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End-of-Trip Reflections (6th June 2017) Q1. How is the Taiwanese culture shaped? What are the historical events that shaped its culture?
Answer: The Taiwanese culture mainly revolves around the influence of residents over the past few decades. To start off, the Taiwanese people were mainly influenced by the Japanese and not to forget, the Dutch. Hence, till today, the food culture in Taiwan is similar to that of Japan in terms of the range of food. For example, I found many Japanese food such as sushi & bento in convenience stores. Not only the range of food is affected but also the culture of eating. For the past few days, the lunch for students were in the setting of multiple people sitting around a table, which portrays the culture of China or Japan where family members and their relatives gather at a table to eat together.


On the topic of historical events, the Dutch once ruled Taiwan, also known as Formosa in the past. Through their reign, there were many groups of people such as the Han people, the Aborigines and  the Dutch who moved in. At this time, the Dutch encouraged the Han people, usually from Southern or Central China to immigrate to Formosa. Due to this immigration, many Han people travelled to Formosa, which caused them to be one of the major group of people in Taiwan.

Additionally, the Taiwanese people are very resilient and mentally prepared. When they face dangers such as earthquakes and typhoons, they do not easily give up on themselves and instead plan on how they could improve the situation by altering the structures of bridges to be more sturdier and higher so that the strong water currents do not easily break the bridges.


Q2. How does science and technology impact the Taiwanese lifestyle?
Answer: Science and technology impacts the Taiwanese lifestyle through the exposure of the renewable energy sources. When the renewable energy sources were popular, some of these energy sources were implemented to improve the Taiwanese lifestyle as there are more alternatives to receive energy. Some examples of implemented energy sources are Wind Energy through Windmills and Nuclear energy through Nuclear power plants. These energy sources, particularly the nuclear power plants, were implemented as it can produce way much more energy and it is sustainable over a long period of time. Hence, it impacts the Taiwanese lifestyle as they are more economically stable and more of these money could be used in other needs of the country. Last but not least, the Taiwanese government has taken an approach to build buildings that could withstand earthquakes of a higher magnitude and hence would not collapse.


Q3. What is the importance of science education in relation to the technological/economical progress of a country? Explain.
Answer: Science education is definitely important in relation, particularly the economical progress of a country. As mentioned earlier, the Taiwanese people were exposed to the renewable energy sources that recently emerged. When they implemented these energy sources, the economical progress of Taiwan increases as these energy sources produce much more energy as compared to the current energy resources which requires more funding. Due to the decreasing need of money in the field of energy sources, the money could be used for other fields such as health or even weather to aid in the mitigation of current problems that Taiwan faces such as floods, typhoons etc. Apart form that, Taiwan has good technological advancements. In the engineering sector, they successfully managed to construct an 18-inch semi-conductor disc which is one of the first in the world hence they achieved a milestone in this field of work. By having this kind of milestone, they are able to earn more money by selling their technology to other countries in this world and this economical advantage could allow them to focus on other fields of work such as weather. Currently, their Central Weather Bureau allows them to monitor the weather so that they could alter their lifestyle to adapt to the different weather conditions on different days.



Day 8 Reflections (6th June 2017)


Q1. 3 words to describe today’s experiences
Answer: To summarise, today’s experiences were short as we managed to visit only 1 museum as compared to 3 museums on other days, interesting as we managed to learn technological advancements in Taiwan in the engineering and bicycle industry and cherishing as it is the last day that I would be in Taiwan during this field trip.


Q2. 3 highlights of the day
Answer: Out of all the things that I have experienced today, 3 highlights of the day that I would like to point out happened during the visit to the Science and Technology Museum. We got to learn more about the major typhoon that affected Taiwan in 2009, which is the Typhoon Morakot and what the Taiwanese government has done in order to avoid great losses such as expressways and bridges which were destructed just in case the next major Typhoon occurs. Secondly, the exhibits at the museum. This is an interesting highlight as not only we get to learn how Taiwan's technological advancements has affected the bicycle and engineering industry but also we get to explore how the technological advancements are being put into use in the exhibits such as the flight simulator and the moon gravity simulator. Last but not least, the slide ride was a thrilling ride of the day as it is my first time riding such a long slide overseas, especially in a museum and it helps me remember this better as I had fun.


