Isabella

Pre-Trip Reflections:


  1. How do you feel about the upcoming trip?
I’m excited as the itinerary sounds pretty interesting but I’m also apprehensive as I’m not close to or don’t know most of the people who are going for the trip.


  1. 3 Things that I am looking forward to
I’m looking forward to returning to Taiwan, as I had been there earlier this year and i liked the food and weather. I’m looking forward to visiting all the science and nature related places. I’m looking forward to making new friends.


  1. 3 things I hope to learn from Taiwan
I hope to learn more about astronomy. I hope to learn more about Taiwanese culture. I hope to learn more about Taiwanese nature and geography.


  1. 3 things I hope to learn from my friends
I hope to learn to find my way around more easily
I hope to work better with people I don’t know well
I hope to learn better Chinese


  1. 3 things I hope to learn about myself
I hope to learn about how well I can manage my stuff in moving to the different hostels
I hope to learn about how to take responsibility for myself and peers
I hope to learn to better follow strict instructions


  1. 3 challenges I give myself
To learn something new every day
To get to know and become better friends with my trip mates
To not lose anything while I’m here


  1. What are my expectations of Taiwan?

I’m expecting this trip to Taiwan to be not only fun but very educational, with new foods and cultures and where I make new friends as well


DAY 1 REFLECTIONS:


  1. 3 words to describe today’s experiences
Fun, educational, tiring
  1. 3 things you’ve learnt about Taiwan
I’ve learnt that Taiwan was formed from two covalent plates, the oceanic Pacific plate and the oceanic Philippines plate.
I’ve learnt that Taiwanese night markets are very big and have everything, such as food, clothes, and even game stalls.
I’ve learnt that Taiwanese breakfast includes dumplings and fried rolls


  1. 3 things you’ve learnt about yourself
I’ve learnt that I’m quite frugal with my money spending, but when I do spend money I usually waste it on things that are overpriced
I’ve learnt that I do get slight headaches on the bus and that I can suck on sweets to help them
I’ve learnt that I have a bad sense of direction


  1. 3 things you didn’t do so well
I didn’t make a big effort to speak Chinese
I didn’t always stick with my group mates
I didn’t make an effort to get to know my peers


  1. 3 things you look forward to tomorrow
I look forward to visiting the university and high school to learn more about astronomy and see what Taiwanese schools are like
I look forward to visiting the Central Weather Bureau
I look forward to visiting the mall for dinner and trying out new food

DAY 2 REFLECTIONS:


  1. 3 words to describe today’s experiences
Educational, boring, new
  1. 3 things you’ve learnt about Taiwan
The space science and astronomy research level in Taiwan is really high
Taiwanese food isn’t always fresh
How their weather forecast system works


  1. 3 things you’ve learnt about yourself
I’ve learnt that I get really sleepy when I’m bored
I’ve learnt that my photos are quite typical
I’ve learnt that I’m well prepared whenever I pack


  1. 3 things you didn’t do so well
I didn’t manage my money well, I have less than half of what I came with? Either that or I got cheated
I didn’t try very hard to take down notes during the talks
I ended up arriving late for the bus back from the night market as I spent too much time t=walking around instead of buying my food quickly


  1. 3 things you look forward to tomorrow
I’m looking forward to visiting the Li Shan High School
I’m looking forward to riding and taking photos on the Ferris Wheel
I’m looking forward to going to the shopping mall as I want to buy more food and souvenirs despite starting to be short of money

DAY 3 REFLECTIONS:


  1. 3 words to describe today’s experiences
Informative, thought-provoking, fun


  1. 3 things you’ve learnt about Taiwan
I’ve learnt that the National Revolutionary Martyrs’ Shrine is dedicated to those who died for the cause of revolutionising Taiwan
I’ve learnt more about what Taiwanese high schools are like
Taiwan has international shops like Starbucks and Watsons as well as their own shops


