by Todd Blackhurst Following up with the results from the 2nd Annual Taichung Expat Survey, although no surprise, one of the most important and difficult issues that expats face living in Taiwan is communication. After looking at the survey results … Continue reading A Clash of Cultures
By Todd Blackhurst First, a question. Have you ever told a white lie? Why? One of the purposes we tell “white lies” is to avoid questioning the view that someone holds of him or herself. It is a way we … Continue reading What is FACE in Taiwanese Culture?
By Todd Blackhurst 7-11 in Taiwan is the most convenient place on the planet. If you didn’t already know, there are so many things you can do there, it could easily be both an office and your second home. After reading … Continue reading What Can You Do at 7-11 in Taiwan?
By Todd Blackhurst Moving to Taichung? New to town? What do you need to know? Where do you find help? First, welcome to one of the great cities in Taiwan and all of Asia. Taichung is an amazing and incredible … Continue reading I’m Moving to Taichung!
The Expat’s Travel Agency! Facebook Page Website Google Map – Located on the 7th Floor of the Building where Fitness Factory is also found Continue reading Meet Anna Lisa at Northwest Travel
Board Game Leisure is located near ZhongHua Road and Gongyuan Road. This two floor board game paradise has a diverse selection of board games in both English and Chinese available for both playing and purchase. The first floor is loaded … Continue reading Board Game Leisure
Do you need some help getting around? Do you often use taxi’s? Then please feel free to download these cards to your mobile device. The cards have a Mandarin Name and/or Address as well as the English name of a location. Just show it to the driver or even your Taiwanese friends if you are having trouble communicating where you want to go. If you don’t find the card you need, just send me a message and I’ll send you one back quickly and add it to the stack if it’s one that others might also need. Message me on … Continue reading Taichung Taxi Cards
The ShengHui Bakery Supply Store is another great place that both expats and locals alike will enjoy shopping for cooking supplies. The store is large, well organized and divided into two sections – food and cooking equipment/supplies. The location is … Continue reading The ShengHui Bakery Supply Store
The Food Materials Mall in Beitun is a large warehouse type store stocked with a variety of frozen, canned, bagged and boxed goods as well as baking and cooking supplies that might be useful to you. In particular for those … Continue reading The Food Material Mall in Beitun
I’m a storyteller. Sharing funny moments from my life with family and friends is part of my identity. So when we moved overseas to Taiwan, something unexpected happened. In the course of a 13 hour plane ride, I became a nobody. It was as if my life, my stories, my history suddenly became a burner cell phone. Pull the sim and discard in the nearest trash (which by the way, is pretty hard to find here if you know what I mean). If you have moved across cultures, you know exactly what I’m talking about. And it doesn’t necessarily require a … Continue reading Losing My History – Expat Issues
Are you interested in the history and culture of Taichung City? Do you like exploring? Come join us for a walking tour of the old downtown and learn some Taichung history and culture while having fun. Here are some of the … Continue reading Central Taichung History & Culture Tour
The Survey Results Are In! Click Here to view the Results This summer I’ll be working on addressing some of the issues and thoughts raised through your comments. Thank you to everyone for participating. Continue reading 2016 Taiwan Expat Survey Results
Here is a compilation of the most requested info on the Taichung Info Exchange, including links to other Facebook pages of use to expats living in Taichung/Taiwan. Most Requested Info: National Immigration Agency (Taichung Office / Fengyuan Office) 04 2254 9981 / 04 2526 1087 Emergency Phone Numbers & Information English Speaking Hotline for Foreigners – 1999 Department of Motor Vehicles (Dadu Mountain Office / Beitun Office / Fengyuan Office) Information on taking the written driving test for cars & motorbikes. https://tpcmv.thb.gov.tw/English/ServicesEng/LicenseEng/LicenseTest Island wide. https://www.mvdis.gov.tw/m3-simulator-drv/index.zul Practice test for cars and motorcycles in various languages. The Taiwan Government page related to school … Continue reading The TIX Most Requested Info