Q2. 3 things you’ve learnt about Taiwan
Answer: To start off, I would describe the things I have learnt based on the words I have chosen earlier on. Firstly, I learnt that the Typhoon Morakot was one of the most major typhoon in Taiwan's history. This particular typhoon is very hazardous as it did not immediately affect Taiwan when it was just formed, but it collected a lot of water over the say for about 3-4 days before ascending to Taiwan. Due to Morakot's unsual process, it badly affect Taiwan. Secondly, I would like to point out that Taiwan has good technological advancements. In the engineering sector, they successfully managed to construct an 18-inch semi-conductor disc which is the biggest I have seen. Lastly, the most important thing I have learnt today is that Taiwan has a forward-thinking solution to major problems. As mentioned earlier on, Morakot was a major typhoon that destroyed many expressway and bridge structures which accumulates to a major cost that is expensive. To avoid such destruction in future natural occurrences, they built much sturdier bridges to prevent easy breakage and adjusted the bridge level to be higher to avoid contact with strong water current.


Q3. 3 things you’ve learnt about yourself
Answer: Through the visits today, I have learnt many things about myself. By using the 10Cs of SST, I am able to explain these learning opportunities. Firstly, I am able to strengthen my critical thinking skills, Yesterday, I mentioned that I was not able to think well about some of the things I have learn during this trip. To overcome this issue, I would discuss with my friends about what we have learn so that we could recap and not forget about the knowledge, to make it very meaningful. Secondly, I managed to improve on my confidence skills. Last time, I was shy to try out new things such as the exhibits as I was not confident about the procedure. I overcame the fear today by trying out the moon gravity simulator which was confusing (to me) at first but it seemed fun when I get the hang of it. Last but not least, my cross-cultural understanding skill became better as I could better communicate with the locals in Taiwan through common understanding such as hand gestures and.short languages (slangs).


Q4. 3 things you didn’t do so well
Answer: As mentioned previously, have learnt many things about myself. At the same time, I am consciously aware of my weak areas. By using the 10Cs of SST, I am able to allow myself to understand on how I could understand the next time. Firstly, I am not able to remember a little of the things I have learnt. The majority of the content was manageable for me, but I should discuss more with my friends on the content, not within my group but with other groups so that we could learn more collectively, which is a form of collaboration. Secondly, I should make an effort to improve my tidiness as although my luggage is already tidy, I did not focus too much on my hand-carry bag and hence there was a last minute repacking outside the airport. This could be prevented if I had critical thinking skills and think more about more important things such as the hand carry luggage. Last but not least, my courage could become better as although I have the confidence to do activities such as trying out the exhibits as mentioned earlier on, but I should have courage which is the determination in doing it not for the praises but for the experience and learning we could obtain from the activity.

Day 7 Reflections (5th June 2017) 


Q1. 3 words to describe today’s experiences
Answer: Today’s experiences were adventurous as students got to explore many new places in Taiwan such as the Sheding National Park where we have to cross multiple valleys which could not be found in Singapore, tiring as the visit to Sheding National Park and Er Luanbi required us to walk a long distance under the hot sun and the best as we get to interact & view the animals at the Kenting Marine Science Museum and we got to visit Taiwan’s southernmost point (Er Luanbi) which I think is unique.


Q2. 3 highlights of the day
Answer: Out of all the visits today, 3 activities or places of the day which I would like to highlight is the visit Kenting Marine Science Museum as we got to interact with many marine animals that we have not seen before and learn more about the evolution of animals, Sheding National Park where we got to explore the structure of the valleys that formed and closer observe the corals that were left there and Er Luanbi where the southernmost point of Taiwan is. The point is very unique to me as a tourist as our trip started from the north and we successfully travelled all the way to the south.


