Saruul (明美), an outgoing and cheerful girl from Mongolia, has studied at a university in Taiwan and thus fell in love with this multicultural place full of kind people. In her spare time, she also runs her YouTube channel to share the cultural differences between Taiwan and Mongolia, as well as the special experience of her life in Taiwan.
In this episode of the "New Immigrants in Taiwan" column, Saruul traveled to Dapeng Bay, Pingtung to try delicious sashimi, canoeing, and an extreme sport – flyboarding.
A hearty breakfast provided by the homestay. (Photo / Authorized & Provided by 明美Saruul)
On a wonderful morning, Saruul enjoyed a hearty breakfast in a simple and comfortable homestay. The sandwich is made of fried eggs, ham, mayonnaise, alfalfa sprouts, and peanut butter. “The sweet and salty taste is so yummy,” she said with a thumbs up. After savoring food, the Mongolian girl was ready to embark on an amazing journey.
Delicious sashimi from Donggang Township, Pingtung County. (Photo / Authorized & Provided by 明美Saruul)
While passing through the crowded “Huaqiao Fish Market” located in Donggang Township, Pingtung County, Saruul saw a variety of seafood vendors. She then arrived at the “Yu Lang Sashimi” and could not wait to try the fresh delicacy.
The owner carefully prepared plates of seafood in terms of slicing, roasting, seasoning, garnishing, and food presentation. After dishes were served, Saruul, who hardly eats seafood in Mongolia, began to feast on the food.
“It's so tender, so that's what it tastes like!” Saruul said in surprise after taking a bite of the tuna. Afterward, she tried flounder, eel, cuttlefish, raw shrimp, seafood soup and, fried fish cake. Each bite was very different in texture and flavor.
This is Saruul’s first time trying canoeing. (Photo / Authorized & Provided by 明美Saruul)
After a meal, Saruul visited the “Bayfun Land” to experience a series of water activities. Some people were riding jet skis, and some were playing stand up paddle. The view was splendid as the sun cast a white light on the ocean.
Following the coach's instructions, Saruul excitedly paddled left and right and said, “This is my first time trying canoeing, and it’s pretty fun!” The two leisurely paddled through the mangrove wetlands and admired the beautiful scenery. They were even greeted by small fish. “This is really one of the best experiences in my life!”
An extreme sport – flyboarding. (Photo / Authorized & Provided by 明美Saruul)
The adventurous girl then decided to challenge herself by trying a difficult water activity “flyboarding”. She was nervous at first, however, she successfully put on the equipment with the coach’s assistance and encouragement. Two powerful water jets shot into the sea, and they were enjoying the thrill of floating and spinning in the air. Still wanting to try more, she took a sailboat and set off for the magnificent sea view.
After sunset, Saruul had dinner at “Feng BAR” which is a cafe with romantic lighting and a sea view. The trip also ended with the enjoyment of food and chat. At the end of the video, she recalled the human touch of people in Pingtung and those fond memories and said emotionally, “My heart is still in Pingtung.”