Humans Can Lick Too!

Happy November! Also, happy birthday to my beautiful wife today 🙂

It’s finally getting “cooler” here. We’ve hit the 70’s! It’s so much nicer and easier to be outside when it’s 75 degrees. I hear it’s getting pretty cold back in Michigan…even some snow? We definitely won’t miss the snow, but Fall sure does look great. Enjoy it for us!

We had a fun week at school this week as we celebrated Halloween with the kids. Halloween isn’t technically a holiday here, well I guess I’m not even sure if it’s technically a holiday back at home, but a lot of people don’t celebrate it here. Our school on the other hand, turns it into quite the event! The week consisted of many Halloween themed coloring sheets, word searches, pipe cleaner spiders, and homemade pumpkin masks. The kids had their English mid-term exams early this week, so it was fun to end the week with all the Halloween stuff.

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Friday was the big Halloween day at school. The teachers were given their costumes as you can see below. Sarah was a gingerbread man and I was some sort of Chinese ninja haha!

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The kids came all dressed up as batmans, firefighters, and the characters from Frozen…their all time favorite movie. The kids had to try and find candy in the “scary box,” a box filled with fake mice, and a bunch of other icky things. Since the kids don’t trick or treat in Taiwan, the school gave candy to the local businesses to pass out to the kids while they sang their Halloween songs that we learned over the past couple weeks. My favorite part of the day was telling the ghost stories. I’m sure you’ve all heard the “HUMANS CAN LICK, TOO!” ghost story. The one about the “dog” underneath the bed? Anyways, my kids told me they weren’t scared of anything, so I told them that story with the lights off and a flashlight under my chin. Let’s just say the toughest boys in my class were scared crapless at the end! The kids had a blast and it was a nice change of pace for the teachers as well.

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Friday night we joined the hordes of all the other young people downtown Xinyi. Most of the bars had costume parties so we checked a few out with our skeleton and demon costumes. We were getting lots of crazy looks on that MRT ride in!

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Today is Sarah’s 25th birthday! We celebrated with going out to eat to an All-American restaurant so Sarah could get a giant salad with…RANCH DRESSING! She’s missed that so much being over here haha.We also went to our favorite food stand in our local night market to get one of our favorite meals.

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Sarah walks around Bihu Lake every afternoon, and she’s become good friends with a guy we call Terry. He is the owner and cook of our favorite food stand! It’s always fun to interact with their grandchildren and eat a delicious meal 🙂

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Until next Sunday…see you!

Kyle and Sarah

Worship and Quesadillas

Hi everyone!

Nothing too exciting to write about this week…just a normal week living life in Taipei.

Our weekdays are pretty normal here, just like any day would be back home. We teach, exercise, eat, watch movies, practice Chinese, read, and hang out! We try to make the weekends as exciting as possible. I caught a nasty cold this past week, so we decided to stay in Taipei…so nothing too exciting this weekend.

Thursdays. We’re usually pretty tired from teaching, so we’ve dubbed it the “our night to explore new restaurants in Taipei,” night. We finally decided to try Korean BBQ. We’ve been meaning to try it since we arrived, just hadn’t done it. It was AMAZING! All you can eat for two hours. Lamb, chicken, beef, Korean beef, smoked bacon, kimchee, calamari, shrimp, you name it, you can eat it. You have a grill in front of you and the servers bring plate after plate of whatever you want to stuff yourself with. So good.

