Taiwan – Lantern Festival 2018

Confucius said: One joy dispels a hundred cares.

The Lantern Festival in Taiwan is held at the end of the Chinese New Year, on the 15th day of the first month of the lunar calendar. Its an event organised by the Tourism Authority in Taiwan. The venue for the main event changes every year.

In 2018 it was held in Chiayi. As this is the Year of the Dog there were many displays around this theme, as can be expected. The main display was a boy and his dog and at more than 10 m in height it could be seen from a distance. After the Lantern Festival it found a new home at Tsou Ma Lai, near Yuging.

Taiwan – First Steps

Confucius Said: The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large.

Work permit

Now the process to get a work permit is in motion and should take about a week to 15 days. A foreign teacher cannot get paid without a work permit. So while I’m are waiting for the work permit I have three options.

Taiwan -The Start

Getting to Taiwan and settling in.

Confucius Said: Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.

2018 and a whole new adventure. I am going to live and work in Taiwan for the year.


I have signed the contract, taken three flights and I’m in Taiwan. The agency that recruited me is Teach Taiwan. I landed in Taipei and was met by a taxi driver, who speaks no English, for the four hour drive to my new home in Nan Hua, a district of Tainan City in the south-west of Taiwan. I choose this option because its my first visit to Taiwan and I wanted to avoid the hassle of finding my way around on public transport with a 20kg bag holding me back. I will be teaching at three schools but one school will be managing me and its in their dorm that I will live.