This week marks the 10th year that my dear husband and I have been living on this beautiful island. I am more surprised than he is that we are still living here in 2014! I expected this to be short-term adventure for him to "get it out of his system"...but now I am settled here.
I was thinking about a sentence pattern I've taught in classes, and how it might be appropriate for a blog post of "I didn't use to ______, but now I do." :D
Here's my list: (Do you have others to add??)
I didn't use to like hot pot, but now I do.
I didn't use to order food and drinks in Chinese, but now I can.
I didn't use to travel alone on a train or a taxi, but now I do.
I didn't use to commute 90 minutes to work, but now I do.
I didn't use to nod when I meet people, but now I do.
I didn't use to cover my mouth when I laugh, but now I do.
I didn't use to use an umbrella on a sunny day, but now I do.
I didn't use to drive a scooter, but now I do.
I didn't use to use chopsticks everyday, but now I do.
I didn't use to sit quietly in department meetings, but now I do. (because I don't understand that much Chinese)
I didn't use to teach people how to bake cookies, but now I do sometimes.
I didn't use to speak English slowly and distinctly, but now I usually do.
I didn't use to like to study another language, but now I do. (Learning Mandarin can be fun.)
I didn't use to humbly apologize if someone else makes a mistake, but now I do. (Example: Last week I was on vacation, but an administrator called me to meet that day. Instead of saying, "I told you I'd be gone"...I said, "I'm sorry, I should have reminded you I'd be gone." (letting him 'save face')
I didn't use to listen to bilingual sermons every Sunday, but now I do. (I still love hearing my husband speak.)
I didn't use to wear skirts often, but now I do, especially on hot, humid days.
I didn't use to wear skirts or shorts on rainy days, but now I do. (I learned the hard way not to wear pants during a downpour while riding a scooter.)
I didn't use to share my faith in Jesus often, but now I try to share as often as I can. We have had many wonderful experiences during our ten years in Taiwan. I pray that the future will be bright.
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
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Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Monday, March 24, 2014
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
My husband will become the pastor of Kaohsiung International Church beginning this Sunday, September 1st. If you are in the area and would like to participate in an English church service, you are welcome to join us at 4:30 pm.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
My dear husband and I had a wonderful six weeks in the USA this summer visiting family and friends. While there we missed many things about Taiwan - including food, tea, and prices. I made a few goof-ups in reverse culture shock: 1. I said "xie xie" to the Delta flight attendants who gave me dinner on the plane trip over. 2. I forgot to tip the hair stylist from my hometown. 3. I walked through a crowd to get to my seat and didn't say "excuse me" even once. Shopping during our first week there was overwhelming as there were so many clothes my size and my style. I didn't know where to start. Wal-mart was also overwhelming as we wanted everything, and we could READ all the labels. We are still adjusting to sleep patterns, and having gained about 8 pounds while there, I am trying to lose the weight before others here mention my weight gain "Did you get fat while there? Did you eat too many American food?" are questions I have already heard this week from skinny minnies - so I guess I have motivation to eat less and exercise more :). There were too many buffets and too much good food there. strange sign in the bathroom - often in Taiwan, it's expected that a person would use his/her foot to flush the toilet.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Recently I've taken crockpot enchiladas to a few events, and I've been pleasantly surprised at the response. I am fortunate that my new crockpot is the perfect diameter for the flour tortillas found in Costco. Here is the recipe: Meat mixture: Brown some ground meat (I used ground pork because it's cheaper than ground beef here.) with chopped onions and/or bell peppers. Drain excess grease. Sauce mixture: 1 can of cream soup such as cream of mushroom or chicken and 1 cup of salsa grated cheese and about 8 flour tortillas Pour about a 1/2 cup of salsa in the bottom of the crockpot. Place one flour tortilla on top. Spoon some of the meat mixture and the sauce mixture onto the tortilla. Spread a handful of grated cheese on top. Place another flour tortilla on top and repeat the layers until you are out of meat and sauce. For the top, you can place some chopped tomatoes and grated cheese onto the last tortilla. Cook on high for one hour and then on low for another hour. Serve with tortilla chips.
Monday, June 17, 2013
I woke up Saturday morning to read sad news on Facebook from many students from NPUST PingKeDa sharing that two of their own were killed in an accident the night before. These two guys were juniors, and we met then two years ago when they were freshmen. Each of them had a positive outlook, smiles all around, and many years ahead of them. Their accident is under investigation, but it involved another young man who was a student at the same university who was driving a car that hit them. Please be in prayer for the families and for their many friends, who must go on with their lives and take final exams this week.
Mervin came to share about his home country of Guatemala with my class of Vietnamese students in 2011. Clarencio shared about his beloved Belize.here and an article Clarencio wrote about Taiwanese food here.
Sunday, June 2, 2013
This looks like a real restaurant, right? Actually, it's the seventh floor of our newest building on the south campus. Last week we were able to go to have a meal prepared and served by students. It was a special experience. They even set up a cardboard security area in front of the elevator and a student used a badminton racket to "scan" us. Once we got off the elevator, two students took our "passports" and stamped them. Then we entered the classroom restaurant that was decorated to look like an airplane. Great job, everyone.
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
This week I started teaching a 3 week workshop on preparing for English speaking tests, and one question was "Why are you studying English?" One of the students, a 16 year old nursing major, has excellent English, so I expected her to say something like she hoped to work in a hospital overseas someday, but I was rather shocked at her answer..... "I want to marry a foreigner and have a cute mixed baby". @@
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
We had the privilege to be a part of our good friend's engagement and wedding ceremonies. Weddings here are so special with banquets, congratulations toasts to each table, pictures as we leave with the couple, and three bridal dresses with grand entrances.
Monday, March 25, 2013
Two ladies from Arizona are visiting Taiwan for a few weeks to help us with Easter activities. They have colored eggs with all ages. Other activities include an Easter egg hunt, a egg relay race with chopsticks, and songs with motions. It's a lot of fun. This Sunday is Easter Sunday. :D