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Anyways, a couple posts ago we mentioned the church we started attending called Bread of Life Taipei. The pastor told everyone about a worship concert that was being held at a local college. Turns out the worship was lead by a pretty famous worship band out of Redding, California…Bethel Worship. Have you heard of them? The lead singer wrote the song “One Thing Remains,” probably one of the most famous praise songs. We decided to check it out and it was a great decision! The worship was awesome. Huge stage, a ton of people, and amazing music. Sarah and I sat towards the front along the aisle, and during the sermon, the lead singer came up to Sarah and me and shook our hands. He must’ve spotted our heads towering above the sea of Asians as he said we were the only people that looked like we were from America, haha! I think the band was a little jet lagged and culturally shocked. I guess he wanted to say hi to some “familiar” faces 🙂

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Sunday…should’ve taken the train to some ancient town or temple. but we decided to go to….COSTCO! Yay! It’s the closest thing we will get to the Meijer experience. Our friend Yvonne was so nice to take us there as we don’t have a membership. It’s about the exact same experience as it is at home…a ton of people, a ton of food we couldn’t find anywhere else in Taipei, and the Costco deli…awesome! We splurged and picked up some familiar food. Pretzels, tortilla shells, oreos, and cheese, we are so excited!

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Off to make some quesadillas. Bye bye!

Kyle and Sarah

 

 

Scrambling Through Teapot Mountain

你好,

It’s that time of the week again!

Another great week in Taiwan. Tuesdays are days where Sarah and I both work later in the afternoon, so we have time to walk around and get things done. This past Tuesday we had to make a run to the immigration bureau to pick up our passports and officially become residents of Taiwan! Now we can apply for our resident card and open a bank account. Near the bureau is the 中正紀念堂 Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall. It’s a very famous monument and landmark in Taiwan dedicated to the former president of Taiwan. It’s a beautiful park and monument displaying exquisite Asian architecture.

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On Saturday we strolled down to the Taipei 101 area to grab some food and meet up with a few co-workers at a brewery downtown. It’s always a fun time when we’re near the 101…just love that building. We hung out for awhile and had a couple tasty IPA’s.

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Now Sunday. I was tracking the weather all week making sure it was going to be a sunny day to travel to 金瓜石 Jinguashi to hike Teapot Mountain. We’ve been reading up on the many hikes in Taiwan and this was deemed a must see. The weather forecast looked perfect, so we hopped on the train to 瑞芳 Ruifang and grabbed a bus to 金瓜石 Jinguashi. Upon arrival, we were welcomed with clouds and rain 😦 Such a let down at first because the scenery looked amazing. We decided to make the best of it and do it anyways! So, welcome to “Hiking Teapot Mountain in the Rain.” “In the Sun,” will be coming later this year hopefully!

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Anyways, we started the trail at the Jingaushi Gold Ecological Park. It started out with a bunch of stairs which kind of made us mad. We were trying to get away from the trails that were man made…we wanted to do a legit hike! Stairs upon stairs upon stairs. Finally we made it to one of the first summits. The stairs ended and made way for remarkable views of the surrounding mountains and ocean. We kept wondering what it would look like if the sun was shining down…just wasn’t happening today. The views were still unbelievable!

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Now, I’m not a huge fan of heights or being in situations where my life could be over if I moved my foot an inch the wrong way, but we definitely experienced this today. We had to make a decision after summiting Teapot Mountain. Did we want to summit an even bigger mountain to complete the circle or go back down the way we came? This was a tough decision because it was starting to pour and we couldn’t even see the top of the next mountain because of the fog.

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Again, we decided to just do it. We’re here, let’s do it. Sarah and I are not hardcore hikers, but we do enjoy a challenge. This was challenging. The people that had climbed Teapot Mountain had dispersed and we were all alone on this trail with it starting to downpour. We kept plugging along and came to this. This is one of those situations where I do not feel comfortable at all.

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“Just don’t look down, you’ll be alright,” I said to myself as I looked down at Sarah making sure she was alright. In reality, it wasn’t an incredibly tough climb, but it was raining hard and it was so slippery. One little move the wrong way and we were going to be tumbling for awhile. “Just make it to the top and you’ll be alright,” I kept saying to myself and Sarah. We made it to the top and had to encounter this. Yay. A rock scramble along the edge of the summit in the pouring rain! We weren’t sure if it was more scary because we literally couldn’t see anything and knowing we were at the top of this huge mountain or if it was the rock scramble…not sure. We just wanted to get to the other side on solid ground.