  1. 3 things you’ve learnt about yourself
I get bitten by insects a lot
I don’t know much history
I can’t focus for long periods of time


  1. 3 things you didn’t do so well
I was nodding off in many talks
I didn’t finish my food
I didn’t try to chat with the Taiwanese students


  1. 3 things you look forward to tomorrow
Earthquake Museum
Natural Science Museum
New hostel


DAY 4 REFLECTIONS:

  1. 3 words to describe today’s experiences
Relaxing, fun, interesting


  1. 3 things you’ve learnt about Taiwan
I’ve learnt that Taiwanese cuisine includes pig’s intestines
I’ve learnt that Taiwan floods easily as the rivers are quite small
I’ve learnt that Taiwan has very many earthquakes as it lies on the plate boundary


  1. 3 things you’ve learnt about yourself
I get itchy really often
I get easily annoyed by people who are impatient
I take more videos than photos


  1. 3 things you didn’t do so well
I wasn’t brave enough to order my own food for dinner in Chinese
I accidentally held out my money while counting change in public
I didn’t stand up for those who were being made fun of


  1. 3 things you look forward to tomorrow
Long bus rides
Astronomy Museum
New hostel

DAY 5 REFLECTIONS:
  1. 3 words to describe today’s experiences
Boring, Lucky, Restful


  1. 3 things you’ve learnt about Taiwan
I’ve learnt that there are many astronomy museums in Taiwan
I’ve learnt that there are many farms in Taiwan
I’ve learnt that Tainan used to be the largest city in Taiwan but isn’t any more


  1. 3 things you’ve learnt about yourself
I don’t take good care of umbrellas
I’m privileged to live in Singapore where we don’t experience any natural disasters
I get dizzy easily


  1. 3 things you didn’t do so well
I was falling asleep when the speaker was talking about the observatory
I wasn’t paying attention to the guided tour sometimes
I made fun of some of my friends’ interests


  1. 3 things you look forward to tomorrow
Nuclear Power Station Visitor Centre
Kenting Observatory
New hostel


DAY 6 REFLECTIONS:

  1. 3 words to describe today’s experiences
Informative (learnt about the different power sources in Taiwan, especially about nuclear)
Awesome ( first time seeing the chuhuo and the ground burning)
Fun (seeing the different sea creatures at the back of the marine museum)


  1. 3 things you’ve learnt about Taiwan
Taiwan has an area (Chuhuo) where the ground is naturally lit due to methane, which seeps out from within the earth, and oxygen combustion.
Taiwan runs on 5 energy sources, solar, wind, hydro, nuclear and fossil fuels.
Taiwan has many fault lines along the island


  1. 3 things you’ve learnt about yourself
I’ve learnt that I know a surprising amount of names of marine animals in Chinese
I’ve learnt that I’m not good at aiming with a gun but I do like screaming chicken toys
I’ve learnt that I am quite confident as I shouted my group mates names loudly when they went missing for a short while in the night market


  1. 3 things you didn’t do so well
I used my phone for a while to play a game while the speaker was talking about the kenting observatory as I was getting sleepy and bored, but I didn’t realise at the time I was being quite rude.
I didn’t pay much attention to the speakers and I wasn’t very respectful to them
I didn’t make a very big effort to talk to my friends


  1. 3 things you look forward to tomorrow
Marine science museum
Night market
Taking more photos and videos!

DAY 7 REFLECTIONS:
  1. 3 words to describe today’s experiences
Fun ( I really like aquariums!)
Commitment (finishing climbing the Sheding National Park, Er Luanbi)
Guilty ( eating really unhealthy food for dinner : a corndog and a mcflurry)


  1. 3 things you’ve learnt about Taiwan
I’ve learnt that Taiwan has multiple crevices, which are rift valleys, formed from divergent boundaries
I’ve learnt that Taiwan night markets don’t necessarily only open at night, they can open as early as 5pm, however not all the stalls would be open
There are corals on some mountains in Taiwan as it used to be submerged


