Jun Hua

Pre-Trip Reflections:


  1. How do you feel about the upcoming trip?
  • I feel excited about the upcoming Taiwan GCP trip due to the fact that I am able to travel to somewhere quite far for the first time.


  1. 3 Things that I am looking forward to
  • Going overseas to such a far country for me and for a long time. That is because it will be a whole new experience for me and thus I would be looking forward towards it.
  • The leisure activities planned for the trip. I look forward to events such as night market trips and the malls as I will get to experience how Taiwanese night market will be like.
  • The learning opportunities in the trip. I am looking forward to learning about the sciences from the Taiwan Museums and Schools we are visiting.


  1. 3 things I hope to learn from Taiwan
  • The different sciences through the learning programs. Such as Earth Science, Astronomical Science and Life Science.
  • The culture of Taiwan through activities such as the night market visits. Like learning about how the things work in the Night Market and the interactions during the night market visits.
  • More about Taiwan in general. Stuff such as day to day interactions, what they sell, what they do not accept in their culture.


  1. 3 things I hope to learn from my friends
  • More about Taiwan. Like maybe more information from what they know about Taiwan like their weather and stuff like that.
  • More about each location. More about landmarks, what they do there and what is it about.
  • More about their opinions on certain stuff on Taiwan. How they feel about certain stuff in Taiwan.


  1. 3 things I hope to learn about myself
  • I hope to learn that I am able to recognise most of the information talked about during the lessons. Such as all the sciences they are going to teach and maybe the geology of Taiwan.
  • I hope to learn that I have more self-control in general. Such as not using my phone, LD or talking to other people too much.
  • I hope to learn that I am able to follow instructions clearly. To be more punctual for meet ups for certain locations and following rules exactly and not doing stuff which is not well accepted among others.


  1. 3 challenges I give myself
  • To not use my electronic devices too much.
  • Try to pay more attention and not get distracted
  • Not to talk to other people too much


  1. What are my expectations of Taiwan?
  • To be a very nice place. Such as how the people of Taiwan would be nice to interact with and visiting beautiful sceneries in Taiwan.


Day 1:



  1. 3 words to describe today’s experiences

  • Fun - I had a fun day in Taiwan as i got to spend time with other members overseas and visiting landmarks together.
  • Pain - I had stomach cramp for the entire day which made the day not as enjoyable as it could be.
  • Fascinating - I got to experience Night Market for the first time and it was very interesting and fascinating.



  1. 3 highlights of the day

  • The ride at the Taipei Municipal Astronomy Museum. That was a highlight since it was quite fun and I got a few good laughs during the ride making it quite a highlight.
  • Spending time at the night market. It was my first time at a night market in Taiwan and it was a very fascinating experience making it one of the biggest highlights of the day.
  • Discovering the stones at the Yehliu Geopark. There were many interesting stone shapes which intrigued me and I quite enjoyed the trip there.



    3.   3 things you’ve learned about Taiwan

  • That Taiwan is a very big place. At first I thought Taiwan would be quite a small country but after being in Taiwan I found that it was quite the opposite and its quite big. Each bus ride in between places took quite a while.
  • That Taiwan has a lot of interesting landmarks. Places such as the Yehliu Geopark and the Astronomy Museum are quite interesting landmarks which you don't normally see in Singapore.
  • That Taiwan is a very fascinating place in general. Taiwan has a lot of special places that you don't see in Singapore and all the landmarks and how friendly the locals interact is really fascinating.

  1. 3 things you’ve learned about yourself

  • That I was able to speak up my problems instead of keeping it to myself like always. When I has stomach pain I was planning to keep it to myself and not tell anyone. However I learned to speak up my problems which in turn helped me as I was then able to get the correct medication for my problems.
  • That I was able to follow instructions somewhat clearly. I was able to be quite punctual and didn't break any rules although I did talk a bit too much which wasn't really welcomed among the other participants of the GCP trip.
  • That I was able to not use my electronic devices too much. I didn't use my electronic device as much as I thought I would.



