Pieces of 2014 fall semester

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“2067” Happy Birthday NDHU! 生日快樂國立東華大學!

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Hello, dear reader! It is Victoria. If you are a NDHU student or a staff member, you must have seen these four digits around campus. Do you know what these four numbers stands for? The year 2067? That’s not exactly it. The number 20 indicates NDHU’s 20th anniversary. National Dong Hwa University was founded in July 1994, exactly twenty years ago. So what does 67 stand for? In 2008, National Dong Hwa University integrated with what was then known as National Hualien University of Education. This year, National Hualien University of Education is also celebrating its 67th anniversary. For this occasion, NDHU has organized many events. A part of this big celebration is “International Culture Week”.
Regardless of the busy days of midterms, everyone on campus was very excited about this whole week of celebration. The festive week started with the “International Cuisine Competition” night at the Lakeside restaurant of NDHU.
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Busy correspondent and judge 😛
It was wonderful and very exciting to see all the different cuisines from various countries in one place. Anyone could clearly observe two common things on the guests’ faces. One was curiosity; the other was hunger.

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Extremely fun, and delicious too

Imagine yourself standing in front of brightly-coloured, mouth-watering, and unique dishes from Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam, and you will understand what I’m trying to describe. People were making new friends, listening to urban music and learning how to make Taiwanese rice cakes (Mochi) while inhaling everything in sight. In other words, everyone was extremely busy having fun.

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Indonesian cuisine

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Thailand cuisine

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Malaysian cuisine (sorry for the bad quality)

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Taiwanese Amis cuisine

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Vietnamese fried ball

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My friend was the first one taste Vietnamese dish

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Indonesian chefs
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Malaysian chefs – and my friend from Hungary cooking Malaysian food! Yay

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Winners of the competition – team Indonesia

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Can you guess where they are from by their outfit?

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Ehehe, me eating and looking for exciting news to write

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Belorusian apple pancakes – tastes like heaven, you can go to their restaurant in city and treat yourself, it is worth the effort

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Unique seasoning of Indonesian meal
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Traditional Amis dance

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Lucky Judges ❤

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The next event was a “Fun Fair” and it was located along the road next to the sports field. There were at least fifty or more tents and hundreds of local and international students. All those big red tents were full of participants who were cooking dishes, selling snacks, or playing games. People were giving and receiving free hugs and kisses, and students, who looked like they came straight out of anime, were dancing on the stage. The majority of the students were participating in athletic competitions, and the rest were cheering on their classmates and friends. One glance at the fair would definitely remind you of the busy life of a bee. It ran the whole morning and afternoon, but 5pm didn’t mark the end of the fun. Most of the students went back to their rooms and prepared for the “International Culture Night”, which was held in the student activity center.
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Mmmm, my guilty pleasure 🙂

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Look at that, who’s that? HEHE Sofy is having fun!

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International culture night was extraordinarily wonderful. If you haven’t seen Mongolian or Indonesian traditional dance, or if you have never heard a Taiwanese bamboo orchestra before, this event was the perfect opportunity. The traditional clothes and dances of each country were very unique and entertaining to witness. The traditional Mongolian dance, with the dancers’ sharp and fast movements, was quite an exquisite sight to see. The Indonesian ceremonial wedding dance was sublimely elegant and their clothes were richly coloured. From the traditional to the urban, students performed their numbers with joy and enthusiasm. But don’t think for a moment that the audience was just sitting there and watching passively. They were playing games during the “exercise break” and the ones who lost the game went up on the stage and did their own impromptu performance. They know how to have fun, and luckily know how to study too.

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Indonesian dance

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Belly dance performance

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Mongolian traditional dance

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Taiwanese traditional music performance

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Taiwanese traditional song

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Beautiful vietnamese dance

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It was one very memorable and fun week. Fortunately, the school is going to have this celebration next year, too. The most important thing we can observe from these activities is how we unite together as a NDHU student body, regardless of our race, gender and sexuality. The purpose of these events is not only to celebrate the school’s anniversary, but to let people bond. Students made new friends, learned from one another, and gave each other joy. They had an amazing time sharing their cultures. This way, they grow together as people and form meaningful bonds, which can lead to future companionship and international success.
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Wish you all happy weekend!

