Timeshares and Freebies

This weekend I attended a timeshare presentation for an acquaintance. She “won” a free trip to Disneyland, on the condition that she attend the presentation. The snag was they were looking for married couples, so she turned to me and Michael. I wasn’t too enthusiastic about it, but she promised us free dinner so I agreed to go. I will do almost anything for free food.

For those wondering, and this is from what I understand, a timeshare is real estate ownership divided among a group of people for use at their appointed time. Read more…

Taiwan 2014: All the Rest

Hello everyone, I’m back in the US! We landed a few days ago, but I’ve been taking this time to rest and get over my jetlag and post-vacation blues. Going back to work yesterday was rough but it’s time to go back to regular life.

I don’t know how I feel about the vacation overall. We simply didn’t have enough time to do everything we wanted because we had so many family gatherings to go to (literally every single day and there’s always some relative I haven’t met; I couldn’t keep up!). Read more…

Taiwan 2014: Sunflower Student Movement

Getting on my laptop is a rare thing on this vacation because we’re out all the time. We get home late at night, go to bed, and then get up in the morning to leave again. I have a huge backlog of photos to go through once I have more time, but I thought I should share a few pictures I took when I visited the Sunflower Movement site a few days ago.

For those who don’t know, the Sunflower Student Movement began almost three weeks ago when the Taiwanese government passed the CSSTA (a trade pact with China) without extensive review. Read more…

Taiwan 2014: Buildings and Shrines

Alternative Title: Days Two and Three!

I haven’t had the chance to wander around and explore by myself. So far, I’ve spent my time meeting Michael’s relatives who have been so wonderful. I was afraid of the language barrier at first, but they’ve been really welcoming towards me. I should get serious about learning Chinese so I can get to know them all better without relying on my husband to translate for me. Perhaps I’ll take formal classes when I get back to the US. Read more…

Taiwan 2014: Post One

Hello from Taiwan! I began this blog post while we were on a four-hour layover in Korea, but I was pretty tired so I spent the rest of my time eating sandwiches and watching YouTube videos. We spent an entire day traveling which I’m not very used to (Vegas to Manila is about 16 hours which I guess would be my threshold), but we made it and I’m excited!

I did find out yesterday that I won’t be having steady internet access which kinda blows but then again, I didn’t come here to do the same things I did back home. Read more…