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Pre-Trip Reflections:

  1. How do you feel about the upcoming trip?
    I am very excited for the upcoming trip, as we would be visiting universities and Many sites in Taiwan. I have never been to Taiwan, so I will go with an open mind.
  2. 3 Things that I am looking forward to
    I am looking forward to the many university trips, the visits to the Astronomy museums and the night markets of taiwan.
  3. 3 things I hope to learn from Taiwan
    I hope to learn more about the food culture, the place itself and the education in taiwan.
  4. 3 things I hope to learn from my friends
    I hope to learn from my friends their different ways of doing things such as time management for shower/sleep/blog, How they organize themselves and what food they like in taiwan.
  5. 3 things I hope to learn about myself
    I hope to learn how I manage time with a tight schedule, how much I can learn and how I communicate with the people in Taiwan.
  6. 3 challenges I give myself
    I will eat one new food not in Singapore everyday, Not lose any Items and Be able to get enough Sleep.
  7. What are my expectations of Taiwan?
    I will expect Taiwan to be quite populous, modern and cultured.

Day 1

  1. 3 words to describe today’s experiences
    If I would use three words, they would be: Brilliant, strange, tired.
  2. 3 things you’ve learned about Taiwan
    Today, I learned that Taiwan was a place made by two tectonic plate's crushing into each other, causing an island to rise. Also, Taiwan was not as westernized as I thought, and there is much land yet to be used, unlike Singapore.
  3. 3 things you’ve learned about yourself
    I learned that I can appreciate some Taiwan foods others can't. I can also notice the price differences between tourist sites and normal sites. Also, I cannot resist the Ushers in the night market ushering people to buy their products.
3 things you didn’t do so well
I was quite confused by the sleeping arrangement and could be quieter during the excursions. I should also be more mindful of teammates.
3 things you look forward to tomorrow
I am looking forward to the Visiting of the National Central university and what they have in store for us, and to appreciate more of the food culture in taiwan.


Day 2
1.3 words to describe today’s experiences
Interesting, Long, Fulfilling
2.3 things you’ve learned about Taiwan
I learned that there are actually students who build and deploy satelites in space, that there is a lulin obsevatory that is above the clouds, and that The shida market is named after the Teachers college nearby.
3.3 things you’ve learned about yourself
I learned that I sometimes the talk might make me tired, that I can choose good food in the night market quite effectively and that I can actually eat many different things.
4.3 things you didn’t do so well
I almost slept at the video of the central weather buearu, for some reason. I also was not able to understand much of the concepts the two institutes has presented to us.
5.3 things you look forward to tomorrow
I look forward to the Martyr's shrine, Our lishan high school exchange and the first mall we will visit in taiwan tomorrow.

Day 3
1.3 words to describe today’s experiences
Fun, Stimulating, Engaging
2.3 things you’ve learned about Taiwan
I learned that the content taught in taiwan is quite similar to singapore, though they have a different school system. I Learned that there is a interesting "guard change" ceromony in the martyr's shrine, and that the drinks/dessert in malls are actually twice the price in night markets.
somebody bought a bucket of ice cream equivilant to 15 sgd.
3.3 things you’ve learned about yourself
I can make good purchases and have thus saved much money.
4.3 things you didn’t do so well
Due to the astronomy club assistant equipment manager asking many questions and repeating them while blocking my way, I have become frustrated at him and thought of him as annoying. I Should be more patient.
5.3 things you look forward to tomorrow
I look forward to the many museums.

Day 4

  1. 3 words to describe today’s experiences
    Tense, Wet, Rain
  2. 3 things you’ve learnt about Taiwan
    I learned that Taiwan does not have a good drainage system, that Storms can appear out of nowhere, and that magnitudes of earthquake are 10 times higher each time the number goes up by 1.
  3. 3 things you’ve learnt about yourself
    I learnt that I can have stomachache if i sleep with air con too much.
  4. 3 things you didn’t do so well
    I was quite late in coming out of the hostel, and I was not patient on waiting for (name omitted) at the fengjia night market.
  5. 3 things you look forward to tomorrow
         I look forward to kaoxiong and look forward to no rain tomorrow. I also hope to see the observatory.

Day 5

  1. 3 words to describe today’s experiences
    supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,wet,long
  2. 3 things you’ve learnt about Taiwan
    I learned that taiwan does not have a good drainage system, the rivers can be very flooded and that buses explode in taiwan.
  3. 3 things you’ve learnt about yourself
    I learned that I can be on time for buses, that I have difficulty listening to long talks, and that I actually like bubble tea which i previously don't like.
  4. 3 things you didn’t do so well
    I was not very attentive at the talks.I also talked too much today and wasted some time at the mall.
  5. 3 things you look forward to tomorrow
    The nuclear power station, the kenting hostel, and the "Cat't nose tip" which might be amusing tomorrow.


