Life in Mapua: Student-Athlete

With a year left, coming back to play Taekwondo one more time for my university is as important for me as to finishing my degree. Once Mapua Institute of Technology, now Mapua University; my life in MU (although MIT sounds great) is at its peak intensity. Throughout my stay in Mapua, I’ve been constantly asked…

#TWIYC.tw: St. Viator Catholic High School

While enjoying my train ride towards the south of Taiwan, I received an even more joyful message from Pia. She complimented my efforts in my previous lectures and asked me if I wanted to be one of the guest lectures for an event in Taichung. Without hesitation, I said I’d love to be part of…

#TWIYC.tw: Bei Da Senior High School

TO: Create memories, share experiences, and inspire adventures. Whenever people ask why do I make time for these people that I don’t even know, I always smile and say, “Because I can and I want to.” A week after I held my first lecture, I was scheduled to hold another #TWIYC.tw lecture in another high…

#DawningInTaiwan: Gorging in Hualien

After a whole day of discovery in Yilan, I rode the train from Luodong to Hualien. I sat down in the empty train and read Infinite Jest. After about more than an hour, I arrived at my destination. Another city I haven’t been to, I strapped on my backpack and was ready for a new…

#DawningInTaiwan: Driving around Yilan

Waking up to the sunlight piercing through the translucent sliding doors, I got up pretty early today. I didn’t want to get up so soon, but my body clock urged me to do so. Packed my two day traveling needs and I was good to go. The MRT was a few minutes of walking away….

#DawningInTaiwan: Mi Amigo Mono en Kaoshiung

At around 2’o clock in the morning, Kike arrived in Zhongli. Good thing I was able to wake up since I was extremely tired throughout the previous day and haven’t had much sleep in a while. Wanting to catch an early train, we decided we’ll head out at 6AM. We did but, ended up taking the…

#TWIYC.tw: Taipei Municipal Datong Senior High School

Last April 26, I received my list of matches for “The World in Your Classroom – Taiwan” project from the organization. Quickly after reading the matches, another email popped up in my inbox. Teacher Tracy (Hsuan Chen) greeted me with a warm message. One of the highlights of her message must be her introduction of…

#DawningInTaiwan: National Palace Museum

“Happy Museum Day!” Chased out of Fulong by the scare of thunderstorms, Dennis and I headed back to Taipei for an activity that will fit the not-so-pretty weather. (We didn’t want to risk being struck by lightning, even though I reckoned the statistical probability is slim.) Lots of ideas popped up as alternatives to our…

#DawningInTaiwan: Singing the Way to Enlightenment

Photos from Yg Shih (of Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum in Kaohsiung) Edited by Dennis Weinberg  Based on Sakyamuni Buddha’s life as written by Venerable Master Hsing Yun, Siddhartha The Musical was a fascinating spectacle at the Great Enlightenment Auditorium. With the elegant costume design, powerful vocals, and graceful movements, the Fo Guang Shan Academy…

Blurred Memories 

I used to close my eyes and picture the lovely memories I had with him. I tried doing so today, but I couldn’t. All those good times went blurry. What I saw was him holding a glass filled with ice cubes as beer overflows on his right hand and a cigarette halfway smoked on his…

#DawningInTaiwan: Viaje rápido? Vámonos!

Life was meant for good friends and great adventures.  Leaving the Philippines last February, the last two familiar faces I saw were Kike‘s and Blanca‘s. Meeting them last January was one of the highlights of my comeback in Mapua. I met Blanca first when AJ wasn’t able to meet her as the student buddy. A week…

#DawningInTaiwan: The World in Your Classroom

TWIYC.tw is a platform that connects foreign volunteers with high school students in Taiwan. In the project, volunteers living in or traveling to Taiwan are welcome to sign up to be our guest lecturers. We offer an opportunity for foreign volunteers to teach Taiwanese students about various aspects of their home countries such as culture,…