Q3. 3 things you’ve learnt about Taiwan
Answer:  To start off, I would describe the things I have learnt based on the words I have chosen earlier on. Firstly, I strongly feel that the experiences were the best as visits to places such as the Kenting Marine Science Museum as we get to learn more about the evolution of current day animals such as the whale, the different periods of times when dinosaurs were still alive and what caused the extinction of dinosaurs. Secondly, the experiences were tiring as the visit to  Sheding National Park required us to walk for about 3 kilometres. Although the weather was very hot and it seemed to be a challenge to us, we still had the determination to walk as we wanted to learn more about the surrounding environment and find out more about its history. Last but not least, the visit to Sheding National Park was also adventurous as we got to explore the structure of rocks and valleys over there and we had to walk for quite some time under the intensely hot weather. It reminded me of the Outdoor Expedition and Exploration camp in Secondary 2.


Q4. 3 things you’ve learnt about yourself
Answer: Through the visits today, I have learnt many things about myself. By using the 10Cs of SST, I am able to explain these learning opportunities. Firstly, I strengthen my cross-cultural understanding skills through communication. As it is my first time being in Taiwan, I do not understand much about the culture here especially when many information is written in Chinese. Through collaboration with my friends, they helped me to understand more about the guided tours and even buying food at different places. Afterwards, I improved on my collaboration skills as although the discussion was messy the previous night, the discussion tonight is very conducive as all the group members are at the same place and henceforth could conduct group discussions much easier and produce better quality of work. Last but not least, I am better at my courage as previously, for some of the days, I was not confident is asking questions. Now, I could ask questions whenever i needed clarification.


Q5. 3 things you didn’t do so well
Answer: As mentioned previously, have learnt many things about myself. At the same time, I am consciously aware of my weak areas. By using the 10Cs of SST, I am able to allow myself to understand on how I could understand the next time. Firstly, critical thinking. Sometimes, I do not see the big picture (club’s motto) which caused me to not understand on certain things that I leant during this trip, or even other matters through the word of mouth. Secondly, collaboration. Although my collaboration skills improved, some part of it deprived as I did not take down much notes during the talks. I hope to do more note taking in advance tomorrow. Last but not least, communication. Sometimes I feel confused on what were the tasks to do and I do not ask my friends about the task. Hence, I felt that was a weakness in me and I hope to be more outspoken tomorrow.


Q6. 3 things you look forward to tomorrow
Answer: Visit to Science & Technology Museum as our school is also focused on the field of Science & Technology, travel to Kaohsiung and going back home to Singapore as I miss the ambience there but most importantly, I will Taiwan as I would not be here often.

Day 6 Reflections (4th June 2017)


Q1. 3 words to describe today’s experiences
Answer: Today’s experiences were new as I did not visit get to learn more about nuclear physics before which I did at the 3rd Nuclear Power Station Visitor Center, interesting as there were many new places that I have not visited before such as the Maobitou, featuring the cat's eyes on the rocks near a cliff and broad as there are some concepts being taught in the museum tours that I have not learnt much about before, such as nuclear physics.


Q2. 3 highlights of the day
Answer: Three highlights of the day are the visit to 3rd Nuclear Power Station Visitor Center as it is my first time being at a nuclear power station visitor center to learn more about nuclear power, Maobitou which features the special cat-looking figure on some rocks, Manchurian Port Drawbridge & Chu Huo where there are bubbling pits which were actually gases escaping from underground.


Q3. 3 things you’ve learnt about Taiwan
Answer:  To start off, I would describe the things I have learnt based on the words I have chosen earlier on. Firstly, I strongly feel that the experiences were new as visits to places such as the 3rd Nuclear Power Station Visitor Center changed my perspective on how nuclear power is dangerous and I now know that it is not dangerous as long safety precautions are taken. Additionally, nuclear power actually produces much more power as compared to other energy source. Secondly, I feel that the experiences are interesting as personally, I have not seen anything like the bubbling pits at the Chu Huo Park and a natural formation which resembles a cat’s face at Maobitou. Last but not least, the experiences were broad as the visit to the Maobitou made me learn more about the surrounding geography by discussing why there are pieces of coral at high places which is far from the sea.