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We made it across and continued the trail down the other side of the mountain and onto solid ground. It was a fantastic/intimidating/hair-raising hike to say the least, but we are so glad we did it! We can’t wait to give it another go when the weather cooperates.

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Cheers!

Kyle and Sarah

 

Putting on the Shopping and Hiking Shoes

Yo yo yo!

I’ll jump right to it. Nothing too exciting happened this week, so I’ll hop right to this weekend.

A little preface. We had this past Friday and Saturday off of school because Friday was a national holiday here in Taiwan. Vacation, YES. I had been daydreaming of what we could do, where we could go, and who we could meet for the past 4 weeks. Maybe we could fly off to a different country? Not enough time to make it worth it. Maybe we could go to one of the Taiwanese islands? Wanted to, but our passports are being held prisoner at the immigration office so we can officially be residents in Taiwan. I know! We could go see an ancient city on the coast of Taiwan! Really wanted to do that, but the torrential rain this past weekend made it impossible to really go see anything outside of Taipei. Poop. It seemed like we were going to waste a perfect opportunity to see Taiwan.

I’m glad I was wrong! The rain didn’t stop us from seeing some of the great attractions near home. Friday it rained like cats and dogs. Honestly, we didn’t do much. On Saturday, we got our rear ends out of bed on time and decided to do something! Ever since I told Sarah about this massive clothing market called 五分埔 (Wufenpu), she’s been DYING to go. We grabbed our rain gear and decided to go! Wufenpu is an enormous wholesale market selling every type of clothing you can think of. There’s over a 100 stall and shops crammed into tiny streets and alleyways. I’m pretty sure Sarah was in heaven 🙂

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After shopping our hearts away, we made our way to 饒河街觀光夜市 Raohe Street Night Market. I’ve been wanting to go here ever since we’ve been in Taipei not only to see the market but check out the amazing temple that is next to it. I had never seen the Ciyou temple before…it was stunning. It’s situated literally in the heart of Taipei surrounded by the Raohe night market and tall residential buildings. Absolutely stunning.

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Sunday, we again woke up early and wanted to check out a different church we had heard about from a friend. It’s called Bread of Life Taipei, and it offers English services on Sunday morning. We loved it. The music was great, and they actually had a drum set, guitars, and a keyboard! The praise band played familiar songs from Hillsong and the Bethel praise band. Definitely made me miss playing music. I think we’ll make this church our home church in Taipei. I forgot to take some pictures!

Now, we don’t exactly live in the heart of Taipei. Don’t get me wrong, we don’t live far from downtown…it’s merely a short ride in via tram, but we live a little more on the outskirts. At first, I was a little worried about this because we couldn’t just walk to the Taipei 101, but I’ve learned to love our part of Taipei. We have mountains. We have hiking trails. We have fresh air. We have waterfalls. We have nature. I’ve never been huge into hiking. Thank goodness I have a wife that loves to walk and hike or else I wouldn’t experience the natural beauty of Taipei. We really see ourselves getting into hiking this next year. Neihu, our slice of Taipei, is home to many mountains and hiking trails and we decided to check a few out today. We can literally walk to the trailhead that serves countless trails through the rainforest and mountains on the outskirts of Taipei. I never knew escaping the hustle and bustle of Taipei was so close to our home. First, we hiked up Bishan Mountain to an amazing temple called Bishan Temple. Bishan temple is a Daoist temple dedicated to Chen Yuanguang, a Tang dynasty general. The temple was strikingly beautiful. The colors and architecture are breathtaking. Not only is the temple beautiful, but the view it offered was spectacular. The temple is perched high on top of Bishan mountain. You could see everything from up there.

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Have a great week!

Kyle and Sarah

Teacher Kyle & Teacher Sarah

Happy Sunday everyone!

