Welcome to my blog which focuses on my life in Taiwan.
(Photo: Cheng Ching Lake (澄清湖), Kaohsiung)
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Let's Get Started - in Taiwan
Inspired by the motto "It's never too late to learn", I'm starting my blog. I am now living in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, after eight years in Hawaii, most of which was spent testing my physical limits training and participating in triathlon. Well, I'm starting to swim seriously again, and hope to get back into running and biking. Who knows, one day I may be back in Kailua-Kona to take part in a community biathlon or triathlon race. So, let's keep in touch and encourage each other on our respective journeys.
I was born and grew up in the south-east of England, and as a child was a keen golfer. During my first year at university as an economics student, I became very drawn to Asian students and their respective countries. This led to further studies in the economics of developing countries and later the study of the Chinese language in Taiwan. In 1985 I married Hsiu-chin, and while we made Taiwan our home, we also lived for several years in Hawaii. It was there that I took up triathlon, completed the Hawaii Ironman in 2004 and took part in many smaller races. While I have gained much experience as a translator of Chinese, over the years I have developed a passion for other East Asian languages and cultures, including, but not limited to, Thai and Japanese, as well as other Chinese dialects. We currently reside in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, where I continue with language learning and triathlon training.