Matt feels blessed to be able to teach in Taitung. In addition to spending time with young and lively children, Taitung’s mountains and the sea are also precious resources for him. “Although many South Africans live by the sea, they are so busy making money that they don’t enjoy a leisurely lifestyle. Taitung is a city that is suitable for a slow pace of life. There are many beautiful things to admire,” Matt says. He especially likes Taitung Forest Park, the unique Tiehua Village, the magnificent mountains and the sea view at Sanxiantai. He also particularly enjoys the small and exquisite art museum where he often takes his children to hang out. “Schools in Taitung are open to the public after school. This is not possible in South Africa!” Matt emphasizes, and adding that Taitung is like a paradise. It is difficult to find another place that can give residents a full and priceless sense of security, and he thinks the government has done a great job.
Since he came to Taitung, Matt has been able to realize his dream of learning to surf, as well as teaching, marriage, and children. All these have made his life more exciting. Although he didn’t know he would take root here deeply at first, Matt is grateful every day. “I feel that I am blessed to live in such a beautiful place and have an impeccable life!”
Appendix I: English nursery rhyme channel: Rock a doodle doo