Liv­ing a happy life in Tai­wan

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was the Taroko Gorge. There I felt the weak­ness of hu­mans in com­par­i­son to na­ture. Yes, they man­aged to drill the rock and build a road, but we still can­not build houses and live there. And even the houses they build do not seem as pow­er­ful as the rock walls of Taroko Gorge. Sky­scrapers in Taipei seem such gen­tle and frag­ile struc­tures af­ter vis­it­ing Taroko.

It is an amaz­ing thing about Tai­wan that half of it is cities, but half of it is such an amaz­ing and un­touched place of na­ture. I liked the nat­u­ral half the most. There were many re­ally beau­ti­ful places I vis­ited, but Taroko and Taip­ing­shan are the two most spe­cial ones I will re­mem­ber when think­ing about Tai­wan.

By the way, Taipei 101 seems so lonely. Why don’t you build him a friend?

What I felt as soon as I ar­rived in Tai­wan was the hu­mid air. To some­one who had lived in a dry cli­mate for a long time, it felt that it was re­ally good weather. I thought my skin would be nat­u­rally mois­tur­ized. Although the heavy rain and hu­mid air of Tai­wan could be con­sid­ered dis­ad­van­tages, I had a good first im­pres­sion of Tai­wan be­cause of this.

I, who had suf­fered from the “hurry hurry” cul­ture for 25 years in South Korea, could di­rectly feel the leisurely cul­ture of Tai­wan. Tai­wanese didn’t seem to feel testi­ness com­pared to Korean peo­ple who live a busy life to live up to so­ci­ety’s as­pi­ra­tions, com­par­ing them­selves to oth­ers. Of course, Tai­wanese also try to en­ter good univer­si­ties, have de­cent jobs, and suc­ceed, but they don’t only fo­cus on those mat­ters. They think about what they want first and make an ef­fort to live a happy life.

What made me sur­prised most was the ex­is­tence of na­tives. To Korean peo­ple liv­ing in a sin­gle- race na­tion, the word “na­tives” sounds strange it­self. I vis­ited all kinds of places while liv­ing in Tai­wan for two years, and the most mem­o­rable place was Lanyu Is­land. Na­tives were still liv­ing in Tai­wan and con­serv­ing and de­vel­op­ing their own cul­ture.

Lanyu Is­land was like a beau­ti­ful scenery pic­ture. So many beau­ti­ful land­scapes over­lapped end­lessly, which made me to­tally stunned. I felt time go­ing slower there than in Taipei. I felt that although liv­ing in Taipei was leisurely, it was still a city. I could ex­pe­ri­ence another type of leisurely lifestyle on Lanyu Is­land. Some­times, I hear many words that I can­not un­der­stand on the way. It’s not Man­darin. It seems like another lan­guage only used in Tai­wan.

While liv­ing in Tai­wan, there are many chances to learn some sim­ple Tai­wanese words. I am pleased to learn Tai­wanese. When I speak Tai­wanese to the friends that are Tai­wanese na­tive speak­ers, they are re­ally friend­lier. How­ever, be­cause the us­age of Tai­wanese is lim­ited in Tai­wan, Tai­wanese might dis­ap­pear grad­u­ally in the fu­ture. I think pre­serv­ing and fur­ther de­vel­op­ing the in­dige­nous cul­ture are quite im­por­tant.

While I was liv­ing in Tai­wan, Tai­wanese cul­ture was so fresh to me. One would con­sider it nat­u­ral be­cause I was a for­eigner there, but it was more than ex­pected. I thought it would be no big dif­fer­ence as it’s still in the same Asian re­gion. But I’m sure that I was to­tally wrong. Although Tai­wan is close to our coun­try like Ja­pan, it is def­i­nitely a dif­fer­ent coun­try.

If you would like to learn more about Tai­wan’s de­li­cious del­i­ca­cies and top or­ga­ni­za­tions’ new­est in­no­va­tions, to­day is your last chance to ex­plore the Taipei In­ter­na­tional Food Show (Food Taipei, 台北國際食品展覽會). The grand ex­hi­bi­tion un­fold­ing at both the Nan­gang Ex­hi­bi­tion Hall (南港展覽館) and Taipei World Trade Cen­ter (TWTC, 台北世界貿易中心) Ex­hi­bi­tion Hall 1 is a chance to a taste di­verse cul­ture and good cui­sine.

Whether you have any in­ter­est in Tai­wan’s food cul­ture, and/or the coun­try’s food scan­dals, why don’t you share some com­ments to be pub­lished in next week’s PrimeTalk? Send sub­mis­sions to com­mu­nity@ chi­na­post.com.tw and in­clude your real name, na­tion­al­ity, con­tact num­ber, some photos and a pro­file. Spec­ify “Eye on Tai­wan” in the sub­ject line and en­sure your sub­mis­sion is be­tween 300 and 500 words. Writ­ers whose pieces are se­lected for pub­li­ca­tion will re­ceive one month’s free sub­scrip­tion to The China Post.

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