    Day 6


    1. 3 words to describe today’s experiences
      Sleepy(from waiting for laundry yesterday), Domes(There were three domes, but they were quite small.But, they still served their purpose.), Stargazing(finally, after carrying tripod for 7 days)
    2. 3 things you’ve learnt about Taiwan
      I learned that taiwan has many rural areas with closed down shops,and they still can have a bustling night market. I also learned that taiwan was very good at not only being environmentally friendly, but also creates energy with renewable/efficient sources.
    3. 3 things you’ve learnt about yourself
      I learned that I can be on time for things such as meeting times, that I have difficulty listening to long talks as I will become tired, and that I actually like bubble tea which i previously don't like.
    4. 3 things you didn’t do so well
      I was quite tired at the ken ding observatory, and thus was not very inattentive. I also did not eat as many items I wanted to.also I should have used a better way of telling my friend to not stand in the middle of the road.
      3 things you look forward to tomorrow
    5. Marine science museum, clear skies for stargazing, more new food in Taiwan to eat
         
Day 7

  1. 3 words to describe today’s experiences
    Sweaty. In the afternoon, we visited the Sheding National park and experienced atrocious heat while stepping in muddy tracks in ravines infested with insects.
    Rushed. Today we woke up late, and thus we did not properly get ready.
    Scenic. Today we visited many places of interests and even went to the southernmost point of interest in Taiwan.
  2. 3 things you’ve learned about Taiwan
    I learned that Taiwan's Weather is irregular like Singapore, and with heat waves right after heavy typhoons flooding the entire city.I also learned that Taiwan actually has waves you can surf.
  3. 3 things you’ve learned about yourself
    I learned that I sometimes cannot get up by alarm, thus the need for multiple alarms.I also found that sitting in aircon after sweating gives you stomach aches. 
  4. 3 things you didn’t do so well
    I was sweaty and thus turned on the aircon in the bus. It was a mistake. I also did not Eat new Food which I wished to.
  5. 3 things you look forward to tomorrow
    The Technology Museum, The flight(food) and home.
Day 8

  1. 3 words to describe today’s experiences
    Home(finally getting home), Sunny(At 6am,  we thought it was 9am, as the sun somehow rose very early. Also, the way to the actual technological museum today in the sun was long.)
    Intriguing (Today, I learned much about Taiwan's past.)
  2. 3 things you’ve learned about Taiwan
    The technology museum Actually showed us quite a bit about Taiwan's past. The Japanese built many industries and built education infrastructure to support Japan. I also learned that some of the roads in Taiwan wind around hills and thus are actually quite long, with little displacement. Also, I learned in the technology museum that Taiwan produces many products related to computers, such as being a producer of 75% of mice on earth.
  3. 3 things you’ve learned about yourself
    I learned that if I don't sweat elsewhere, then I would sweat in my socks. I also learned that I do not like raw fish, and most other raw meats. I also learned that I achieved all three of my pre trip goals.
  4. 3 things you didn’t do so well
    I slapped Li Yuan in the face with a piece of paper accidentally. Also, I somehow felt sleepy after lunch and did not absorb everything in Technology museum.I did not pack properly, and thus my cup noodles might be squashed in my luggage.
  5. 3 things you look forward to tomorrow
    Nil

End-of-Trip Reflections:


  1. How is the Taiwanese culture shaped? What are the historical events that shaped its culture?
    I learned that Taiwan is a place with much-unused land, unlike Singapore. It has much use for development. I also learned that From this trip, Taiwan is really different from China, with most people well cultured and able to speak English, as they are less obstinate to traditions and will take in new things and adapt to the times. From my view, this is due to their past with China, which was that they were chased to the island by the communist party in the past, and thus the Taiwanese are vastly different from Chinese. Also, they are highly educated in environment conservation compaored to other irresponsible citizens of many other countries. They are always urged to recycle and use less plastic bags(you are charged for using them) and they have almost no rubbish bins outside.
  2. How does science and technology impact the Taiwanese lifestyle?
    I learned that the Taiwanese can Easily recognize Singaporeans and that many residents moved here from Singapore, meaning high proficiency in latest technology.
    For the Other Taiwanese, they are up to date on the latest technology and developments. They are less traditional and thus are more open. This means that they are modern and do not seem out of place compared to the majority of humans.
  3. What is the importance of science education in relation to the technological/economical progress of a country? Explain.
    In his trip, we visited many universities. I remember their satellite project, which I think is very great for progress for Taiwan, since it teaches Space missions which is education applying the latest developments in technology, There will be much more scientists and engineers for use in progressing the country's technology.

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