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
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
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
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?
THANKS FOR YOUR INTEREST – I’m planning the next date now. If you are interested, but didn’t get a chance to sign up for our last course, please send me a message so I can put you on the list for … Continue reading Expat Survival Course
By Todd Blackhurst 7-ELEVEN in Taiwan is perhaps 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. Here’s … Continue reading What Can You Do at 7-11 in Taiwan?
Here’s a list of restaurants that serve Western fare in Taichung & Taiwan. I have added my comments for those places that I feel particularly cater to the western palate. In addition, here is a link to my TripAdvisor Profile where I … Continue reading Western Restaurants in Taichung
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!
Learning Mandarin Chinese is one of the most rewarding experiences you can undertake while living in Taiwan. It will help you not only understand what is going on around you but also allow you to communicate. From ordering drinks and … Continue reading Study Chinese in Taiwan
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
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
Tomb Sweeping Day is an annual holiday in Taiwan and much of Asian culture. It usually falls around the fourth day of the fourth month in the lunar calendar. Although the date is fixed, many people will choose a time … Continue reading What is Tomb Sweeping Day in Taiwan?
City Cafe by 7-11 Delivery in Taiwan Did you know you can get the 7-11 coffee menu delivered right to your door? Well, many of you can. Check with your local 7-11 to see if they offer delivery service. There … Continue reading Coffee Delivery by 7-11
Here is a list of several gyms and other facilities that are popular with expats in Taichung. Of course there are more around the city, so I’ve included how to search. Information is subject to change, so please check with the gym … Continue reading Where Can I Workout in Taichung?
If you are expecting or have a child in Taiwan, you should download these resources from the National Health Insurance. They detail all of the services available to you. Even if you don’t have healthcare, if you are pregnant, your pre-natal care will be provided free of charge. Children’s Health Guide Expectant Mother’s Health Guide Taiwan Continue reading Mothers and Children in Taiwan
By Todd Blackhurst Although some recent news articles rank Taiwan as one of the safest countries in the world, there are other reasons to think about your personal and family safety while living as an expat in this great country. … Continue reading Is Taiwan Safe for Expats?