A New Year. A New Adventure.


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!

The PaiPai room3

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!


The PaiPai room2a




Lunar New Year


Sheeps are everywhere!
Sheep are everywhere!
Food. Food. More Food.
Food. Food. More Food.

We Say YES to Attitude of Gratitude.

We Say NO to Status Quo. 

Live Green. Live Small. Give Large. Take Little.

Take Notice. Take Action.




7 thoughts on “A New Year. A New Adventure.

  1. Taiwan is a truly marvellous place – in my opinion much nicer than Thailand so definitely a good move to head here. Did you visit Eluanbi and Kending on the south tip? Amazing places. Safe travels.

  2. Lovely post and pictures, Aye. I so enjoy your ‘outlook’……..paring down, saying goodbye, leaving the roots you have re-experienced……and now, so open hearted to this lovely new place and the roots of your husband.
    I wish you all much joy and adventure in this new life – day to day, as you say.

    1. Thanks Andrea. So nice to find your lovely and positive comments waiting for me here. Hope to update as much as I can. Hugs from Taiwan.

  3. I’m excited to see what this stage of your adventure brings, guys. I know virtually nothing about Taiwan, and am glad for the opportunity to see it reflected through your experience. Have a great adventure!

    1. Hello Drew. What a pleasant surprise to see you here. Thanks for stopping by. It’s been about three weeks since our move here. We are definitely looking forward to this new adventure and hope to share some of the stories here. Come back for future updates! Take good care, all four of you! 🙂

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