Jiā (Home)

After quite an exhausting trip, we are finally in Taiwan! Our Apartment is lovely, the city is beautiful, and our work is fantastic. Seriously.

Apparently, it is Chinese superstition that the harder your initial journey into something is, the more blessed your overall experience will be once you get there. I’m inclined to believe it now! Wow!

So, first, here is our apartment complex. It’s beautiful, full of gardens, in a good area, and there are guards on duty 24-7.


We live on the 9th floor, but the fast elevators make that hard to believe. Look how high up we are! 





The apartment is fully furnished, huge, and free! You really can’t ask for more than that! Here are some photos of our space. First, the Living Area.


The Kitchen and Laundry Room.



The biggest drawback? The tiny tiny bathrooms!Image


I really can’t complain, though, because we have two bathrooms with toilets. Many bathrooms around here are equipped with what people call ‘Squatters’, which look like the technological marvel below on the left. 


Yeah…WTF am I supposed to do with that!? Lol. Another fun fact about Taiwan Bathrooms is that toilet paper doesn’t come in rolls, it comes in tissue-box-like plastic packages like this. 


At first I was really put off by this, but now I think I actually prefer it. Toilet paper and tissue are now one purchase instead of two. Hooray!

Other than the bathroom situations. Chiayi is a wonderful place to live. There is a 24 hour grocery/convenience store just 2 blocks from our apartment.Image

Also, Chiayi is riddled with cheep and amazing food. This curry came from a local Thai restaurant (Thailand, not Taiwan) and cost about $4.


Just down the road is a dentist office with this adorable mascot which I couldn’t help but pose in front of! This is the mascot OF THE DENTIST!  What is up with this place!? How is everything SO CUTE!?





I really like it here! Did I mention our apartment has three furnished bedrooms!? If you’re looking for an amazing vacation in the near future, you should come stay with us! Just ask us which airlines to avoid first! 😉

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9 thoughts on “Jiā (Home)

  1. Neill Hines

    It looks amazing, and you look very happy. Congrats, and hope it continues to be a wonderful journey for you

  2. Brenda

    Hey Jessica! It is so good to hear from you. What an amazing experience! Thought you may want to know that degrees should post by the end of this month. I will watch out for the posting and let you know right away. There is an energy missing from our office since you left. I think I am having “empty nest syndrome!!” Keep the posts coming 🙂 Brenda

  3. theprodigalreader

    I love reading about your adventures in Taiwan and I’m glad everything turned out okay. I applaud you that you are so brave to try a new country, new food and new job. Waiting for the next post anxiously. Luv from NC 🙂

  4. Cris

    Jessica, I am so happy for you. You look great, and what a delightful place to live. Hello to Jeanne. Looking forward to th next update…complete with some Eastern philosophy. Love and miss you. Cris

  5. Turner, Patti

    This is absolutely amazing! What an opportunity and what an experience you will have with many great stories to share. I look forward to learning more about your journey.

  6. Tina

    It is so good to hear that you are enjoying your stay and work there. Your apartment is very cute and more like home than we could have ever imagined. Please keep in touch! Tina and Patti

    • Jessica

      Lol! I can only being to imagine what you all must have been imagining! 😉

  7. Dear Jessica,
    So glad to hear that you arrived safe and sound–that is the main thing!!! International travel is fraught with uncertainties and mishaps. It’s all part of the initiation process–it tests your mettle, and you come out stronger on the other side.
    It definitely pays to adopt an “it is what it is” mindset, and go with the flow. It also helps to remember that we leave the comforts of home to experience new places and new ways of being–and that means things are going to be different. “Different” is neither good nor bad–just different–our judgments about the circumstances is what renders them “good” or “bad.”
    In 2000 I had a “bad” travel experience–storms, airport closures, missed flights, getting rerouted through the worst of the Middle East, airlines permanently lost my luggage, I had to figure out how to regroup with the rest of my entourage 3 days late, civil unrest–you name it. We all survived, and it makes for colorful table conversation! 😉
    Be well and enjoy the thrill of discovering your new home!
    Love, Linda-Jean

    • Jessica

      Jeez! Lost luggage forever!? That’s truly terrible. I have to admit, when I saw my luggage come around the bend I was truly shocked. lol

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