Another exciting week living in Taipei in the books. We are definitely in our routine here and the weeks are already flying by! It was a fun week as we were able to help Sarah’s brother, sister, sister-in-law and my parents book their trips to Taiwan to visit us! We can’t wait to show our families our life in Taiwan 🙂

So back to life in Taipei…as the title of our blog says, “Teaching in Taiwan, Exploring Asia,” a big part of our life here is teaching. We are about to start week 7 of school tomorrow and it’s about time we give you a window into our lives as teachers.

To begin with, we work for a 補習班 (buxiban) which is known as a cram school. A cram school is more than just a school, it’s actually a mix of a couple things. First, a cram school is a business. They exist to make money for whoever owns them. They do this by offering supplemental education to the Taiwanese children as an after school program. The kids attend their normal Chinese school during the day and come to our school afterwards to strictly learn English. There are definitely pro’s and con’s to working for a business-run school. Before we started teaching, I did a lot of research and reading on what it was like working for a buxiban.  I’m sure you can imagine that it totally depends on your school and how the school is run. What’s the number one rule in business? Keeping your customers happy. For us, the customers are the kids and their parents. I’m not going to get into all the “behind the scenes” of a cram school but it’s important to understand what they are because it can directly impact your experience.

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Our school

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The lobby.

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Luckily for us, our school is awesome! Of course there are going to be a few quirks and hiccups that we need to deal with, but that’s the experience! Our school truly cares about the child’s learning, which is a great quality. It seems obvious that a school should value learning, but as I said before, some do it for only the money. As new teachers, it’s been quite the learning curve for us. We both did not have any formal teaching experience or training before arriving in Taiwan, so we were pretty nervous! In a sense, we were kind of thrown into the deep end. I guess this can be good and bad. Being thrown into the deep end doesn’t give you a lot of time to think, you just have to go for it! Thankfully our school has a set curriculum. Our manuals let us know what needs to be taught each day, so we don’t have to do a ton of preparation. The kids need to learn what needs to be taught every day and we just add our own flavor.

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So what’s a day in the life like? Taken from our friend Spence, who we met in Korea, “Being a student did very little to be prepare me to be a decent teacher, but being a teacher has taught me everything I ever wanted to know about how to be a good student.” This pretty much sums it up for us. Let’s just say we have a new found appreciation for all our teachers! There are definitely awesome days but there are also horrible days. It can be the most rewarding job ever but it can also suck the life out of you if you let it. Now that we’re over the first week jitters, we show up 20 minutes before class and look over the manuals and print out any worksheets that need to be done. Oh, I should let you know what grades Sarah and I teach. We both teach a first, second, and third grade class. The grades are based on their English level rather than their age, so our kids ages range from 6-14. Ok, back to our day…the kids arrive and we start with review. I have my kids stand on their chairs and play the spelling game “Jump in the Water!” They go around the room spelling their vocabulary words and “jump in the water” if they spell it wrong. Next, we go through the workbooks. Each day is assigned to either phonics, spelling, writing, language arts, grammar, reading, etc. They work through their pages and then I give the younger kids some time to color. Want to know the greatest tool for teachers? WORD SEARCHES! Holy cow, word searches are a gift from God. The kids absolutely love them and the best part? They are quiet! The kids are so cute, but they can be little demons when they want to be. Sarah and I have both lost our voices from constantly telling them to quiet down and sit haha!

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My first grade class.

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My second grade class.

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My third grade class.

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Part of Sarah’s first grade class.

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Sarah’s second grade class didn’t want to cooperate haha!

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Some of Sarah’s third grade class.

