Although they have been staying for a long time in Taiwan, it was only two years ago when they made the move from Kaohsiung to Taitung. When asked why they chose Taitung, she didn’t need any time to think of her answer. “I love the cleanliness, peacefulness, and natural scenery of Taitung, as well as the slow pace of life. The beautiful beaches are just amazing!” says Tot with an energetic smile on her face.
Sasha, the eldest of the two daughters, is a first-grader at Chenggong Elementary School. Being the only blonde-haired, blue-eyed student in her class, she attracted a lot of attention when she first arrived. “There aren’t many foreigners here, so when we moved here, many locals would drive up to our home and stare at us.”
As time went by, the neighbors’ curiosity transformed into familiarity. They have even made friends with locals, and often exchange kitchen ideas. The girls’ have become accustomed to the local cuisine, with Sasha exclaiming the school cook’s food is better than her mother’s. Tot is hesitant to say it, but her daughters prefer eastern cuisine. They have adapted well at school, and have become friends with their classmates. After asking Sasha what she likes most about Taitung, she replies with big blue eyes that Sanxiantai, the hot springs, Donghe steamed buns and the beach all top her list. It was then when she went to get her bicycle to go visit her neighbor.