  1. 3 things you’ve learnt about yourself
I’m able to use a camera and climb up and down slippery slopes at the same time
While I enjoy visiting aquariums and seeing marine animals, I don’t actually take down notes of information about the animals that I see
I get a bit dizzy on suspension bridges as they wobble a bit, which is weird as I didn’t get dizzy during the earthquake simulation


  1. 3 things you didn’t do so well
I didn’t bother bringing my own umbrella so I shared with friends while walking in the Sheding National Park
I didn’t appreciate the nature when we were walking very much as I was too annoyed by the heat and insects
I panicked when an insect landed in my hair instead of staying calm


  1. 3 things you look forward to tomorrow
Visiting the Science and Technology Museum
Visiting the drawbridge
Going home!


TAIWAN DAY 8



DAY 8 REFLECTIONS:

  1. 3 words to describe today’s experiences

Eye-opening (learning about science and technology at the museum)

Anticipation (for the flight home, this has been the longest trip I've ever been on without my family)

Satisfaction (my time in Taiwan has been fruitfully spent as I've made lots of memories, learnt many new things, made new friends and even bought many souvenirs)



  1. 3 things you’ve learnt about Taiwan
I've learnt that the morakot typhoon was the most devastating typhoon to hit Taiwan

I've learnt that bridges should be tall (so the water won't flow over it), wide (to increase cross sectional area and withstand more strain) and its pillars have to be very deep (to hold down the bridge firmly) to be able to withstand typhoons and floods.

I've learnt that Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore are known as the 4 economical dragons of Asia.

  1. 3 things you’ve learnt about yourself

I've learnt that I like pineapple tarts with egg inside them, which not many people like

I've learnt that I should take videos when my photos are blur as I can just screenshot the stills from the videos later on

I've learnt that I am against using animal skins and horns in trading




  1. 3 things you didn’t do so well
I didn't pay attention during the museum tour as I was taking photos

I didn't go for the anti-gravity exhibits, even though they would have enriched my experience at the museum, as I felt too lazy.

I didn't bother to queue with my friends when they were buying pineapple tarts even though they were helping me buy my own, as I was chatting with my other friends



End-of-Trip Reflections:



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

Taiwan is known for its night markets, which can be found all over the island. These night markets are full of local dishes and snacks, which are mostly either fried or seafood or both, and drinks, such as bubble tea and winter melon tea. It also has many game booths where you can win prizes such as stuffed toys, rubber chickens and toy slingshots. These have become a large part of Taiwan’s culture, and are very popular, visited by both locals and tourists alike. Taiwan was also affected by war, and many people died to make the country what it is today. There are shrines dedicated to the martyrs who fought for their political parties and died in the war.

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

Science and technology plays a large part in impacting the lifestyle in terms of how they generate electricity, as they not only use solar, wind, hydro and fossil fuels for power, they also use nuclear power, which is the most environmentally friendly form of producing energy, but also commonly thought of as the most dangerous. However many places in Taiwan are still rural and do not use much technology. There are also many places in Taiwan with advanced technology, such as the usage of 3D projectors in museums, watching 4D movies, and creating earthquake simulations.



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


Teaching the students about science allows them to be better educated to make the right decisions regarding the technological or economical progress of a country. For example, many countries are beginning to consider using nuclear power to generate energy. However, many people feel that nuclear power is dangerous. Being better educated on science such as nuclear power can help the citizens decide whether or not their country should use nuclear energy.
Science education also includes teaching students about earth science such as measuring and managing natural disasters. This is especially useful in countries which are prone to natural disasters such as Taiwan, which has been devastated by many earthquakes and typhoons. By teaching the students about the natural disasters, the students can help lessen the amount of destruction caused by these natural disasters when they become working adults. For example, they could design more secure bridges to withstand typhoons, or more steady buildings to withstand earthquakes. With less damage done by these natural disasters, the country is able to better recover and continue its progress after the disaster.




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