I’ve really enjoyed teaching my third grade class. Their English level is very high, so we’re able to joke with each other. I always throw in a challenge word when teaching new vocabulary. Last week’s word? Supercalifragilisticexpialidocius. “No Teacher!!!! That’s so hard!!” They’re a lot of fun to mess with :), but they also know when it’s time to get serious and get work done. First graders on the other hand, love to be around us, but they think it’s funny to not be quiet or sit down. The first graders do not understand near as much English, so it’s a lot of giving them the answers and correcting every single word. I love seeing their little faces when they walk in and say “Hi Teacher Candy!!” that’s my nickname apparently.

Sarah has really enjoyed teaching her first graders. Although the answer to every question is either “piguh (pig), fart, poopy, or trashcan,” they’re just super cute! Sarah is a sucker for all the little kiddies. It’s hard to keep the first graders focused, so the hour and half is full of many games in between learning. A couple of their favorite games include throwing a sticky ball as hard as possible at the white board, hangman, charades for new vocabulary and the all-time favorite…UNO. Another lifesaver! Apart from the organized games, the kids love to fool around and make up their own. Worksheets turn into airplanes, journals turn into drawing books, and pencil boxes turn into footballs!

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Teaching is a lot of fun. It can be super stressful at times, but is very rewarding. I love teaching my kids new words one week and hearing them use it correctly in a sentence the next. They study hard and they are becoming great English speakers. You really learn to love your students if you put in the time to get to know them outside of just their studies. We love hearing about their lives outside of school, too. They love to touch my hairy arms, and they are in awe of our blonde hair….which we don’t even have. Because we don’t have black hair, we have blonde hair! Teachers play a very integral role in a child’s life. You never know the impact you will have on a kids life, so we both try to be the best teachers we can be to our kids. Hopefully they like Teacher Kyle and Teacher Sarah!

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Have a great week!

Kyle and Sarah

 

Surfin’ in the….Taiwan!

Hey!

We’ve had a few people ask about a school blog post. It’s coming next week! We’re still working on gathering the pictures for it.

This past week…what did we do?

First, we found a nice English pub! 30 cent wings on Thursdays apparently. It’s a little far from our place, but it was worth the trip for some wings 🙂

We also heard about a craft beer festival at Taipei Hakka Cultural Park. We definitely had to represent Beer City, USA and sample some of the local craft brews in Taipei. I have to admit we are pretty spoiled to call Founder’s our hometown microbrewery. The local beer in Taipei is decent. There were a couple tasty pale ale’s, but nothing like the Centennial IPA or the Dirty. On the other hand, it was a great place to meet some new people and play spike ball! Who would have guessed. Spike ball is a sport we play religiously with the Brower family in the summer….so we had to get in on the game. Not to toot our own horn, but we creamed them. Don’t mess with us when it comes to spike ball!

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On Saturday we checked out the Taipei Zoo! It is the largest zoo in Asia and is home to one of the few panda exhibitions in the world. It was a hot, but fun day at the zoo!

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Lastly, we packed up our swim suits and took the train to the famous black sand beach, Wai Ao. Wai Ao beach is known not only for it’s black sand, but it’s also a great place to surf. After the two hour train ride from Taipei, we were on the beach with our board and hitting the waves! Surfing is super hard. I think we both rode two waves all afternoon 🙂 The feeling of riding a wave is incredible though! It’s always nice to get out of Taipei and experience the amazing scenery Taiwan has to offer. Although Taiwan isn’t known for the beaches, the train ride had some spectacular views. We can’t wait to explore more of them in the next few months!

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Stay tuned!

Kyle and Sarah

I’d Go Anywhere With You

Hi!

Seeing as today is our 2 year anniversary, we spent the day reminiscing about all the adventures we’ve been blessed to experience. We always laugh about how the song “Anywhere With You,” by Jake Owen fits us perfectly. It talks about picking a spot on any map… just as long as I’m where you’re at. We love this line. Picking up and leaving Grandville, MI was hard for both of us (maybe slightly harder for Sarah :)), but what’s most important is that we are doing it together. Our relationship has grown over these past 2 years and taking on this adventure has only made it stronger. We’ve spent more time together these past 6 weeks then we have in the whole 2 years combined! Just kidding…kinda 😉 In all seriousness, being with your best friend and love of your life 24/7 can’t get any better, no matter where you’re at :-).

