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21st November 2018

BSP Taiwan 2018

On 28 November 2018, 24 students and 3 teachers – Mdm Jiang Ling, Ms Chia Siew Ling and Ms Chew Geok Joo embarked on a 13 day overseas learning trip to Taiwan. The trip included the exploration of the cities Taichung and Taipei, accompanied by a friendly tour guide, Ms Elva Ho, with the objectives of providing students with the opportunity to cultivate an in-depth understanding of Taiwan’s history, culture, economics, education, politics and current state of society, to expose students to the culture of other Chinese regions and to provide an avenue for meaningful interaction so as to promote international friendship and understanding.

We visited many must-go places in Taiwan, from the Earthquake Museum of Taiwan where we expanded our knowledge of natural disasters and learnt about the tragedies of the past, to the Sun Moon Lake where we enjoyed a boat ride, and then to the famous Taipei 101 Observatory. The trip was not short of cultural and historical experiential learning with programmes in Qin-Liu tribe, a traditional glove-puppet experience and a visit to Ying-ge Ceramics Museum which included a DIY session. We also visited the Tamsui Historical area and Jiu-fen and Shi-fen historical street where we released sky lanterns which carried our wishes. Moreover, we witnessed the grandeur of Taiwan on our Taipei Metropolis Tour to The Presidential Office Building, Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall, our visit to Yangmingshan which included the grand Chung-Shan Building and our visit to the National Palace Museum, which left us in awe of the people of the past.

We were honoured to have been given the chance for experiential learning at renowned enterprises like The World of Coca-Cola, Want-Want China Times Group and Dream Vigor where we had a DIY session at the famous pineapple cakes of Taiwan. These enterprise groups taught us about the importance of seeking improvement to keep up with the latest trends and work ethic as many were undisturbed by our visit as they continued working hard.

Our itinerary definitely included the bustling Fengjia and Raohe Night Markets and Ximending, where the students were free to buy and eat the delicacies of Taiwan, ranging from the homemade dark brown sugar boba pearls, the latest bubble milk tea craze and papaya milk to the fried chicken and sweet potato balls. We learnt of the culture of the nightlife in Taiwan from these wonderful experiences.

The trip allowed us to expand our knowledge beyond Singapore, learning more about Taiwan and grew our curiosity to learn about other countries. Certainly, this was not the only aspect in which we have grown, for the interactions with the 5 schools we visited have made us more comfortable with interacting with new people. The 5 schools, namely Natural Way Experimental Educational School, Datong High School, Taipei Chenggong High School, Ta-ren Girls’ High School and National Wu-Ling Senior High School allowed us to forge international friendships. The schools welcomed us with popular Taiwanese food, such as the famous bubble milk tea and snacks common to the Taiwanese students. Conversation was easy as the students warmly welcomed us to their school, providing us a learning point about hospitality while allowing us to learn about the culture of their school and the spirit of the Taiwanese. We were also fortunate enough to be given insight about the Cross-Strait Relations when we attended lectures by 2 professors at the National Taiwan University – Professor Chen Chih Jou and Professor Hsu Szue Chin.

As the saying goes, “All good things come to an end”. Our 13 day learning trip in Taiwan flew past just like that, and ended with a tearful goodbye with our tour guide at the airport. Our 24 students brought back with them many fond memories, an expanded knowledge of Taiwan and curiosity for the world beyond Singapore. We are grateful for the accompaniment of our 3 teachers for being there for us and our caring tour guide who took care of our necessities for the trip.

俗话说:读万卷书,不如行万里路。2018年10月28日始,我们中三双文化课程的24位学生在江凌主任、周育如老师和谢秀玲老师的带领下,到台湾体验并学习当地文化。

我们最期待的当然是到台湾的学校与当地的学生交流啦!我们很荣幸能够有机会参访五所学校,它们分别是道禾实验学校、大同高级中学、成功高中、达仁女中以及武陵高中。其实今年的早些时候,我们已经有机会和大同高中及武陵高中通过视讯或面对面交流过了,这次的拜访,更加深了我们彼此的友谊。我们在交流中还认识到很多新朋友,也见识到台湾人的友好。除了参访这些学校,我们也很高兴能在台湾国立大学聆听陈志柔教授和徐斯勤教授的演讲,增进我们对台海课题的了解。

另外,我们还参观了许多很著名的地方,例如台湾的921地震教育园区、日月潭以及台北101。我们也参与了清流部落-赛德克族文化体验、布袋戏操偶体验及彩绘布偶DIY活动,以及莺歌陶瓷博物馆的陶艺手作。除此之外,我们还到了充满历史与文化气息的淡水老街和九份老街去怀旧,去十分老街放天灯,这些对我们成长在都市的新加坡人来说真的很特别呢。我们也有幸到总统府内部参观,去台北故宫博物院寻宝,在中山楼和中正纪念堂了解台湾历史。我们到中正纪念堂那天,还亲眼见证了三军仪队的交接仪式,真令我们难忘!

这次浸濡活动的行程也包括到不同的企业参观学习。我们不只有机会到可口可乐世界参观,也到中天电视台、中国时报社学习,还到了维格梦工厂亲手做了凤梨酥!从这些不同的企业参访中,我们了解到各行各业所面对的挑战,也深深体会到与时俱进并不断探索新路子的重要性。这十三天也正是台湾各市县准备换届选举的时间,我们真的大开眼界:不仅深入了解了台湾的历史、文化、经济情况,还亲身体验教育系统和政治体制等等。总之,我们感谢教育部、特别是学校安排了这次的浸濡活动,它不仅让我们开拓了视野,也学会去欣赏不同的文化,我们真是获益匪浅。

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