  1. 3 things you didn’t do so well

  • I talked too much
  • I kept dragging everyone down because they had to wait for me as I had stomach pain.
  • That I was too dependant on others.

  1. 3 things you look forward to tomorrow
  • The talk
  • The food
  • Visiting the central weather bureau

Day 2:


  1. 3 words to describe today’s experiences

  • Educational - I got to learn how to observe space weather such as solar flares and winds and how it affects the Earth due to it.
  • Fun - I had a really fun time with the other participants of the trip during that day.
  • Interesting - I got to visit one of the universities in Taiwan which was quite big compared to what I have imagined.



  1. 3 highlights of the day

  • The visit to the Central Weather Bureau. It had an educational learning experience there which made it quite a meaningful trip there making it one of my highlights of the day.
  • Activities at National Central University. I got to do fox/transmitter hunting which was quite fun and was well planned by the people at the university.
  • Going to Shida Night Market. It was my second trip to a night market and a different one at that. Thus, it was quite fun navigating it with others making it quite a highlight of the day.



    3.   3 things you’ve learned about Taiwan

  • That Taiwan's schools are quite big. The university had many blocks and quite some distance in between each which I think is even bigger than the ones in Singapore.
  • That the National Central University's Telescope was one of the biggest telescope in Taiwan. I was informed that there was a telescope in NCU that was previously one of the largest telescope in Taiwan but was replaced by another one after some time.
  • That Taiwan's astronomy research is quite advanced and supported. I was told that the government supports Taiwan research on Science such as Astronomy and sorts of that and thus are quite advanced.

  1. 3 things you’ve learned about yourself

  • I learned that I should pay more attention during talks to learn more.
  • I learned that I shouldn't play games at all even though WiFi is not used for the game.
  • That I used too much of my electronic device.



  1. 3 things you didn’t do so well

  • I kept trying to open a velcro during a talk
  • I played phone games once.
  • I didn't pay attention when I needed to do so.



  1. 3 things you look forward to tomorrow
  • Visiting the mall.
  • Visiting NTU
  • Visiting the shrine


Day 3:



  1. 3 words to describe today’s experiences
  • Fun - It was fun as it was the first time going to the mall in Taiwan with others and I had a fun time interacting with them and spending time at the mall.
  • Relaxing - There weren't really any tedious events which required a lot of moving and doing stuff.
  • Cool - I got to see the Martyr Shrine Guard Change and I find their march and actions quite cool.


  1. 3 highlights of the day

  • NTU Talks. It was nice hearing students from both our school and students from National Taiwanese University present about their Science projects.
  • The Martyr Shrine Guard Change - It was cool looking at their march and routines.
  • Going to the Mall. - It was fun spending time at the mall with others.



    3.  3 things you’ve learned about Taiwan

  • That the Martyr Shrine is a memorial to those people who contributed to the creation of Taiwan.
  • That Taiwan's NTU is actually quite old and made even before WW2 and made by Japanese.
  • That USA wanted to stop the making of the Cockcroft-Walten Particle Accelerator but the Chinese government secretly continued the process and was made at NTU.

  1. 3 things you’ve learned about yourself

  • I learned that I liked to know about the History of NTU.
  • I learned that I was quite interested to know more about black holes.
  • I learned that I was fascinated by the guard's routine when changing guards.



  1. 3 things you didn’t do so well

  • I kept trying to talk to others.
  • I slept halfway through during a talk.
  • I was talking a lot.



  1. 3 things you look forward to tomorrow
  • Earthquake Museum
  • National Science Museum
  • Night Market

Day 4:

  1. 3 words to describe today’s experiences
  • Fascinating learning experience


  1. 3 highlights of the day
  • 921 Earthquake Museum
  • Bus Ride to Taichung
  • Going to the Fenjia Night Market area.



    3.   3 things you’ve learned about Taiwan

  • That Taiwan often floods due to the fact that Taiwan has a lot of low-level rivers.
  • That Taiwan's earthquake doesn't feel that bad or it's just that the simulation is bad.
  • That Taiwan has a lot of ancient mechanisms.