Q4. 3 things you’ve learnt about yourself
Answer: Through the visits today, I have learnt many things about myself. By using the 10Cs of SST, I am able to explain these learning opportunities. Firstly, I strengthen my cross-cultural understanding skills through communication. This usually happens when I am at the night market and I do not understand what was being asked by the seller, so my friends helped me to understand and at the same time we get to understand the different languages we communicate in. Secondly, I improved on my collaboration skills. Although my group, Group 2 was not tasked to report on any of the places, I feel that it is a good opportunity for my group members to remember where they have been by helping another group, Group 4 on their report to they remember where they have been to today. Last but not least, I had strong curiosity in myself. Knowing that I could not understand what was being said in Chinese, I approached my friends who are willing to explain to me on the concepts of science, the main focus on this trip, which is beneficial.


Q5. 3 things you didn’t do so well
Answer: As mentioned previously, have learnt many things about myself. At the same time, I am consciously aware of my weak areas. By using the 10Cs of SST, I am able to allow myself to understand on how I could understand the next time. Firstly, citizenship. Although I am not a citizen of Taiwan, I should have respect by being grateful of the food and culture here which is different to that of Singapore. Secondly, collaboration. Although my collaboration skills improved, some part of it deprived as I did not take down much notes during the talks. I hope to do more note taking in advance tomorrow. Last but not least, communication. Sometimes I feel confused on what were the tasks to do and I do not ask my friends about the task. Hence, I felt that was a weakness in me and I hope to be more outspoken tomorrow.


Q6. 3 things you look forward to tomorrow
Answer: Visit to Kenting Marine Science Museum as there is not much about Marine Science I have learnt back in Singapore, Kenting Observatory to see how the horizon looks like in the south part of Taiwan and Sheding National Park where we can observe the flora and fauna of Taiwan's nature.



Day 5 Reflections (3rd June 2017)


Q1. 3 words to describe today’s experiences
Answer: Today’s experiences were enjoyable, favourable and worthy.


Q2. 3 highlights of the day
Answer: Visit to Tainan Astronomy Museum, FE21 Mega Mall and Space Shuttle Ride @ Tainan Astronomy Museum.


Q3. 3 things you’ve learnt about Taiwan
Answer: From the experience I have gained today, I learnt more about our own Solar System, specifically the unique characteristics of each planet, missions to other planets such as Mars by the Curiosity.


Q4. 3 things you’ve learnt about yourself
Answer: After visiting the different places in Taiwan, I have learnt that I did not knew some special things or facts about our own solar system. I learnt how saturn’s rings can be visually seen and the retrograde motion.


Q5. 3 things you didn’t do so well
Answer: Three things that I felt that was weak in was the confidence to ask questions, cherishing the experience I went through and taking more photos.


Q6. 3 things you look forward to tomorrow
Answer: Visit 3rd Nuclear Power Station Visitor Center, Maobitou, Manchurian Port Drawbridge & Chu Huo and Heng Chun Town Night Market. Day 4 Reflections (2nd June 2017)


Q1. 3 words to describe today’s experiences
Answer: Today’s experiences were exceptional, fascinating and unique.


Q2. 3 highlights of the day
Answer: Visit to Visit 921 Earthquake Museum, Taichung Natural Science Museum and Fengjia Night Market.


Q3. 3 things you’ve learnt about Taiwan
Answer: From the experience I have gained today, I learnt more about the use of virtual reality, as those that was demonstrated in the Taichung Natural Science Museum. Secondly, the wide range of food of Taiwan, especially at Fengjia Night Market. Last but not least, I managed to increase my knowledge in Geography at 921 Earthquake Museum as I only take History, so I got more exposure.


Q4. 3 things you’ve learnt about yourself
Answer: After visiting the different places in Taiwan, I have learnt that I was very interested in how we were exposed to the site of the earthquake as I have not such seen a site before. I am also interested in the food sold in Taiwan and still curious, more about the Taichung Natural Science Museum because we arrived when the museum was almost closing.


Q5. 3 things you didn’t do so well
Answer: Three things that I felt that was weak in was the confidence to ask questions, managing my food list.


Q6. 3 things you look forward to tomorrow
Answer: Visit to Tainan Astronomy Museum, LiuHe Market and Kaosiung City.




Day 3 Reflections (1st June 2017)


Q1. 3 words to describe today’s experiences
Answer: Today’s experiences were exhilarating, convivial and practical.


