Wednesday, May 30, 2012

End of a Great Vacation

Time goes very fast when you are having a great time. The first vacation to Taiwan for Janice and Pan-pan was also my returning home trip after seven years. I left Taiwan in 1962, alone and in a rush. We came back together leisurely, as a family of three, in 1969.  We were at home there for nearly three months. Not only did everyone get very close to Janice and Pan-pan, they all liked this foreigner with her baby. She was very at ease with every member of the family, and everyone felt very comfortable in her presence. We stayed at the family home when we were in Taipei, unlike some children of our parents’ friends, who had to move to a hotel as they could not adjust to Taiwan’s heat.

We visited every where in Taiwan, from north to the southern tip, from Sun Moon Lake to Ali Mountain. We went to three weddings, one Chinese style, and two mixed modern style. We were on trains, on boats, certainly on Pedi cabs and taxis. We visited many temples, churches, and friends’ homes. We went to a lot of restaurants, large and small, fancy as well as simple ones, including both wedding banquets and family dumpling parties. We enjoyed them all. Indeed, Janice had a great deal of exposure to life in Taiwan at the time.

Finally, before we came back to the USA, Mother must take more pictures with Pan-pan in the front yard, and Janice had to have her hair washed again at her favorite place, and had to have it done up one more time the fancy way! (This had become a weekly enjoyment!) In the picture below she is wearing a qi-pao (旗袍) which Mother had made for her.


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