Ao Shen

Pre-trip reflections


  1. How do you feel about the upcoming trip?


Very excited about it as I have never been to Taiwan before.
  1. 3 Things that I am looking forward to


I am looking forward to the astronomy museums, food in Taiwan and nature parks.
  1. 3 things I hope to learn from Taiwan


I hope to learn more about the history of astronomy, the attractions of Taiwan and how the universities and institutes conduct classes
  1. 3 things I hope to learn from my friends
I hope to know more about my friends interests and hobbies, learn about managing stress and learn about balancing sightseeing, reflection and revision.
5. 3 things I hope to learn about myself


I hope to learn how to manage my stress, manage sleeping times and know when I can or not handle a work before starting on it.

6. 3 challenges I give myself


To do revision and at the same time enjoy myself, to study and sightsee
7. What are my expectations of Taiwan?

I expect Taiwan to be very entertaining and slightly different from China


Day 1


  1. 3 words to describe today’s experiences

    Tiring, interesting, educational
  2. 3 things you’ve learned about Taiwan

    Taiwan is made by the tectonic movement of Pacific plate and Philipines plate converging together.
    Taiwan has many mountains and a rich nature due to the nature in which the country is formed.
    Taiwan has many interesting geometrical attractions
  3. 3 things you’ve learned about yourself

    I cannot digest food at 2am in the morning
    I don't like the taste of natural soy milk
    I have a very low stamina
  4. 3 things you didn’t do so well

    I could not remember the names of planets and other objects in the solar system in Chinese
    I spent too much time thinking if something is reasonable to buy or not
  5. 3 things you look forward to tomorrow

    I look forward to visiting the universities, doing a small amount of homework and the hot spring museum.

Day 2


  1. 3 words to describe today’s experiences
interesting, educational, warm
  1. 3 things you’ve learned about Taiwan
In spring, there is a high chance of fog in Taiwan
In between may and June, its the rainy season
In winter, due to weather changes, there is a very small chance of rain
  1. 3 things you’ve learned about yourself
I tend to fall asleep when the weather is hot and humid
I sweat very easily
I need to compare prices of everything before buying anything
  1. 3 things you didn’t do so well
I did not look at the sign clearly
I dozed off for a few minutes in the middle of one of the lectures
I drank only a bit of water
  1. 3 things you look forward to tomorrow
I look forward to visiting the universities, seeing the professor that is said to be very handsome and I look forward to visiting the shrine.

Day 3

  1. 3 words to describe today’s experiences
Interesting, fun, contentful
2. 
3 things you’ve learned about Taiwan
Taiwan is more advanced than Singapore in the way the schools specialize on each subject or content
Taiwan has a very rich history
Taiwan has a place of memorial for heroes and people who contributed a lot to the country

3.
3 things you’ve learned about yourself
I have itchy hands
I tend to not read signs
I forget to drink water even when I am thirsty

4.
3 things you didn’t do so well

I did not notice that the flash option was on when taking photos
I could not concentrate in too comfortable environment
I did not write fast enough to take down notes

5.
3 things you look forward to tomorrow

I look forward to the food that can be bought in the Night market.
I look forward to the 921 earthquake museum earthquake simulator.
I look forward to visiting the natural science museum.

Day 4
1) 3 words to describe today’s experiences

fun, amazing, awesome

2) 3 things you’ve learned about Taiwan

Taiwan has frequent floods and typhons and earthquakes
Taiwan has an earthquake museum situated at a junior high school
Taiwan has only 2 exhibition presenting Oceania's millennia of history and reflects a remarkable geographic and cultural diversity through 249 artifacts, ranging from masks, sculptures, paintings, textiles and ceramics


3) 3 things you’ve learned about yourself

I don't think before acting sometimes.
I think too deeply sometimes.
I cannot concentrate when stressed by surrounding factors.

4} 3 things you didn’t do so well

I did not inform my group mates and instead only informed the tourguide when going off alone to visit the oceania exhibition.
I could not eat finish all the leftover food even though they looked expensive.
I did not finish my reflection on time.

5) 3 things you look forward to tomorrow

Visitng the Tainan astronomy museum and comparing it to the Taipei astronomy museum
eating more good food
learning more about geography of Taiwan.
Factors that caused the floods to build up in Taiwan
Day 5

1) 3 words to describe today’s experiences
windy, amusing, fun

2) 3 things you’ve learned about Taiwan
I have learned that Taiwan has many rivers.
It is difficult to stargaze in Taiwan. there are only small intervals of time when the skies are not cloudy.
Taiwan is a country with many mountains.

3) 3 things you’ve learned about yourself
I learned that I have really little stamina.
I learned that I start feeling sleepy at around 10pm.
I learned that I concentrate on something better when someone else is also concentrating.

4) 3 things you didn’t do so well
I did not listen to instructions properly and walked in front of the teacher.
I was not able to commit myself to finishing homework before getting distracted by my phone.
I did not write notes as I was too engrossed in taking photographs.

5) 3 things you look forward to tomorrow
I look forward to learning more on nuclear energy and disadvantages of eco-friendly energy.
I look forward to dinner tomorrow.
I look forward to learning more about Taiwan.

Day 6

1) 3 words to describe today’s experiences
Tiring, as everyone had to wake up at 5 am today.
Educational. I learned a lot of new information about nuclear reactors, and the pros and cons of using renewable sources of energy such as wind and nuclear energy.
Amazing. I was amazed by how much waves and water can shape the landscape given ample time, forming unique shapes and sculptures.

