On my second day in Taiwan, I met with two news reporters, a female reporter from Taipei Times and a male reporter from United, who were both interested in the story of my adoption and reunion. Only one reporter actually ran the story in the end, however. Most Taiwanese have a negative view of international adoption, which was surprising to me. So, in hopes of presenting a more positive light on adoption, Tien though the good publicity would be beneficial. After the interviews, Tien and her friend Elaine, who helped with translation, my sisters and I all had lunch together. We went to Sogo, a department store, where there was a restaurant on the 14th floor!
After lunch, we parted ways with Tien and Elaine. My sisters and I then went to Longshan Temple by the MRT. The temple was built long ago and withstood the air raids of WWII. The smell of burning incense was overpowering. It was hard to catch my breath. The temple was very crowded due to the upcoming Lunar New Year, and many people were there to worship. The temple was quite ornate and beautiful. The dragons on top of the temple represent protection.
My sisters worshiped and were thankful for my safe arrival. I thanked God for the opportunity to be in Taiwan and reunite with my sisters and birth family. After visiting the temple, we took a taxi to my elder sister’s home in Banqiao. Kate made us a light dinner. We had high mountain tea then indulged in watching Korean dramas! I was happy to find out that my sisters also love Korean dramas. They introduced me to a few new ones, and we ended up watching some of “Sweet Spy.” Can’t wait to watch the rest of it. Around 9 pm, I took a taxi back to my hotel. We have a very early morning tomorrow – we’re taking a trip to Hualien and the beautiful eastern coast of Taiwan. Liz made a schedule of all the places we can go sightseeing. Looking forward to seeing more of Taiwan!