Chai Ning

Pre-Trip Reflections:


  1. How do you feel about the upcoming trip?
    1. I feel excited about the knowledge and experiences that I would be able to gain from this trip’s visits to museums, schools and natural sites. I am also excited to be able to further develop my leadership skills during this trip which I am sure will offer many opportunities for me to do so.


  1. 3 Things that I am looking forward to
    1. One, the astronomy museums as I have never been to one museum fully dedicated to astronomy and would like to know what they might show.
    2. Two, the earthquake museum and nuclear power station visitor center.
    3. Three, the university, as I have visited quite a few universities but never one with a school or more focused on astronomy.


  1. 3 things I hope to learn from Taiwan
    1. More astronomical knowledge and topics that would add to my knowledge as well as share with the rest of the club
    2. More geographical knowledge that could help me in various areas
    3. The general history and culture of Taiwan


  1. 3 things I hope to learn from my friends
    1. How to better manage my time
    2. How to properly navigate areas
    3. How to complete tasks faster and more efficiently


  1. 3 things I hope to learn about myself
    1. What are my leadership capabilities?  
    2. How do I cope with under a strict timetable?  
    3. How well can I adapt to different environments?


  1. 3 challenges I give myself
    1. To learn from every day’s experiences
    2. To overcome any challenges that I may face
    3. To enjoy myself and face every activity with a positive attitude


  1. What are my expectations of Taiwan?
    1. I am expecting this trip to be a fun and memorable one that will help me learn more about the different sciences, such as geography and astronomy, as well as know more about my friends and other trip-mates.





Daily Reflections: Day 1: 30 May 2017


Analyze your thoughts and think about their significance and impact on your personal growth and development


  1. 3 words to describe today’s experiences
    1. Tiring 
    2. Fun 
    3. Informative


  1. 3 things you’ve learned about Taiwan
    1. The formation of Taiwan and how it was underwater before 2 plates converged 
    2. The breakfast culture of Taiwan 
    3. The many attractions around Taiwan that attract many tourists


  1. 3 things you’ve learned about yourself
    1. I do not need much sleep
    2. My interest in nature 
    3. I am very wary of what I put in my stomach


  1. 3 things you didn’t do so well
    1. Reading Chinese 
    2. Paying attention to my environment
    3. Managing my time 

  1. 3 things you look forward to tomorrow
    1. Visiting the National Central Universities and taking a look at their astronomy-related departments 
    2. Visiting the Central Weather Bureau
    3. Visiting another night market and seeing the similarities and differences of the night markets that I had visited the ones which I will. 





Daily Reflections: Day 2: 31 May 2017


Analyze your thoughts and think about their significance and impact on your personal growth and development


1. 3 words to describe today’s experiences
  1. Educational
  2. Fascinating
  3. Thought-provoking


2. 3 things you’ve learned about Taiwan
  1. They have great facilities for studying astronomy
  2. There are usually 2 rainy seasons in Taiwan due to the hot and cold air mixing at Taiwan
  3. Taiwan has an agency specially for predicting the weather


3. 3 things you’ve learned about yourself
  1. I am interested in radios
  2. I am quite skeptical
  3. I will automatically plan ahead when there are goals that I am very keen on reaching


4. 3 things you didn’t do so well
  1. I did not take photos
  2. I failed to plan my time well and did not predict the amount of time needed to prepare the food, delaying the group.
  3. My notes are messy


5. 3 things you look forward to tomorrow

  1. Visiting National Taiwan University
  2. Visiting Li Shan High School
  3. Going to the mall for dinner as compared to night markets to see a further comparison in the nightlife of Taiwan





Daily Reflections: Day 3: 1 June 2017

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1. 3 words to describe today’s experiences
    1. interesting
    2. enlightening
    3. insightful


2. 3 things you’ve learned about Taiwan
    1. Learned more about their school life in Taiwan
    2. The history of Taiwan
    3. About some of the popular shops in Taiwan