Your health is important, how to handle it here?

Hi:) sofy here!

How are you doing? Well we just finished our midterm exams! so now is the right time to write :)!

I decided to write about health in Taiwan. I know that being an international student where ever you are is just something hard. And getting sick sucks even if t is in your own country or where ever it is being sick is just not nice. How ever being sick in another country is just one of the most horrible experiences ever! Is one of those times that you just feel like you want to go home. So I’ll talk a bit in how the health system works an all those things that you will want to know. It is important that you are aware of this kind of things if you ever get sick here you will have an idea of how to handle it!

So for small things there is nursery room inside the campus in the first flour of administration building (same that the OIA offices). But this is just for small things I don’t think you can go there for something serious but is good to know that it is there. so for other things like getting a cold or actually being sick you have to go outside of campus.

First when you come here during your first six months you will have a private insurance. It could be the one you buy at school or one that you get in your own country. I bought mine in  school with all international students. That insurance is private. basically how it works is that you go to the doctor and then take to OIA  office the receipt and the hospital certificate .and they will deal with the insurance company to refund you. For each time the maximum amount you can get back is 1000 NT. I never used it so I don’t know the details of this, but you can have the general idea.

After you had been living more than 6 months here you need to apply for the National health insurance. I think we pay around 4000 NTD every semester (maybe a bit more). Once you get it you will have your Insurance card.

Ho does the National health insurance card looks like

Ho does the National health insurance card looks like

Really useful card, it will have your picture and ARC number. So with that card you can have access to a lot of health services. Every health center that has the National insurance symbol will accept the insurance card. So with the card you just pay part of the bill, your insurance will cover most of it. This will also cover your medicine fee.

So now that you know how the insurance work. Where to go if you are sick? that depends of what you have and how you will like to treat it. If you have just a cold there are some place in zhixue street (the street in the back of our school).I have never been there myself but I went with one of my friends twice. basically  you will pay 50NTD for seeing the doctor. He will prescribe you something and you will get it in the pharmacy that is across the street! and again you pay really low for the medicines. I heard that this is really effective for small things. I think that works if you just have a cold or something small and want to get rid of it. If you have something more than a cold and you think it is a good idea to see a good doctor and get good health care so then I would  suggest Tzu Chi Hospital.

I had been there several times. Is easy to get an appointment. All the doctors I had seen speak really good English so you can be in peace at least you will understand what is going on. So Tzu chi hospital is near to Hualien train station, from hualien station back door you can walk to the hospital, it will take 10 minutes no more. Once you are there, you can ask for the appointment in counter 7 (that is the counter for us, foreigners) or you can use the machine to do it yourself (I suck with technology so I usually just go to counter 7).

Machine to make an appointment

Machine to make an appointment

counters, in the main hall.

counters, in the main hall.

So here you will have a good attention. One good thing about this place is that if you need more exams, because it is a hospital you can get them there. So is convenient. It is much expensive than just going to the medical care in Zhi xue. Here you pay an average of 500 NTD.In the other hand here you see an specialist, you should have in mind that this includes the medicines and sometimes that amount also cover other exams like blood exams so is not that bad.

I don’t know how is the health care system in your country but for me this is new. I come from a place where medicine is mostly a private business so the national insurance or the hospital system is new. What really surprises me is how they give you the medicines. They give you in a bag with printed instructions and all is so perfect and organize. Actually I think the choice to take a medicines should be yours, like you should know what are you taking and why. Here they just give you there is no way in not having it. But again the insurance pays so is no that bad. And they will give you the information of the drug in English with the scientific name so you can easily look for it.

where you get the medicines

where you get the medicines

Medicine back with printed instructions in english

Medicine bag with printed instructions in English

Over all I think that Taiwan is a good place to get sick haha. it is cheap to afford medical care, well the most I have ever pay is 500NTD and that included blood exams, the doctor appointment and some medicines. So is a complete service and you have easy access to it. so don’t  worry that much if you get sick here you will be fine! I promise 🙂

How is weather here?

