I recently lost my job in America and I used this turning point in my life to relocate and eventually begin a new career in Taiwan. There are a lot of people in America who know little, if not anything about Taiwan. When I mentioned to some friends that I was relocating to Taiwan, Taiwan to some of them was often misconstrued with Thailand. As a kid growing up in America, Taiwan was often synonymous with cheap consumer products labeled as “Made in Taiwan” or synonymous with the consecutive winning streaks of the Taiwanese Little League teams winning the Little League World Series Championships in Williamsport, PA during the 1970’s.
My first visit to Taiwan was in February, 1989 with my future wife at the time to take our traditional wedding photos in Taipei before our actual wedding in America. At that time I truly enjoyed Taiwan for its mixture of old and some modern intertwined within the cities. It had an old charming feel to it but with some of the modern technological conveniences lacking.
Fast forward to 2012 when I returned to Taiwan on vacation for the first time with my wife since 1989. I was completely floored. The age of the internet had completely leveled the playing field with the rest of the world with respect to modern technology and fashion trends. Prior to the internet Taiwan was always a few years behind in terms of the technology and the fashion. However information is instantaneous now for countries like Taiwan and now everyone has the same modern technological conveniences and fashion. The only true difference now is the landscape. Combined with the renowned kindness of the Taiwanese people, the social services, the quality of life, the freshness of the food ingredients and the charming natural beauty of the country, Taiwan is truly a hidden gem.
So please come join me and experience through my words, sights and sounds my journey from NYC to Taiwan to begin a new 2nd life with my wife and 3 dogs from the perspective of an American born Chinese. I will be sharing everything of my daily life here from my experiences of learning Mandarin Chinese, to my experiences of being considered a foreigner, to passing my auto and motor scooter drivers license, to our search for a new home, to the relocation process of our 2 dogs from NYC, to sharing the sights, the sounds and the smells of the beautiful Taiwan coastlines, country and mountain sides. And most of all I will share with you my passion for food here in Taiwan as well as share with you my personal quest in search of my new vocation here in Taiwan – the choosing of the right culinary vocation for me based upon my personal experiences of being the family chef in America.