3. 3 things you’ve learned about yourself
    1. I find odd things to preoccupy myself with to keep myself awake
    2. I do not usually like to ask others for help
    3. I know very little Chinese history


4. 3 things you didn’t do so well
    1. I have not done things as efficiently as I would have preferred
    2. I could have been more active in some of the activities
    3. I could have initiated more interaction between the students at LiShan High School


5. 3 things you look forward to tomorrow
    1. Visiting the earthquake museum
    2. Visiting the Taichung Natural Science Museum
    3. Visiting the Fengjia Night Market




Daily Reflections: Day 4: 2 June 2017

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1. 3 words to describe today’s experiences
    1. Wet
    2. Relaxing
    3. Amazing


2. 3 things you’ve learned about Taiwan
    1. They have many earthquakes
    2. It floods easily
    3. They have a lot of rain


3. 3 things you’ve learned about yourself
    1. I do not mind the rain
    2. I can be focused when I want to be
    3. I get easily distracted


4. 3 things you didn’t do so well
    1. I did not prioritize my time to get breakfast
    2. Was not very quiet
    3. Keeping track of my group members


5. 3 things you look forward to tomorrow
    1. Hopefully dry day
    2. Visiting the Tainan Astronomy Museum
    3. Dinner at Liu He Night Market





Daily Reflections: Day 5: 3 June 2017



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  1. 3 words to describe today’s experiences
    1. Serene
    2. Wonderful
    3. Informative

  1. 3 things you’ve learned about Taiwan
    1. Taiwan has amazing mountains
    2. Taiwan has a big community of Astronomy enthusiasts
    3. One of the highest concentration of people holding PhDs are in Tainan as they highly value education

  1. 3 things you’ve learned about yourself
    1. I am not effective in wearing and taking out my shoes
    2. I do not like nature that moves
    3. I have more knowledge about Astronomy than I thought I did

  1. 3 things you didn’t do so well
    1. I lacked in confidence to ask questions
    2. Preparation for the next morning
    3. I lost interest very easily

  1. 3 things you look forward to tomorrow
    1. Visit to the Nuclear Power Station Visitor Centre
    2. Kenting Observatory
    3. The smaller night market





Daily Reflections: Day 6: 4 June 2017



Analyze your thoughts and think about their significance and impact on your personal growth and development

  1. 3 words to describe today’s experiences
    1. Interesting, as the observatory was a hobby of mine, astronomy
    2. Calm, there were much time on the bus to relax and enjoy the scenery
    3. Lucky, as there was very little rain today

  1. 3 things you’ve learned about Taiwan
    1. Taiwan has 5 energy sources: sun, wind, coal, water, nuclear
    2. Taiwan has corals on the land
    3. Taiwan has many fault lines

  1. 3 things you’ve learned about yourself
    1. I enjoy learning about nuclear science
    2. I do not like smaller spaces at the observatory
    3. I do not enjoy the rain as it creates puddles and slippery ground that make it hard to walk

  1. 3 things you didn’t do so well
    1. Time: I overslept in the morning that caused me to have to eat my breakfast on the bus
    2. Sleep: I did not manage to get enough sleep in the night and was quite sleepy during the talks
    3. Understanding: I was not understanding to my friend’s problems and did not take care of them

  1. 3 things you look forward to tomorrow
    1. Visiting the Kenting Marine Science Museum, as we saw a small glimpse today and it was very interesting, so I look forward to tomorrow's full tour.   
    2. Visiting the Kenting Shedding National Park
    3. Visiting a different night market in this area






Daily Reflections: Day 7: 5 June 2017

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  1. 3 words to describe today’s experiences
    1. Surprised, as after visiting several marine exhibitions around the world, I did not think that I would still be amazed at the marine animals.
    2. Insightful, as I had learned many things about marine life and history today.
    3. Scorching, as the sun was unrelentingly shining upon us the whole day.