Hi there! this is sofia (from Ecuador). Well this is my first post ever so I will try my best here but be patient with me maybe my frist post will be a bit boring! (I will try to make it interesting)

Let me tell you a bit of myself.  I’m in my second year of psychology in Dong Hwa university. That means this will be my second year in taiwan. I’ll be honest with you:  loving Taiwan is easier than what you can imagine. At least for me it has all you need: Nice people, good food (and cheap) and the landscape is just beautiful (specially in Hualien). So to be honest I’m happy I chose to be here. For a quite girl like me taiwan is a good place

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Ocean vie from the south coast in Hualien. (this is what i mean wit amazing landscape)

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we also beautiful mountains 🙂 (lake side view in a sunny day)

 

The purpose of writing this blog is just to let you know a little bit more of this place before you come. when I decided to come, I knew nothing about the school. I googled it and well I just learned how big our campus is (and indeed is huge). So I will start with what I find really important to know and that is you should be aware of taiwan’s weather! I’m serious if you google it sounds really nice. But well let me tell you taiwan nature has a really strong personality and is good that you know about it.

Do you like rain? you better do! it will be rainy the whole year! Of course during rainy season (may to june) you wont see the flour dry not even once. Taiwan is a really humid place and full of rain. I know that sounds ok, and it is. But Not matter where are you are from that amount of rain is hard to handle. so have in mind to bring things that go well with humidity and rain. I had a leather boots well there is a reason why I used past tense in there. Here you will learn how to deal with the fact that is not possible to feel clean and dry. Don’t worry about getting rain coat in your country or umbrella you can get good and cheap ones in here. You will find everything you need for rain here.

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Things for rain are every where

Be sure that here you will learn how to drive a bicycle with umbrella! We all do it, and is not as dangerous at it sounds.

Do you like summer? I’m sure you love it! well have on mind that summer in taiwan is almost 6 months. And yup you are right! it is rainy and humid. Have you ever been in a sauna before? well summer here is like that. Is so hot, so humid that makes you wonder how would hell be? haha.  I think that for summer the key is to drink a lot of water and to protect your skin from sun burn. When i first here I was surprise to see girls using long sleeves t shirts when outside was 30c. Later I understood that actually that helps them to stay cooler.

 

Is hard to believe but we also have winter here. Winter in this Island can’t be cold I thought! well again I was wrong. It gets well cold. And if you come from a no winter country like me (We don’t have seasons in Ecuador) winter here will be really bad. Again it is humid so the cold gets into your bones. So be smart and bring something warm. The kind of winter cloths you need is the one that can dry fast, Nothing to thick.

Well because all year around is very humid you will always find all kind of things you can imagine to get rid of humidity (you don’t want to smell like humid)

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So basically how that works is that you will put it where ever you want to get rid of humidity. Usually I use it in my closet (I hate humid clothes) and this will prevent  humidity. After a month you will have to trash it and get a new one. Sometimes it last less than one month. Still things stay humid. But it helps.

Well I will com back with more pictures! hope it was helpful!

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What do we usually eat here?

Hello, this is Alice again.

Taiwan is famous for having a 美食 culture. People love eating so there are so many concepts to discover in their daily life eating style from the breakfast to 宵夜 xiao ye(night snack or night food). Usually meals with meat (such as grilled pork or fish, fried chicken etc) are with vegetables(at least 3 kinds) and rice. It’s called 點餐(dian can). Below i’ll show you some examples of this dian can.

The food culture in Taiwan is definitely tremendous, so i’ll just try to give you some basic concepts about food here. I’m still learning the new facts (since i came here-last year, september- i studied a lot about food and menu…so sometimes i know better than the local people about where can i find this or that food. But still there are lots to discover!) from my roommate from ping tung. Every night we’re talking about food and snacks.

滷味 lu wei

People eat it usually at nights – you’ll pick vegetables or some others then those will be kind of.. simmered? a bit fried? (but it’s not fried…umm…just try it!) with the sauce called “lu”. well i haven’t eat this for a long time – i missed broccolli & noodles & tofu lu wei!

