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S: Terrific Times in Taiwan. 10 January 2008 - 26 June 2011

BC: I am a new creation; the old has passed away, the fresh and new has come! 2 Corinthians 5:17

FC: Terrific Times in Taiwan | 10 January 08 - 26 June 11

1: A REFLECTION ON MY TIME IN TAIWAN On 9 January 2008, at the mere age of 22, I boarded a plane and headed east, The FAR East, not because I wanted to but because God had called me to Taiwan. After just a few weeks in Taiwan, I had learnt some valuable lessons. I had learnt to depend and trust God. I came to a country where I could not speak the language or understand the culture and the only thing I did know, was that God was looking after me and was guiding me in everything. Not only had I learnt a number of lessons in such a short time but my confidence had started to grow, it started with the small things, driving to school, putting in petrol and going shopping. At home they may seem stupid and insignificant but when you are on the other side of the world they are huge!!! I have also learned that my God is enthralled with my beauty. Through all my learning, molding, shaping and growing, there is one thing that I have nether learnt how to deal with nor learned to overcome, and that is the lack of affection. Growing up in a home of three older brothers, I was always being picked up and spun around. Every night I was tucked up in bed and cuddled, sitting almost on top of someone on the couch, while watching TV and while living in TW, it felt like I went cold turkey. I have, on many occasions, cried myself to sleep, all because I needed a hug from someone. Such a small need can have such huge implications. To quote the Spice Girls: “I need somebody with the human touch!” Although a human touch would be nice, I have, during my last few months in TW, learnt to call upon God for hugs and comfort during times where I have felt alone. One of the biggest things that I have gained, is that of self-confidence or maybe we should call it God-confidence. After living a very protected lifestyle in SA, I have learned to come out of my shell and blossom into the beautiful rose God intended me to be. Just as a rose has many layers, so too do I. The delicate petals on the inside are only shown to those who sit and take the time to really know me and watch me slowly open up, those who have invested hours into my life in order to make me a better person and the person that I am today. I will be eternally grateful to God, who placed these people in my life as well as to the people who have shaped and taught me so much. Being the spoilt baby in the family, I believe one of the main reasons for me coming to Taiwan was to grow up, not only learning things about myself but also those around me, who I have been privileged enough to come into contact with. When I graduated from varsity I did not understand why I could not get a job in South Africa. Why was God sending me to Taiwan? 40 months down the line I totally understand why God brought me here, and I marvel at how He planned every detail of the trip. He placed me at a certain school so that I would meet a certain person, who knew a person who was leaving the country at the end of the week. Not only was she leaving the country the next day, she was leaving her job, her house, her scooter, her cell phone and most importantly her friends. Her friends are now my friends and God has used them and the experiences of Taiwan to shape me into the confident, happy self-loved person that I am today. God continues to bless me out my socks and I marvel at the detail that He has planned my life with. Things that I had seen as beneficial to me, God knows the plan He has for me and He later revealed that they would have been detrimental to my well being. I will look back on my 30 000 hours in TW with fond memories, knowing that even the difficult times produced great memories and will be eternally grateful to the people I interacted with and learnt from, but more importantly to God for being with me ever single step of the way.

3: First trip to Taipei National Palace Museum Feb 2008

4: K1A

5: 101 | STANFORD AMERICAN LANGUAGE SCHOOL

7: Mom visits June & July 08

10: Walking the Gods

11: Paragliding Taipei County

12: Lantern Festival

13: YingGe 2009

14: PreK 08/09

16: Green Island

17: Spring Break '08

18: Pacific Cycle Photo Shoot

19: HIS and FE21 March 2009

20: HIS Sports Day

21: April 2009

23: LeoFoo Village 2009

24: Hualien and Toroko Gorge 18 - 20 September 2009

29: PRE-K 09/10 | Trick or Treat!

30: Sun Moon Lake Spring Break 2009

33: 10 December 2009 | Christmas Show

34: Alishan December 2009 Hein, Tinus, Marguriet, Bernard, Rensche, Hannah, Johan and Robyn

36: Dragon | 2008 2009 2010

37: Boat

38: Flour Fight | 1 May 2010

39: Tomato Sauce Fight | 25 September 2010

41: Mt Jade 3 952 m YuShan May 2010

42: Vaughn Visits | One Tai

43: July | 2010

46: Beauty and the Beast

48: Mami Sugiura | Makoto Setta | Ayane Kono | Victoria Lee | Yvette Coort | Imogen Balley | Allyson Young | Evelyn Chao | Michael Wang | Clement Merigot | Erin Chang | Wilson Tang | Richard Tsai | Aoi Fujimoto | Masatoshi Adachi | Finn Whiteside

49: Mrs. Yu | Ms. Wood | You are all very special and you will always hold a special place in my heart! Thank you for the times you made me laugh, and all that you taught me. Love you lots! Ms. Wood 2010/2011

50: DaHu Strawberry Picking 2010

51: JiuFen

52: Ryno and Kat's engagement

53: 5 June 2011

54: "A friend is one who strengthens you with prayers, blesses you with love and encourages you with hope."

56: Photo shoot June 2011

59: August 2008 - July 2010

61: Only in Taiwan

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