Tuesday, 17 January 2012 18:02

So Many Unknowns Ahead

Written by  Ken Ku
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City Hall Park in Taichung City Hall Park in Taichung Ken Ku

I have faced this decision many times in the past: whether to stay in Canada or to move back to Taiwan.  It is extremely difficult because of several reasons.  1.  While I have been to Taiwan on countless occasions to visit family, I have never really had to sit down and think about living here; there's always Vancouver.  But this time it is different, I am am at a point in my life where I am starting to think about settling down and now perhaps Taiwan might be a good choice.

However there are just certain things that I take for granted back at home while I no longer will have here.  Things like being able to walk down the street without tripping on the uneven paving stones.  Or not even being able to listen to my music because it is so noisy on the streets because of the noise!  And I absolutely adore the change in the seasons, but there is basically two seasons here: hot and hotter.  Of course the biggest challenge is the cultural differences.  That one, I'm not sure how I will handle.  We will have to see.

I do have to say that I am leaning towards staying here in Taiwan for the time being to at least give it a shot.  Since I am no longer living in Taipei and have moved to Taichung maybe things will be different.  My first impression of Taichung is that it resembles something like the wealth of West Vancouver plus the skyscrapers of Downtown Vancouver plus four to six lane streets in some of the districts.  I'm hoping that it will make driving here much easier even if the other drivers still don't really follow the law and there are barely any parking available anywhere.  Perhaps I should get a Vespa instead?  There are many parks and the weather is beautiful (though there is still the lack of seasons but I suppose I will just have to try to find a way to get used to that) and it is a bit less noisy to walk outside.

Now that I'm leaning towards living in Taichung, I just need to find a job.  That means I really need to learn to read and write Mandarin proficiently.  Whenever I open my mouth here, it is so obvious that I am not from Taiwan that the first thing out of everyone's mouth is: you're not from around here are you?  What gave that away?  In any case, I'll have to look into my options and we'll see where it leads me.  Be sure to tune in to see where that adventure will lead me!

Last modified on Wednesday, 18 January 2012 19:53
Ken Ku

Ken Ku

A photographer/printmaker/perpetual wanderer going on a backpacking adventure around the world.  Follow my journey as I discover new places and meet new people!

Website: www.kenkuphotography.ca


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