蔥抓餅 cong zhua bing

I think in English people can call it chinese pizza – cause korea also has similar one and we also call it korean style pizza.

Inside normally they’ll put some egg and vegetables..also the sauce. It’s in breakfast store (is really popular. but we think is too greasy and heavy for mornings) and street vendors(in the evening).  The picture with my hand is taken at…first day in taiwan, and i guess it may be the 水工蛋餅 shui gong dan bing – hand made dan bing. Cause it was much less greasier than cong zhua bing.

蛋餅 dan bing

yes, this is the symbol of taiwanese breakfast! we love this!

basically it has ‘egg’ inside the roll. you’ll have many options like corn, cheese, ham, vegetables, chicken, 署餅(fried potato cake?) etc.

i prefer the original one (yuanweidanbing 原味蛋餅)

also there are lots of sauces that you can put above.

悶雞飯(last one is pictured by my friend – jenny from taichung)

meal! this is ‘dian can’. and that chicken is really famous & popular one in zhixue. so normally you’ll fight for that chicken.

This restaurant’s name is Bao zu (飽足). They’re famous for the good food. I never got a stomachache from food here (i do have sensitive stomach…).

The chicken is simmered in…. sauce (i’m not so sure which sauce they’re using). At first, when we tried it, we thought that it’s too sweet and weird. Now? is one of the best food here. Whenever i feel like to nurture(!) myself i go there and take this chicken or 鯛魚。

These days, in zhixue, most of dian can’s prices are 75 NTD.

自助餐 Zhi zu can

Taiwanese style buffet restaurant! you’ll pick some vegetables, tofu, meat(will cost extra)…with rice(usually it’s 10ntd). Then you’ll pay with the amount you just put in your plate. We have this cafeteria near the new dorm and lake side.

I think the other universities are cheaper than our school – when i searched about school cafeteria, i found that even colleges in taipei have cheaper zhi zu can. But still, the food price in Taiwan ….amazingly beautiful.

學生食堂

xue sheng shi tang.

one of our favorite restaurants in zhixue. Usually we order the 豬排,蔥爆肉絲(cong bao rou si. the characters are maybe wrong..)

They have good vegetables, and egg pudding (really soft and no taste), dessert….

I usually order with sofia, so what we do is order one dian can (90ntd) and dan dian (just meat, 50ntd) then share. (also we add the rice which is free – normally all the restaurants will offer you a lot of rice without pay more.

小籠包&水餃

shao long bao The one you have to try in hualien city.

This one is next to the famous one where has long line – you don’t have to wait in there. Both of them taste similar and actually the right one has more taste of meat.

Just try it.

可麗餅 ke li ng

Taiwanese crape. has sweet one and salty one (sweet – cream, chocolate, fruits…etc / salty – cheese, corn, ham ….)

芭樂 蘋果

guave and apple!

taiwan has those small apples! i never see them in korea !

盒飯

he fan. sometimes they have this kind of food what i never get used to.

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There are several good breakfast stores in zhixue – cafeteria ones are better in sandwich, cheap dan bing, and man tou.

Usually inside hamburger has some vegetables. you can choose whatever flavor you like. meat, cheese, etc….

京郁

one japanese restaurant near here. Usually it has taiwanese style ‘japanese ramen’ (sorry, i can’t admit that it’s ramen…..it’s still ramen but has taiwan taste QQ) and also these rice! it usually costs around 100. The one i ordered is katsudong (zhu fai gai fan) it tastes similar to the one i used to eat in korea but it has too less onion! but sill beautiful price!

薩其馬(sa qi ma, not so sure the chinese characters are right or wrong…sorry lazy to check)

this one is special one from my roommate (she’s from ping tung!) it has coffee-lemon taste (but these days they just put coffee i guess…so many ppl are still not used to the lemon with coffee QQ) was so so so good so….i took a picture when i lost more than half of it. haha!