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Whether we are celebrating with our family and friends at Ivanrest Church 2 years ago, exploring new places, or riding a tandem bike around Mackinac Island, we are so thankful for what God has blessed us with over the past 2 years. We will continue to rely on Him and His plan for us. Our wedding verse couldn’t be more fitting, Proverbs 3: 5-6. It says,

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight.”

We want to thank everyone for their love and support…miss you all!

Kyle and Sarah

 

Be Still and Know

Hi everyone!

So another week back at it. We had a good week teaching this week and will have a more in depth post for you about teaching soon! This weekend we decided to stick around Taipei and do some more exploring around here. Friday night we were able to get to know our co-workers  a little bit as we all met up at one of the only, if not the only, microbrew in Taipei. The beer definitely doesn’t compare to Founders, but it was fun getting to know the other teachers. . On Saturday we took the MRT (subway) to Dahu Park. Dahu Park is a quiet park a few MRT stops away from our apartment. Even though it’s still blistering hot out, we thought it’d be nice to walk around the park and soak up the stillness of Taipei. It’s hard to find grass let alone stillness here, so when we find it, we embrace it! We hiked up a small mountain while stepping in puddles of our own sweat 🙂 We are definitely getting our exercise in.

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Rubber duckies anyone?

After exploring Dahu Park, we decided to dive right into the hustle and bustle of Taipei and check out the glamorous district of Xinyi. This area is home to the top brands, malls, bookstores, and the famous Taipei 101! It’s a great place to check out the street performers and do a little shopping. Sarah even found her second home….GAP!

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Today (Sunday), we decided to check out a church we found online. This was the only English speaking church we had found so far. Even though it took us over an hour to get there, it was nice to be in contact with fellow believers and be a part of the community. The church was similar to what you would find at home, but coming from a musician….lacked a drum set! However, hearing All Creatures of Our God and King still gave us some goosebumps.

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Tonight we had the privilege of grabbing dinner with two of Sarah’s co-workers from Spectrum Health! These two ladies were visiting a daughter who is working for YWAM near Taipei. They were huge supporters of us going to Taiwan. Now what are the chances? Here we are together in Taipei, exchanging stories, and eating a delicious American meal 🙂 It was great seeing them!

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Enjoying a good thunderstorm, hope you all have a great week!

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Kyle and Sarah

Makgeolli 막걸리 and Kimchee 김치 in Seoul, South Korea

Hey everyone!

How is everyone back home? Can you believe it’s been over a month already since we left Michigan? Wow, time flies…

We had an awesome time this past weekend! Monday was a national holiday here in Taipei, so we made the most of our long weekend and bounced over to Seoul, South Korea! Freaking amazing. 2.5 hour flight and we were downtown Seoul.

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Seoul has been in my top 2 places to visit for quite awhile and it definitely did not disappoint. I don’t know what it is for me, but Asian cities just fascinate me. I love getting lost, trying the crazy foods, people watching, and experiencing life in a completely foreign way. Once again, Seoul did not disappoint.

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We stayed in the heart of Seoul in Myeongdong. It was a little touristy, but it was a great, central place to crash for a few nights. The main street and the alleyways are all blocked off for pedestrians, so at night the place is just packed full of people. We were able to sample lots of tasty snacks here and soak up the neon lights of an Asian city.

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One of our favorite things to do when we visit a different place is to try and meet up with someone we know who lives there. There is literally no better way to see a new place than seeing it with a local. Back in high school, we went to school with Amy Rhee, Jisoo Kim, and Gavin Na, three Koreans who live in Seoul. Once we booked this trip, I immediately messaged them saying we needed to meet up! Our first night, Amy and Jisoo treated us to a mouthwatering Korean meal. We tried the local drink, Makgeolli, and sampled kimchee, tofu, pork, and squid pancakes. Delicious! We ended the night with a typical hostel night… hanging out with people around the globe, more specifically, Ohio! These two guys have been living in Korea for over a year and we had a lot in common with them. They treated us to a fun night out in Seoul.

