Guest Post: Everything Happens For A Reason (Even Finding Love + A New Life in Taiwan) | Speaking of China

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  1. Constance - Foreign Sanctuary
    Constance - Foreign Sanctuary March 13, 2015 at 8:54 am | | Reply

    Thanks so much for publishing my post! It is an honor. Little did I know last year when I clicked on the link which directed me to Nicki’s guest post on your blog that I would be featured on your webpage as well. Everything indeed happens for a reason! 🙂 Have a great weekend!

  2. Autumn
    Autumn March 13, 2015 at 10:30 am | | Reply

    I was delighted to get the abbreviated version of the story, but Constance! You left me hanging. I want to know about 2 years ago! I want to read more about the night you met!

    Ah, clever girl. I’m off to click on all the links you left.

    1. Constance - Foreign Sanctuary
      Constance - Foreign Sanctuary March 14, 2015 at 9:01 am | | Reply

      Thanks so much for reading, Autumn!! I am glad you enjoyed the post and wanted to know more. 🙂

  3. Nicki Chen
    Nicki Chen March 13, 2015 at 10:54 am | | Reply

    Like a mystery writer, you reel us in with the fascinating facts of your life in Taiwan and you marriage and then leave us with questions, hungry to hear more.

    1. Fred
      Fred March 14, 2015 at 1:41 am | | Reply

      @ Nicki Chen.

      I think you are truly an amazing woman and a woman ahead of her times. During the 1960’s and 1970’s when very few Western women were willing to even consider marrying or dating an Asian male, you truly exemplified your greatness by defying prejudice and the trend. Keep up the greatness.

      Fred

    2. Constance - Foreign Sanctuary
      Constance - Foreign Sanctuary March 14, 2015 at 9:07 am | | Reply

      @Nicki Chen – Thanks so much for your kind words – coming from such a great writer that I admire, they mean a lot. And I actually found Jocelyn’s blog because of your guest post on Speaking of China. So, thank you!

      @Fred – I couldn’t agree more.

  4. Timo
    Timo March 13, 2015 at 1:42 pm | | Reply

    Alright Constance, now I want to know what happened two years ago. At least I ca not remember any blog post about it in recent time! (or will it be in the book?)

    1. Constance - Foreign Sanctuary
      Constance - Foreign Sanctuary March 14, 2015 at 9:11 am | | Reply

      I actually didn’t write about it. I will share it at some point somewhere – but, right now is not the right time.

  5. Sarah@Diaries of a Yangxifu
    [email protected] of a Yangxifu March 13, 2015 at 6:22 pm | | Reply

    A story of fate, for sure ~ my favourite kind!

    1. Constance - Foreign Sanctuary
      Constance - Foreign Sanctuary March 14, 2015 at 9:12 am | | Reply

      Isn’t fate amazing? I remember how you and your husband met – fate at work as well. 🙂

  6. Mabel Kwong
    Mabel Kwong March 13, 2015 at 7:31 pm | | Reply

    Beautiful story, Constance. Everything happens for a reason, and everything works out in the end. When we’re scared of what’s to come, we really just need to take the plunge and go with the flow. Which I think is what your husband did when he asked for your number many years ago 🙂

    Very romantic photos of the two of you. So sweet. I hope many photos of the two of you to come 😉 Definitely looking forward to your book and what you’ll share about you and your husband…and how you annoy him 😀

    1. Constance - Foreign Sanctuary
      Constance - Foreign Sanctuary March 14, 2015 at 9:19 am | | Reply

      Mabel, I was one who used to stressed when things didn’t go as planned. However, now I realize that sometimes the best memories are from the unplanned and unexpected adventures (and misadventures.) You are right – it is important to go with the flow.

      I love that Paris pic as well. I hope to post more in the future as well (I am getting braver)! 😉

  7. Marta
    Marta March 15, 2015 at 3:09 pm | | Reply

    Constance, a great post! And so many pictures of you, I am impressed, hehe.

    1. Constance - Foreign Sanctuary
      Constance - Foreign Sanctuary March 15, 2015 at 10:24 pm | | Reply

      I know! I am getting braver by the day! 🙂 😉

    2. Autumn
      Autumn March 15, 2015 at 11:07 pm | | Reply

      Marta’s comment made me chuckle. I know. Totally hypocritical. I post no personal photos lest the Chinese-American Boyfriend’s Family find me out. (Also, not remotely photogenic and exceptionally vain.)

      Constance, why don’t you post many selfies?

      1. Constance - Foreign Sanctuary
        Constance - Foreign Sanctuary March 16, 2015 at 10:33 pm | | Reply

        I actually didn’t start posting pictures of myself until recently. It took me nearly 1 1/2 years to show my face so I guess I am getting brave. 🙂

  8. Fred
    Fred March 17, 2015 at 1:00 am | | Reply

    @ Constance.

