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Cathryn Arden

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Hello, I'm just another aspiring writer who is trying to get their name out. I hope you enjoy my blogs and please feel free to visit my website.






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Blog about living and working as an English teacher in Taiwan. Mostly a blog about my person.. experiences, but also includes articles to help you with daily life in Taiwan. Such at eating out,.. studying Chinese, and entertaining yourself in Taipei.

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Other Tags: taiwan, chinese, teach english, study, live overseas

Writing journal blog by Cathryn Arden. Notes on attempting to be an author (a.k.a a journal of.. Angst). As well as many thoughts and feeling about, TV shows, Anime, music, and life itself.

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Latest Blog Posts

  • 17 Days
    on Feb 29, 2012
    17 days left until I can finally leave Taiwan. I've been counting down on my Iphone app. I can't believe that in 17 days I'll actually leave this place. I keep thinking that something will probably go wrong and I'll be forced to stay here forever. S...
  • The countdown has begun.
    on Feb 13, 2012
    After six months of working at HESS I'm happy to announce that I've made the decision to leave. It's a decision that I made around the second day of training, but it's taken this long to implement. The reason being lack of funds and no other job. But...
  • Trapped
    on Nov 28, 2011
    As mentioned before in my previous blog post, recently I've been considering going back to Australia. Yesterday I found out that I'll be taxed 18% until May, and with few hours and such little income I'm really beginning to doubt why I should be here...
  • Thoughts about Running Away
    on Nov 16, 2011
    Recently president Obama has finally made the trip to Australia. This means that Australia is finally on the news and I can get up to speed on what's going on back home. Apparently the Australian economy has been doing great recently, which leads me...
  • Guide on Escaping To Japan
    on Nov 10, 2011
    Teaching English in Japan. So Taiwan has finally broke you. You can't take the food, the people, the risk of death by scooter. The easy option would be to pack up and head home. But if you're running away from a dark and mysterious past, that might...
  • Learning Chinese on Youtube
    on Nov 7, 2011
    Recently I was told about this guy Mike here who does lessons on YouTube. I've been watching them for a few days now, and I can personally say that they seem very good for improving you Mandarin skills. Here is lesson one. His entire playlist...
  • The Children have Infected me!
    on Nov 7, 2011
    It's probably worth warning you that if you're going to teach Kindergarten, you will inevitably get sick a lot. Currently I'm down with some strange illness that makes all my muscles  hurt and sucks away the will to move. Although these are the...
  • After School Care, Anxin-ban
    on Nov 2, 2011
    Back in Australia we used to have something known as after school care, where children can go after school and hang out while they wait for their parents to come pick them up from work. The Taiwanese also have a form of after school care, also known...
  • Hao-lo Harssment
    on Oct 31, 2011
    One thing that I've learned to hate through my three years in Asia is random people stopping me on the street to say "hello". I understand that this sounds a bit cold and all. I was OK with it, maybe the first 100 times. But after three years I now i...
  • International House of Taipei 台北國際學舍If you're thinking of studying Chinese in Taipei for less than one year, you will quickly discover that most universities don't offer accommodation to students who are only staying for a few months. You could rent an apartment, but most leases are on...
  • Stalking Taiwanese Celeberities
    on Oct 29, 2011
    If you're a big fan of Taiwanese drama you may come to Taiwan in the hope of meeting one of your idols. And you're in luck, seeing them is easier than you think. When I first arrived in Taipei some Japanese fans told me about this websites. You have...
  • Halloween
    on Oct 29, 2011
    I don't know what Halloween means to you. In some places it means dressing up in scary costumes and harassing your neighbours for candy, but in a Taiwan cram school it means one thing and one thing only. More work. This year for Halloween my kinder...
  • Kindergarten Dreams
    on Oct 24, 2011
    You probably know that you've been doing a job too much when you begin to dream about it. I occasionally think that I had certain conversations with my homeroom teacher before I realise that it was a dream. In my kindergarten if you want any supplie...
  • Corporal Punishment
    on Oct 24, 2011
    Unlike most western countries corporal punishment is still legal in Taiwan. Or at least I think it is, because I see it everyday. In training I was told that there would be no hitting, ear pulling, or abusing the students, but on my first day of obse...
  • Two Months
    on Oct 22, 2011
    It's now been almost two months since I began my Taipei adventure, or hell ( I'm still trying to figure it out). So far things have been going 100x better than when I first started. The Taiwanese staff have finally begun to warm up to me. I think bec...
  • Happy 100th Birthday Republic of China
    on Oct 9, 2011
    HAPPY 100TH BIRTHDAY TAIWAN!! Or is it? 10/10 is Taiwan's national holiday, and this year marks year 100, but don't be fooled into thinking that it's Taiwan's 100th birthday. You've probably already figured out that Taiwan has been here for more th...
  • Bad English
    on Oct 7, 2011 in bad englisg
    I thought that I would take the time to introduce you to some of the bad English that I have found in Taiwan so far. I only have a few pictures here because to me bad English is hard to spot. Not because the English in Taiwan is getting better, more...
  • Alien Resident Certificate, ARCAfter working here for a month I finally received my arc today. It's great because I finally feel like I'm legal to work here, and that my job is somewhat legit. I haven't received my health card yet though, so if I get hit by a scooter I'm pretty mu...
  • Kindergarten Excursions
    on Oct 6, 2011
    Teaching kindergarten is probably my favourite part about working at HESS, and one of the perks of it all is the excursions. Every month the children have an outing to somewhere relevant to the theme that they are learning. Last month we were learnin...
  • Becoming a Task Master
    on Oct 5, 2011
    One thing I've noticed through my one month of teaching here is that you really have to become a task master in order to get the job done. I was trained to be a fun loving teacher, but I don't think that really matches with the Taiwanese ideal of wha...