1. Esther September 20, 2007 at 6:26 am #

    Donald, have you found an unusual food that you really like?

  2. James September 20, 2007 at 7:45 am #

    It must be very different living in another country, Donald, especially Taiwan. Good to hear you are getting used to it. May you also be able to distribute to the needs of others and be given to hospitality!

  3. Robert Staddon September 21, 2007 at 8:42 pm #

    Donald, it is so neat to see just a little bit of what life is like for you in Taiwan! I’m really curious in regards to Esther’s question about the food. Anything especially memorable? =)

  4. Joshua September 22, 2007 at 12:40 pm #

    While we’re waiting for the answer, I’d also be interested to hear of what the weather is like. Humid? Cool? Rainy?

  5. Aunt Judy September 22, 2007 at 9:10 pm #

    Uncle Tim forwarded your note. Enjoyed the photos & learning a bit about your experiences. The Lord’s lovingkindness is indeed new every morning.

  6. Donald September 28, 2007 at 6:53 am #

    Well I would have to say that the fish here is really good. I’ve tried a lot of seafood and even the squid and goose tasted good 🙂 but I would have to say that my favorite thing to try so far has been . . . hmmm. I’ve also tried Green Tea Ice Cream which somehow tasted like peach ice cream and today I polished off my first moon cake. (It was good but the taste was so strong that I couldn’t eat it very fast.) They also have clear rice noodles, asparagus juice, tomato/plum juice, white carrot pudding/cake and many kinds of tea, oh yes and also manta ray meat which was like fish! All that to say that I haven’t yet hit on something that stood out above everything else but I’ll have to let you know when I do–maybe in a shorter post than this 🙂
    Now about the weather: It’s actually still warm. We had a few cooler days yesterday–maybe down to 70–but it is always humid, and the rain really picks up anytime a typhoon is near. The typhoon season is just ending so I expect we will be getting less of it. I am really looking forward to seeing what winter (dry season) is like. Someone I talked to today said that it doesn’t really get cold until January, so we’ll see. I haven’t seen anything like our typical signs of fall in tree coloration, yellow grass etc. Lastly the wind is very steady and can really be strong when you are near the coast.
    So I guess that does it for now. Great to think about those questions. We’ll stay in touch.

  7. Donald September 28, 2007 at 7:15 am #

    Hey, about being given to hospitality, supper time has been one of the best times to talk and get to know one another. Tonight we had a “pizza party” to finish off the leftover pizza from lunch. We eat lunch with the students every teaching day as the Restaurant class. Today for the first time Juliana and Ruthie served pizza at lunch and most of the children liked it but it did make for an extra treat when they didn’t eat all of it :).
    Around the table we discussed who liked fish and who didn’t, who has a cell phone and who doesn’t (I seem to be the lone ranger here :)) and how rare scooters are in China compared to Taiwan. At other times we’ve discussed personality types, our favorite instruments, where we stand on the music issue and where we would go if we could go anywhere. What have been your “hot topics” in the past 30 days. Can you keep your entry to one word?

  8. James October 1, 2007 at 6:47 pm #

    Thanks for the updates.

    Hot topics:
    Shelves in the shed.
    Concrete in the barn.


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