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The last 2 days were spent sightseeing the local markets, finding our new favorite candy (thanks Adema!), pulling Gangnam style moves, and getting the ultimate tour of Seoul with Gavin in his car.

Even though Seoul is the second largest city in the world, we made it a priority to look for a good hike, Sarah’s pick. We hiked to the top of Namsan Mountain and were blessed with a spectacular panorama of Seoul. Oh yea, randomly, Sarah was wearing her Michigan shirt on the hike(thanks Mom!) and a guy stopped and asked about it. He asked which part of Michigan we were from…

“Grand Rapids!” We said. “Me too! Which part?” He replied. Turns out this guy was from Rockford. How crazy is that?!

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Lastly, a highlight of our time in Seoul was roaming the Gyeongbokgung Palace on Thanksgiving Day in Korea. It’s a beautiful royal palace built during the Joseon dynasty situated in Northern Seoul. Breathtaking gardens and traditional Korean palaces filled the grounds. Such an outstanding place to visit and observe a wonderful representation of Korean history and culture.

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Fantastic weekend.

Take care!

Kyle and Sarah

Training and Chicken Claws

Hi everyone,

This past week was our last week before we start actually teaching. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday were training days at the schools headquarters in a town called Hsinchu. We had to wake up around 5:30AM and take the MRT to Taipei Main Station, get on the High Speed Rail to Hsinchu, and finally take a 30 minute cab ride to the headquarters. Talk about a long transit!

Sarah and I are pretty nervous about teaching as we are both new to it, so training was definitely needed. We were able to learn techniques in time management, lesson planning, and classroom management. Thankfully, our school has a set curriculum so we will not have to plan our lessons from scratch…just add our flavor. Each week, the kids have a set amount of words/lessons/material they need to learn with a weekly quiz. We need to supplement that material with worksheets and games! Both Sarah and I will be teaching a 1st, 2nd, and 3d grade class. However, the classes are not set by their actual grade in Chinese school, but rather by their English ability. So for example, Sarah’s 3rd grade class will have students ranging from a highly skilled 1st grader to a new speaker in 6th grade. It will be interesting to see how we can make our classes engaging for every student. Prayers for the ease of nerves are welcome as we start tomorrow!

On top of training, we’ve had the time to explore more of Taipei. I was able to show Sarah my old stomping grounds at my old dorm in Gongguan, and eat at my all-time favorite restaurant…Toasteria!

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We also went to one of the largest night markets in Taipei, Shilin. It was fun sampling all the crazy snacks here in Taiwan. You never know what you’ll take a bite of next!

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We’ve also made an attempt to plan out some meals to make at home at Matsusei (a grocery store)….we’ll see how that goes. Chicken feet or shells anyone?

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Hmm…having a hard time choosing…

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Finally, we made a trip to Fulong Beach yesterday. Sarah and I have made a list of everything we want to see this year in Taiwan and why not start with a trip to the beach? It was nice to get outside of the city and see the countryside and ocean. It’s amazing how different the scenery is once you’re an hour outside of the city. We soaked up some much needed Vitamin D and sweated our Rastafarian Nene’s off. Other than the heat…which is RIDICULOUS… I’d say it was a perfect start to our domestic travels in Taiwan!

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Hope you all have a great Labor Day weekend!

Kyle and Sarah

P.S. This is our address if you would like to send a letter or something! We’d love to hear from our friends and families back at home 🙂

4F-1, No. 19, Alley 25, Lane 92, Yang Kung Street, Neihu District, Taipei City 114, Taiwan (R.O.C)