  1. 3 things you’ve learned about Taiwan
    1. Taiwan is from under the sea, evident from the many corals spread all around the land
    2. There are rift valleys in Taiwan as Divergence movement also occurs in Taiwan
    3. Taiwan feeds its penguins with fishes found near their shores as it is easier to get and fresher

  1. 3 things you’ve learned about yourself
    1. I can walk rocky roads after trekking the Sheding park.
    2. I have an interest in marine life as I found that it was closely related to the start of the life on Earth as it all started from under the sea.
    3. I do not have good stamina

  1. 3 things you didn’t do so well
    1. I did not have a good attitude if some activities and did not show full interest in the topics shown  
    2. I was not appreciative of nature during the trek
    3. I did not think ahead and plan and ended up taking my whole big bag to the trek that I did not use

  1. 3 things you look forward to tomorrow
    1. The Science and Technology Museum because as an SSTudent, I would like to know more about what this topic entails.
    2. The special shop that we can buy Taiwan goodies at, as I may want to get some
    3. Going back, as though I enjoyed the trip greatly and do not want it to end, there are some things from home that I miss and cannot wait to get back to.






Daily Reflections: Day 8: 6 June 2017

Analyze your thoughts and think about their significance and impact on your personal growth and development


  1. 3 words to describe today’s experiences
    1. Informative, as there were many interesting and educational exhibits at the museum
    2. Fun, as I enjoyed walking through the exhibits
    3. Sad, as the day's experiences only reminded me of the end of this trip  


  1. 3 things you’ve learned about Taiwan
    1. I learned that as Taiwan is very vulnerable to typhoons and earthquakes, they learn from it and build better structures and implement better measures to decrease the damage done
    2. It makes a high percentage of the electronics for the world  
    3. Taiwan's small airport is quite large 


  1. 3 things you’ve learned about yourself
    1. I learned that I can wake up easily with an alarm with a different sound
    2. I am thrifty as I do not spend a lot of money on souvenirs
    3. I like Taiwanese traditional snacks 


  1. 3 things you didn’t do so well
    1. I did not get some souvenirs that I may have wanted to get
    2. I was very excited and thus made a lot of noise 
    3. I do not keep track of my things well and as a result almost lost my things 






End-of-Trip Reflections:

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

From what I have witnessed from this trip, I feel that Taiwanese are generally very friendly and welcoming to everyone they meet. They also have a tradition of night markets as a daily night event where food is very convenient and can usually be eaten while touring around the place. They are mostly fried food or traditional drinks. There are also stalls where games can be played to win prizes. These night markets have become a large part of Taiwanese's culture in the nightlife that is frequented by both locals and tourists as it has also become a tourist attraction to witness and experience the Taiwanese culture. The Taiwanese use traditional Chinese as an official language, unlike other Chinese speaking countries which use simplified Chinese. As the Taiwanese are partially made up of Chinese who fought for their beliefs, there is also a Martyrs Shrine that is dedicated to those who fought for their political beliefs and died in the war to make Taiwan what it is today. It is a highly protected place to respect those who have helped build Taiwan.


  • How does science and technology impact the Taiwanese lifestyle?

Science and technology greatly impact the Taiwanese lifestyle as the Taiwanese not only use it in their everyday’s life, they also highly value education, especially in the field of science and technology.
In their everyday lives, astronomy would be used for monitoring the space weather that may affect satellites and in turn, mobile phone signals, and GPS. Other examples include monitoring the weather, such as the rainy seasons, monitoring the earthquakes, that happen very often, and monitoring the typhoons, that also happen to be a normal occurrence. Knowing and anticipating these situations can help the Taiwanese prepare in advance to reduce the damage done by nature, as well as improve their quality of life, keeping them connected to the world 24/7.


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

A science-centred education teaches the younger generation of the current technology. It informs and exposes us to the progression of the world around us that revolves around new technology.  It prepares this younger generation for the future advancements as knowledge is already present for us to build on, and in Newton’s words, “stand on the shoulder of giants” to progress more and faster than we are already while building on the economical progress of the country at the same time. Knowing about technology can help to improve the structure of the buildings, roads, and bridges to reduce damage and help to stop the economic of Taiwan to not be affected by the natural disasters pounded upon the country.

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