Survival Guide to National Taiwan University Shui Yuan Dormitory

So when Shui Yuan opened, National Taiwan University (NTU) hyped a big developer building a first class dormitory for international students. Reality is often a few degrees off. Close to campus, the MRT, a night market, the river, and the largest 7-Eleven in Taiwan, Shui Yuan is a most and least desired location. An undated photo of … Continue reading Survival Guide to National Taiwan University Shui Yuan Dormitory

Buying a Laptop in Taiwan

Shopping for laptop computers in Taiwan is designed to make the buyer feel they won a great deal through a series of flexible promotions. What an experience. A great deal has good CP值, cost-performance ratio, the all-important (yet entirely vague) metric for people who have activated their Asian grandma bargaining powers. On my way to becoming … Continue reading Buying a Laptop in Taiwan

How Much Money Do You Need as a Student in Taiwan?

As reliable as death, taxes, and typhoon season, every few months I was introduced to a student who wished they brought more money to Taiwan. You see, most budgets provided by schools understate what’s needed for a basic modern life. At least it isn’t a big problem. It’s just one you hate to see people have. … Continue reading How Much Money Do You Need as a Student in Taiwan?

Teaching Teamwork, Leadership, & Creativity to Students in Taipei with the Marshmallow Challenge

Tom Wujec is a 3D designer who studies how people share and absorb information. He created the Marshmallow Challenge to encourage “teamwork, leadership, and creativity.” I like the challenge because it helps future leaders get comfortable with the unknown, and teaches them how to figure things out amongst themselves. It was my pleasure to be … Continue reading Teaching Teamwork, Leadership, & Creativity to Students in Taipei with the Marshmallow Challenge

(w)ow (t)hat’s (f)antastic. Why I moved from the U.S. to Taiwan.

I want to tell you a little story about 2015. That’s when I decided I'm leaving America for graduate school in Taiwan. The easiest way to get to the point of a story is to first tell the 6 Ws. Five of the 6Ws – Who-What-When-Where-Why – is I’m Taiwanese-American, chasing the dream of a global … Continue reading (w)ow (t)hat’s (f)antastic. Why I moved from the U.S. to Taiwan.