with one of my close friends. If anyone is ever interested in traveling to Taipei, I always like to give similar advice to those who travel to Auckland. Always make sure to travel outside of the city.
There are so many exciting things to do in the city, but it’s good to see the sights, go for a hike and surround yourself with the natural beauty of the land. Some of the things I love in Taiwan is the immensely large amount of creative souls, a wide variety of fruits and vegetables and the amazing amount of cute things that fills my heart. Taiwan is truly one of the best Asian countries to be Vegetarian or Vegan in, as there are such a vast variety and many vegetarian restaurants. Most restaurants also have vegetarian options.
Taipei Fine Arts Museum had an interesting exhibition called: Post-Nature. I love the feeling of being in a museum, gallery or bookstore. There’s a certain stillness, that is good to experience within the fast pace of the city. Something a little amusing that I noticed, is the number of English signs or labels that have the wrong grammar. One of my dear friends came to Taipei to visit for ten days, and we had such a great time. When we were in Jiufen, there was a store that sold Chi Pao’s at a reasonable price, and my friend suggested that we buy one and wear them. It was so much fun.
I was intrigued at how many people thought I was Japanese, and how many people said I have a gentle demeanour and a soft voice. It’s always interesting how cultures are vastly different in their own ways and similar in other ways. In Taiwan, I find people are very friendly and helpful and also very direct at times. Although, most of the time it is out of kindness and honesty. The great thing about the Summer break (although it’s Winter here in Taiwan, Summer in New Zealand), is that there is more time to read! The feeling of reading a book that is not a textbook truly gives me great joy haha.
A thought that’s been in my mind lately, are these two sayings: You don’t need a lot to be happy and the beautiful things in life cannot be seen with the eyes. It really is the simple moments and the small things in life that give us the greatest joy. The most beautiful thing in a person is the kindness and love that they radiate, it’s those feelings felt from the heart. The moments that give us the greatest happiness, is really doing the things we love, enjoying the day to day moments and spending time with the people we love. I think it’s easier to be unhappy if we feel we are always in need of more and focus on the feeling of lack.
You create the world you live in with your thoughts. I find this incredibly important to remember. I feel that if I hold negativity in my heart, I start feeling bitter and send out bad energy into the world. If I allow myself to accept and be open, I can be more positive and focus on the moment. Believing in oneself and having faith, really takes positive self-talk. You are your own motivator. What we feed our mind, affects the person we become and it affects how we treat those around us. You are here for a purpose. The only self-doubt and judgment comes from yourself.
There are so many delicious fruit in Taiwan. From Dragonfruit, Guava, Mangos to Bellfruit, Pineapple and Starfruit. Although, I haven’t been back here in the Summer in years. During the Summer, there is an amazing abundance of fruit. It’s a blessing to be surrounded by the culture and to immerse myself fully in speaking Chinese every day. Being 22 years old, the journey of my 20’s has been an exciting one so far. I think of when I left home at 16, and how much we change over time. Our experiences are so valuable, and how we choose to use our time.
Have you been to Taiwan? What are some of the favourite things you did?