i am maybe a little luckier compared to others. I’ve lived here twice (two separate occasions spanning a few years) and i also come here a few times every year for both work and personal reasons as my wife is a local. We own our own house in YongHe and also own our own house in Canberra (capital of Australia for those that did not know). Basically i share my time between here and Australia.
I have a government job in Austalia which pays very well and is also flexible and my wife and i also run our own import/export business as well as a Taiwan news monitoring agency on the side. So we are both busy and both have the need, ability and time to switch between the two countries. So in that sense, i have both.
Having said that, i don’t think i could live here and only here again as i enjoy the quiet and clean lifestyle of Canberra more then anything else. But, and as others have pointed out, the food and easy lifestyle here is very beneficial. Plus, now we have our own kid, i think the security and quality of a western life is much better to raise a child in compared to here. We are shortly going to be moving to our own 9 acre block which is just outside of Canberra so that we can even further escape the so-called city lifestyle of Canberra, but we are keeping our house in YongHe for those times we come back here.
I am always very relieved when i return home to Canberra as the clean and fresh air, the night skies and the quiet and safe roads are just like heaven. My wife’s cooking always reminds of Taiwan as she always cooks TW food anyway and the only times we go out for food in Canberra is when i want a fix of some good Indian food. We do miss Taiwan though when we are in Canberra. The night markets, the cheap shopping, the cheap clothing, the culture etc are good to have and we know that we are aways comnig back anyway for our compnay and family.
But, as i touched on before, i really do not think i could live here again and not be able to regularly commute between the two countries. I think it is much healthier to live in the west in terms of air quality etc, better to raise children, the quiteness of the environment is also a plus, and even more important to me, it is nice to be able to sit on my verandah in the evening, drink a bottle of nice Aussie wine and put some soft music on and just look at the stars and hear nothing else. To me, that is life.
As we make plans for our 9 acre block, I’m going to rejuventate my strong interest in brewing my own beer, the wife has plans for a huge chemical free vege patch and i am even going to make my own private putting green and even try to put one or 2 fairways in as well. WE are also going to have a separate guest house as well as our main house and plenty of room for junior to run around and to have a healthy lifestyle. This lifestyle is next to impossible for the vast majority of people living in Taiwan but i am at the stage in my life where i want that type of life and we can now afford it. But, we will always come back to Taiwan for our own company and for family - but not to live in for a long period of time again.