Friday, January 23, 2009


Well, some of you may be wondering what KTV is. KTV is Karaoke Television. Here in Taiwan, people don't like to do karaoke with a lot of people watching, so they create Karaoke rooms where you can do karaoke with a private group. We went for Arwin's birthday and it was loads of fun, as only KTV can be. Enjoy the pictures.
At KTV, they have a buffet included with the room. I ate enough egg rolls that I woke up in the middle of the night regretting eating all of those egg rolls.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Write on my students blog!

Hey friends and family. My students created a blog called Feel free to check it out and definitely feel more then welcome to post comments on it for them!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Nothing Much

Hello all. Well because I have been sick, I wasn't able to do much of anything so I didn't take any cool pictures of any amazing places. I was finally able to get out of the house yesterday and I bought a strawberry chocolate bingshaw. A bingshaw for those of you who don't know, is basically a jamba juice but it only costs 60 cents here because fruit is so cheap. And lucky for us, we have a bingshaw place just on the corner of our street. Life cannot get better once you have a bingshaw.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Out and About

Do you remember watching the "King and I" when it showed the picture of Siam on the world map and how it was really big and terribly inaccurate to the truth? Well, I came across that same situation the other day at Costco.
Dane, Joseph, and I went hiking a couple days ago with the secretary Gloria. It was a lot of fun and she is really nice. Gloria books reservations for us to go to different places and makes travel arrangements for us. She is really a sweet lady. Here is a picture of Dane, Gloria, and I when we were hiking.The place where we went hiking was really scenic with a lot of different tropical flowers and fruit. The most exciting part is that at the top of the mountain, they have a spot where there are a lot of different hula-hoops. I guess in Taiwan, they think it will help your digestion if you hula-hoop. I thought I might be better at it if the hula-hoop was bigger, but I was really bad regardless.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

The 4th floor at Berhan

Well - I thought it was about time that I showed you some pictures of where I live, so here they are.

Our messy living room...

Here is the kitchen and some of the girls in my group. Everybody in Taiwan does the peace sign symbol in pictures because they want to look cool, so of course we have to do it.
We have maids that come once a week, so lucky for us we don't have to experience months worth of dishes stacking up. Well, we try to keep it pretty clean for them, but at the same time, maids are really nice!

This is the girls bathroom. There are 3 showers and 3 toilets. It makes things nice when there are 8 girls in one upstairs apartment.
The boys room. Their room is pretty boring and lacking decoration. Well - I guess Dane provides enough personality that he makes up for anything that the room may lack. Tonight around 12:00 AM I was going to my room after watching a movie with Lindsey and I accidentally walked into their room because I thought it was mine. I was so shocked to see them as they were quietly reading in their beds, as I'm sure they were just as surprised to see me. I just gasped and walked right out, shut the door, and then heard them burst into laughter. I hope I can live this one down.

Well - that is it for the night. I love and miss you all.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Night Markets

In Taiwan, the big thing is to go to night markets. They are held on Tues, Wed, Fri, and Sat. Here are a couple of pictures for you to enjoy.

You may be worried that at the night markets here in Taiwan they might not have fried squid as opposed to the night markets in America. Do not feel alarmed, you may rest assured that at the night market in Taiwan, we do in fact have fried squid on a stick. Yum!

This is a picture of some of the yummy fruit that you might find at a night market. I really liked the colors so I thought I would share it with ya all.
Ok, so this technically isn't a picture of the night market, its just a picture of me buying some fruit at a little fruit stand the day after. I thought that I would share it because it's actually a picture of the first trip that I took without a guide. Somebody pointed this fruit stand to me as I was riding on the back of their scooter and the next morning, I took 3 other girls with me and we went and bought fruit. In that bag were 2 apples, 2 oranges, 1 kiwi, and 2 fruits that look like small apples but taste sort of bland and have a funky texture and it only cost me 60 qui or $1.80, and the fruit here is amazzzzing!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

January 6th, 2009

I drove my scooter all by myself today. I lived.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

The Laundry Room

I decided that I am going to write about a different topic or feature to share with everybody each week and today I am highlighting the laundry room.