Q2. 3 highlights of the day
Answer: Visit to National Taiwan University, Lishan High School and Martyrs’s Shrine.


Q3. 3 things you’ve learnt about Taiwan
Answer: From the experience I have gained today, I understood more on how Physics concepts such as Angular Momentum works, how lessons are carried out at a high school in Taiwan and the shopping lifestyle in Taiwan.


Q4. 3 things you’ve learnt about yourself
Answer: After visiting the different places in Taiwan, I have learnt that I did not know so much about the history of Taiwan when visiting Martyrs’s Shrine, I am always looking forward to newer places and I am often confident about the tasks I am doing.


Q5. 3 things you didn’t do so well
Answer: Three things that I felt that was weak in was the confidence to ask questions, managing my food list and discovering more about the town itself.


Q6. 3 things you look forward to tomorrow
Answer: Visit to Visit 921 Earthquake Museum, Taichung Natural Science Museum and Fengjia Night Market.



Day 2 Reflections (31th May 2017)
Q1. 3 words to describe today’s experiences
Answer: Today’s experiences were inspiring, relatable and contentful.


Q2. 3 highlights of the day
Answer: Visit to National Central University, Institute of Solar Sciences & Institute of Astronomy. (not forgetting about the Observatory there)


Q3. 3 things you’ve learnt about Taiwan
Answer: From the experience I have gained today, I understood more on Solar Flares. This is in relation to the word relatable, as described earlier. It is relatable as I did a study on solar flares during the Investigative Skills in Science programme last year (Secondary 2).


Q4. 3 things you’ve learnt about yourself
Answer: After visiting the different places in Taiwan, I have learnt that I did not know so much about


Q5. 3 things you didn’t do so well
Answer: Three things that I felt that was weak in was the confidence to ask questions, just a little of time management and discovering more about the town itself.


Q6. 3 things you look forward to tomorrow
Answer: Visit to National Taiwan University, Lishan High School and Miramar Ferris Wheel.

Day 1 Reflections (30th May 2017)

Q1. 3 words to describe today’s experiences
Answer: Today’s experiences were amazing, enriching and insightful.

Q2. 3 highlights of the day
Answer: Visit to Yehliu Geopark, Beitou Hotspring & Taipei Municipal Astronomy Museum.

Q2. 3 things you’ve learnt about Taiwan
Answer: From the experience I have gained today, I understood that Taiwan is not only a bustling metropolitan, but it also has a great countryside, culture and history.

Q3. 3 things you’ve learnt about yourself
Answer: After visiting the different places in Taiwan, I have learnt that I have great curiosity when it comes to learning about culture, history and maybe some geology.

Q4. 3 things you didn’t do so well
Answer: Three things that I felt that was weak in was the confidence to ask questions, preparation for some events and food planning.

Q5. 3 things you look forward to tomorrow
Answer: Visit to Central Weather Bureau, National Central University and Shida Night Market.

Pre-Trip Reflections (29th May 2017)

Q1. How do you feel about the upcoming trip?
Answer: I am very enthusiastic to learn more about science, especially Astronomical Science through the visits to different organisations as there might be talks held by experienced scientists.

Q2. 3 Things that I am looking forward to
Answer: During the trip, I am looking forward to the visits to the different museums as there is no museum in Singapore is purely dedicated to Astronomy while in Taiwan, there is the Taiwan Municipal Astronomical Museum.

Q3. 3 things I hope to learn from Taiwan
Answer: I hope to learn more about the culture in Taiwan, the way of life there and probably some geology / history of Taiwan.

Q4. 3 things I hope to learn from my friends
Answer: When I am with my friends during the trip, I am going to learn from how they could do better time management, how they understand / interpret about the culture of Taiwan and know more on other things that my friends have learnt in Taiwan too.

Q5. 3 things I hope to learn about myself
Answer: I would like to learn how I adapt to the culture there, my curiosity in learning and my interest in different aspects of the culture there.

Q6. 3 challenges I give myself
Answer: I would challenge myself to be prepared for the next morning before sleeping and before embarking to different places.

Q7. What are my expectations of Taiwan?

Answer: Personally, I would expect Taiwan to be a bustling metropolitan from what I have seen before going on this trip.

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