本壽司 ben shou si

my favorite japanese restaurant in hualien so far! and if you’re ndhu student, this one is in perfect location. it’s in the center of the city!

those are around 100 ntd, which is beautiful again. They do cook well. Indeed.

This place has a wonderful ice cream – matcha green tea ice cream. it only costs 25 – one scoop. you should try it!

it was a perfect satisfaction (but i ate the ice cream in other day. after that kat su dong….i couldn’t eat anything. i was full until i get to the sleep haha)

desserts

月餅

太陽餅

snacks

drinks – bubble tea (is cheap!)

-pudding

Taiwanese pudding is quite famous (esp in family mart or 7/11 one….cause it’s easy to find)

The above one is from IMEI, the brand which is most famous one in Taiwan. My roommate brought it from her hometown and letting me try (cause there’s no ‘imei’ market in hualien so what we can get is just some snacks).

oh, she said that it has egg, whipping cream and sugar…and one more i don’t remember. it just has 4 things inside, and the expiration date was quite short. (2 weeks?)it tastes really good……….i guess try every single snack of IMEI brand will be quite fun to do!

How is the dorm life in NDHU?

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Hi there, this is Alice.

I’m the only offical korean student here – except the 華人 maybe. well, i’m not sure how to start this post.

Ok, where i’m writing this?? – at dorm.

since the last year(was my first year here) i’m staying in the dormitory in dong hwa university. I want to show you pictures of the dormitory then explain about some details. This school has many dormitories (caused by the location) and also there are quite cheap places to stay in outside too. But you’ll still fight for the room since the 2nd year (The room has to be changed every year)

Yang shan(west, the oldest, has 4ppl and single room), Han xing(west, 4ppl, newer than yang shan), Qin yue(east, newest, 4ppl), Xie yun(west, single room and…not so sure!), Xing yun(east, next to qin yue, 2 ppl, new).

Basically old dorms are in the better location, are quite closer to the street in backdoor, zhixue jie 志學街, where we eat, and buy the things. It’s close to the humanities, management, education colleges. Also the library.

The environment is….okay. Except the fact that i saw some huge cockroaches. And maybe the parking lot is not so convenient. plus…… well my eyes couldn’t bear the han xing’s lights – somehow it irritates my eyes strongly. Below there are some pictures of han xing for example.

Usually new bachelor students will have the 沁月(new dormitory-female) or the new dorm. It’s for 4 people, and it’s located in east side as i mentioned above.

Old dorm (han xing) 

-Han xing 1

You can see that the sunshine will visit u through those almost transparent curtain in the mornings. – but it’s depends on which side is your room. Last year, the room i spent in qin yue didn’t have the sunlight.

-Han xing : bed

Oh, did i mention that 90% of taiwan universities beds are like this? it’ll be above your desk. So whenever earthquake occurs while you’re sleeping or..well, you’ll experience the new feeling.

Han xing is quite sophisticated in the design of the room. you can see there are lots of spaces to put the things. even at your bed-head side. In that part it’s better than qin yue. I felt much organized by the room.

-Han xing : window side

When you have window side, it’s like this… i prefer this side (left of the room + window), where i can get sunlight and can sleep in the peace. somehow (now i’m in right window side) it’s still weird to sleep in the opposite side.

as u can see there is bookshelf – and also some other closets (han xing is much better in this aspect than new dorms. you’ll have much more spaces to put your things in more orgarnized way).

The desk itself has a stand light? but for me it was useless cause it affected my eyes really bad.

-han xing : stair

Even the stair was divided and i could put the stuffs there. I was so touched by that.

Bathroom & other details : Bathroom is inside the room, has shower, sink, toilet inside. The lights are divided into several buttons so you can turn off your side before you go for sleep freely.(anyway i did that). Old dorms have seven-eleven and small cafeteria near. The door has….how to call it? is consisted of 2 doors like veranda door (one real door, one like window door?).

Now we’re going to the qin yue, the new dorm.

-qin yue :

the curtain will probably cover the sunlight if you use it. usually i tied it so i can wake up naturally with the nature light.

