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Moved to Taiwan
« on: September 10, 2018, 10:09:08 PM »
We were in Malaysia but the Chinese schools were lacking. So we headed off to Taiwan for the kids sake.

Taiwan is a decent place. Probably the most friendly people on earth. COL is not so low but you can live cheaply if you go local.

We wanted to experience Taiwan and my young kids were eager as they attend Chinese school and liked the schools here more.

Paperwork and red tape VERY thick here for some things. But schools are easy. We just picked a school we liked and they started the same day even though our visa paperwork wasn't completed.

Hardest part for me is that I can't read Chinese. Now I know what it feels like to be illiterate!


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Re: Moved to Taiwan
« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2018, 11:05:13 AM »
Wow, interesting!

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Re: Moved to Taiwan
« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2018, 11:06:20 AM »
Cool story.  How old are you kids?

malacca

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Re: Moved to Taiwan
« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2018, 10:08:24 PM »
10 and 7.

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Re: Moved to Taiwan
« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2018, 05:31:52 AM »
Nice! Taipei or Kaohsiung? Was surprised at what a low COL Taipei has for a capital city. I hear the schools are better there than in Malaysia. Lots of opportunities for your kids to experience incredible nature and indigenous cultures. Best wishes to all in your new location.

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Re: Moved to Taiwan
« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2018, 04:26:14 PM »
What does "go local" mean in this context?


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Re: Moved to Taiwan
« Reply #6 on: September 14, 2018, 07:59:07 PM »
I would like to live in Taiwan at some point -- I spent a summer studying Chinese at NTU when i was in grad school, and loved it (except for the heat and humidity), and was surprised by how much the city had changed when I went back for work meetings 30 some years later. 

Will be interested to hear more as you settle in!  Particularly curious about the healthcare system, which is supposed to be fantastic (one of the best outcomes of the SARS epidemic....)

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Re: Moved to Taiwan
« Reply #7 on: September 14, 2018, 10:16:57 PM »
would love to move to Taiwan, following....

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Re: Moved to Taiwan
« Reply #8 on: September 16, 2018, 08:46:52 PM »
I have heard that Taiwan is a great place to raise children. I don't see my family moving there full time, but I have thought about spending a summer there and sending my kids to summer camp/summer school for a full immersion experience (they are learning Mandarin in school but we don't speak it at home and all their friends are English speaking). I have heard the humidity is brutal, thought.

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Re: Moved to Taiwan
« Reply #9 on: September 18, 2018, 01:39:37 AM »
Well, I am all the way south in Kaosiung. We arrived at the end of August. It is hot and humid but not as bad as Taipei.

If you want a full immersion experience just plop your kids in a local school for a semester or two. There are a few schools that specialize in taking kids that do not know Chinese well (or at all!). School is free sans a few activity fees.

And the weather is better during the school year than the summer.

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Re: Moved to Taiwan
« Reply #10 on: September 22, 2018, 08:56:26 AM »
Taiwan is a decent place. Probably the most friendly people on earth. COL is not so low but you can live cheaply if you go local.
what's the cost of living like? am considering retirement in taiwan..

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Re: Moved to Taiwan
« Reply #11 on: September 23, 2018, 11:19:15 AM »
COL in Taiwan can be high or moderate - it all depends on how you live.

Locals have a low COL but their lifestyles are bit different.

If you are flexible enough you can leave cheaply. You can move to a smaller town and avoid imported stuff you can live pretty cheaply.

I find that Malaysia is has a much lower COL.

Taiwanese are very nice people. I can see why people end up here long term.

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Re: Moved to Taiwan
« Reply #12 on: October 11, 2018, 07:45:46 AM »
One of the downsides to moving to a place like Taiwan is that you are basically illiterate!

I think Malaysia is a lot easier as almost everything is in English.

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Re: Moved to Taiwan
« Reply #13 on: October 11, 2018, 08:15:08 AM »
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Re: Moved to Taiwan
« Reply #14 on: October 11, 2018, 02:45:17 PM »
Very cool!  I lived in Hsinchu (between Taipei and Taichung) for 5 years.  Taiwan is a great place.

I've got a 3.5 year old right now, and it's interesting to hear what you're saying about schools for kids who don't really know Chinese...

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Re: Moved to Taiwan
« Reply #15 on: October 11, 2018, 05:28:04 PM »
One of the downsides to moving to a place like Taiwan is that you are basically illiterate!

I think Malaysia is a lot easier as almost everything is in English.

Are you trying to learn characters, though?  If you are, then being in a place where they are EVERYWHERE really helps.   I remember how disoriented I was when I first went to Taiwan because everything was in complex characters and I had only learned simplified (and not that many of them -- I'd had a little over two years of college level Chinese at that point, so probably knew around 800-1000 characters (that's about as many as a native speaker learns through second grade).  But even within the first couple of days, I was figuring out what the substitutions were and could pick out many words.  I still struggle with complex characters in isolation, but in context I can figure many of them out.