2) 3 things you’ve learned about Taiwan

Taiwan uses 5 major energy sources. Fire, water, wind, solar and nuclear.
Taiwan has many fault lines along its 2 ends of the island, the west and east sides.
Some observatories can be built for a much lower price than observatories for professional use.

3) 3 things you’ve learned about yourself

I found out that I know a surprising number of marine animal names.
I found out that I have a particular interest in deep sea animals and marine creatures.
I found out that I have a good aim, which I feel was mostly trained by star gazing.

4) 2 things you didn’t do so well

I did not wake up on time today even though all the alarm was set.
I did not pay attention to my belongings and kept forgetting and losing batteries.

5) 3 things you look forward to tomorrow

I look forward to the night market tomorrow so that I can compare the differences in night markets in different places.
I look forward to visiting the marine science museum to learn more on marine animals.
I look forward to dinner tomorrow.

Day 7

1) 3 words to describe today’s experiences

Insightful. I learned many things about marine life in Taiwan.
Fulfilling. I felt very fulfilled after having successfully passed through both minor and major gorges.
Fun. In all, the activities were very interesting and I would like to do the activities again.

2) 3 things you’ve learned about Taiwan

Taiwan has many mountains, and at the top of most the mountains, there are many big corals, proving the theory that the whole of Taiwan was once under the sea.
Taiwan has many suspension bridges, which are not commonly seen in Singapore.
Taiwan has a rich diversity of marine animals, some which are living fossils are on the verge of extinction.

3) 2 things you’ve learned about yourself

I learned that I must be committed to something that interests me to do it well and at my level best.
I learned that I have a perpetual fear of suspension bridges, especially when they only have a small walking space.

4) 3 things you didn’t do so well

I did not bring my bag even though I was told that it would be convenient to do so.
I did not sleep when I could, which resulted in me feeling slightly drowsy when Mr Tan was explaining some things.
I did not have a stable footing during trekking in the mountain, resulting in me slipping and falling on the person behind me.

5) 3 things you look forward to tomorrow

I look forward to going home tomorrow, buying( 太阳饼 )biscuit for my parents, and the final program scheduled for tomorrow.

Day 8

1) 3 words to describe today’s experiences

Exciting. I look forward to going home and seeing my family.
Educational. The national science and technology museum gave me a new prospect to modern technology.
Tiring. As I was too excited about the activity, I did not sleep well the previous night and therefore feels sleepy after all the activities.

2) 3 things you’ve learned about Taiwan

Taiwan had a big typhoon called the Morakot Typhoon in 2009, which caused drastic damages socially, economically and politically to Taiwan for the next 5 years.
Taiwan is both the country with the most rainfall but also one of the dryest countries.
Taiwan created the first bicycle and other objects currently used by many around the world.

3) 3 things you’ve learned about yourself

I learned that I don't have a proper management of money and ended up with insufficient money for dinner and some activities.
I learned that I have a skill for drinking soda water quickly without choking on it, allowing me to not waste any water during luggage check-in.
I learned that I can't manage homework at all during the trip.

4) 3 things you didn’t do so well

I did not follow anyone of my group mates and wandered alone without telling anyone exactly which part of te museum I went to.
I did not sit facing Mr Tan when he was still speaking.
I did not write down notes, resulting in insufficient information when writing my report.

5) things you look forward to tomorrow

I look forward to having a good rest at home.

Post- trip reflections


  1. How is the Taiwanese culture shaped? What are the historical events that shaped its culture?

    The culture of Taiwan is a blend of Chinese Han and Taiwanese aboriginal cultures. In meeting and greeting with others in Taiwan, a handshake is the most common greeting with foreigners. A gift is also usually offered when visiting for the fist time or visiting a place, out of politeness.
    The main reason that the culture of Taiwan is a blend of cultures from many races is due to some historical events listed as shown below. There are people living in 3 different elevations in Taiwan. On the plains, the Chinese Hans, in between valleys, the Dutch people and on the mountains, the Taiwanese aboriginals.
    At first, there are only aboriginals living on the island on Taiwan. When the Dutch found Taiwan, some moved onto the mainland. To avoid conflict, the aboriginals moved towards the mountains, and away from the plains, allowing the Dutch to live there. After a while, a large number of Chinese Hans moved into Taiwan. Once again, to avoid conflict, the Dutch moved to the valleys, the aboriginals moved from the valleys to the mountains, and the Chinese Hans populated the plains, resulting in the harmonization of the different cultures now.

  2. How does science and technology impact the Taiwanese lifestyle?

    Over 60 years after World War II, Taiwan has been starting industries, experiencing rapid economic changes and expanding educations. The development of technology gradually moved towards specialization during the rapid transitions, and it was affected by many factors. Regardless of modern political or economical backgrounds, occurrences, institutions of academic interior design related departments, establishments of industrial societies and unions, magazines launching, papers publishing or development of computer technologies and so on, they are all viewed as the impacts of the developments in Taiwanese technology. For example, after the Morakot Typhoon, the Taiwan government analyzed the damaged infrastructure and its impact on the landscape of Taiwan. The government then rebuilt the infrastructure such as bridges, which was built with new quotas that will prevent it from being damaged in the future, such as taller bridges, deeper basements and wider railings.

  3. What is the importance of science education in relation to the technological/economical progress of a country? Explain.

    In the modern world, science and technology is very important to everyone.
    By being educated on science, which is about learning to understand, builds and organizes knowledge in the form of testable explanations and predictions, will allow more people to invent new technology and understand the world better. With better technology comes increased ease in living, causing more people to be interested and visit a country with better technology, and thus increasing the rate of economical progress in a country.


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