  1. 3 things you’ve learned about yourself

  • I learned that I was interested in looking at the aftermaths of an earthquake.
  • I learned that I overestimated the Earthquake simulator
  • I learned that I was fascinated about the mechanism of the earthquake.



  1. 3 things you didn’t do so well

  • I kept listening to music when the tour guide and/or Mr. Tan was talking.
  • I kept not paying attention when Mr. Tan was explaining about the 921 Earthquake Museum.
  • I was talking a lot.



  1. 3 things you look forward to tomorrow
  • Trip to Tainan
  • Tainan museum
  • Night Market


Day 5:


  1. 3 words to describe today’s experiences
  • Relaxing and chilled.


  1. 3 highlights of the day
  • The Tainan Astronomical Museum
  • Bus Ride to Tainan
  • Going to the mall.

 3. 3 things you’ve learned about Taiwan

  • That people in Taiwan usually get stuck in the middle of the river while they are trying to fish while there are flooding.
  • That Taiwan's Astronomical Museum used to have one of the largest telescope.
  • That Taiwan's rain is quite bad.

4. 3 things you’ve learned about yourself


  • I learned that I liked simulations such as the simulation at Taiwan Astronomy Museum.
  • I learned that Taiwan's is quite large that bus trips from one place to another takes almost an hour plus.
  • I learned that Taiwan has a lot of good Astronomy equipment.


5. 3 things you didn’t do so well

  • I didn't pay attention to the talk since I didn't understand it.
  • I kept getting distracted from other things.
  • I was talking a lot.


6. 3 things you look forward to tomorrow
  • Visiting the Nuclear Power Station Visitor Station.
  • Traveling to Kenting
  • Night Market

Day 6:

  1. 3 words to describe today’s experiences

  • Educational and fun. I say educational cause i got to learn the different types of energy and how nuclear energy works. It is fun as i got to enjoy myself at the night market and have a lot of fun.

  1. 3 highlights of the day

  • Visiting the Nuclear Power Plant. As i got to lean about how a Nuclear Power Plant works.
  • Spending time at the night market. As it was a lot of fun going there.
  • Visiting Maobitou (Tip of the Cat's Nose). As it has a very nice scenery.



    3.  3 things you’ve learned about Taiwan

  • That Taiwan's calendar starts at 1911 so it is technically 106 on the Taiwanese calendar.
  • That Taiwan has 3 Nuclear Power Plants.
  • That Taiwan has many aboriginals are in South Taiwan.

  1. 3 things you’ve learned about yourself

  • That I shouldn't use my headphones causes dizziness and I should not use it too much.
  • That I should take opportunities when it arises.
  • That I should appreciate more about places such as Maobitou.



  1. 3 things you didn’t do so well

  • I talked too much
  • I used my headphones too much.
  • That I slept during the observatory video.

  1. 3 things you look forward to tomorrow
  • Kenting Marine Science Museum
  • The Sheding National Park
  • Visiting the Night Market


Day 7:


  1. 3 words to describe today’s experiences

  • Tiring - That is because we had to hike long distances twice such as at the Sheding National Park. Er Luanbi National Park.
  • Fascinating - When we went to the Kenting Marine Science Museum
  • Fun - I had lots of fun spending time with other participants of the trip during dinner and the entire day.


  1. 3 highlights of the day
  • The visit to Kenting Marine Science Museum - I got to see many types of sea animals which is a very fascinating sight.
  • The hike at the Sheding National Park - Although it was tiring I had lots of fun spending times with the other participants of the trip and also by scaling the terrain.
  • Visiting the Night Market - Although I didn't eat street food and ate MacDonalds I still enjoyed the time I spent there with other participants thus, it is a highlight for me.