Here it is:

What this shows is that our 2 washers are from America (thank goodness) but if we want to dry our clothes, we have to hang them on the line. Needless to say, I haven't done any laundry yet. If only my Mom were here to help me...

This is the other side of the laundry room. These things are big water containers. If a typhoon hits, we will have some water supply. Apparently the van that our school uses is called the "Brigham Young Language School Van" according to the boy in our group that speaks Chinese. If this is the case, then it only makes sense that we have water stored.

This picture shows what is outside of our laundry area. The laundry room has an open wall on it, making the area feel like it is outdoors. This is because this is where our laundry dries. If you notice the houses across the street, they all have rooms where they put their clotes in. That is what ours is like, only our room is a lot bigger (and nicer).

On a side note, today was our first Sunday at church. It was super cool going because we go to an English ward. Our missionaries serving in the ward are an older couple and they are from American Fork. It is so comforting to have somebody friendly from back home to talk to and they are really sweet. Mom and Dad, you should definitely think about going on a mission. Also, our branch president announced today that we don't have a primary and relief society president and that he wanted to meet with all of the teachers individually next week. Needless to say, before he has met with me, he has asked me if I would be in charge of primary for next sunday, but didn't extend the calling... It makes me just a little bit curios about my future. So, I have to arrange my first ever primary lesson, sharing time, and music because there are only 7 kids in the primary. Wish me luck.

Well - I know that this is sort of a short blog and I have so much more to say, but I am tired so there will be more next time.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

J-Me in Taiwan. Nee how!

Well - I am in Taiwan. Its 5:00 AM here and I should be asleep, but its 2:00 PM in Utah so needless to say, i'm not asleep. The plane ride was LONG and I am happy to finally be here and get adjusted to everything!

Well for the pictures, first thing is first, the plane ride. Below is a picture of me and my friend Dane. He is from a small town in Utah that has 300 people but I don't know what it is called anymore. We were trying to take this picture to show off all of the monks. Our plane was full of so many monks!

This next picture shows my first actual meal in Taiwan. I ate dumplings filled with pork and lettuce. It was pretty safe and very tasty. I would like my brothers Dave and Stewart to know that I successfully ate with chop sticks as they doubted my methods when we ate Thai food. Well, successful in the fact that I ate food but unsuccessful for just one little part where a Taiwanese woman laughed at me when my dumpling fell out of my chop sticks. Then of course Dane saw her laugh at me and then a couple other kids looked over and laughed. Well - thus is life. Some people just need a little bit longer to learn how to use chopsticks.

The school gave us bikes and we got our first taste of transportation in Taiwan. Here, they don't have sidewalks so bikers ride on the street like a car. It was pretty scare riding my bike in Taiwan, mostly because I don't consider myself to be the most skilled bike rider and my brakes were sketchy to say the least. I did find that as I changed gears, my brakes improved. We went for a ride to the grocery store and I was able to fill my little basket on my bike full of food and I also used the big purse thing that Cynthia gave me to put food in. It was a fun adventure.

We did a little bit of tourism while going out on the bikes so that we could get a better understanding of where we are at. This is one of the temples that we rode by.

Taiwan has a couple of funny things that I have noticed so far like - my bed is hard as a rock. They are obsessed about garbage and recycling. I haven't been aloud to throw anything away yet because we still have to be trained on how to use the garbage. Today, we were having a meeting and then all of the little secretaries got up and rushed out of the room. I was a little bit worried at their haste, but then we heard something that sounded like an ice cream truck. We were aloud to go out and see what was going on, and the "ice cream truck" was actually the garbage truck. They have to put their own sorted garbage into the truck when it comes around. Here I thought we were getting ice cream and then all we got to do was throw away some trash. I am afraid that when I come back to Utah, I might hear an ice cream truck and bring the garbage out now.

Another funny fact that is a little gross, but true. We can't put toilet paper in the toilet. Once we go potty, we have to put the toilet paper in a garbage. Here in Taiwan, they are very particular about their trash and where everything goes!

Well, this is the first of many blogs regarding Taiwan. I love and miss all of you!