    I did not know that you are a fellow Canadian. I lived in Canada for many years in Richmond, BC and even acquired Canadian citizenship. I miss the fresh air. May the true north remain strong and free! I was there during the time of Trudeau and Mulroney whom we called baloney. Do you miss Canada? Will you and your husband return there to live?

    1. Constance - Foreign Sanctuary
      Constance - Foreign Sanctuary March 18, 2015 at 12:18 pm | | Reply

      Ah! Hello, fellow Canadian! I love Vancouver and the surrounding area! Such a beautiful place – the scenery is out of this world [especially for a city]!

      I do miss Canada from time to time but I must say that I am very happy and content in Taiwan. I really feel at home here. As to whether or not we will ever return to Canada to live, I am not quite sure what the long term future holds, but right now, we are happy to call Taiwan home. 🙂

  9. Sveta
    Sveta March 17, 2015 at 10:07 am | | Reply

    Beautiful pictures and guest post 🙂

    1. Constance - Foreign Sanctuary
      Constance - Foreign Sanctuary March 18, 2015 at 12:18 pm | | Reply

      Thanks! I am glad you enjoyed it!

  10. marghini
    marghini March 17, 2015 at 9:04 pm | | Reply

    Lovely story, lovely couple, lovely blog. Cheers from a fellow expat in Taiwan 😉

    1. Constance - Foreign Sanctuary
      Constance - Foreign Sanctuary March 18, 2015 at 12:19 pm | | Reply

      Thanks! Loved your recent post as well!

  11. Tiffany
    Tiffany March 17, 2015 at 9:43 pm | | Reply

    I really enjoy reading Constance’s journey of how her life intermingled with her husband’s and how they both came together as a couple. Lovely story!!

    1. Constance - Foreign Sanctuary
      Constance - Foreign Sanctuary March 18, 2015 at 12:20 pm | | Reply

      Thank you, Tiffany!

  12. Fred
    Fred March 19, 2015 at 3:30 am | | Reply

    @ Constance.

    Sorry for asking this question. But have you ever been sexually harassed in Taiwan? I ask this question because I was reading a post by a White lady blogger who calls herself “Chinaelevatorstories” and she recounted how some Chinese men went crazy for foreign girls like her and one Chinese man pursued her to no end frightening her to death . Then I read another horrific story by a White American lady under the blog name “Shandongxifu” and she said that 3 Chinese men tried to grope her and she screamed and cried. Therefore, I was wondering if you had to face situations like these in the ROC.

    1. Constance - Foreign Sanctuary
      Constance - Foreign Sanctuary March 20, 2015 at 10:20 am | | Reply

      I only had one incident my second year here where a guy just kept popping up around my work and asking me for my number. However, one day he followed me on a bus and I took out my cell phone, told me I was going to call the police, and I never saw him after that.

      Other than that, I never had an incident where I felt uncomfortable. Actually, I feel very safe in Taiwan.

      1. Constance - Foreign Sanctuary
        Constance - Foreign Sanctuary March 20, 2015 at 12:16 pm | | Reply

        Oops! I should have said ‘told him I was going to call the police’…

  13. Fred
    Fred March 21, 2015 at 1:19 am | | Reply

    @ Constance. You rock Canadian girl!!!!!

  14. Rix Moonshine
    Rix Moonshine March 28, 2015 at 2:50 pm | | Reply

    After reading the generally positive comments and content of this site, I feel that I need to present another perspective on chinese men that I am sure would resonate with many.

    Chinese men are dirty, ugly and uncivilised. Those who choose to marry them must be crazy or stupid. The only interaction between chinese and the west should be chinese women marrying men in the west, leave chinese men out of the equation. Chinese women are pretty, sweet and demure, so they are alright. How does that disgusting race even produce such contrasting genders?

    Chinese men are a pathetic excuse for their race. They lack everything. They can’t see well because their eyes are too small and the most important of all – a particular organ is minuscule too, how does that satisfy you?

    Finally, chinese men belong to a backward race, they are unable to comprehend human rights (which shows how dumb they are), and they are unable to argue intelligently, all they know is to study hard and they expect to get somewhere in life? You must be kidding me. Go to any forum, you will see that Chinese people are unable to accept constructive criticism, they rant on to defend their race, which shows that they clearly are not smart.

    In summary, we are clearly the superior race and only Chinese women should be allowed to join us. Chinese women are quick to embrace our men because they can see that we are better than them.

    1. Rix Moonshine
      Rix Moonshine March 28, 2015 at 2:54 pm | | Reply

      P.S. I am not a troll, so please do not delete my post. I genuinely believe in what I post and I hope to get people to see the light.

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