November Expenses

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Review of Christmasland in New Taipei City 2018

If you're a foreigner living in Asia, then Christmas can be a bit different. But there are festivities here...

The Cost of Moving to Taiwan: The First Month

How much does it cost to move a family overseas? One important question to consider when moving abroad is: How much will this international move cost?

How to compare cost of living between countries

Will I spend more money in Taiwan compared to my home country? Less money?

Toy bank - aka the Taipei City Parenting Resource Center

Those of you who are parents probably know that kids tire of toys very quickly. So the Taipei city government has this great resource for parents with kids ages 0-6 years old, the toy rental bank!

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Travel adventures: Keelung's gold sand beach

 There have been no travel adventures in a while due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But recently the restriction has begin to lift so we ventured out to Keelung's beaches. So the one we went to is Jin Sha Wan (or golden sand beach) park a little bit away from Longdongwan (Dragon cave beach park). 

We took the train from Taipei main to Keelung's train station and then caught the bus 791 near the train station. Here's the schedule: 791 bus  all around it took about 2 hours for us. Afterwards we realized we could have taken the 1551 bus over to the train station and then switch over to the 791 bus or the 1811 from Taipei main station to the beach. 

Here at around 10 a.m. the beach is not too croweded.

Definitely bring either beach tent or some umbrellas and plenty of beach toys. Our kids had a ton of fun playing here.

The ocean water runs into little tidal pools and the river upstream. We saw even toddlers playing here, supervised of course. But the waters are not deep so bring lots of water and sun screen and your own food as the options for food is limited. There is a bathroom here but no place to clean your feet.