Surreal. We’re in Taiwan. Seems like we just left yesterday. No we left in September 2014 and here we are , back to stay, much longer this time.
Pinch me now!
It’s only been a week since our arrival to Taiwan, a familiar place for all of us. Still, it is a new adventure because this time we are here to stay. it feels a bit surreal and exciting at the same time.
No. We are NOT on vacation. We’re here to make a life in this beautiful country. Just like the life we made in Thailand for four years. How long in Taiwan? Of course we don’t know. We will live in the moment. And we will take one year at a time, like we did in Thailand.
On the day we left, Chiang Mai airport was jam-packed. We quickly realized, in addition to the trend of Chinese tourists coming to Chiang Mai, it’s also only a few days before the Lunar New Year. We are glad we planned our travel at least a week before the official Lunar New Year massive travels began. Yikes!
So we came to Taiwan just in time for the New Year celebrations. The colors of gold and red shower Taiwan it seems.
It’s the year of the Sheep/Goat. That’s us. That’s the three of us. It makes sense to be here in Taiwan for Emma and her Daddy to reconnect with their cultural roots. I’m excited for us!
It is a celebration I believe Jack and Emma ought to experience in Taiwan as Taiwanese Americans. I’ve had my time of being reconnected with my roots in Thailand and Burma. I heard Jack utter the words the other day “It’s been a long time since I’ve been here for Taiwanese New Year! I think I was just a kid!” Just like me. I was maybe 11 or 12 the last time I experiened the New Year Water Festival in Burma. In the four years that we lived in Thialand, I was reconnected and was present for the New Year Water Festival and Jack and Emma had a chance to thoroughly experience and learn about the cultural festivities.
Since our arrival, Emma has shown initiative and interest in learning the language of her father’s native tongue. Emma’s great aunt (Kim-puh) has helped her learn phrases and words already in the first couple days. We are eating delicious food as usual. Enjoying delicious tea, fruits and snacks at all hours. Noticing, observing and enjoying the company family and gatherings.
Taiwan. Our new home!
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