Hi everyone! Sorry I’ve been gone for a couple of weeks. I was in Taiwan for two weeks working on a school project! Before the trip, I made a long wish list of Asian branded beauty products and I was able to purchase most of them! I will be writing about them in the future after I get a chance to try them out. Most of these are cult products so you may be familiar with some of them. I love Asian skincare because the product innovations are typically 3-5 years ahead of the US. For example, they have many skincare items with snail mucin (gross, right?), which is said to do everything from fading dark spots and scars to plumping creases and battling acne. The venom found in snails relax muscle fibers to battle wrinkles. It also stimulates the production of elastin and collagen. I purchased so many items with snail ingredient–sheet masks, moisturizer, serum. I’ll try not to think about where they came from as I’m using them! I cannot wait to try everything and review them for you!
After the final presentation of the project, we had a couple of days off to explore. Taiwan has high-temperature springs with crystal-clear water, usually both clean and safe to drink. These hot springs are commonly used for spas and resorts. We went to a hot spring in the town of Yilan. The room we booked was the best place I’ve ever stayed at. It has three levels: the first two levels have the beds and the third level was a private deck. We had an indoor and outdoor hot spring, which was super nice because we spent the day in the outdoor hot spring, and at night we relaxed in the indoor hot spring while streaming a movie on our laptop. We also hired a private driver to take us to different places around Hualien, with the highlight being Taroko Gorge and a 2-mile hike in that area.
I am happy I had the opportunity to visit Taiwan and explore parts of the country. It reminds me of Japan except with less traffic congestion and people. If there were job opportunities I’m interested in, I think it would be a great place to live. The country is safe and clean, the people are quiet and polite, and things are extremely affordable there (when compared to US standards). A tasty large meal might cost $3 max, and a large milk tea is less than .50cents! Seriously I had 2-3 milk tea a day. I was so spoiled. Now I’m back to paying $5 for fake powdered tea, aahh! Now that I’m back in the US, I will be blogging more often. I have lots of new content ideas so please subscribe! Thank you!