ABOUT

Welcome to Boy & Girl Globetrot!
I'm Jacqueline, he's Sean, the dog's Bubu, and the baby's Ruby!

ABOUT TAIWAN
In July 2012, Sean & I moved from Washington State to Taiwan for a great adventure. We both work at a K-12 international school in Hsinchu City, Taiwan. I teach middle school language arts/social studies & high school literature, and he teaches fourth grade. What an adventure we have had over the past six years in Taiwan! In 2016, we added a Taiwanese mountain dog to our family, and in 2017, we added the cutest baby girl ever to our family. Now we are a little expat family of four!

ABOUT OUR GAP YEAR
In July 2018, we are moving back to the Pacific Northwest for one year. We made this decision for a few reasons. First, we want our families to get to know Ruby (and Bubu). Second, we both felt like it was time. We never intended to be in Taiwan for six years. While we love Taiwan and our school & community, we are ready to see what else is out there for us. We decided to take one year off to travel (hello, Iceland & Banff & Alaska), reconnect with family, and get our heads on straight about what we are looking for in the next chapter of our lives. 

ABOUT THE BLOG
This blog is one of my many hobbies although after all these years, I really should change its name to boy & girl & baby & dog globetrot! Sometimes, I post a lot, and sometimes, weeks and months go by with nothing. I post a lot about Taiwan, the Pacific Northwest, and our globetrots. Sometimes, I post about what it is like to teach abroad or be an expat mom. This blog is definitely not meant to be a travel guide as most posts are more just personal reflections rather than informative, practical articles.

HOW I CAN HELP
I get many, many emails every year from people who are moving to Taiwan. Most emails are about practical things like what to pack or how to find an apartment. I always try to respond because I know if I ever reach out to an expat living in a country I am about to move to, I would definitely want a response. However, a lot of people email me about things I know nothing about like how to find an ESL job or a visa. Here are the kinds of questions I can answer: 
  • Employment: I can answer questions about the 10 or so true international schools on the island for professional, certified, English (as a first language) speaking teachers.
  • Clothing: I can answer questions about what you can expect to find in terms of western clothing stores and the sizes/costs as well as western stores that ship to Taiwan (with hefty duty fees of course).
  • Climate: I can answer questions about Taiwan's weather and seasons and how to best dress for them. 
  • Transportation: I can answer questions about buying & owning a scooter, getting a Taiwanese driver's license and renting a car, and how to navigate the high speed rail, metro, and slow trains.
  • Health care & Pregnancy: I can answer questions about Taiwan's universal health care system in regards to costs and how the system works, as well as what it is like being pregnant and having a baby in Taiwan. 
  • Safety: I can answer questions about women's safety and the police. 
  • Cost of living: I can answer questions about how much utilities, food, gas, and entertainment cost; I can also answer questions about the currency, exchange rate, and transferring money from Taiwan to the United States. 
  • Pet ownership: I can answer questions about adopting a pet in Taiwan, veterinary costs, and flying a pet out of Taiwan to America via EVA Air. 
  • Travel: I can answer questions about sightseeing around Taiwan although the "Taiwan" tab should be a great place to start.
  • Natural Disasters: I can answer questions about the two most common natural disasters that strike Taiwan multiple times a year-- earthquakes and typhoons-- and how to best prepare for them. 
HAPPY READING! 

8 comments

  1. Terrific to find your blog! Yay for Pacific Northwesterners with wanderlust. I'll be subscribing to over on Feedly :)

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  2. Thanks for commenting on my blog, it's great to come across yours! Good luck with the running :-)

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  3. I love that first photo!! The colors are brilliant!

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  4. Hi Jacqueline. Love reading your blog! Thinking of coming to Taiwan in March. Any ideas for a quick 3 days in country???

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  5. Hi! I am Nerissa, a Filipino living in Italy.
    We just started a website dedicated to the lives of all those living in a country other than the one where they were born. Thru PeopleAbroad.org we intend to increase connections, awareness, and understanding among people.
    We would like to ask you to contribute as an author to the website by writing even one single post with photos and/or videos about the region of the world you live in. Your post can be externally linked to your personal websites, blogs, Facebook pages, Twitter account, and/or anything else you like, in order to promote your own activity.
    If possible, we would also like you to write your story (bio - where you live and how you decided to live your life abroad) – example: https://www.peopleabroad.org/nerissa-filipino-living-in-italy/.
    To become an author, it is not necessary to live in a different country from where you were born, but simply to know a bit of the world by having lived, studied, or traveled abroad.
    Please, sign up to our website at https://www.peopleabroad.org/register/ and send all your files with things you would like to share (your story or your posts) by email to people(at)peopleabroad(dot)org. In case of big files, send them by WETRANSFER.
    Since this website is still under construction, we do not have yet made it available to search engines for indexation. So, to access it, just type www.PeopleAbroad.org.
    We are just starting and that is why your help is essential. We would love to see you onboard!
    All the best,
    Nerissa
    PeopleAbroad.org

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  6. Hi Jacqueline,

    I would love to chat to you about the process you and your husband went through regarding maternal leave (and compensation). My husband and I are expecting our baby girl in July and were told we don't qualify for this being two foreigners (even with APRCs)...I'm going to be a stay-at-home mom for the year and would love to hear your experience with this. Please could you give me a shout at ckimrobinson@gmail.com.

    Thanks so much, really appreciate it.
    Caitlin

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  7. Hey Jacqueline!

    I saw you mentioned clothes! Can you tell me about that? We are probably moving to Taipei from Seattle (yay Seattle!) and my fear is not being able to find clothes that fit a US size 12 plus nice clothes for daughter who is almost 2.

    You can email me at bballrocks327@gmail.com if that would be easier!

    Your blog is awesome, I have loved reading it!

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