-qin yue : bed

mine has ..what we call it? small closet? but that one is what are you gonna have in the other location – if you’re side 2 or 3 yours may have the closet in your head side. The other roommates’ small closets are beside my desk.

-qin yue : desk

the desk is much simple here. it doesn’t have that annoying stand-light(?) but for some ppl that light must be useful.

and two small closet in each right left side of the desk – has a door and sharp steel(?), so u can use the locker when you need. (han xing doesn’t have door for the closet)

Bathroom & other details :

Bathroom has shower and toilet, and the sink is outside of the bathroom. which is quite convenient- since you’re living with 3 more girls, you’ll be grateful about this fact.

The lights are not divided so you may have some difficulties with your sleeping time – well all is up to you. if u can sleep when there’s still light or you’re the one who sleeps late….. no prob(i turn off the light before going sleep – and my roommates will use their lights. i can’t sleep when is too bright)

When it’s first floor : it’s much humid than the upper floors and will have a lot of bugs. this is for sure. but is convenient to go out for the breakfast. Here we have a bigger cafeteria and family mart.

+ in new dorm : 1st and 3rd floor has refrigerator & other equipments (i’m not sure other floors have it or not). usually…if u have instruments u can cook in your room – but if shouldn’t be found out by the dorm office

This is all i remember so far, i’ll come with better posts (About food, traveling etc) later.

早安!& 晚安!wherever you are 🙂

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Happy 10th of Oct ^.^

Yaay it’s my first official post! Happy Holidays!!!

Isn’t everyday of our life special? I think every single day is a challenge and chance to make your life better. But today is more special, it’s DOUBLE 10TH! I’m Victoria and sophomore student at NDHU. I’m majoring in Counseling and Clinical Psychology along with my pretty girls Sofia and Alice. (They are not that pretty, just kidding but I’ll post some photos later *evil laughter*) My Chinese level is 2, meaning I can speak chinese like 7year old kid. Hurraay!, I was like a toddler when I first came. SO DON’T WORRY IF YOU ARE JUST A BEGINNER, WE’RE IN A SAME BOAT!

Dear alien student of NDHU, whoever you might be, I’m greeting you with my utmost respect and hope you will find this humble post helpful to you. So, first things first, let me introduce our beautiful Dong Hwa University and its history briefly.

National Dong Hwa University was founded in July 1994 with the planning stage started three years earlier (1991). We have 3 campuses today, including Shoufeng (1991), Meilun (1947) in Hualien and CheCheng, Ping Tung (2004 – 2005). Shoufeng campus is the largest, most lively and the most scenic one. No offense to other students, who are currently living in other campuses. He He. Our school is almost 23 years old and as you can see we are very young and energetic like wild dance! You will find campus life very interesting and extremely entertaining (of course, never forget about academics ) 

Shoufeng campus map (picture I’ve taken with my phone, so sorry about the bad quality)

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NDHU_handbook_final-EN_0921_2 ( link to pretty and much clear map of Shoufeng campus)

ESSENTIAL THINGS YOU NEED IN HERE:

  1. Bicycle and bicycle lock ( or scooter, bike, car maybe airplane f you can afford it 😛 )
  2. Umbrella and raincoat 
  3. Water bottle or liquid container 
  4. ARC (alien resident card) 
  5. Bank account
  6. NHI (national health insurance) 
  7. Work permit (if you’d like to earn extra cash by working at campus or elsewhere) 
  8. Basic Communication skill in Chinese ( Ni hao?, wo shi wai guo ren…etc)
  9. Phone number! 
  10. Basic necessities (if you are living in a dorm, there are few things you need to get before anything else)
  11. Aaaand last but not least, US! (not USA, I meant us, our blog ) 

P.S We will discuss every details of the things I mentioned above in later posts, one at a time.

P.S 2. Be aware since we are also students, who are willing to help those who asks for it, there might be some things that you don’t approve of or you think it’s not true (maybe because you are more experienced student), you are welcome to contact us and maybe correct us…BUT we don’t accept any unreasonable and invalid arguments.

ENJOY YOUR HOLIDAYS!!!

We’re the luckiest students alive , just because I said so 😛 

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