    3.   3 things you’ve learnt about Taiwan
  • That Taiwan was formed formed when two tectonic plates crash into each other.
  • That Taiwan has interesting corals on the land like at Sheding National Park. Which means that either that part was underwater before or it rose from the ground.
  • That Taiwan has many green coloured domes near the southern area.

  1. 3 things you’ve learnt about yourself
  • I don't really like hiking too long distances with weird terrains.
  • That I prefer fast food restaurants over street food.
  • That I quite enjoy watching the feeding of the seals.

  1. 3 things you didn’t do so well
  • I didn't get ready on time.
  • I did not control my spending well.
  • I kept talking to others.

  1. 3 things you look forward to tomorrow
  • The flight back to Singapore.
  • Visiting the Science and Technology Museum
  • The Lunch.


Day 8:



  1. 3 words to describe today’s experiences
  • Educational - Learning in the Science and Technology Museum provides an educational learning experience
  • Sad - Because of the fact that the Taiwan trip has ended ;(
  • Fun - Had a lot of fun with other participants of the GCP trip.

  1. 3 highlights of the day
  • The visit at Science and Technology Museum - The visit is a highlight as it was one of the most interesting place we went to visit in Taiwan that day.
  • Boarding the airplane - It is a highlight as it signifies the end of the meaningful and educational Taiwan trip.
  • Travelling to Kaohsiung - This is a highlight of the day as it is one of our final long bus rides in Taiwan for our trip.

    3.   3 things you’ve learnt about Taiwan
  • That Taiwan has many fascinating places such as all the Museums we have been to and the Night Markets we have visited.
  • That Taiwan is a very nice place to visit and has an interesting history.
  • That Taiwan depends on typhoons for their water supplies.

  1. 3 things you’ve learnt about yourself
  • I learned that I didn't really control my spending. That is because I was unable to experience the slide and the gravity simulator due to the fact that I did not have enough money.
  • I learned that I really enjoy long bus rides
  • I also learned that I don't really like eating at Taiwan's seafood restaurants.

  1. 3 things you didn’t do so well
  • I was kept dozing off during the tour around the Taiwan Science and Technology Museum.
  • I kept using my phone while idling.
  • I didn't help to finish the seafood at the restaurant.

  1. 3 things you look forward to tomorrow
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End-of-Trip Reflections:

  1. How is the Taiwanese culture shaped? What are the historical events that shaped its culture? ----------------- People in Taiwan use Traditional Chinese as part of their language. The historical event that shaped its culture is that back then when Taiwan was under Democratic Rule, the Communists created Simplified Chinese. However, since Taiwan was no longer under Communist Rule they did not update their Chinese from Traditional to Simplified and decided to leave it as it is up till this day. People in Taiwan always strive for excellence and never give up. Its past history of natural disasters were very bad but they never gave up and kept trying to make things better.
  2. How does science and technology impact the Taiwanese lifestyle? ----------------- Taiwanese lifestyle uses Science and Technology in ways to make their country better or for researching new stuff. One such example would be the Central Weather Bureau. They use Science to monitor the weather of Taiwan and it makes Taiwan better as Taiwanese would be able to be more better prepared for events such as heavy downpour which may lead to floods. By using their advanced technological equipments they are able to research on space and possibly discover something new. They are other examples such as the many Museums. They use their Technology to educate people which in turn makes Taiwan better as the citizens would be better educated. They use Science to make Taiwan better by creating power plants such as the Nuclear Power Plant facility and researching on newer ways to do so. People in Taiwan also use technology to educate others. Some examples would be that the Museums uses 3D shows, TV display and other sorts of it to teach about stuff.
  3. What is the importance of science education in relation to the technological/economical progress of a country? Explain. ----------------- Science education is important in relation to the technological/economical progress of a country as science education can potentially create future geniuses which can help develop a more effective way of energy production which can then improve a country's technological improvement. Science education can cause people to work as Scientists or researches of the sorts and by doing so can create new gadgets along with finding out something new, this can improve a country's technological improvements and if the country wishes to, sell the technology and or information to other willing paying parties to progress a country's economy.



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